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Ditched: A Love Story Hardcover – January 3, 2012

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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 Storyis 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).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423143388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423143383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Mellom is the bestselling author of THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series from Disney-Hyperion. She is also the author of the forthcoming three-book picture book series, HANNAH SPARKLES, from HarperCollins as well as THE PAGES BETWEEN US, a middle grade series told in letters, co-written with Lindsey Leavitt, which releases from HarperCollins in early 2016. And check out her YA rom-com titles, PERFECT TIMING and PERFECT KISS, both available on Amazon. She has taught grades five through eight and has a master's degree in education.She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California. Visit her at www.robinmellom.com and find her on twitter @robinmellom.

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Format: Hardcover
Ditched: A Love Story begins at the end with Justina being pushed out of a car in a very stained prom dress. She makes her way into a convenience store where she tells her story to the cashier. We are brought to the beginning of the story and Justina explains everything that happened leading up to her stumbling into the convenience store starting with the events that led up to prom.

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+
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Justina Griffith is not the type of girl to get excited about prom. She could care less about fancy dresses and heels. In fact, she'd have to admit that she doesn't even know the first thing about formal attire. But when her best friend Ian Clark asks her to prom, Justina realizes that she'll have to put all her fears and doubts about prom aside because, well, Ian's kind of amazing. But that doesn't explain why Justina finds herself on the side of the road on the morning after prom with bruises, a Tinker Bell tattoo, and a very ruined prom dress--alone. At the nearby 7-Eleven, Justina takes inventory of each dress stain, bruise, and bite mark from the night where she got ditched by what was supposed to be her perfect date. She thinks the last thing she wants is to see Ian again, but there's another side to the story of prom night that she hasn't heard yet. After all the damage and miscommunication, Justina will see that maybe missing out on prom doesn't mean she's missed out on love.

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.
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I almost stopped reading after the first chapter because I was so confused as to what was going on. I wanted to shake Justina and tell her to just spit it out already--COHERENTLY! I don't like feeling lost as to what is going on in a story, so the whole first chapter really bugged me.

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.
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