Amazing Kirkus Review of DITCHED!

My editor sent along my first “official” review! When I wrote DITCHED, I knew I wanted to keep it light and funny all the way through. So I was blown away to read what Kirkus had to say about DITCHED…

A Love Story
Author: Mellom, Robin
Zany comedy dominates this romp through the prom night from Hell.
When Justina literally finds herself lying in a ditch beside the road at the end of prom night, she hobbles to a nearby convenience store to get help. There she tells her sad tale to the clerk and a sympathetic customer. Justina and prom date Ian have remained just friends, and each seems a safe prom date for the other. Justina yields to her mom’s wishes and wears a thrift-shop dress with everything dyed blue to match. Mellom tells Justina’s story using various stains on the dress as a framework for introducing increasingly crazy episodes. The emphasis stays on comedy as Justina’s tale of the night progresses, such as how she missed the chicken Marsala dinner and eventually including an incident involving a three-legged Chihuahua. Throughout, Justina receives cynical advice about men from her convenience-store audience, but a thread of real romance lurks just below the surface. Has Ian really ditched Justina, or is he caught in a similar comedy of errors? In any comedy readers can trust that everything will come out all right in the end, and that it will be a fun ride getting there. The author displays a well-developed touch for the absurd.
For readers with a funny bone that needs a tingle, this should hit the spot. (Comic romance. 12 & up)
  • Eporinchak

    WOO!!! I totally agree. “Ditched” is wild wacky fun. CONGRATS, Robin! You are the best teen author in the history of teen authors!!!!! xoxoxo

  • Ebhaiman

    Woo-hoo!!! Can’t wait to read your first book!!!! Congrats!!

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  • Janet Gurtler

    Great review! Congrats. You do have a great touch for the absurd!

  • Sherrie Petersen

    Woo-hoo! What a great review! I can’t wait to read it for myself :)

  • Robin Mellom

    Thanks so much everyone! I’m so relieved they were NICE to me!! And Janet, that was my favorite line. It was almost *not* a compliment, but to me, it was THE BEST compliment. :)

  • SarahFrances Hardy

    Agreed!!! I love, love, love this super-fun book–and the cast of characters is unforgettable.

  • Sarah Billington

    Fantabulous, Robin!!

  • Bill_Cochran

    I echo Eve and SFH’s comments… only with a little more testosterone.

  • Gina Rosati

    I can’t wait to read Ditched!! And I know my 13 year old daughter is going to love it too!!

  • cjomololu

    YAY!!! I knew they’d love it!!!!

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  • CS Perryess

    What a killer review. I bow to you & look forward to reading DITCHED.

  • About Robin

    The first book in my middle grade series, THE CLASSROOM: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet Epic Kid, is now available from Disney-Hyperion. It's a mockumentary of life in seventh grade...oh, the awkwardness.

    And my teen novel, DITCHED: A Love Story, is about a 16-year old girl who has one of those nights she'll always remember (and a prom she wants to forget). Check out the Teen Books section for an excerpt!

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