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There's a girl.
Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. That said, she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

And there's a boy.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat, handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jasprit
3.5 stars

Reading Ditched felt like I was unravelling an onion with so many intricate layers incorporated into the story. The book at times felt highly like a mystery novel rather than a contemporary YA (not that I’m complaining). I enjoyed uncovering the story behind what was meant to be Justina’s biggest night in high school and discovering why it ended up going disastrously wrong instead.

Justina had finally decided to take the plunge with her date Ian on prom night, they had been good friends...more
Jennifer
Justina was just thrown out of a car the morning after prom by someone who was not her prom date. She bumped her head, looks a mess and can't remember what happened. Oh wait it all just came back but she sure wish it hadn't. What was supposed to be the perfect night to take things to the next level with her best friend Ian turned into the worst night of her life. Heading to the nearest 7 Eleven to call for a ride, Justina ends up telling her story to a lady that works there. Maybe she can figure...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
A sweet prom story that takes a sort of "Hangover" like approach to the protagonist's prom night. Very cute, very lovable. I really liked how the author portrayed Justina as a sort of reformed party girl - she illuminated the thought process behind girls who are often seen as sluts and gave us a bit more insight into how and why girls do the things they do.

Also, Ian? Totally crush-worthy.

My only wish was for a bit more interaction between Ian and Justina - other than that, the book was well-wr...more
Carina
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This is a very cute and refreshing novel that I could finish reading very fast. It's chaotic, full of misunderstandings and a romance that will make your heart beat faster. As a story that is told in two different time periods - the present and (long) flashbacks to the past, it is easy to follow and no questions are left at the end. Lovers of light-hearted contemporary YA romance will definitely enjoy this.

More detailed:
When seeing the cover of Ditched, A Love S...more
Alissa
I know why Ditched was ditched. When it comes down to it all - the story, the purpose... it's all rather lacking. I went into Ditched thinking it'd be a cute, fun read. And while it's a bit cute (the latter half of the story), it's not very fun. The story has no feel-good emotions. It's mostly a downer. Justina being ditched at prom turns into one exhausted exaggeration after the next.

As a character, Justina makes little sense. She's strong, she's weak, she's flirty, she's reserved, she's a slu...more
Jodi Papazian
Prom is the last thing Justina would ever plan on attending. However, when her best friend Ian asks her to be his date, she finds it impossible to resist. She can't deny her overwhelming feelings for Ian and decides that prom will provide the perfect opportunity to go from good friends to boy/girl friend - not to mention provide the right ambiance for a long awaited kiss. Rather than consult with friends or teen magazines, Justina allows her mother to plan her outfit - resulting in a horrifying...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is such a cute story that left me laughing and smiling so much! I adored that characters and her story-telling of what happened that night. It 's so crazy and exciting that it totally leaves you smiling!

This story starts off with a girl crazy in love, swirling into a turn of events that will have you laughing. One thing I enjoyed about this book is the main character Justina. After fighting her feelings about Ian, things have turn out not what she expected. I enjoyed reading about Justina a...more
Lisa
3 and a half stars

I really enjoyed this. I thought that it was a funny, cute story and it kept my interest. It's nice to read a cute romantic comedy now and then. It wasn't as good as "Anna and the french kiss" by Stephanie Perkins or "Amy and Roger's epic detour" by Morgan Matson(for example) but it was quite sweet.

Some people might not like the main character but I did. She's just a girl trying to get rid of a "reputation", basically a girl trying to find out who she is and not be known for he...more
Cara
ARC provided by netgalley(dot)com.

