Review: Ditched: A Love Story

2.07.2012
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Published January 10th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion 
High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her. 

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 prom. 

And then ditched her. 

Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together -- stain by stain on her thrift-store dress -- exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car... 

But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love. 

Ditched switches off between times - the events leading up to Prom and the aftermath of the mess that was Prom. 

At first, that was a huge issue for me. I never really like books like that, though I have no idea why. Maybe it's because the transition between the past and the present is always so sudden and I can never find a connection. But eventually, I got used to it, because it works for this story. We get to see how Justina's relationship with Ian turns into a disaster and also get to see the aftermath of it all. 

I feel like Justina has much more personality in the past than in the present. A lot of times I wanted to skim through the present, simply because Justina was falling flat and I felt like nothing was happening. Another issue I had was that Ditched is basically all about Justina. I know that might sound funny, considering she's the main character, so what's the problem? But in most books, the main character will guess what others are thinking. Have conversations with them asking what they're thinking about. You can still get in their heads a little bit, get a better feel for their characters. I feel like that didn't happen in Ditched. 
Another issue - stereotypes. I haven't seen many other people with this issue, and I suppose it wasn't a huge one, but I feel like Ditched might have had one too many stereotypes that Justina commented on. 
However, I completely love that the story of Justina's dress and all the damage it received is woven throughout the story. The stains on her dress are like a chronicle of what happened that night, and it's something very new and original to me. I thought it was a great way to tell the story. 

I also think the way Ian is portrayed is perfect. You spend most of the book wondering - is he really that cruel, or was there some miscommunication? Mellom gives you the perfect amount of hints without revealing everything right from the start.
Overall: While the characters in Ditched might not be the best, the book is still a fun and adorable read. The thing about Ditched is that while I enjoyed reading it, it's another one of those books that's forgettable. I won't spend hours thinking about it. 3 stars.

~Zoey~
6 comments on "Review: Ditched: A Love Story"
  1. Oh I'm super curious about Ian! I get frustrated when it switches back and forth in time like that too but I can see how it works for the story. I'm not a fan of stereotypes though, as I see it way way too often in YA. Thank you for such a honest and great review!

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  2. Sounds pretty cool, although I'm not always a fan of the stereotypes in these kinds of books. But it does sound like it could be fun, so I don't know. :P Nice review!

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  3. I can't wait to read this book! :) Loved your review!

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  4. It's really too bad this book is forgettable. I've been having this problem and it's really frustrating. Especially if there's a sequel.

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  5. I enjoyed this story. The pictures of her dress with the stains made it even better for me it was entertaining. I agree with you though when you said you spent the whole book wondering if Ian was really that bad or not, I did the exact same thing!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  6. I understand what it means to be "ditched" so I can probably relate to this story. Mind you, I'll have to think back---way back---especially since I'm married now! Too bad the book is "forgettable" according to your review. But, it's an enjoyable read, right? Still might pick it up! Just because.

    Thanks for your review.
    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

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2.07.2012

Review: Ditched: A Love Story

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Published January 10th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion 
High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her. 

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 prom. 

And then ditched her. 

Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together -- stain by stain on her thrift-store dress -- exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car... 

But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love. 

Ditched switches off between times - the events leading up to Prom and the aftermath of the mess that was Prom. 

At first, that was a huge issue for me. I never really like books like that, though I have no idea why. Maybe it's because the transition between the past and the present is always so sudden and I can never find a connection. But eventually, I got used to it, because it works for this story. We get to see how Justina's relationship with Ian turns into a disaster and also get to see the aftermath of it all. 

I feel like Justina has much more personality in the past than in the present. A lot of times I wanted to skim through the present, simply because Justina was falling flat and I felt like nothing was happening. Another issue I had was that Ditched is basically all about Justina. I know that might sound funny, considering she's the main character, so what's the problem? But in most books, the main character will guess what others are thinking. Have conversations with them asking what they're thinking about. You can still get in their heads a little bit, get a better feel for their characters. I feel like that didn't happen in Ditched. 
Another issue - stereotypes. I haven't seen many other people with this issue, and I suppose it wasn't a huge one, but I feel like Ditched might have had one too many stereotypes that Justina commented on. 
However, I completely love that the story of Justina's dress and all the damage it received is woven throughout the story. The stains on her dress are like a chronicle of what happened that night, and it's something very new and original to me. I thought it was a great way to tell the story. 

I also think the way Ian is portrayed is perfect. You spend most of the book wondering - is he really that cruel, or was there some miscommunication? Mellom gives you the perfect amount of hints without revealing everything right from the start.
Overall: While the characters in Ditched might not be the best, the book is still a fun and adorable read. The thing about Ditched is that while I enjoyed reading it, it's another one of those books that's forgettable. I won't spend hours thinking about it. 3 stars.

~Zoey~

6 comments:

  1. Oh I'm super curious about Ian! I get frustrated when it switches back and forth in time like that too but I can see how it works for the story. I'm not a fan of stereotypes though, as I see it way way too often in YA. Thank you for such a honest and great review!

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  2. Sounds pretty cool, although I'm not always a fan of the stereotypes in these kinds of books. But it does sound like it could be fun, so I don't know. :P Nice review!

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  3. I can't wait to read this book! :) Loved your review!

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  4. It's really too bad this book is forgettable. I've been having this problem and it's really frustrating. Especially if there's a sequel.

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  5. I enjoyed this story. The pictures of her dress with the stains made it even better for me it was entertaining. I agree with you though when you said you spent the whole book wondering if Ian was really that bad or not, I did the exact same thing!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books
    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

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  6. I understand what it means to be "ditched" so I can probably relate to this story. Mind you, I'll have to think back---way back---especially since I'm married now! Too bad the book is "forgettable" according to your review. But, it's an enjoyable read, right? Still might pick it up! Just because.

    Thanks for your review.
    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

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