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The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to pThe story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to put that plan into action.The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. In the tradition of the successful and inspirational television show Touched by an Angel, and the phenomenally successful novel and film Forrest Gump, Pay It Forward is a work of charm, wit, and remarkable inspiration, a story of hope for today and for many tomorrows to come....

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ISBN : 9780743412025
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Number of Pages : 311 Pages
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Pay It Forward Reviews

  • Rose Ann
    2019-05-22 09:57

    Not many books have actually made me cry....this one the last few chapters.Bittersweet.I originally gave this book 4 stars, but the more I thought about it, it really deserves 5 stars from is why and what I took with me after reading this book:1. The next time someone asks me how they can pay me back...I will defintely tell them to pay it forward instead!2. Don't just SAY you are going to do something to help someone....stop talking about it and DO it. Life is short.I liked that it was a child who came up with the idea of "paying it forward" and that it was his answer to the question of how he could change the world.I also liked how the author focused on different people who were effected by The Movement, of Paying It ForwardThe last 30 pages or so were so sad. (that's where the tears come in)I wish it didnt end the way it unfair.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-21 06:43

    I saw the 2000 film adaptation of Pay It Forward in my health and human services class, so I figured I should read the book, and I can easily say that although the film was good, the book was better by far! The characters feel much more real and "alive" in the book, the descriptions of everything are well-detailed and incredibly vivid, and the book itself is both depressing and very hopeful. It's an excellent novel about selflessness, empathy and understanding, and about how we all have it in our own power to do the right thing and pay it forward.

  • Luciano
    2019-05-24 08:00

    I was moved to read this book after hearing a couple of people at work raving about it.I love the premise of the author's idea and how she goes about developing it within the story line. It really is an excellent story. What makes this story so engrossing to read, is how the author piggy backs from one situation to another, eventually bringing it full circle. It's like watching a row of literary dominoes fall, one on top of another; with the fall of each subsequent domino influencing the trajectory of the next and all those behind it.The story also has very important and inspiring message, one that it gets across without banging the book over your head, and that is that indivudally we can facilitate change in society one person at a time. We can create hope and a sense of purpose if we are willing to challenge outselves to see people for their potential as good human beings, rather than just other people who happen to share our same geographic areas.I also enjoyed the characters in this story who are all so amazingly different, yet who all find within themselves the compassion to care that keeps the chain going.This is an excellent book. A book that inspires us to be more than what we typically manage to be.

  • Kandice
    2019-05-06 09:51

    I remembered this movie from the 90s and had a sappy feeling when I thought of it, but still dove right in because usually if you enjoy a movie the book is infinitely better. I found that to be the case here.The entire premise of the book is a Social Studies extra credit assignment to think of a way to better the world. Trevor MicKinney takes the assignment to heart. Trevor is the only child of a hard working, tender-hearted (kind of) down on her luck single mother. He is wise beyond his years and his maturity matches his wisdom. Trevor’s big idea is simple. Do something for three people. Something big. It doesn't need to involve money, but must be important to the person you are doing it for. That person will then “Pay it forward” to three others. Seriously, stop reading and do a tiny bit of the math. 1 X 3 X 9 X 27 X 81 X 243... it could touch the entire country in a year. In the novel, it does.One of the people Trevor helps is a homeless man who ends up going to jail. He then “Pays it forward” in such a way that it works it way to New York gangs and catches on like gangbusters. Gang violence is down 80% and the police don’t know why. Who would ever think a little boy began this whole movement. The Movement, by the way, is what the gangs have taken to calling it.I hate reviews that spoil the plot so I won’t spell it all out, but it takes a while for Trevor to be recognized and when he is the reward is unjust. Was it sappy? A bit, and I admit I shed a tear or two, but it was a lovely tale and I was happy to see how those around Trevor benefited.

