Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Imagine waking up in a ditch on the side of a highway. Your dress is covered in grime, your entire body aches, and you are absolutely famished. How did you end up here? A robbery? An accident?

Actually, it was just prom night.

Justina Griffith finds herself in this exact state the morning after her prom. In a harshly literal sense of the word, she was ditched. Her two new friends, one a sweet 7-Eleven cashier and the other a self-proclaimed man hater, question Justina as they try to figure out what happened to her. As she tells the tale of each stain or bruise, Justina starts to weave together a story of tattoos, vegetarian curry, and three-legged Chihuahuas that could only be experienced at the most quintessential of high school events.

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom takes what is widely considered the most memorable night of high school and turns it upside down. The situations Justina faces range from incredibly comical to downright horrific. Yet no matter how grotesque the event is, it never veers from the realm of possibility. The prom, a night so full of promise and hope, lends itself to the belief that anything is possible. For better or for worse.

Justina’s life does not revolve around the pursuit of a crown. Instead, she is bogged down with more weighty matters, like the pursuit of her hopefully soon-to-be boyfriend. Despite the occasional moment of whininess (and, really, who wouldn’t be a little whiny by now?), Justina faces every struggle with an impeccable sense of humor and perspective that makes the reader cheer for her every step of the way.

Ditched: A Love Story is most definitely a love story. However, it is not the archetypal high school romance. Instead, it is a story about loving oneself. It reminds the reader that, at the end of the day, the only opinion that really matters is your own. If you are happy with yourself, you can leave all the old, bad memories in a ditch near the highway and keep walking toward the future.

 

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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