Pay It Forward

by Catherine Ryan Hyde | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0684862719 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lennonchick78 of St. Louis, Missouri USA on 4/30/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by lennonchick78 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2003
I really enjoyed this book! I bought it on the bargain shelf after the movie came out(I hadn't seen the movie, and although I LOVE Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey...hadn't made it to see the movie)The book was phenomenal. When I finally rented the movie I was so incredibly disappointed...the book was so much better! Outstanding even!


Journal Entry 2 by lennonchick78 at Starbuck's in Manchester, Missouri USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Release planned for Thursday, May 01, 2003 at Starbuck's in Manchester, Missouri USA.

Journal Entry 3 by lennonchick78 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Saturday, May 03, 2003
I have not released this book yet...I was going to but the places I was going to release at were outside...and it's been raining and gross the past couple of days...I'm going to need to re think my releases...I'm hoping to get them out tomorrow before work or on my lunch break...


Journal Entry 4 by lennonchick78 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Sunday, May 11, 2003
Sending to a fellowbookcrosser..

Journal Entry 5 by lennonchick78 at on Thursday, May 29, 2003
Released on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at Mailed to fellow bookcrosser in Deventer, Deventer Netherlands.

Mailed to biba89 (Sorry it went out so late!)I hope you enjoy it:)

Journal Entry 6 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, June 06, 2003
Thank you! Today I found this book at the doormat. I enjoyed the film and I am looking forward to reading this book! The concept, doing good and how this affects people's lives, is something I cannot read enough about.
I will submit another entry when I have finished it.

Journal Entry 7 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Thursday, October 02, 2003
I read it, almost all in one go. I agree, Lennonchick, that the book is much better than the film. At least it got me musing about Hollywood's narrowmindness, since the main character in the book is black and Kevin Spacey certainly is not. Perhaps a mixed race romantic interest, even if it is beside the main story, might distract the public a tad too much from that main story. I can already imagine the director muttering that the can be only one Spike Lee...
Anyway, I find the book very well written and the idea thrilling. I am just wondering, what is keeping us to follow up on this idea? I know I am trying to do my bit, spreading out random kindness as I go, and meeting lots of it along the way. This is the only way we can make this world a better place. It is just encouraging to read about kindness, people showing a bigger heart than they thought they had. Let's share these stories!
With love I send this book to the next reader.
In fact, I made this into a bookring.
Look at my profile to find the list of people who wanted to join. It keeps on getting longer!
In fact, this is what it looks like now:
yvonnep - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
dutch-flybaby - Ede, The Netherlands
riroti - Delft, The Netherlands
MaaikeB - Zeist, the Netherlands
Riemke - Enschede, the Netherlands
tara-K - Oegstgeest, the Netherlands
nefertete - Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
Botje - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tinybear - the Netherlands
and back to me.

Released on Monday, October 13, 2003 at to fellow BookCrosser in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands.

In the mail to the first one of this Bookring. Enjoy and do take it at heart, if you can!

Journal Entry 9 by yvonnep from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Received 'Pay it Forward' today. Thank you lennonchick and of course Biba. And it's a beautiful book with all the little blue ****...I will start reading as soon as I finished my Ann Tyler.

Journal Entry 10 by yvonnep from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Gee, did I like this book... it was just what I needed. I couldn't stop reading. And yes, what is keeping us to follow up on this idea? I promise to do my little bit too, at least three times. :-) I don't think I want to see the film - heard something about Reuben played by a white actor... and I don't want to ruin the images in my head. So, the book will now be sent to Dutch-flybaby and I sure hope it will give her the same lovely hours as it gave me.

Journal Entry 11 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, October 19, 2003
After a succesfull (finally) day of shopping for clothes I found two books in my mailbox, which made my day even better! This book is one of them. Thanks yvonnep! From the back cover:


I can tell you how it all started.
It started with a teacher who moved to Atascadero, California, to teach social studies to junior high school students. A teacher nobody knew very well, because they couldn't get past his face. Because it was hard to look at his face.
It started with a boy who didn't seem all that remarkable on the outside, but who could see past his teacher's face.
It started with an assignment that this teacher had given out a hundred times before, with no startling results. But that assignment in the hands of that boy caused a seed to be planted, and after that nothing in the world would ever be the same. Nor would anyone want it to be.
And I can tell you what it became. In fact, I'll tell you a story that will help you understand how big it grew.'

