hey GirlMoguls – it’s book 2 in the tween Dork Diaries series – and Nikki Maxwell our heroine is settled in at her new school with BFFs and her crush as her lab partner. However when she overhears her nemesis Mackenzie bragging about how she’s going to the Halloween dance with Brandon, Nikki agrees to help out at her little sister’s party – but then she finds out that Mackenzie was lying – and there’s still a chance she could go with Brandon – but will she disappoint her best friends and her little sister for a boy? Love the little cartoons, though perhaps if Nikki wasn’t so obsessed with a boy she would have an easier time of it….[ReviewAZON asin=”1416980067″ display=”fullpost”]
Oh boy, we have some gossip to share with each other. As we get through the latter part of Dumped by Popular Demand, by which I mean chapter 15 through the end, the story takes some big turns.
It turns out we do find out why Grant takes Dorie as his lab partner- he picks the smartest one in the class so she or he can do the work for him! Well, Dorie will not settle for that. With Dixie by her side, she devises a plan to get Grant more involved in the project they have to embark on togther. After having a failed meeting at her house, she forces herself over Grant’s house. While he is still not helping, he seems to be paying more and more attention as the meetings go on. Meanwhile, Dixie and Dorie join the Dance Committee in order to get closer to the Holly Trinity. Although Dorie may not believe it, the Holly trinity is not interested in her. Holly even says her part of the committee is full when Dorie goes to sign up, but lets other girls sign up after Dorie leaves. She is so mean!
Anyway, Dorie joins Alexis’ committee with Dixie and tries to figure out the next step to popularity. Grant is opening up more to her, but it’s just not happening. Then, at one study break, Dorie involves food because she knows Grant likes to cook. This works! But, his mom interrupts and embarrasses Grant. Luckily for Dorie, he says he has a date for his brother’s wedding out of frustration, and means Dorie. Grant is going out with Dorie! We’re finally getting somewhere with this plan. Now, Dorie gets the Holly trinity to have the impression that her and Grant are dating. The gossip girl of Greenview, Tara, spreads the rumors perfectly and instantly the Holly Trinity is super interested in Dorie.
The next step has to go into play. Dorie tries to get Grant to dump her. But, everything she does, like being clingy, end s up being something that grant likes. In the end, he finds out about her plan and dumps her. Dixie also gets upset as to how much attention she gives the Holly trinity and not him. Yet, when Dorie is left with the Holly Trinity as friends, she realizes that both Dixie and Grant were better people, and better friends. She defends Grant, dumps the Holly Trinity, and restores her friendship with Dixie. Now, that’s what I call a happy ending. After finishing the novel, I thought of some interesting questions you can talk about with your friends, or write about in a journal of your own!
If Dorie left Grant and Dixie out of the picture and stayed friends with the Holly trinity, do you think she would’ve fit in? Did Dorie have anything else in common with the girls she so desperately wanted to be friends with?
What did Dorie learn about being a good friend and a good person? How did her interactions with grant’s family make her see Grant differently at home than in school?
Did you like the ending? Would you have changed the way Dorie treated people and her goals?
Posted by GirlMogul Poppy
Hey girls! So now we’re over half way through this fabulous novel, Dumped By Popular Demand. So, that means that we need to discuss all the juicy details of Dorie’s experience in her new school, including her major social experiment.
Okay, the big news is the Holly Trinity. This is the elite circle of 3 in Greenview, which Dorie has figured out to be comprised of 3 popular girls: Holly MacAdams, Alexis Martinez, and Jenny Chang. After days of eating lunch in the girls bathroom, Dorie finally figured out who the three girls were. But, there was a still a huge mystery to figure out- what did they haven in common? Why were these three girls not only popular, but so close to each other?
The answer’s name is Grant. Grant is the popular guy in school who sits in the back of the class, jokes around, pokes fun at people, and definitely does not impress his teachers. But, let’s remember, he’s the popular kid. And, to top it off, he is what the Holly trinity has in common. Each girl has dated and been dumped by Grant, and this is the bond that holds them together. Like a lightbulb turning on, the idea comes to Dorie instantly. She will have to get Grant to recognize who she is, date her, then dump her in order to become one of the popular girls.
With the help of her also out-of-town friend Dixie, she begins on the first part (getting Grant to know who she is). With the help of Dixie’s makeover, we arrive at chapter 1 with a huge surprise. Grant does recognize Dorie, not for her name or who she is, but in science class. He picked her as his lab partner! As we read on to find out what this is about, I though of some questions to consider for this portion of the story:
Why would an ex-boyfriend bring three popular girls together? Why is this the only thing all three have in common?
What role does Dixie play in this part of the book? Do you think he will become more or less important as the story goes on?
And finally, why did grant pick Dorie as his partner? Did her trick of getting a makeover and asking him for a pencil work?
Posted by GirlMogul Poppy