The Next Great Paulie Fink
Caitlyn is starting a new school, and she hates everything about it. There are fewer than 10 kids in her private school class, goats are a regular part of P.E., and everyone is always talking about some kid named Paulie Fink. They decide to create a contest, which Caitlyn will judge, to see who can do the most epic, prank-like, Paulie-Fink-worthy tasks this school year. Can anyone live up to the legend?
I didn't really click with this character, but I like that the story has a different premise than most books. The idea that sometimes people are built up so much in memory is a great one, and it could spur some interesting conversations about what's fake and what's real and how to discern the difference.
Told with standard narration interspersed with interviews from different perspectives, the book also asks the main character to reflect about how she bullied and excluded a girl from her former school, and confronting the idea that people punish people for being different is powerful.
"She looks like she doesn't care what anybody thinks,' I say. 'I wish I knew how to do that.'
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