  • Skip
    2019-05-14 06:47

    A disfigured lonely war veteran, Social Studies teacher Reuben St. Clair, assigns an extra credit project to his class to change the world. Most do nothing, but one 13 year old student Trevor comes up with a concept to "pay it forward." Out of pure kindness, he helps three needy people, with the caveat that they repay his gift by each helping three more people in need . Meanwhile, Trevor lives with his mother, Arlene, who has been abandoned by Trevor's father and is also lonely. Trevor thinks his project is a failure when one of his beneficiaries goes to jail and another dies. I liked it, but it may be a bit too sweet (sappy?) and predictable for some readers.

  • Jennifer Willis
    2019-05-14 11:00

    If I hadn’t had anything else on my plate, I would have read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forward straight through. Even so, I pushed some things off and shuffled the schedule around in order to make time for reading.I had seen the movie a few years ago, but hadn’t been aware until recently that it had been based on a book. Usually the books are better and more satisfying than the movies that are based on them, so I was happy to find a copy of “Pay It Forward” in my local library. After reading it, in the space of about twenty-four hours, I am giving each family member a copy.It’s true I’m an avid reader and take great pleasure getting lost in a good story, but I don’t usually become quite so emotionally involved in a book that I burst into tears in just the first few pages. This is what happened with Hyde’s novel, and it set the tone for the rest of the story. The writer’s honest and compassionate style of writing is deceptively simple. Her characters are far from extraordinary and can be downright maddening in their very human foibles, but this is precisely what makes them so accessible. For the most part, these are not enviable, heroic people, and they often reflect back to us the worst and most frustrating aspects of ourselves.Arlene revealed to me what could have become of my own life, at least in one particular aspect: she is an alcoholic, struggling with getting sober. She’ll get a few days or even a few months in, and then it’s all over in one night when life simply gets too tough. And even when she does manage to leave the alcohol behind, she is forced to look herself right in the face, warts and all, whether she wants to or not. What I do remember of the first few years of sobriety was a similarly shaky emotional rollercoaster, accompanied by brutal reality that was often way too real.And so I was ripped raw by a simple entry from her son’s diary, before Arlene’s story began to unfold. Trevor, who invents the idea of “paying it forward,” compares his mother to a child with a medical condition that leaves him without the ability to feel pain, only Trevor sees that Arlene is like that on the inside. He writes that she knows not to “keep putting her hand on the hot stove,” and yet she keeps doing it anyway — knowing that she is hurting herself, but unable to stop, and unable to really feel the pain.The title, of course, is taken from a school project that Trevor turns in for his social studies class. Accepting an assignment to come up with an idea that can change the world, Trevor maps out a plan to help three people — really help them, to have a positive, life-altering impact — and then instead of asking those people to pay him back, require instead that they “pay it forward” to another three people, who then each will pay it forward to another three, and so on. The idea is brilliant in its simplicity, and incredibly powerful in action. Assuming that everyone follows through. Trusting another human being with so large a task, especially in today’s cynical, closed-off society, is not small feat in itself, regardless of the results.Hyde masterfully tracks the starts and stops in the lives of her characters as they reach for, then reject, then reach for again the growth, the happiness, and the real living that are rightfully theirs.Ultimately, I found this story to be about compassion, about putting aside your ego for one moment, for one beautiful opportunity to be truly present for another human being in need, with absolutely no thought of what you’re going to get in return. Because the whole point is to keep that “compassion in action” moving ever forward, spreading vigilantly across the globe. The miraculous side benefit to these acts of altruism is proving to yourself that regardless of how low and useless you think you might be, you can and do have power to impact the world around you — and that kind of honest self-realization changes you. Your priorities change, your principles shift, and you find that you are not at all the person you once thought you were. You are plugged into something larger than yourself; you belong; you are an active co-creator in the world at large.Sure, I knew where the book was headed, because even with all of the differences between the text and the screen, I’d seen the movie, and the story is largely the same. Even so, I was astonished to find myself in need of a fresh kleenex every couple of pages as the book drew to a close. The incredible potential for the planet that this book describes has simply rattled me to my core. It’s so simple, really. How easy it would be, through intentional, deliberate action, to change another person’s life for the better. To help someone who is down on his luck to get back on his feet again. To help an at-risk teenager afford an education. To help a struggling family set up a home of their own. To help a single mother find a decent job. To be the gift of friendship in the life of a lonely neighbor. To help an adult learn how to read. To simply show up for someone, especially a complete stranger, and ask, “How can I help?”We each have that power in our hands, at this very moment. How many such moments have we let slip by, unrealized?

