Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Pay It Forward

This week I'm reading Pay It Forward by Cathrine Ryan Hyde. You may remember the movie.

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 put that plan into action.

The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.

What is his idea? Trevor chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and then when those people thank him and ask how they might pay him back, he will tell them that instead of paying him back, they should each "pay it forward" by choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those people to pay it forward. It's nothing less than a human chain letter of kindness and good will.

Maybe someday I'll have kids of my own. I hope so. If I do, they'll probably ask what part I played in the movement that changed the world. And because I'm not the person I once was, I'll tell them the truth. My part was nothing. I did nothing. I was just the guy in the corner taking notes.

It's trite to say, but your life divides up into before and after, and you don't have trouble placing things in time anymore. You can almost date them, something like B.C and A.D.

Would you keep reading?

Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! To see what others are sharing on the Teaser Tuesdays, check the comments at: http://adailyrhythm.com/

Share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you are reading. Here's the link: Bibliophile By The Sea


  1. I remember when this book came out and really liked the concept.

  2. Interesting premise... I'm tempted to continue.

  3. I have the film of this, I had no idea it was a book! The film was so moving!

  4. Interesting premise. I'm curious about how Trevor's plan plays out.
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  5. I have seen the movie and loved it. My book club will be reading Take Me With You this winter. I am looking forward to that.

  6. I do love the concept....and I definitely want to know more. I loved the movie.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE SPECTACULAR NOW”

  7. This is my kind of story. I'm off to find it. Thank you, Cleo.

  8. I wasn't aware this concept came from a book.

  9. This sounds familiar. I'm with William. Didn't know this came from a book.

    Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/09/29/teaser-tuesdays-130-authors-choice-from-the-key-of-amatahns-and-a-giveaway/

  10. I would! Interesting!

    mine: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/teaser-tuesday-annihilation-by-jeff-vandermeer/

  11. I like the opening and the teaser, so I'd keep reading!

  12. I loved this book, Suzie; have you read any of her others? I really enjoyed The Language of Hoofbeats, a fairly recent release. Thanks so much for sharing this one!

    1. Yes, I've read The Language of Hoofbeats. My favorite thought is Don't Let Me Go.

  13. great concept, the book sounds interesting