Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

“You can’t just change your reputation because you want to.”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Ditched tells the one night crazy adventure of Justina. She was invited by her best friend, Ian to attend the prom night with him as friends. Ian promise her that it would be a night she will never forget. Justina agree to attend the prom with a plan to finally tell Ian what she really feels for him. But things don’t go exactly as what Justina plan. She ends up wandering the streets alone with her stained blue dress that carries all the reminders of the previous night.

I like the non-linear format of this book, it makes the story easy and fast to read. No pretence and long explanations. Just the crazy and sometimes incoherent narration of Justina which suitably fit her crazy night adventure. She narrate her story through pointing out each stains on her dress, her bite mark and her newly acquired tattoo. These things hold the mystery of her misadventure and the reasons why she end up alone that morning after her supposed to be big night with her bestfriend, Ian.

Justina is a girl full of assumptions. All the disaster that happens to her were the results of her quick mind, assuming every worst thing possible. Sometimes it is funny and ridiculous but there are times that it just plain stupid and over reacting. She jumps to conclusion so fast without analyzing the situation. But I can’t totally blame her, how will you react if your date suddenly gone leaving no explanations where he went to and why? Justina’s first reaction is common. Her judgement is reasonable and acceptable especially the first part of the misunderstanding. If Ian just inform her where he is going or at least give her some reasons to believe to.

Ian, the adorable, sweet and caring best friend of Justina. I really wish there’s more of him in the story. From his brief appearances and few details given from Justina’s retelling, Ian seems a good guy. He cares for Justina a lot, and knows how to appreciate even the crazy sides of Justina. He looks like a nice bestfriend to have and a great guy to fall in love to as well.

Sometimes I find the plot a bit ridiculous, like the swapping of puppies and Justina’s own crazy assumptions. But my curiosity to find out what really happened to Ian never leaves me. We all know that he ditched Justina since from the start of the novel. So the question are what happened during the night with him and Justina? Why he left Justina alone and where did he go? What is so important thing he need to attend for him to leave Justina in one of the most important night of her life?

Prom is one of the memorable experience during high school. Maybe I didn’t get ditched by my date like Justina but someone ditched me after prom. My brother who were supposed to pick me up at the hotel after the party was missing in action that night. Well according to him, he was there but unfortunately we didn’t see each other, so I end up sleeping at the hotel that night. Not bad except that I don’t have any clothes to change to, meaning I end up going home that morning wearing a formal dress. So yeah I can really relate to Justina. Except that her story is way crazier than mine.

Ditched is a fun and entertaining story that is easy to read. Though it is predictable and a bit ridiculous and cliché sometimes, I still enjoy the romantic-comedy flow of the story. I think this is more effective as a film or an episode of a TV sitcom. The laugh out loud moments of Justina’s crazy night is undeniably entertaining and her quest in finding true love is ultimately sweet.

4 thoughts on “Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom”

  1. You know that kind of books are nice for a read. To try something different once in a while. But yes, as you said they are better for TV 🙂
    Thanks for the review. The book stays at my TBR 🙂


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