  • Hailey Leister
    2019-05-19 09:47

    In this exciting book a boy named Trevor gets a project from his Social Studies teacher to somehow change the world. But Trevor to this project to a totally different level then his teacher Ruben expected. Trevor decided to create a movement called "pay it forward." To help make the world a better place. This book talks about his journey along the way and how he pays it forward to society. I would most definitely recommend this book. It was a very inspiring and easy to read.

  • Linda
    2019-04-26 08:44

    I almost never read paper books anymore, but my daughter had this laying around and I picked it up. I was immediately taken in.It is the Young Readers Edition, and I love the author's note that it had become historical fiction when she did the rewrite. Set in the 1990's with President Clinton and no cell phones and no internet to speak of, the story would have to be written completely differently if it were to take place today. Terrific, inspiring book. Yeah, "sappy" is an adjective that could also be used, but for some reason, I didn't mind.

  • Oleg Kagan
    2019-05-23 07:37

    For a book with such a contrived plot, stupid and shallow characters, completely predictable ending, strange acting choices (on audio), and prose that mercilessly buggers the reader/listener with marathons of cliches, Pay It Forward was inspiring. I was inspired to throw my hands in the air every few minutes shouting "REALLY!? THEY CAN'T BE SERIOUS" at the idiotic plot turns and character developments. To take a phrase that has been around for at least a hundred years and treat it like it's a new idea and actually has to be explained AT LENGTH to every person in the book (because altruism is apparently unheard of in this story world) is just one of many points that made me stop listening to this drivel just past the halfway mark. I didn't need to hear the rest of it, I already knew what was going to happen and didn't need to waste my time. I would recommend VCR instructions before Pay It Forward.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-05-13 11:59

    I began this book rather dismissively. At a few pages in I was tempted to just flick it as a twee concept.....and suddenly found myself hooked in by the characterisation. I remained glued for the few hours it took to read the book (oh I wish I could read more slowly!) and at the end - yes, it's a twee concept but it was a brilliant read and I wanted to know more about ALL the characters and if they were ok......So.....all we are missing for the world to change is a mysterious alchemical thing that would make it the right time for an idea like that.....sadly, human nature suggests that there's no more chance of it happening than the use of indicators while driving catching on!

  • Karen
    2019-05-19 11:01

    I really wish the movie would have stuck to the characters/situations that were in the book. It's totally different from the movie but the same if that makes any sense. Reuben was just weird in the movie. In the book his character was really well written and more understandable than the movie. I wasn't as shocked at the ending in the book since I had seen the movie but then again the movie ended with Trevor. The book didn't. I'm really glad I read this book.

  • Katy Noyes
    2019-05-21 11:49

    A book that if the world we live in was the one Trevor wants for us, WOULD change the world.And it just could. I've seen the film years ago but don't remember feeling anywhere near as moved as I was in reading the novel. I finished having to wipe tears away so I could read the final pages.A 12 year old boy, on being asked to come up with an idea to change the world in his Social Science class, creates the idea of 'Pay it Forward', doing good deeds for others and then rather than paying back the person who did one for you, helping someone else. Initially feeling his attempts aren't going well, the reader is treated to narrations by those he meets and just how they react to Trevor's good deeds and what then happens to them.The story mostly stays with Trevor, his two-job-holding mum Arlene, and his Vietnam-vet teacher Reuben St Clair, and their changing relationships. Journalist Chris brings the story together with his investigations and articles.To describe in any more detail is not necessary. If you're not sold on this book already, then there's little more I could say. It's an idea that by rights every human being should try to aim for - helping other people even when there's nothing in it for you. Trevor is adorable. I just wanted to hug, protect and nurture him. Arlene and Reuben are a wonderful pair to watch pacing around each other, each damaged, each lonely, both awkward.This won't take you long to read. It's inspiring, saddening and emotional, and I expect will stay with me for quite a while. Hope you can make time for it too.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-05-08 11:38

