What's the Difference between A Dog's Journey the Book and A Dog's Journey the Movie?


A Dog's Journey

Released: 2012
Author: W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Journey

Released: 2019
Director: Gail Mancuso
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Ethan Montgomery
Portrayed by: Dennis Quaid
Hannah Montgomery
Hannah Montgomery
Portrayed by: Marg Helgenberger
Gloria Mitchel
Gloria Mitchel
Portrayed by: Betty Gilpin
Clarity June "CJ" Montgomery
Clarity June "CJ" Montgomery
Portrayed by: Kathryn Prescott
Portrayed by: Henry Lau
Portrayed by: Jake Manley
A Dog's Journey Book vs Movie
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   This does not happen. Ethan died in the previous novel, “A Dog's Purpose”. No one ever recognizes the dog from its other lives. Ethan and Hannah visit Gloria. They stop by to drop off some of Henry's things. Gloria does not want them around. Ethan recognizes Molly as Bailey from her antics. Ethan tells Molly to keep looking after CJ.
   This does not happen in the book. Shane is abusive to CJ. Molly bites him. Shane threatens to kill Molly.
   Gloria and CJ argue. Gloria wants to get rid of Molly. CJ threatens to tell the court how poor a mother Gloria is and get her thrown in jail. Gloria first tries to poison molly, then brings her to a dog shelter claiming the dog is lost. Molly is chipped; CJ is called and picks up Molly and learns Gloria brought her to the shelter. This does not happen in the film.
   CJ runs away from home after rescuing Molly. Her car is vandalized. She is arrested after running from the police; she is brought back home to Gloria. CJ finds out the house is in foreclosure and her trust money is gone as Gloria used it for her luxury life-style She is driving to Trent's house when Shane rams into her car. Molly dies when CJ's car rolls over. When CJ says she wants to leave home, Gloria says the insurance money is gone. Gloria used the money to support her lifestyle. CJ is left with nothing. CJ takes her mom's car and leaves with Molly. Shane rams into her; CJ collides with another car and flips her car. Molly dies in the accident.
   CJ is bulimic; for years she vomits up her meals to lose weight which she usually gains back. She is not.
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