Author: Robin Mellom
Publication Date: 10 January 2012
Summary (courtesy of goodreads.com):
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 promised her the most amazing night at prom. And then ditched her.If you're looking for a great story that doesn't take itself too seriously, Ditched is definitely a book you need to read. Right now-ish.
Justina is an amazing narrator, and her story is hilarious. I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud reading this book, and I normally have the kind of self-control required to not start giggling to myself in the middle of a public place. Not so while reading Ditched. Justina's descriptions and revelations are just too funny to not laugh like an idiot no matter where you are.
Aside from it being awesomely funny, I also loved the way Robin Mellom chose to tell the story. Justina relates her prom story to two woman in a 7-11, the morning after the...eventful night. The chapters alternate between present tense scenes at the 7-11, where Donna and Gilda offer more laugh-inducing commentary, and past tense reflections on just how Justina ended up ditched. Mellom could have easily left the 7-11 scenes out - she has an amazing story even without them - but they added so much to the story and I loved that she thought to tell it this way.
Overall, Ditched is an amazing read that I would recommend to anyone with a sense of humor and a soft-spot for YA love stories.