    I am so happy to be a part of Catherine Ryan Hyde's read and review team in the UK. I love her books and look forward to each one as she releases them.This story was different to some of the books she has written about as in style of writing. I found it fascinating to read it from all angles, and from Trevor's point of view as a child. I think most reviews have expressed what the book is about, and the extra challenge that was weaved in, Trevor taking this seriously did a superb job to change the world. I kept thinking "out of the mouths of babes" another cliche was " from small acorns big trees grow".Its not often a book leaves me in tears. The last 30-40 pages just made me cave in. I was so reading between the tears in my eyes.Catherine Ryan Hyde has such a unique style about her, there are a few authors that can do this. They move you to tears, passion, hate, fear, emotions that you have they can bring out in you. If an author can do this, they are doing their work properly, as life evokes emotions. So should books. I felt quite enpowered after I read this, quite sad too. I knew why it had to end this way, there was no other way to do it.Thank you Catherine for another amazing read.

  • Leila
    2019-05-26 04:50

    I saw the film of this book A long time ago but can't remember it in detail only that the theme of course was the same. The book is much fuller and for me has a slow start so that I wasn't sure I was going to engage with it for awhile. I was taken aback to discover the book is stated to be suitable for the age range if 8 to 12 years. Whoever decided that I wonder? Both the sexual content and the style of the writing makes it more appropriate for older children I would think. The concept of paying it forward' is of course a wonderful idea and I only wish it was really true. The world could certainly do with it. It is written in an unusual style in that the characters appear to be writing a diary in a way by entering their thoughts and experiences. The young boy clearly is doing this, but other parts seem to have a narrator also. This does mean that the novel jumps about backwards and forwards from character to character which I found confusing and a tad frustrating throughout the book. The ending has a definite twist which in a way felt almost contrived but not to most reviewers. This is just my personal opinion and most reviewers have given the book five stars. I wouldn't read it again.

  • §♫♪♥Delaney♥♪♫§ Wants To Help K
    2019-04-29 07:42

    Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde is about a 12 year old boy named Trevor who is in 7th grade. During this year his social studies teacher gives the class an extra-credit assignment to make a difference in the world. Trevor took this assignment very seriously and decided to create a world changing movement called "Pay it Forward". Throughout the book it shows diary entries from Trevor. It is also written in 3rd person omniscient, meaning there are many narrators through out the story. The book shows perspectives from his mom, to his social studies teacher, to people who pay it forward, and to important people who also take Trevor's idea to heart. This story is very heart-warming and dramatic. It shows reality and the struggles of moving on and grief. This book is perfect if you really want an eye opening book to show you that you should not take life for granted and instead just live life while you have the chance. I highly recommend this book to everyone.Warning: There is some inappropriate references made in the book that may not be recommended for children.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-05-07 08:05

    I won this book in a GOODREADS FIRST READS GIVEAWAY! I remember watching this movie years ago and how much it touched my heart. A sweet little boy wanting to do better in the world by paying it forward. This is such a wonderful idea. I think it's wonderful that Catherine Ryan Hyde started the Pay It Forward Foundation. I'm going to be buying some of the bracelets to wear in case I ever forget. Not everything in this world has to be so bad. The characters in the book are great in their own unique ways. I loved when Mrs. Greenberg paid it forward by leaving her money to Matt, Terry and the cat rescue and her no good son she left a dollar. I loved the stories of other people paying it forward. There are people in this world that pay it forward in their own ways to this day. I love it! Of course it has a very sad ending, but it wasn't all for nothing.

  • Hristina
    2019-05-13 06:45

    I can't believe it took me so long to actually come around to reading this book, especially because it's such a beautiful story, and it so wonderfully executed.

