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.
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.
If everyone believed and implemented what this little boy had in mind, the world would be a better place. It's quite inspiring.