It sounds promising... After I finish reading my current (dutch) book, I'll read this one.

Journal Entry 12 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Thursday, December 18, 2003
The first chapters were a bit confusing I thought. I almost put the book down, but decided to just read instead of trying to understand who was writing what piece of the story. After that the story started to take shape for me and I found myself wanting to keep reading on and on. So I did today and I finished the book this afternoon.
The concept of 'paying it forward' I can relate to. I have experienced that when you give, you will also receive (not necessarily from the same source you gave to). The first part of the story was well written, realistic and with enough detail to connect to it. I liked the lovestory between Trevor's mother and his teacher. The end of the story didn't feel right to me; it felt hastily written and totally out of proportion (a visit to the president...., come on!).
I rate the book an 8 for the first part and for the subject of the story. Let's see who's next on the list.

19-12-2003: The book is all wrapped up and ready to send to Riroti (hopefully today).

Journal Entry 13 by dutch-flybabe at Mailbox near my home in Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Saturday, December 20, 2003
Released on Saturday, December 20, 2003 at Mailbox near my home in Ede, Gelderland Netherlands.

I mailed the book today but put it in the local mailslot instead of the other one! So it may take an extra day to arrive at Riroti's.

Journal Entry 14 by riroti from Nijverdal, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Received the book today. Will start reading it after the holidays.


Journal Entry 15 by riroti from Nijverdal, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, October 15, 2004
Sending it on to Zeist. Sorry for the delay!!!

Journal Entry 16 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, October 16, 2004
Wow, finally the book arrived. Thanks, riroti!

Journal Entry 17 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, October 18, 2004
I decided to give the book some momentum again and finished it in two days. That was no hard job: once started you only want to read on. The subject matter is touching and although, of course, I felt deeply sorry that the lovable hero had to die, I think that was a good move on the author's part in order to make the story a bit more believable. Otherwise, the world as depicted here would have been too good to be true. I saw that there really is a Pay It Forward-movement now, inspired by the book, with a website where you can read about PIF-deeds. One can only hope that the movement will grow as big as it did in the novel.
The book travels on to Riemke/Elefteria.

Journal Entry 18 by Kanarthi from - Ergens in de provincie, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, October 25, 2004
I took this book with me to give it to Elefteria. But I was moved by the beautifull cover. So, when I was on the way back home, I took this book out of my bag and started to read it. The first chapters are a bit confusing, but now (page 71) I like it very much. And, after all, I don't see Elefteria before 9th Nov., and then I have finished this book!

Journal Entry 19 by Elefteria from Enschede, Overijssel Netherlands on Thursday, February 10, 2005
it's a long long time ago that I signed up for this ring. I don't even remember who started it, but it's here.... finally and I'm going to read it soon.
ah, it was Biba who started the ring, well, that makes me more interested, because so far I enjoyed the books she ringed :-)

Journal Entry 20 by Elefteria from Enschede, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, February 25, 2005
I really liked the book. it's a book in the spirit of bookcrossing :-))
some details maybe were a bit too dramatic, but on the whole, it was a good story. Read it on and on and on... till it was finished.
Give toe book to 1972Galadriel this sunday on the meeting in Nijmegen, so she can hand it over to Plinius.

Journal Entry 21 by Elefteria at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 25, 2005

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give the book to Gala, to give it to Plinius. but maybe she wants to read it first, just like Erna did when she was supposed to give it to me :-)

Journal Entry 22 by Plinius from Schiedam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, March 05, 2005
in the postbox this morning, thank you, Elefteria! This was I believe the first ringbook I subscribed for, so I'm really surprised it reaches me after all the time.

Journal Entry 23 by Plinius from Schiedam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, March 10, 2005
Good story, and also a feelgood story. The sketches of individuals are convincing and I like the descriptions of the main characters growing out of their fears and defences. I feel uncomfortable with the large demo in the end of the story; it smells too much of the Lady Di- or the Pim-hype and so spoils the effect. And a visit to Clinton? Hmm.

A lot of the things we do come very close to the idea of paying forward. We help neighbours, find homes for stray animals, help to raise the next generation and so on. Bookcrossing is also close to PIF, and the effect is of course the same: barriers go down and we grow out of our fears and defences.

