Published by Disney/Hyperion
Date To Be Published: January 10, 2012
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.
First of all - HI GUYS! I haven’t reviewed in awhile. Work and life has gotten in the way of the most important thing - reading. I’m glad to be back and bring you a light and super sweet romance book I totally fell for.
I got this book on NetGalley at a time when I was perusing on NetGalley, bored at work. And at first I assumed it would have a little too many “safe middle grade” vibes and therefore it would not as interesting as young ADULT books - am I right? But, boy, did I put my foot in my mouth. It never got very much over PG-13, but there were times I was laughing so hard, I swear there were tears.
So, to summarize this book in a quick and dirty crossover, I’d say Sixteen Candles (movie) and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (book or movie, really). Sure, it had its unbelievable and slightly cheesy moments, but what book about Prom doesn’t? But this is hands down one of the most amazing Prom stories I’ve ever heard. I mean MY ‘Night to Remember’ certainly didn’t include sweater vests, Chihuahuas, Tinker Bell tattoos - but it would have been much more awesome if it had!
Where this story won my heart was at the FUNNY in it. Moments that included such off-the-wall, slightly strange humor that my 23-year-old self was laughing like a 13-year-old girl. And the whole book is like that. It seriously read like a movie and I could see it all be played out in film hilariously well.
Of course the barrage of secondary characters were just as priceless. The Mikes, Serenity and Bliss are just excellent. Even Allyson has her moments. Can I take a moment to mention Ian? I mean we see him for like 5 pages. How can you love a boy that you see for all of 5 pages?! Believe me, you will.
If you’re looking for something that’s a fast-read, light, and flirty and A LOT of kissing - this is your book!