Friday, 29 March 2013

Joint Post: Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Hello everyone! Today I'm pleased to share with you another joint post with one of my favourite bloggers Donna from Book Passion for Life. Ditched was a book that both of us had sitting on our shelves for ages, so we both decided this would be the perfect opportunity to finally give this book a try. So before our joint post, here's a bit about the book.

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: January 10th 2012.
My rating: 3.5 stars


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 prom. Then there's a ditch. But when Justina is ditched, figuratively and literally, she must piece together--stain-by-stain on her thrift store dress--exactly how she ended up dateless...with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven. To get the whole store, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. Can losing out at her prom ultimately lead to finding true love?

 

Joint Review


What I enjoyed about this book.
 
Jasprit: I enjoyed that Ditched wasn’t your typical read. I assumed that it would be a cute, light and fluffy read, but it actually had a deeper meaning behind the story. A story of a girl who at times could be annoying, but was trying her utmost hardest to lose this reputation that nearly everyone held of her for so long and have a good time with her prom date Ian. I enjoyed watching Justina’s character development and my opinion of her change too. But mostly what I enjoyed was how this story was told. We were given snippets into Justina’s prom night via the stains or marks she was left with from the unfortunate night. There were some nice pretty pictures starting each chapter off and then we’d get a back story into what each stain represented. I enjoyed guessing what each stain could represent and then learning the back story behind each one.  

Donna: I have to agree with Jasprit on this one. 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 you can see that it’s Justina that has everything mixed up. I really enjoyed how the story was told, it was through flash backs of the night while Justina was telling her story to two random women she meets and although it story dragged at times, it was still enjoyable.

What surprised you the most about this book?
 
Jasprit: Certain characters development over the course of the book. I especially enjoy a story more when I initially make quick assumptions about a particular character, but then as the story progresses, the characters end up taking me by surprise and changing my original assumptions I had completely. This happened to me with quite a few characters in Ditched.

Donna: Definitely the humour and the amount of crazy in this book. Robin Mellon gives our main character a fantastic personality – she’s bold and brave, she’s not afraid to say what she thinks (this isn’t including Ian because come on, all girls get nervous around boys, lol) but she’s a teenage girl that just really wants a fantastic night and because of that, it’s makes her do crazy things. Each character we are introduced comes with another crazy idea and I liked reading about it.

Favourite scene
 
Jasprit: When Justina, the two Mike’s, Serenity and Bliss go to try and track the rest of the party down. This entire scene was like a character building process for Justina. She was forced to spend time with girls who she normally wouldn’t have spent time with and had been judgemental about, but from spending time with them, she learned that they were girls with really helpful ideas and opinions.

Donna: When Justina really learns what Ian feels for her, he turns up to aka rescue her and it’s a really sweet moment in front of a lot of witnesses.

Favourite character
 
Jasprit: Ian, he was a character who we hardly got to see much of in this story, but learning about the things he did or said through other characters definitely helped me to hold his character in high regard. Unlike Justina I wasn’t quick to make bad assumptions about his character, I was patient enough to wait out for the truth, which I’m glad that I did, as it certainly paid off in the end.

Donna: I’d love to say Ian because he was a great love interest but he didn’t really get much of a spotlight, so I’ll go with Justina, because I loved her as a person. She makes mistakes like any normal teenager does and I loved that not everything wasn’t perfect in her world.
Favourite quotes
 
Jasprit: “Ian was the guy who would call to check in on me three days before my period started because he knew I’d be acting erratic, even though I explained it was perfectly normal for a girl to curl up in bed with a hot water bottle. One day, he finally realized I didn’t need his emotional support; I just needed licorice and Motrin. But what I loved most about our friendship was the way he said my name... always dripping with adoration. And annoyance. I had always figured that’s what had drawn Ian to me. My adorably low tolerance for PMS mixed with my annoying all-black wardrobe. It was sexy to him.”
 
“That one”, I said, pointing to a punk Tinker Bell with ripped wings and fishnets and combat boots. She was the spitting image of me. She was supposed to be sweet and beautiful, but she was ripped and torn. 
 
“Ian did look good the day he wore that green shirt, it was true. But it wasn’t the shirt that changed everything. It was the licorice and Motrin. He knew when I most needed help. He always gave me what I needed. Peanut butter cookie. Daisy ring. That crease. It never was the green shirt.”
 