Waving to you all; Hello, have a nice day!

Journal Entry 24 by tara-K from Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Got this in the mail today Plinius. Looking forward to reading it. Had forgotten I'd signed up for this book ring until I got an email asking for my address. Will get started as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now.

The book was fantastic!! I read the inside cover of the book and had to read it before I finished the other book. When I finished the book yesterday, I went out and rented the movie even though I've heard such negative reviews of it. I would have to add my negative views to the movie as well. It doesn't do the book justice at all. I certainly hope that anyone who only saw the movie will read the book and find out the whole story.

I'm contacting nefertete for her address to send the book on to the next reader.

Journal Entry 25 by Nefertete from Oosterhout, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Saturday, April 30, 2005
Sorry, you all. Must have forgotten to register the book. I've got it for some weeks now. Today i started reading it and I was curious if my gellow bookcrossers liked the book. That's when I realized that I did not register. I'm now even more curious because everyone seems to like it a lot.

Journal Entry 26 by Nefertete from Oosterhout, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
A long travel for this book; first journal in april 2003. But..."join the bookring" is all I would say. Really liked the book. Didn't see the movie. Would be nice if it could really work. Maybe we should try it " pay it forward".

Now traveling again on its long Botje!

Journal Entry 27 by Botje from Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, May 20, 2005
Got the book out of my mailbox just minutes ago (got home late). It was quite a surprise to me, because I had forgotten that I subscribed to this bookring about a year and a half ago. Even when Nefertete sent me an email for my address, I didn't remember about which book it was.

So, finally it reached me. Strange to realise that this very book once was on a shelf somewhere in Missouri, and now has been read by so many people! (okay, must admit that it looks a little battered, but just a little)
I'm looking forward to read it. Already saw the movie, but that's a long time ago now and from reading previous entries I take it that the book is a lot better!

Will start reading as soon as I've finished 'The Chronicles of Narnia' (which is also a great book by the way).

Journal Entry 28 by Botje from Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, May 23, 2005
Decided to leave C.S. Lewis and his 'Chronicles of Narnia' for a while to read this paying forward thing.
So I already finished it today, and again I found it an amazing story. The book indeed is better than the movie, especially because the story in the book is bigger. But since this is a BOOKcrossers-site, and not a filmcrossers-site, let's stick to the book. And the book gets you even more in the mood to do Good Deeds.
I also like the thought of sending this book forward, and in a way sending the general thought and karma forward. What a great idea biba89!

So now I'm going to get the address of the next one on the list, and going to send it soon.

Journal Entry 29 by TinyBear from Almere , Flevoland Netherlands on Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Yahooo, found this book yesterday in my "brievenbus". Have enjoyed the movie very much so this book should be fun to read.

Have all the time in the world right now to read so it's very very welcome ;-)

Journal Entry 30 by TinyBear from Almere , Flevoland Netherlands on Saturday, June 11, 2005 movie has touched me already in a way, this paying forward thing already tickled my senses. But I see now that the movie really doesn't do the book justice, I just couldn't put it aside and ended the book in tears.

The whole concept of paying forward is fantastic, in my own way I'm always trying to do good...just give a smile or lend out a little helping hand...for make somebody's day a bit better...and in some ways you'll allways get something back from an unexpected corner. I think if we all try do do those little things, the whole world will become better & stay that way.

I think the next on the list is Kriskras, so a PM will be sent for the address...

Journal Entry 31 by TinyBear from Almere , Flevoland Netherlands on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
It's on it's way to KrisKras!

Journal Entry 32 by kriskras from Boxtel, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, June 16, 2005
Got it, thank you TinyBear!

Journal Entry 33 by kriskras from Boxtel, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I read the book with pleasure, but have to agree with dutch-flybaby that the sob-story-end is a bit of a bummer. I wonder if a book about an impressive concept like Pay it Forward really needs a dying hero... because impressive it is :0)

Mayti let me know that she's not in the right mood for English books, so I'll send it on to Violoncellix asap.

Journal Entry 34 by wingvioloncellixwing on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Thank you very much for sending me the book, kriskras -- it arrived safely.

Journal Entry 35 by wingvioloncellixwing on Saturday, July 16, 2005
I like the theme of Paying it forward very much, and in general liked the plot of the book as well, except the ending. Sometimes I had the feeling that the author conceived the book too much from an idea instead of from characters.

