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Pay It Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

carter_reads's review against another edition

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4.0

This book made me look at the world so much differently. The message in it is so beautiful and it shows how a little bit of kindness can have a big impact. It really makes me want to go out and be kind to anyone. As for the story itself I liked all the different points of view. I kind of wish it had more from the kid’s viewpoint but I still enjoyed it.

bethb3's review

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4.0

4.5 stars
I read the adult version several years ago and really enjoyed it. I chose this one for a book club and was interested to see how the versions differed. Some of the content was toned down or removed for a younger audience, but this didn't detract from the beauty and poignancy of the story.

juliet1102's review

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4.0

Left me wanting to pay it forward. Changing the world one good deed at a time.

lucy_i_t's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

railyway's review against another edition

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4.0

The beginning was alright. The ending was heartbreaking. < / 3

mugglemom's review

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4.0

Book was better than the movie - the movie changed some key areas. I wonder if the author was on board with all the changes?

Still, loved the story and what it means.

v10's review against another edition

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3.0

Quite different from the movie (and original book, which I have not read), but inspiring just the same.

epilieaspiechick's review against another edition

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4.0

My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

I never saw the movie but I've heard enough about the plot to understand it. A friend of mine gave me the book and I was interested to see how it played out. Although the idea itself is beautiful, the story itself meanders and gets lost in the sea of characters.

elliec98's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced

5.0

sadsexygemini's review

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3.0

"A Story To Change Your Life"

I watched the film that's based on this book before I knew that this was a book. I know, that's bad because it's better to read the book before you watch the film and whatnot, but in it's defense, the film did live up to the book.
I'm a big fan of random acts of kindness, so when I heard about the concept of Paying It Forward, I was immediately interested.

Trevor is an ordinary boy, in almost every aspect. Until he comes up with an idea for a Social Studies project that changes the world.

I expected this book to be quite slow paced and, to be frank, kind of boring. So when I finished reading, I was pleasantly surprised. And sad, because of what happened. But mainly surprised.