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Ditched: A Love Story Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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This was a delightfully entertaining love story. While at first I didn't like Justina I grew to love her as the book went on and her missteps and disasters were so funny. She was flawed in a very real way but was still sweet. The other characters seemed very real from her best friend to Ian and Mike and Other Mike. The book was fairly short and a very fast read which I finished in a few hours. It reminded me of an end of the year crazy teen movie about that one crazy night where everything goes wrong but ends up ok in the end.
Appropriateness: This is a book with lots of teen behavior and the teenagers act like teenagers. There is drinking by other characters however, the main character does not drink. There also seems to be a constant search for designated drivers which gives this book a nice anti-drunk driving message. There is a set of stoner characters who talk about their bong. Justina's romantic situation is in part due to the fact that she and her best friend tried to kiss as many people as possible when they were younger which gives a nice message about how your past actions will follow you. There is no sex and the romance is limited to a bit of kissing. Despite all of this I wouldn't have a problem with handing this book to even a young middle schooler because the message is ultimately a good one. Justina has to deal with the consequences of her past actions and the whole experience is related in a way that does not glorify any of the negative behaviors. I would recommend this book to teens 13+
Ditched is a very cute story of high school romance. The cast of characters isn't necessarily the most original, but they still remain quirky and pretty realistic. I'd say that plot and character development were satisfactory overall, if not stellar, but what really made this novel stand out for me was the way in which protagonist Justina told her story. Justina's narrations alternate between her present conversation with two colorful women in a 7-Eleven and flashbacks which correspond with some physical mark on her unruly physical appearance. It's kind of hilarious to read along as Justina recounts the story behind each stain and bruise; this more unusual way of storytelling certainly made Ditched very entertaining to read.Read more ›
But I WAS intrigued so I kept reading and I'm glad I did. Once Justina gets to the 7-11 and starts telling her story to the cashier, the story picks up and the narrative smooths out a lot. I wasn't confused anymore. At this point I felt like I had been sucked into a teen romantic comedy movie. Even the narrative style (tone and execution) made me think "MOVIE SCRIPT." This is a good thing. I love those kinds of movies, and I loved this book version just as much.
The book alternates between the present in the 7-11 and the events of the night before. The 7-11 chapters are short and serve as little interludes where the 7-11 cashier and, later, one of the customers who stays to listen, chime in with their opinions and sympathy. I liked these sections and they made me feel like I was another random person who stopped to listen to Justina tell her crazy story.
Between each of these interludes is a larger chapter chronicling a part of Justina's prom night. These parts were the meat of the story. Since I knew Justina ends her night alone, dumped out of a car, and hating the guy she was supposed to be in love with, my curiosity was super high. I read these chapters with rapt attention, trying to piece together the events of her evening and guess how she ended up where she did. It was almost like a mystery, complete with clues, red herrings, and suspects.
Ditched made me smile and laugh out loud. I commiserated with Justina and snacked on junk food right along with her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was completely and utterly awful. The characters are completely static and see no development throughout the story, especially the narrator. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ken Thomas
Justina wakes up in a ditch the morning after prom and stumbles over to a convenience store to unravel, with the help of the storekeeper and a customer, just what happened. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katharine A. Owens
This book was so funny and absolutely adorable. I love stories about prom and this story about prom disaster was such a fun read! Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by SaMills
So the only interesting/unique thing about this book is the way it's framed as a mystery-romance. I loved that part of it, I loved that we are presented with the ending and then... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Runa
I'm not sure what to make of this book. There were some aspects I really enjoyed, but most of it just left me feeling underwhelmed. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
This book is a romantic puzzle with the pieces scattered throughout the snarky-fun heroine's disastrous prom night. Figuring it out is a fun ride that also has a lot of heart. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Shalena @ Writer Quirk
Oh my gosh, it's been a long time since I've read a romance where I couldn't wait for the two main characters to just fall in love and get on with it. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Books4Tomorrow
This is a 4.5 hearts. Okay, from now on once in a while I'm going to change up my reviews cause I'm really having a bad case of Reviewers Block -_- Sucks? Yes. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Paranormal Sisters