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.
Justina is going to prom with her best guy friend, Ian, with whom she’s fallen in love. But, though they never really discussed it, she thinks they’re only going as friends. She’s not really the type to attend prom; she gets her clothes from second hand stores and she is not exactly popular; her best girl friend’s bravado and don’t care attitude are what helps Justina to navigate their high school.
And then she wakes up literally ditched at six in the morning, with no idea where Ian is, only vaguely remembering that they were separated at prom, and her momentos from the night before, various stains and bruises, help her to remember and recount the night, which was told in flashbacks to the women she’s met at the 7-11 she walked to after jumping from a moving car.
What I loved about this book is that Justina seemed a lot like me. She was insecure and sarcastic and kinda clueless. She was the type of girl who allowed her mother to pick out her prom dress and then accessorize it with things that matched the dress exactly, down to the dyed shoes. Of course, she would be the laughingstock of the prom, especially next to girls wearing Jimmy Choo heels, but she’s also different from those girls in ways that don’t include how much her dress costs.
After a mishap with her dress, she comes back to the bathroom to find Ian gone. Her friends and his friends try to convince her that he will be back, but she can’t seem to get a hold of him and there is something I would classify as a comedy of errors when she starts to look for him.
There were parts, of course, where I just wanted to shake her. She is the queen of jumping to conclusions, but I understood why she was so reluctant to believe that Ian liked her IN THAT WAY, and I could see myself doing some of the things she does. But she had a lot of heart and didn’t give up trying to find him.
The book was funny, sweet and I liked it a lot. Ian is a great character and would-be boyfriend, and Justina was very endearing, if a bit of a teenage girl because she’s so oblivious. The other characters (Mike and Other Mike and their dates, Serenity and Bliss, as well as the women she’s telling her story to at the 7-11) were funny and made the story so much better.