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Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Jun 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: general-fiction

Wonderful! This is a great book for anyone. It deals with generosity, trust, self esteem, prejudice.

12 yr old Trevor takes on an assignment for extra credit. The assignment is to do something that could change the world. His idea is to help three people in a big way and in return for his help those three people must help three people each and then the people they help must help three people each etc. The premise is that if everyone did this then in no time everyone would be helping each other.

The first person Trevor helps is a homeless man. He gives him his paper route money so he can get some clothes so when he goes to a job interview he will be more presentable. The man does get a job and everything is looking up until...

The next person he helps is an elderly neighbor. He spends hours doing her landscaping. The last person he tries to help is his teacher, who has facial deformities that were caused during his time in Vietnam. Trevor's father walked out on his mother a year ago and he thinks his teacher and his mom will be a good match. The match up isn't as smooth as he had hoped.

Trevor's 'pay it forward' idea is a great one, however is it in people's nature to take advantage of others or to 'pay it forward'?

I enjoyed this book because it wasn't all happiness and perfection. It showed the good in people and the flaws. It was realistic.(less)

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