And no one -- not his teacher, his mom, or anyone in his small California town -- could ever have dreamed of how far Trevor's plan would go.
[An] entertaining and inspirational tale.
[ An] entertaining and inspirational tale.
An uplifting, tear-jerking, and inspiring modern fable, with an extremely appealing young protagonist.
Heartwarming, funny, and bittersweet....A quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending.
Catherine Ryan Hyde accomplishes a very difficult job, with an easy, beneficent wisdom about the ways of the world.
The story is a quick read, told with lean sentences and an edge....Hyde pulls off a poignant, gutsy ending without bathos.
Hyde makes the unbelievable seem possible in a beautifully written, heartwarming story of one boy's belief in the goodness of humanity.
[ A] winning novel....Hyde's Capra-esque theme -- that one person can make a difference -- may be sentimental, but for once, that's a virtue.
The philosophy behind the book is so intriguing, and the optimism so contagious, that the reader is carried along with what turns out to be a book that lingers long after the last page is turned.
[ A] fascinating idea...well-written...the characters are interesting and complex and flawed and real...."Pay It Forward" will get you thinking outside of its pages, as few books do.
"Pay It Forward" is reminiscent of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," Like the [ Capra] film, this novel has a steely core of gritty reality beneath its optimism....It takes courage to write so unabashedly hopeful a story in such cynical times.