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

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

19%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

81%
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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A Dog's Purpose Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Ethan lived with a woman in Chicago for a while but never married. No details on his earlier life after college.
   Toby is found by a man in a pickup truck who takes him along on a trip to a liquor store/bar. He is left in the truck with the windows up where it soon becomes very hot. He is rescued from the truck by a woman (Ethan's mother) who smashes the window with a rock. It is the early 1960's. The dog is left in the truck while the man goes in for a drink. Ethan and his mother are walking nearby; Ethan hears the dog whining. They see the dog in the truck nearly dead; Ethan's mom smashes the window and they take the dog home. The family also has a cat. It is 1961.
   After the cats Stella and Emmett die, Tinkerbell (the remaining cat) gives Ellie much more attention. Maya does not have any cats.
   Maya takes Ellie to visit Jakob who is on disability after being shot twice in five years. This does not happen.
   This does not happen in the book. Ethan's dad argues with Ethan and his mom while drunk. He pushes his wife to the ground. Ethan shoves him away and tells him to leave; the dad leaves.
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