  • Rick
    2019-05-09 13:03

    Although I love Catherine Ryan Hyde novels, I'd never gotten around to reading her most well-known one until now. Its marriage of compassion, true-to-life characters, kindness, and engrossing storytelling has made Pay It Forward one of my favorites of hers. As is the case with most movies to books, this book is far superior to the movie version, which I now know took great liberties with the story. Highly recommended for those who love an uplifting story with more than a few tears.

  • •Anna•
    2019-05-05 08:53

    Mi chiamo Chris Chandler e sono un giornalista. Un giorno, quasi per caso, ho scoperto che un ragazzino di dodici anni poteva cambiare il mondo. Grazie a una buona idea. Un'idea semplice, facile da mettere in pratica.Così è nata la "Formula": la Formula del Cuore.'La Forumula del Cuore' è quello che non ti aspetti: una vagonata di emozioni che prendono possesso del tuo corpo con naturalezza, quasi inconsapevolmente.Reuben St. Clair è il nuovo insegnante di una piccola cittadina di nome Atascadero. Il suo primo giorno di scuola, la lavagna su cui ha appena scritto recita così: Pensate a una idea per cambiare il mondo e mettetela in pratica. Trevor è un ragazzino di dodici anni che pensa in grande, ed ha già un progetto tutto suo. Aiutare tre persone che hanno bisogno d'aiuto, con il solo scopo di chiedere a queste stesse persone di fare altrettanto. E' così che si mette in moto un sistema basato sulla gentilezza dell'animo umano, che solo un bambino è in grado di concepire.Il progetto di Trevor inizia con un annuncio sul giornale. Cerca una persona che abbia davvero bisogno d'aiuto, ed è così che finisce per incotrare Jerry, un ex drogato che cerca di ricominciare a vivere la sua vita. E quando questi commette l'errore di ritornare sui suoi passi, Trevor è deciso a portare avanti il suo esperimento, dedicando tutto se stesso alla seconda persona della sua lista, il suo insegnante, il signor St. Clair. Rimasto coinvolto in un incidente mentre era di stanza in Vietnam, Reuben ha perso un occhio, e la metà sinistra del suo corpo è ricoperta da bruciature e cicatrici che lo mettono a disagio quando si tratta di interagire con gli altri. Trevor spera quindi che l'uomo si innamori della madre, Arlene, rimasta sola dopo l'abbandono del padre di Trevor, Ricky.Con la simpatica vecchietta del vicinato porta al termine il suo progetto, ma l'inaspettata morte della donna, unito al fallimento della relazione tra la madre e Reuben, e all'incarcerazione di Jerry, gli fanno perdere le speranze.Quello che Trevor non sa, però, è che la vecchietta aveva già aiutato le tre persone che doveva aiutare, e che Jerry, una volta uscito dal carcere, ha mantenuto la promessa di aiutare altre tre persone.Trevor è di una dolcezza unica, sempre pronto a dare una mano e a lottare per quello che crede sia giusto. Come la storia tra il suo insegnante, che arriva persino a chiamare "papà", e la madre. E' sempre lì a fare il tifo per loro, il tifo per la vita. Mentre lui va a scuola, il resto del mondo sta imparando la Formula del Cuore, anche se lui non ne è al corrente.Reuben è un uomo tormentato dal suo passato, e non riesce a lasciarsi andare. Arlene deve crescere da sola suo figlio, perchè il padre è sempre stato un tipo assente e menefreghista. Chi portava avanti la baracca era sempre stata lei.Un libro emozionante e sconvolgente, con una punta tragica sul finale, che è in grado si sprigionare mille sentimenti contrastanti. Un libro che ci insegna che la gentilezza dell'animo umano è là fuori da qualche parte, in ognuno di noi.DAL DIARIO DI TREVORCaro diario,non so cosa sia successo fra Reuben e la mamma.Non capisco proprio. Perché adesso, ogni volta che lo vedo, Reuben mi chiede: "Allora, Trevor, come sta tua madre?".E poi: "Chiede mai di me?".Poi ritorno a casa e la prima cosa che la mamma dice è: "Reuben ti ha chiesto di me?".A volte vorrei gridare a tutti e due: "Parlatevi! Non è così difficile!".Ma gli adulti odiano sentirsi dire certe cose.A volte ho paura che da grande mi comporterò anch'io in modo così assurdo con le ragazze.Spero proprio di no.

