Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her. Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first. Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice. Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom. And then ditched her. Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together -- stain by stain on her thrift-store dress -- exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car... But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love. Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights.
What I thoughtThis was one heck of a roller coaster ride. In a good way. I was able to relate to Justina fast and I was really pulling for her as she told her tale of her Prom night. It was a fun a read, that leads the reader through everything that happened to Justina, watch everything unfold in flash back retelling of her troubled night.
Every time that Justina pointed out a new stain (I really loved the picture references that started out the story!) I had a hard time not cringing. I really like Ian and so I was hoping through the entire telling that Justina had been wrong about him, that he wouldn't truly ditch her. But as the night went on, and the more trouble she got in, I really felt bad for her as she floundered her way through the night that was supposed to be a special one.
There has been very few endings that have left me as happy as this one. When everything seemed lost and hopeless, something comes up that just melts something on the inside. When I finished, I let out a satisfied sigh. The hopeless romantic in me thought it had the perfect ending. Just a joy to read all around.
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