Caitlyn Breen is the new seventh grader at Mitchell School, with ten other kids. As always, she is an outsider, since the others have known each other since they first started school. But the seventh grade isn't truly complete, since this year, Paulie Fink isn't there. Paulie Fink is the type of student that teachers detest, the class troublemaker. But why is he gone? As the year goes on, his story starts to unfold, and the need to fill his space in the class grows. Soon, Caitlyn finds herself as the judge of the competition to become the next Paulie Fink. As competition grows, Caitlyn starts to discover who this "Paulie Fink" really was, and discovers new things about herself. Who will become the next Paulie Fink? What will this competition do to relationships between friends? To find out, read The Next Great Paulie Fink. I recommend this to anyone who loves a funny read. My favorite part was how the characters evolved through the book.