  • Donia
    2019-05-10 08:56

    So I let six months go by. I thought I'd "chill" and give this novel another try BUT I still find the book has no appeal for me. None. Apparently I am not enough of a sheep to run with the herd on this being a brilliant novel. I adore most of Hyde's books. She is a favorite author of mine but this book leaves me annoyed. We have a very old saying where I live, "What Goes Around Comes Around". Isn't that the same premise of this tale? Books such as this one tend to make me doubt my ability to digest and appreciate what so many other readers seem to be able to do. I ask myself, did this book actually achieve it's popularity because it became a well known movie? I have found a couple other books written by Hyde to be stunning; profound; worth a second read but this novel leaves me going "huh?". First of all, I had to flip back and forth and back and forth during the first few "chapters" (if you can call them that) to figure out who the writer was talking about and then to whom the character was referring and then the time frame and the place. After a half dozen flips back and forth I had to get up and retrieve another cup of coffee and stand in the kitchen and ask myself yet again, what the hell is wrong with me that I don't like this book? Yes it is cute that a young boy could potentially save the world and all that...yup...fairy tales have their appeal but I'm exhausted and perplexed and annoyed. So, I am in the minority. Nothing new there.

  • Tessa
    2019-05-08 04:38

    One of the most beautiful stories I've read.This is about a teacher who starts a new project in his class: each student had to create something they think could change the world. That is when Trevor appears with a revolutionary way of spreading forgiveness and love. It was called the "Play it Forward" system. If Trevor helped out 3 people, those 3 people had to help other 3 and that on and on until everybody has helped and was helped by someone. Being a kind hearted, Trevor puts that in reality by helping 3 people: a random stranger, his classmate and his own teacher who was haunted by his past. But not all people are as good as Trevor and on a tragic day, he is forced to leave his revolutionary project...But it doesn't mean things didn't continue to change...

  • Melissa
    2019-05-13 05:52

    I check off "books that made me cry" for any book that will bring a lump to my throat, even if there are no actual tears. This is one book, and the only book at that, that made me actually sob, put the book down and have a good cry, before picking it up to carry on reading. I've never found another book since then that has impacted me in the same way.

  • Becky Wyatt
    2019-05-26 11:05

    The writing was amateurish. Neat premise however.

  • Kellie
    2019-05-09 10:40

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

  • Jeff Grosser
    2019-04-28 06:40

    A good story with a great concept...if only.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-26 10:56

    I remember the movie from when it came out almost 20 years ago. I didn't even realize it was a book. The movie was good, but the book is great.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-05-10 05:39

    Exceptional book and movie!

  • Hannah
    2019-05-11 11:40

    Not sure why, but I was surprised by the little differences between this book and the movie. And the story of the author's inspiration for the novel was really cool. But what I really liked about this book was the way it was written in pieces from different character perspectives. Not all authors can make it work, but this was well done. And emotional. Read with some tissues...and maybe the expectation of frustration.

  • Natalee
    2019-05-22 11:52

    A sweet story really. A young boy Trevor is set an assignment at school to do something that will change the world. Trevor comes up with an idea of doing a good deed for 3 people and those people will pay it forward and help others. Trevor is a lovely boy, living with his mother and his father has disappeared. He likes his teacher Reuben and they form a lovely relationship. It was nice to read about how Trevor decided who needed help and the impact of his little idea. Now to put that forward in the real world!

  • Kiran Sandhu
    2019-05-07 09:05

    A really good book. A small deed can change the world but the ending was sad...all is not lost...good deeds are remembered forever....