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.
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.
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.
Taken from the back of the book. "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 n turn would help three others, and so on, each act as a link in a chain of human kindness."
If you have seen the movie but have not read the book yet, please read the book. The book has some major differences and some minor ones. The concept of this touching story is still there. I enjoyed how the Author let each character tell their story. It shows their perspective of what is going on and how they are or are not handing it. I loved the movie, loved the book more.
A friend of mine spoiled the ending and so I didn't read the book. It has a very good premise--do random acts of kindness for other people and don't expect paybacks. As them to pay it forward, to do more random acts for others.