A quote from the diary of the 12 year old hero Trevor, whose mom and teacher seem to fall in love but are having some difficulties:

I have no idea what happened between Reuben and Mom. Must have been really weird, though. Because every time I see Reuben he says, "So. Trevor. How´s your mom?"
And then he says, "So, Does she ever ask about me?"
Ask what? I´m thinking. But it is usually better not to mix into these things.
Then I get home and Mom says, "Ever see Reuben?" And I say yeah, I see him all the time. And she says, "So. Does he ever talk about me?"

Sometimes I want to yell at them both. I want to say, "Just talk to each other! It's not that hard! I mean, it´s not brain surgery, guys!"
But grown-ups hate it when you talk to them like that.

Journal Entry 36 by dizzm from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, July 29, 2005
I got this book because I am part of a bookring. Recieved it just at the right moment beeing a bit sick and therefore having the oppurtunity to just start reading until I finished it (I love these sort of `bookdream´days).
The storyline is nice and the author is able to get all the characters come alive. I also like it that she uses imperfect ordinary people although they most become almost saintlike in the end.
The idea she presents "paying it forward" is thrilling to think about (that's what I did in my blog, which I posted under this message). I only had doubts about the end of the book. To much drama. I would say: a very American way of ending a novel: big. Still, I´m glad that I was able to read the book (thank you biba98). There is someone who I think would very much want to read it as well, so before sending it to the next person on the list (is that really you again biba98?), I will ask her.

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Paying it forward; another form of reciprocity

I’m at this very moment engrossed in finding out more about the concept of solidarity. Important studies that made a contribution on thinking about solidarity where those from the anthropologists Malinowski and Maus on gift-exchange. They show that the exchanging of gifts (investing time, money, care etc.) is an important fundament of society. Bonds between people, apart from those who are next of kin, exist because we expect something back when we invest in a person. The basis rule for this reciprocity is “You have to help and you cannot harm someone who has helped you” (De Swaan, 1996). But for a bond to develop people need the possibility of meeting the other more then once: how else can you be paid back? This then, is the problem among strangers.

I found an answer to the question of reciprocity among strangers in my mail yesterday. I received a package with a book inside from a bookcrosser.* The book is called Pay it forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and I read it, literally, in one go. Her main character, Trevor, answered the question with: “what if your gift to a stranger is not paid back but paid forward to another stranger?” He comes up with this idea when he accepts the challenge of his favourite teacher. He and his classmates can earn extra credits by coming up with “an idea for world change” and “put it into action.” Trevor chooses three people and does them a favour. In return they should not pay him back but pay it forward by choosing three other people whom they will do a favour. In return they, again, will ask nothing but to pay it forward again. As the blurb of the book says: “A human chain letter of kindness and good will.” In the book it works, big time: people around the globe pay forward and with that change the world.

Now for reality. Can paying it forward really work, is it a different form of reciprocity? While reading the book I thought that sometimes it may even be easier to ask someone to pay it forward instead of pay it back, especially among strangers. It could convince a stranger to accept or to make a (small) gift without the feeling of guilt or awkwardness (“What do does he want from me?”). It may also work among people you know. Sometimes a gift is so easy to make that you feel ashamed or uncomfortable when you receive gratitude for it. It would make things so much easier if you could tell them: you just make somebody else happy by making them a gift. The only direct “gift” you’ll get from it is a good feeling and the possibility that one day another person will do the same for you. This is not a very strong form of reciprocity but it actually already exists (without a special name for it that I know of). I received a quarter the other day from a stranger in the swimming pool to put inside a locker. “You keep it” she said “I know how precious time is when you come in just an hour before closing time.” Happily surprised my actual thought where: “I will remember this so I can do that for someone else someday too.” However, attaching a name to it makes it stronger: “I’ll remember this, I’ll pay it forward.” It makes it a phenomenon. Now all we need is a Dutch equivalent for the name.*

* Someone who likes to pass books around to friends and strangers instead of keeping them on the shelves. For more information go to
* De naam “Pay it forward” is volgens mij niet zo sterk als je het letterlijk vertaalt met: “Betaal/vergoed het door.” Alhoewel, doorvergoeden, dat klinkt nog niet eens zo slecht. Erg Hollands, dat wel.

