Ditched: A Love Story

Ditched: A Love Story

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by Robin Mellom

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A hilarious account of a girl who gets ditched on prom night.See more details below


A hilarious account of a girl who gets ditched on prom night.

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High school senior Justina Griffith finds herself, at 6:15 the morning after the prom, lying in a ditch. She is bruised, scratched, filthy in her royal blue iridescent dress and ruined matching shoes, and in desperate need of a phone. Hobbling to a nearby gas station, Justina throws herself on the mercy of attendant Gilda. Reluctantly, Gilda takes pity on the penniless girl, feeds her candy bars, and at last becomes fascinated as Justina relates the troubles of prom night. Justina had a first date with her true love, Ian Clark, but was separated from him through a series of mishaps that included encounters with drunken, oversexed, and slightly criminal acquaintances and strangers. She blames Ian for ditching her, when, in fact, he searched desperately for her all night. Things are explained when Ian and several friends arrive at the gas station to discover and rescue Justina. A debut novel, Ditched moves frenetically through Justina's story, emphasizing her love for Ian as she navigates her quest among a confusing number of drug-crazed and sexually predatory fellow teens. The novel probably intends for exploits and descriptions to be amusing, but they are more accurately categorized as pathetic. Victim Justina, known as "Sweetness," could just as well have been called "Clueless." Despite a huge marketing plan, Ditched is unlikely to join the list of classic titles. Reviewer: ?????
VOYA - Sara Guan
Ditched: A Love Story is a wonderful book that takes an age-old plot, and cleverly gives it a spin. Justina Griffith, the main character, is a relateable figure, her reactions genuine, her little faults endearing and fun. Perhaps the best part of this book is the way each dawning realization comes over her and the reader. Although just a little predictable (it has a typical happy ending), the originality of the rest of the story makes up for it splendidly. The book was a very smooth read, and easily absorbing: this reviewer read the entire book in one sitting. Reviewer: Sara Guan, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Jeannine Stickle
High school senior Justina Griffith was hoping to have a great night at prom with her date and best friend Ian, but instead she found herself alone in a ditch at dawn the next morning with a new Tinker Bell tattoo on her arm. When she stumbles into the nearby 7-11, she finds the quirky and opinionated customers and staff to be sympathetic listeners, and she pieces together the puzzle of the evening for herself as she recounts the story of how her "scumbag" date ditched her on her comically disastrous prom night, using the stains on her dress as reminders of the night's events. During the evening, she had planned to reveal her crush on Ian, but instead the two quickly become separated through a series of comical mishaps involving a broken zipper, a dog-swapping prank, a barely-functioning Cadillac, and two boys named Mike with dates named after their "essences." While Justina tells her story, the reader is able to figure out before she does that Ian also had romantic plans for their evening together, but that his plans went comically awry just as hers did. As with her lovably clueless predecessors, such as Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones, this further endears the reader to the character rather than turns them off to her, especially because they have no doubt that she will figure things out sooner or later so that the story can end happily. This book will be enjoyed by female readers who like romantic comedies with quirky disaster-prone heroines, such as Louise Rennison's "Confessions of Georgia Nicolson" series or Sue Limb's "Jess Jordan" series. It is recommended for purchase in both public and school libraries. Reviewer: Jeannine Stickle
School Library Journal
Gr 7�10—The morning after the prom, Justina Griffith is fuzzy about how she ended up in a ditch. Her dress is stained; she has bruises, what she hopes is a temporary Tinker Bell tattoo, and foggy recollections of tumbling from a Toyota Prius. After making her way to a nearby 7-Eleven, she tells her story to the store clerk and a group of sympathetic listeners. Using the stains to spark her memory of what happened, Justina eventually sees what she hadn't been able to the night before. Decked out in her mother's choice of a consignment-shop dress and matching shoes, Justina planned to kiss Ian Clark, her thoughtful, understanding, perfect best friend and let him know that she was ready to take things to another level. But miscommunications, misunderstandings, and bad timing all played a role in keeping the pair apart for most of the evening. The pacing is a little slow at the beginning, as Justina's rehashing of events introduces the people who played a part in her downfall. The story has amusing characters and elements, including a dilapidated Cadillac, a giant daisy ring, and a rash of dog swapping. As events of the evening are explained readers find themselves knowing what happened well before the protagonist—which might prove to be frustrating. However, they will be able to relate to the feelings of regret, insecurity, and bravado that propel Justine through her madcap prom night, out of a ditch, and into a circle of new and caring friends.—Karen Elliott, Grafton High School, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Zany comedy dominates this romp through the prom night from Hell. When Justina literally finds herself lying in a ditch beside the road at the end of prom night, she hobbles to a nearby convenience store to get help. There she tells her sad tale to the clerk and a sympathetic customer. Justina and prom date Ian have remained just friends, and each seems a safe prom date for the other. Justina yields to her mom's wishes and wears a thrift-shop dress with everything dyed blue to match. Mellon tells Justina's story using various stains on the dress as a framework for introducing increasingly crazy episodes. The emphasis stays on comedy as Justina's tale of the night progresses, such as how she missed the chicken Marsala dinner and eventually including an incident involving a three-legged Chihuahua. Throughout, Justina receives cynical advice about men from her convenience-store audience, but a thread of real romance lurks just below the surface. Has Ian really ditched Justina, or is he caught in a similar comedy of errors? In any comedy readers can trust that everything will come out all right in the end, and that it will be a fun ride getting there. The author displays a well-developed touch for the absurd. For readers with a funny bone that needs a tingle, this should hit the spot. (Comic romance. 12 & up)

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