Ditched is the story of Justina and Ian. They have been ‘just friends’ for nine months, and then Ian asks Justina to prom. Something will finally happen between them. This is it. Only…. Justina ends up in a ditch, ditched. She picks herself up and walks to the 7 eleven, hungry, hurt, and with her prom dress full of stains. The stains really tell the story of how her night went so wrong. Justina eventually befriends the clerk at the 7 eleven and starts to tell he...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I saw others describe this book as worthy of being a John Hughes' movie and honestly, that is so true. It is like the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles all rolled into one.
It is hilarious, heartwarming, full of antics (anything that can go wrong does), romance, jealousy, pranks, teenage angst (but in a good way!), a horrible prom dress, a hot leading guy, four outrageous friends that bond in an unlikely way and a night from nightmares and an ending that will blow you away.
This b...more
Eve
So absolutely charming and fun, like Sixteen Candles! Justina is adorable, and Ian is boy perfection. The ending left me fizzy with joy. Loved it! Read courtesy of NetGalley.
Miranda Kenneally
My favorite book so far this year! It made me LOL and I <3 the love interest.
Nick
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

Looking at the cover and reading the summary of Ditched, I thought I would be reading a fun, light,hilarious and enjoyable book. Unfortunately, Ditched didn't manage to extract any emotion from me apart from frustration.

We are introduced to Justina who's lying in a ditch early in the morning after what was supposed to be the best night of her life. Her dress has all kinds of stains on it and she is a complete mess.
Justina then goes into a store. There,...more
BookChic Club
Oh my goodness, this is a funny book! It was a great break from a lot of books I've been reading lately. I loved the back-and-forth of the novel, reading Gilda and Donna's reactions as Justina recalls her prom night. There's also a really cute thing in the book where there's a picture of the dress and an arrow pointing to a particular stain or bruise right before the chapter that brings about the next part of the story (I hope that made sense).

The summary should already clue you in, but this is...more
Sharon Tyler
Ditched by Robin Mellom is a young adult novel scheduled for release on January 10 2012. The story opens with high school senior Justina Griffith waking up in a ditch and struggling to remember just how she came to be there in a iridescent blue gown and matching footwear. When she notices the stains on her gown, and remembers how her prom night began, she is not quite sure she wants to remember the events that led to her situation. She stumbles to the closest store, a 7-Eleven, and begins to put...more
Sarai
I did not love this book. The storyline was implausible. The parts with Gilda and Donna I just started skipping because I wanted to read the main story. The main character irritated me because she was constantly jumping to conclusions and never verifying her information, just getting mad about it. And the whole smelling guys thing turning her to jelly - that reminded me of a scene from Porky's (if you've seen it, you know which scene and if you haven't, you're probably better off). I did like Se...more
Small Review
Originally posted at Small Review.

I almost DNF-ed after the first chapter

The story starts out with Justina waking up in a ditch with no memory of what happened the night before. But she very quickly begins alluding to events from the previous night, so she sort of does remember. And then she does remember. Confusing? Yeah, I was confused, too.

To make it even more confusing, Justina's first person narration started out relating the events in a broken, cryptic, half-explained manner (frequently n...more
Donna
Well, I will say I liked the voice. Mellom carried it off with a quirkiness that didn't feel contrived or disingenuous to the character. That voice alone could have carried the story without the ridiculous TV sitcom-like execution of the plot itself shoving the story ahead with dangling tease after dangling tease after dangling tease. That voice, in my opinion, was quite frankly fantastic. It would have been enough. It alone would have made all of the wacky elements that happened in Justina's ni...more
Katy
I'm usually a sucker for cute, fun reads, and I thought this would be what I was looking for, but I was wrong. I gave it a two rating for being "okay."

I mean the concept of falling for your best friend is cute, and her crazy adventures were funny, but I thought the MC was super annoying with her personality and the constant interruptions. And I don't like it when books are narrated in this ditzy tone a lot of chick-lits tend to do. The story was told in flashbacks (like the Hangover movie), but...more
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
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....more
Sarah (The Book Life)
This book was so funny and absolutely adorable. I love stories about prom and this story about prom disaster was such a fun read! We start off the story with Justina at the end of her night/morning, literally sitting in a ditch, trying not to remember everything that happened the night before. With no purse and no cell phone, Justina wanders into a nearby convenience store, and that is where she meets Gilda and Donna. Over the course of the morning she tells them all about what happened on prom...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Ditched seemed cute, but it is actually more lighthearted than I expected. It reminded me a lot of the classics—Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club etc. It has that fast paced, silly charm that those movies have, and it was a lot of fun to read.

