Every girl dreams about her prom night. If Justina’s perfect prom night plan was to lose her date, ruin her dress, ride around with pot smokers, and eventually wind up in a ditch, then her dreams came true. As she recounts the comically pathetic evening by pointing out the stains on her thrift store dress, Justina realizes that maybe her best friend/date, Ian, didn’t have the best time either. Will she able to salvage their friendship and even move a step forward, or did the prom take that, too? Author Mellom’s debut is a laugh-out-loud tale of a prom nightmare. She understands what makes teens giggle and what makes them cringe as she glances over some mature issues including sex, drugs, and alcohol, but Justina and Ian maintain a sweet, innocent relationship. Give this one to those non-Cinderella types who have a knack for getting into trouble. Grades 9-12. --Bethany Fort
About the Author
Robin Mellom (www.robinmellom.com) has taught grades five through eight and has a master's degree in education. Ditched: A Love Story
is her first novel. Her new middle grade series, The Classroom, launches in June 2012. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California. Follow her on Twitter (@robinmellom).