Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellom
Release Date: January 10,2012
Young Adult Chick-Lit/Romance/Comedy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Debut Author Challenge 2012 (DAC)
But before we get into my review, here is what Goodreads had to say:
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.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I would like to thank Tara and Lisa from Debut Author Challenge Tours for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC of this novel. It literally made my day. So thanks once again.
This book was really intriguing. It follows the tale of Justina Griffith's prom night with her best friend/crush Ian. It was supposed to be magical, but instead she is ditched and left trying to figure out exactly what happened.
I loved the writing style contained within this novel. Justina Griffith was a character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about and Gilda and Donna two ladies that she meets at the 7-Eleven. These are the two ladies that Justina tells about her prom night and I loved hearing their insights and comments.
Mellom tells this story with Justina looking back and recounting the events that occurred at prom which I thought was a very good decision. It allowed her to utilize tools like foreshadowing and allowed readers to see what Justina thought looking back on that evening.
This novel is cute, cheesy, and full of comedy. I know that a lot of times cheesy gets a bad reputation, but I disagree. I think a good cheesy read is refreshing.
I really liked reading this story. I liked the characters, even Ian :), and the writing style. Mellom is a promising author whom I will be keeping an eye on.
In Summary: A novel that I definitely recommended to anybody who wants a cute, fun, comedic read.
Warnings/Side-notes: Minor reference to a GLBT character, but other than that the novel is pretty clean. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any teenage girl (and to the adult who still likes YA).
The Wrap-up: A cute book that I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read and review. It's a pretty short book, only 288 pages, and I literally flew through this book. I loved this novel and definitely recommend it as a light, fun read.
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