The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the main character, and I think if she had been a bit different, I would have liked it a lot more. Justina didn’t seem consistent. She’s a girl who didn’t even want to attend prom and dresses in all black...more
Kelsey
I have heard mixed reviews about Ditched, but I had high hopes for this debut! While it wasn't as fantastic as I would have hoped, I did enjoy Ditched quite a bit and was able to finish it in just a few hours. The way the book was told was my favorite part. I loved how it alternated between the past and the present and how Justina was telling the story. Some people have complained about this aspect of the novel, but I think it worked perfectly and made me enjoy it that much more. Ditched is an u...more
Melissa
OMG! I was laughing so hard throughout this whole book! There is SO much going on in this book and it will keep you reading, laughing and in some parts crying.

I will start with Justina WOW! She is the true definition of "hot mess". She is freaking crazy and I love her! She is a real character, someone to relate to and what happens to her in this book could have or could happen to us in the future. i about died throughout this whole book. So Justina is going to prom with Ian her best guy friend,...more
Charlotte
Ditched is an adorable story that had me giggling all the way through!

Justina's just been asked to the prom and promised an amazing night by her best friend Ian. Justina is not the kind of girl who dreams of fluffy dresses or the prefect prom night, but she's been seeing Ian a little differently lately and decides that maybe this is it, the right time to set aside her boy - boycott!

But poor Justina, just when she decides to unlock the her lip locking lockdown, everything that could possibly go...more
Menna
I really liked this book. The whole idea was bizarre and new, ya know? You don't get to read about stained prom dresses very often. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this....Yeah, it was that hilarious. I was kind of angry when I was reading this at the beginning but after I finished this, I had a stupid, goofy smile spread across my face. It wasn't just hilarious but also compelling and a little mind-spinning. Justina's character and personality were really fun to read about. How she descr...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Ditched had to be the most fun I have had reading a book since I read Lola and the Boy Next Door. The quirkiness of Justina and the relationship between her and Ian was truly enjoyable to immerse myself in. Seriously Justina was completely off her rocker and I loved every minute of it. She was exactly what all of us girls are when we like a boy and have no idea if they like us. We overreact, jump to conclusions, second guess everything and make general fools of ourselves. It is what a crush does...more
Reut
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

Right, so it's been about 6 days since I finished this book. While the plot details are fading for me, the most accurate thing I could say about it is that it is a rom-com. A good one. This book is what it sets out to be--a fun, cute romance with a few quirks and good pacing.

So while this isn't exactly on par with some of my favorite books of all time, it's still a pretty good rom-com.

Some of the things I liked:

--The non-linear format of...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books

Ditched is a book that when I started reading it, I was doing the eye roll thing, but found the corners of my mouth turning up into a big smile. Ditched is hilariously fantastic. I couldn't put this book down. Robin Mellom’s writing pulled me in and kept me so intrigued in the story that I had to find out what happen with Justina, the dress, and Ian. Mellom brought back all my memories of excessive behavior as a teenage girl as I was reading, and yes, my own eye rolls at myself.

Justina is an e...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Mar 28, 2013 Donna {Book Passion for Life} rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Donna {Book Passion for Life} by: Read-along-with-Jasprit
What I enjoyed about this book:
Ditched: A Love Story wasn’t your typical read. I had also assumed it would be a cute read and I had kind of already predicted how the story would go, but once I started reading, I totally had it wrong. The main character; Justina, really had to go through the ringer in order to process her feelings and of course, figure out how one of the best nights of her life goes so wrong. The love interest; Ian, comes across as a jerk to start with but as the book progresses...more
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Robin Mellom is the author of DITCHED, her debut teen novel coming January 2012 from Disney-Hyperion. And also THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series coming from Disney-Hyperion June 2012.

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California. Visit her at http://www.robinmellom.com.
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