Ditched: A Love Story by Robin MellomDitched: A Love Story
Author: Robin Mellom
Release Date: 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 promised her the most amazing night at prom. And then ditched her.
This story starts off at the end of Justina's whole ordeal. She has just jumped (or fell) out of a moving car and into a ditch at the side of a back road. Her dress is bedraggled, she has no money and no way to call anyone (no phone, either). That's when she walks into the 7-eleven (The good one, mind you), where she makes an unlikely acquaintance with the cashier, Gilda, who listen's to Justina as she tells her whole story about how she got ditched by her date (and also the guy she loves), Ian.
At first, I was kind of confused. By the way the prologue sounded, it was like she didn't remember how she got to be there (the ditch, keep up!). Then, when she starts to talk to Gilda, you learn that she did know, but she didn't quite understand how she got ditched.
So, as she's telling her story, you think the whole time, 'Gah! Ian is such a scumbag!' (which is the name they called him almost the entire time). First, you feel sympathy for Justina's kiss-less awkwardness around Ian (because, come on, it's turning into a case of 'wrong time for the moment'). Then, you want to kick Ian in the shins, or somewhere a bit higher (if you know what I mean). Finally, you figure out that it's kind of like a game of Clue (but you're reading it, instead). You have to piece together what happened as Justina tells the story of each stain, rip, and broken zippers.
I thought it was awesome how every other chapter was Justina talking to Gilda and the other chapters was her telling her dress's journey to that moment. First it starts with dying her shoes to match the dress, and it end with her jumping out of a car. I also liked how every chapter about her journey was started off by an arrow pointing to the stain(s).
So, as you can tell from my blabbering on and on about this book that I really liked it. I thought Justina and Ian's dilemma about having a relationship together was cute, too. They just happened to be perfect together, but kept missing the opportunities. So, you all shouldn't be surprised at the rating of five that this book gets from me.