What's the Difference between (novel and screenplay) the Book and A Dog's Purpose the Movie?

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

92%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

8%
Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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In the Book In the Movie
Jakob
Carlos
Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Ethan
Ethan
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Maya
Maya
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Hannah
Hannah
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
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In the Book In the Movie
   Ethan and Hannah marry. They enjoy their life with many grandchildren as the years pass. One day Buddy senses something is wrong with Ethan. Ethan hallucinates, he thinks Buddy is his old dog Bailey. Buddy finds the flip (an old toy) and brings it to Ethan. They play for a while but then Ethan gets worse. As Ethan is dying, Buddy/Bailey knows he has fulfilled his purpose in life. Bitter sweet ending. Buddy finds the flip and brings it to Ethan to play with. Buddy plays with the flip just like he did decades ago when he was Bailey. Ethan recognizes Buddy as his old dog Bailey. Very happy ending.
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