Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellom
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Justina is a mess. She is stranded at a 7-11 in a stained thrift-store prom dress and no idea how her night fell apart. It may have started when she took her mother’s advice and dyed her shoes to match her prom dress. She thought they’d be okay, but then he ditched her. Now she has to figure out where it went wrong and what happened. She tells the story of her night to some strong minded women at the 7-11 by telling the story of each stain and tear on her dress.
Justina is not the kind of girl who cares about prom or fashion, which is how she finds herself following her mother’s prom advice. Justina alternates between thinking Ian is a jerk and wondering if she did something wrong. She’s a typical girl this way, since most girls would be going a little crazy as they wavered back and forth after being ditched at prom. Luckily she isn’t going through it all alone since she receives insight from the woman who works at the 7-11 and other customers.
Watching Justina try to figure out her night is crazy since she experiences so many unbelievable things. Who wouldn’t want to find out how she ends up in a tattoo parlor or jumping out of a moving car?
Ditched isn’t a long story, but it’s adorable. I loved Justina and I couldn’t wait to find out if Ian was the good guy he seems at points, or a guy who doesn’t know what he wants and makes bad decisions. Even characters who had short appearances were easy to feel for since they were all written so well.
The story does hop around in a confusing way, since that is the way a girl in that situation would be thinking. It is something that I was annoyed by at first, but once I got into the story I didn’t mind that style at all. That is something that could distract some readers from the story, so keep that in mind if you can become distracted from a good story by a storyline that doesn’t follow from point A to point B.
If you enjoy a lighthearted story about a night gone wrong that could lead to something right, then you should pick up this debut story from Robin Mellom.