Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

A Novel

Book - 1999
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A life-affirming tale of the goodness implicit in everyone follows twelve-year-old Trevor, a boy from a troubled family, who develops a plan as part of a school project that starts people doing good things for each other.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999.
ISBN: 9780684862712
0684862719
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,23 cm.

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This book is so inspiring for others to do good. it's good to known that there are people that want to do good and that love will always win. I recommend this book for kids of all ages cause it was just so good.

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wyenotgo
Nov 24, 2018

This book needs to be given two very different reviews: One as an inspirational document, a parable about what a very ordinary person can do to change the world. I buy into that idea (if I didn't, it would make no sense for me to be spending most of my days attempting, in my own small way to emulate it). So, on that level, the book succeeds and it must be rated very highly, probably a full 5 stars.
But in terms of literary merit, as a reader who cares about good writing, I have to assign the book a very different rating because it is deeply flawed. The constant, abrupt changes in voice, with no explanation, make it hard going. There are far too many distractions. There are at least half a dozen different characters who take up telling parts of the story and Ms. Hyde even goes so far as to switch a single character's part of the narrative from 1st person to 3rd person in successive paragraphs, for no discernible reason. There are too many unimportant characters introduced, contributing nothing to the narrative or character development (e.g Sally, Loretta, etc.). They just take up space and get in the way. Ms. Hyde's writing style is uneven, at times flat and dull, even though she shows at times an ability to compose reasonably good prose. Some reviewers have complained about the whole romance angle between Arlene and Reuben as a distraction; I think it's forgivable, providing a counterpoint to the sleazy Ricky, but it has little to do with the main purpose of the book. The writing merits 3 stars at best.
So, overall I was somewhat disappointed: A wonderful idea but not very well executed.

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August_K
Dec 06, 2016

It is a good book but the only thing that I did not like was the ending. It is a bit of a clif-hanger ending, so if you're a person who need a good ending look some where else.

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yamie202
Sep 22, 2014

Good book that makes you think

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Dec 06, 2016

August_K thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15

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Nov 10, 2016

RickyXChan thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 36

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