I always liked the movie, Pay it Forward, despite some of its rough parts, and though I was never truly was fond of the ending. I liked the general idea behind the whole “Pay It Forward” concept, though, and when I saw they had a Young Readers Edition of the book, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I thought I’d have my son read it to at least get a feel for the idea.
Surprise, surprise, I read it along with my son (I haven’t read the regular version) and so much is different from the movie. Wow! I mean, yeah, that’s typically how it is with most books and their movies, but it was SO different we were both a bit shocked when we saw the alternate version.
I, having seen the movie first, prefer the movie version. My son, having read the book first, prefers the book.
This was a book I had my son read on his own, and then I’d give him a quiz to make sure he’d really read it, and then we’d discuss it. Since I couldn’t find any quizzes online for it, I made my own. I’ve uploaded those here on the Pay It Forward Page here on my site.
It’s probably best if you read the story yourself, before deciding if it’s right for your child. Due to some of the concepts, it’s recommended for (more…)