Malinowski, B. (1922) Argonauts of the Western Pacific.
Maus, M. (1923) Essai sur le don. Translated as: The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies.
Ryan Hyde, C. (1999) Pay It Forward. Simon&Schuster: New York.
Swaan, A. De (1996) De Mensenmaatschappij. Een inleiding. Bert Bakker: Amsterdam. p. 92¨
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Journal Entry 37 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, September 12, 2005
Interesting idea the system of paying forward. Nevertheless the author managed to make a complete disaster out of the book. Instead of digging further into the concequences of what an idea like this could do to our world, or to Trevor, she turned it into a cheap romantic story with quite flat characters. Fifty percent of the book is telling us the overpredictable lovestory of Reuben and Arlene. Even the end of the story (I will keep this a secret for those who still want to read the book) turns out to be pathetic instead of shocking or at least sad. I'm also wondering what Bill Clinton is doing in a 100% fictionstory... The only thing I liked was the basic idea of paying it forward, the world could use a bit more of that...!

Journal Entry 38 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, July 01, 2006
This gem arrived safely in its semipermanent home, until the next reader asks for it.

Journal Entry 39 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
LinniePinnie has asked for this book and even started a new ring with it!
I will send it off in the mail tomorrow. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 40 by Linniepinnie from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, January 27, 2007
The book has arrived safely today, thank you so much biba89 for sending it and for the sweet card that was in the book.
As mentioned before I have started a new ring for this book, Cross it forward to:
vis007 (belgie)
Impuls <--------The book is currently here

Journal Entry 41 by Linniepinnie from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wow what a story!
First I had to get used about the way it was written in different chapters from different characters. It is my first English book since a long time.
I have seen the movie twice so sometimes in my head appeared some frames from the movie.
I just love the idea of paying it forward, especially to find something where you can really please somebody with.
During reading the book I signed in for contributing money for Stichting de Opkikker.
An organisation that organises activities for sick children and their family.
I told the woman from the organisation why I joined and she would try and pay it forward.....

I have asked 061019alexandra for her address.
061019alexandra has asked to skip her and put her at the bottom of the list.
Next person is Jordanne, will PM her right away
Jordanne has bought the book herself....4vlinders is the next one!

Journal Entry 42 by Linniepinnie from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, February 19, 2007
Will be posted on 20/02/2007 to 4vlinders!

Journal Entry 43 by 4vlinders from Oss, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
lag in de brievenbus, kan er meteeen mee beginnen. Ben benieuwd. Wordt vervolgd.
Bedankt voor de kaart Linniepinnie.
gaat mee met Smitjes naar Gouda voor Afraberg.

Journal Entry 44 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, March 23, 2007
Today Linniepinnie gave this book to me in Cafe Lef.
I will start reading next week, first I have to finish the book I'm reading now. I'm very curious.

Thank you very much Linniepinnie and lennonchick78!

Journal Entry 45 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I liked the book very much! The only thing I knew about this story, before I read it, is what I'd seen in the movie trailer. Then the story appealed to me, but I did not like the way it was filmed. So I was very glad to get the chance to read this book and I really loved it.

Thank you very much lennonchick78 and linniepinnie!

The book is now on it's way to redfloor.

Journal Entry 46 by redfloor from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, April 01, 2007
This book was waiting for me as I came home from a weekendtrip. Looking forward reading it.

Journal Entry 47 by redfloor from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wat een mooi idee! Een echt feelgood boek. Het toontje in het boek, het Amerikaanse, stond me echter wel tegen. Ik had er al veel over gehoord en ben blij dat ik het nu eindelijk heb gelezen. Ik stuur het door naar EmEli.

Journal Entry 48 by EmEli from Voorschoten, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Received today! Thank you. :-)

Journal Entry 49 by EmEli from Voorschoten, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, May 06, 2007
What a lovely concept. Really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you for ringing it!

Edit 8/5: I mailed the book to vis007 today.

Journal Entry 50 by vis007 from Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Thursday, May 10, 2007
Thank you EmEli for sending this book to me. I found it a few hours ago, wrapped in a "wonder"ful paper. It looks like a very inviting book, so I will read it as soon as possible!


