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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 p...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Rose Ann
Not many books have actually made me cry....this one did....in 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 me...here 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 t...more
Luciano
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 traject...more
Hailey Leister
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.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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Jennifer Willis
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...more
Amani Hafs
It’s an inspirational novel... makes you rethink again about your actions
http://weheartit.com/entry/73586027/s...

maybe we cant help everyone...but everyone can help someone ...
and this is the point of this novel

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when someone does you a big favor DONT pay it back
PAY IT FORWARD...

“I guess it's hard for people who are so used to things the way they are - even if they're bad - to change. 'Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses.”...more
Oleg Kagan
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 ne...more
Karen
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.
Becky Wyatt
The writing was amateurish. Neat premise however.
Fiona McGier
I found this book to be interesting from the first chapter. I don't usually read fiction novels that are not romances, since I write romance, so I'm always checking out the competition. But this book made me cry at the end. The story of a teen-aged boy who tries to change the world, seemed like a plot tailor-made for being a sloppy, feel-good kind of polemic about how people need to learn how to be more trusting. But the characters of his mother Arlene, his teacher Reuben St. Clair, his neighbor...more
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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 bo...more
Angela
I loved the idea of this book. The thought that as simple an idea as paying it forward rather than paying someone back is wonderful; if only this could happen. Trevor is a great character but I found it difficult to relate to the others in the book although Catherine Ryan Hyde had attempted to portray them in detail. I think the biggest problem I had with the book was the style in which it was written. I found myself having to re-read the dialogue at times to make sense of it; I felt also that i...more
•Anna•
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 Atascader...more
Melissa
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.
Ethan
great book... a little inappropriate for an 11 year old but still great.
Arminzerella
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Catie Borgerson
The book, Pay it Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, tells the story of young Trevor Mckinney and how he changed the world with only an extra credit assignment and an idea. Trevor is only 12 years old and on his first day of seventh grade, his teacher gives him an extra credit assignment, "Think of an idea for world change and put it into action." After sometime of thinking, he had come up with something that he was very excited about and the exciting idea is something he would call paying it forwa...more
Traci Hollander
Pay it Forward, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde begins with a teacher everyone thought was crazy. He publicized an extra credit activity he thought the class would at least try. Some kids tried but one stood out to Mr. Reuben, Trevor a twelve year old participant in Mr. Reuben's class. This book expressed the importance of the journey and how much more excitement the journey is than the destination. So, when Trevor did this extra credit work he surprised his teacher. He showed his teacher how any...more
Carina
My Sunday School teacher recommended this book to me - I think though I saw the film version first, and that was a number of years after the book had been recommended, as it wasn't until I had seen the film, bought the DVD and re-watched it that I realised there was a book and remembered the recommendation.

If you are reading this book after seeing the film you might be surprised, as I was, with some of the changes made to the narrative - in some ways it makes them into two very separate entities...more
Mirna
Saya belum pernah baca bukunya. Review ini dari hasil saya nonton filmnya. Sebelumnya saya pernah review ini di blog saya di : http://mirnabanget.blogspot.com/2007/... tapi berikut saya copy-paste juga di sini.

Pay It Forward : Life cannot gives more beautiful things than what you already have right now

Beberapa hari yg lalu, saya nonton lagi "Pay It Forward" (PIF). Salah satu film lama yg menginspirasi saya. Endingnya selalu bikin saya nangis. PIF bercerita tentang ide seorang anak 6 SD untuk tug...more
Teresa
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...more
Sally
Re the book cover above. In the book Reuben is a black man that wears a patch over his left eye, due to injuries he rec'd while serving in Vietnam. And Kevin Spacey played his character... Funny how Hollywood can screw that up, too!!
Jessica
I had saw the movie years ago and finally had to read the book. Such an amazing read. Made me think, made me cry like a baby. Such a good book. A must read for everyone.
Sue
I checked out this book from the library. Inside I found a bookmark. It has a picture of a young lady named Katie. It shows the years 1976-2007. On the back it says "passport" and lists all the places she lived and or visited. There is also another picture of her with a young man, looks like they are on a trip (carrying a large backpack) There is also a quote from Gandhi that says "be the change you want to see in the world."
Interesting this bookmark was in this book. Now all I can think about i...more
Manda
Okay - I have to give five stars to a book that makes me weep like this one did, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being manipulated by the author. It would be so nice if an idea like this worked - so very nice - but so very unlikely. I do believe in doing favours for people, and in a much smaller way than this book people do already often do favours for each other, and some people do huge favours - look at Bill Gates attempting to eradicate 10 diseases. But I don't see a world without...more
Rahma Hassan


Great Idea !
to pay forward is to focus on the bright side in people ,, even if the dark one is clearer !

the idea is : just make a favor to three persons and everyone of them do the same .. and see how much the world is better !


don't forget in life , to have a good idea u fight for .. a principle .. a work or even a feeling !
put ur faith in and go forward .. it is a weapon against the coward useless and evil person inside everyone of us !


Yes , I believe that small ideas make great changes !


Blanca Fuentes
As I read Catherine Ryan Hyde's, Pay It Forward I really enjoyed what was going on in this book I was intrigued to keep on reading it. I did not struggle as much to understand because everything was easy and clear to understand.

The idea I find most provocative in this book was how a young 12 year old boy was trying to make a change in the world.If everyone thought like this young boy he could be able to make a better for the world and for us. He decides to do something to change the world becaus...more
Krista Stevens
Good but somewhat uneven story of a boy who has a plan to make the world better after his teacher challenges their class.

I saw the movie a couple of years ago - interesting that they cast the teacher, who is African-American in the book - as white. That's a small component of the book that would have made the movie stronger.

What I wish...

The vignettes "from The Other Faces Behind the Movement" and "From Those Who Knew Trevor Speak" pieces seem contrived and are confusing...I wish the format had...more
Jason Abdul
Read my review here.

Sastra adalah propaganda:
Salah satu cara untuk menyampaikan idemu adalah melalui sastra, dengan menulis fiksi. Sejarah telah banyak membuktikan ini cukup ampuh. Tanpa kekerasan. Tanpa pemaksaan. Cerita bisa memengaruhi orang, merasuk ke alam bawah sadar mereka. Coba diingat kembali, buku apa yang suka kamu baca waktu kecil? Tidak mengherankan salah satu atau beberapa sifatmu terpengaruh oleh watak tokoh dari buku tersebut. Bahkan ada penelitian yang menunjukkan perbedaan sebu...more
V!cky
Rating: 4,5 stars.

Inspirational is the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe this book. And I know it sounds cliché, but I really was inspired. It was also a sort of wake-up call for me. I’m becoming more and more cynic every day and sometimes it takes a book like this one, a young, innocent voice like Trevor’s to remind me that there are genuinely good people in the world, people who are caring and selfless and want to make the world a better place.

Some scorn idealists, but ther...more
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I'm the author of 24 published and forthcoming books.

My newest releases are Where We Belong, Don’t Let Me Go, Walk Me Home, When I Found You, When You Were Older and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is Take Me With You (June '14) and a young readers' edition of Pay It Forward (8-12).

Newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Jumpstart the World, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearan...more
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