Book Club Book: Dumped by Popular Demand Part 2

The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts
The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts

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?

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Hey, Don’t Miss that Blind Spot!

Blind Spot Test
Blind Spot Test

Hey everyone. It’s Poppy here, your resident go-to girl for matters on science! Now, I know you might not like going to science class, but I’m going to tell you some cool stuff I learned from a psychologist I met at a college I visited with my mom. They were talking about the brain, and what happens in order for us to see something. The diagrams looked really complicated, but when she broke it down, I learned something really awesome about our vision!

We have something called a blind spot. And, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. It’s an actual spot where we can’t see. How does this happen? Well, let’s start from the beginning. When we look at an object, say a red apple, it sends physical waves to our eyes that move through the different parts of the eye. You know about your pupil, right? Well, that is just one of the many muscular components that make up our eyes, and allow us to see. Apparently, the pupil is actually a hole that is made from a gap in our eye muscles! Our eyes transfer those physical waves from muscle to muscle until they reach the site of transduction, which means they get turned into something called neural impulses. Now, I know it may seem like a lot of big words, which is what I thought, but the psychologist explained it to me in a simple way: the waves go through the eye, get to a site where things change, and then they come out as messages that are sent to our brains. Those messages tell us what we are seeing, and that we can out the image in our memory.

So, where does this whole blind spot come in? That has to do with memory. Our eyes don’t actually cover all the physical space in front of us when looking at a specific point. There is a spot that we can’t see, but we don’t see a hole or black spot there. Instead, our brain fills it in with our memories of familiar objects. For instance, if we only see a portion of something red, round, smooth, and shiny, our brain registers that the object is an apple. It does the same thing here, which is why we can’t see the blind spot. One way to know it’s there, though, is to look an object with one eye closed, and then switch eyes. The object isn’t in the same place, is it? This means that there is a blind spot, and that our brain fills it in for us! See, science isn’t always about words on a textbook- it can tell us cool things that our bodies do that we didn’t even know about!

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