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Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
It all started with the social studies teacher's extra-credit assignment: come up with a plan to change the world for the better, and do it. Twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney began by doing something good for three people. But instead of paying him back, he asked them to "pay it forward" by doing a favor for three more people, who in turn would he...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743412025
ISBN-10: 0743412028
Publication Date: 10/1/2000
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 93 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Wow. I loved this book. I haven't cried so hard at an ending since Terms of Endearment. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a human spirit boost! Just, wow.
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This novel was made into a movie. A 12-year old boy chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and then when those people thank him and ask how to pay him back, he tells them that they should "pay it forward" by choosing 3 people for whom they can do favors and in turn these people will "pay it forward" It is a wonderful book.
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Good book, very sad, but wonderful story.
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This was a very inspiring story! If you've seen the movie, the book is so much better...
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An uplifting story that encourages the reader to participate in kindnesses toward fellow humanity. a great read!
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Different from the movie in many ways. Still, a very good book with strong, realistic characters. I was able to visualize the characters as their true selves and not as the actors who played them in the movie.
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I loved this book! I quite litterally couldn't put it down and had to finish it in one night. The interweaving of characters was fascinating to read. Having not seen the movie that was based on it I can't say which was better, though just by looking at the casting choices I know that they made a lot of changes. Anyway...

I loved the premise: what if everyone did a favor for three people and, instead of asking for payback, asked the person to "pay it forward" and instead help three other people. If we all did favors and told people to pay it forward, eventually the whole world would be so caught up in trying to remember how many favors they owed to other people that there wouldn't be time for gang violence and wars and all that other stuff. It would be a perfect world.
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If everyone believed and implemented what this little boy had in mind, the world would be a better place. It's quite inspiring.