Donna: “All I could think about was throwing something at her— something made of glass. Or spikes. Or a viral disease. They really should invent Herpes In A Jar for moments like these”
 
"It's true. I'm not that girl anymore. And there will be a time when I'll be The Girl. It is all about timing--and one day when I'm not planning it, and organizing it and strangling it, love will become possible. There won't be any more leapfrogging. We'll land in the exact spot at the same precise moment. And I will wait."
 
General thoughts and final rating
 
Jasprit: 3.5 stars. Ditched was more than just a book with a fluffy, sweet cover, it was a novel about a girl on a journey to discover herself, but ultimately just have a good time with her prom date. It was sad that Justina’s prom night didn’t end up being as one that she would remember in the years to come, but did result in her being a better person in the end.

Donna: 3 stars. Ditched: A Love Story was a quirky and fun read, one that really takes you on a journey of self-discovery and first love. I really enjoyed it and although Justina’s night wasn’t what her and us as readers wanted it to be for her, I think she got so much more from that night that she will cherish even more.

20 comments:

  1. I won a copy of this last year but haven't read it yet. It's just sitting on my shelf. Sounds cute, but not top on my list now. TFS.

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  2. I rememberd feeling the same thing as you did when I finished reading this book last year: it was unexpectedly deeper than I've thought. I ended up loving the book! I got it from netgalley too. :)

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  3. Ditched was a book I left on my shelf for quite a while, but ended up loving when I finally read it. I ended up absolutely loving it. I loved the interesting way the story unfolded. And I actually chose the same quotes as you as my favorites. Seeing this review actually makes me want to re-read. Excellent job, ladies!

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  4. Ooh, this is a great joint review, ladies! I like that this book is much deeper than you originally anticipated - I always love when that happens - and it does sound different from most contemporary I've read. Although it has its flaws, I suspect I'll still enjoy this one if I give it a try, so thanks for putting this one on my radar!(:

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  5. Fantastic joint review, Jasprit and Donna! I don't know why I keep putting this book off but seeing your review I think I have to stop doing it. Haha! Soon maybe, when I get in the mood from some fluffy but still with depth contemporary book. Glad to see you both enjoyed it. :)

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  7. I always love when a book takes you by surprise and it sounds like this one did just that. It is more than a light and fluffy read. I am all about lots of humor and fun as well. These joint reviews are so much fun. You ladies rocked it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. I haven't heard of this book, but now I really want to know more about Ian. It's too bad that he wasn't a major part of the book but I'd still love to know his story.
    I like these joint review :)

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  9. I love this joint review! I myself haven't read Ditched yet, but I do want to pick it up now. I thought it was a light, cute read, but after reading your review, it looks like it has some great depth. I want to meet Justina and watch her character grow. And of course, Ian! I'm sorry that he wasn't in the story much, but I'm glad that you still liked him. Lovely reviews! <3

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  10. Wow, I love this review, and I love the style of it as well. You two did such a great job! But I think I'm definitely going to be picking this one up now- especially because the MC is one who is trying to 'lose a bad reputation' and that she's kind of judgmental. I think I'd be able to totally relate to her, and embrace her, even though she does come with her flaws. The unexpected depth of this book is sounding really great though, and I'm excited that it was so great.

    Lovely review, you two! I'm excited to pick this one up now! <3

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  11. Loved the joint review. I've seen really good reviews of this. Have to check it out and I like that it's not just a light fluffy read. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. I just found my way to your blog :) New follower and great review!

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  13. I have seen this book around but haven't read it. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the story. I also though that this was just simple and sweet story. Anyway I love your joined review :) Great job :)

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  14. Great review Donna and Jaspirit. I love the quotes you both picked, Herpes in a Jar lol. I enjoy books about first love, I think that's why I'm such a fan of YA :)

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  15. Faaabulous joint review :D ditched sounds really interesting snd quirky. I expected it to be conventional and predictable as well I think because of the cover, for some reason. I like the sound of Ian already <3

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  16. So glad that you liked this book, ladies. I wasn't a huge fan of it because I didn't like the MC at all. Plus, there was a lot of slut shaming and I couldn't fully appreciate the book.
    Lovely review! :)

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  17. I remember dismissing this when it first came out because I wasn't really a fan of the cover, but then I began reading reviews that echoed what you both say here, it's much more than what you're expecting to get from it.

    Thanks for the reminder about Ditched, I'll have to check it out!

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  18. Love how you break up your reviews into segments and made it all so clear! I thought this was just another cute read but I'm obviously wrong! I may be picking up this book soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I'm glad to hear that there is humour in this book, but that it's also more than a simple fluffy read. I never really considered it before, but I think I might add it to the list now. Love the quotes you both shared! :)

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