Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ditched (A Love Story): with a Hangover...

Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellon
Hardcover, 273 pages
Hyperion, January 2012

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.

This is the sixth book in the 2012 Debut Author Challengehosted by the Story Siren. (Whoohooo! half-way there!)

Ditched is one night at prom filled with quirky characters, some hilarious lines...and a hangover.

While the first few chapters were entertaining: funny one liners and an interesting premise, sometime after that, my attention drifted elsewhere. The flashbacks of the night told to two 7-eleven strangers got tiresome. The partying and high school behavior wore me down: a drunk teen taking vodka-jello shots at his parent's house (and his parents have NO clue!), dog swapping pranks, discussing the male anatomy, smoking marijuana...It was a little too much drama...And I guess I was expecting Ian to play a bigger part in the story than off stage.

Most of all, Justina-which by the way is such an awkward name for a character-did not deliver. At first, I was cheering her on with Ian. But then her behavior just spirals out of control. From the moment Ian picks her up for the pre-party, it was a domino effect just waiting to happen: her jealous side seems to have affected her ability to think straight. She draws some pretty big erroneous conclusions about Ian when they are supposed to be BEST friends. Aren't you supposed to know your BFF pretty well? Or maybe love/heartache blinds you in a way that you can't see clearly? Or maybe she was just insecure? Or maybe it's like what Gilda, the 7-eleven worker, tells her "Couldn't you have waited until you had some questions answered?"

Yes, Justina, couldn't you have just waited? Then I wouldn't have this hangover.

Rated 2.5 Bites

Content Advisory: drug usage, partying, language, sexual references

Now available on Amazon: Ditched: A Love Story.

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