Journal Entry 51 by vis007 from Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Saturday, May 19, 2007
I've done reading the book. I have mixed feelings about it. It has a nice message, but the package is very American and the plot sometimes rather cheap. Without spoiling the clue for future readers, I wonder why the last chapters had to be so 'heroic' and why the love affairs of the main characters had to be so overwhelmingly present.
But beside that, the core message was good and the book reads very fluently.

I am sending the book back to The Netherlands, so the ring be continued.

UPDATE: Sent it this morning to Dutchbooky

Journal Entry 52 by dutchbooky from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Received in the mail today. Thanks!! I have about 3 books to finish before I can start this one!

Edit 26/7: sorry, sorry! The book is still with me. I am taking it with me on holiday and won't be able to send it to the next reader before August 20. Thanks for your patience!

Journal Entry 53 by dutchbooky from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, August 17, 2007
My holiday finally gave me time to finish the book! What a moving story and what a sad, yet hopeful ending. Never saw the movie, so that did not influence me one bit. How wonderful the world would be if we all payed it forward. Will certainly rembember this and try to do my share!

Will send it to Marianne40 as soon as I have her address! Thanks for sharing it Linniepinnie!

Edit Aug. 29: I will mail the book to Marianne40 today!

Journal Entry 54 by Marianne40 from Den Haag, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I allready saw the film of this story. Usually I find it verry interesting to read the book as well but this time it seems to be a problem. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try. This book travels on to 061019alexandra...

Journal Entry 55 by 061019alexandra from Schoonhoven, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, October 18, 2007
Book is at my place!
Linniepinnie would you like the book book back after I read it?

Journal Entry 56 by 061019alexandra at on Friday, November 09, 2007

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Journal Entry 57 by 061019alexandra from Schoonhoven, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, November 09, 2007
i can not concentreet so good too read english very wel. great book so far i read it

Journal Entry 58 by Cahira from Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Saturday, November 10, 2007
Het boek is vandaag veilig bij mij aangekomen.
Dank je voor het opsturen, Alexandra.

I received the book today.
Thank for sending it to me, Alexandra.

Journal Entry 59 by Cahira from Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, December 10, 2007
I just finished reading the book last night.
Although I think the idea of 'Paying it forward' is wonderful, the book was a bit of a disappointment. In the first chapters I was a bit confused and didn't know who's point of view I was reading.
After a while I sorted it out.
I loved to read about the relationship between Reuben and Arlette. And of course Trevor is a wonderful little boy.
Unfortunately I found the visit to the president a bit too much and unrealistic. I can't remember seeing that in the movie?!

I wish it would be possible to have a boy create a simple idea that will change the world.

Thank you for making this book into a ring.
I will send the book to Bumbelbee today.

Journal Entry 60 by bumbelbee from Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I received the book today. Thanks for sending it Cahira! I will start reading it soon, so I can send it quickly on its way.

Journal Entry 61 by bumbelbee from Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, December 30, 2007
I thought the book was a fairly good read, but somehow it didn't quite stuck with me. I can't really explain, it all felt a bit simple perhaps. The story itself is clever, but I felt the way it was told tried to emphasise it's cleverness to much. That way it kinda lost its truth. Well, I'm not sure I'm making any sense, I guess I can't explain it that well...

Anyway, I'll send it along to Impuls in a couple of days.

edit: It's on its way!

Journal Entry 62 by Impuls from Streefkerk, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 07, 2008
And so it comes to me :)

I'm curious about this book.... It has travelled a lot already I see! :)

Journal Entry 63 by Impuls from Streefkerk, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, March 17, 2008
Because I am currently in the middle of moving-hassle and redecorating my new home, I don't have time for this lovely book...

I will get Niekjes address and pass it on...
bye bye sweet bookie!

Journal Entry 64 by AnnevO from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, June 29, 2009
Somehow, the book ended up with the last ringstarter, who decided to start another loop there and then. I'm first in the new loop!

Journal Entry 65 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I have lost track of who the starter is of a new bookring-list, but Uniflame requested me to become part of it. Please, Ringstarter, take care of this and put me at the end of this new ring? Thanks! And enjoy, all you new readers!

Journal Entry 66 by AnnevO from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The book is with me now; apparently, this loop didn't really loop after all. I'll send the book to Uniflame later this week.

- Uniflame
- biba89

Journal Entry 67 by AnnevO at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, August 17, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (8/17/2009 UTC) at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands



This book is on its way to the next reader; I just dropped it of at the post office.

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