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

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

16%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

84%
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's parents appear to have divorced, his mother lives with his grandparents and she threw her ring into the pond. Ethan's mother meets a man named Rick who takes a liking to her. Bailey also likes him. Rick is not in the movie.
   Bear tries to track Victor's car, but loses it. He attempts to find a town with people/food and a family. He ends up near the place where he and Ethan had been found by searchers years before. The dog recognizes that he has been in this place before.
   Maya and Albert have a girl named Gabriella. Maya and Al have three kids who enjoy playing with the dogs.
   Ellie is taken care of by a woman named Georgia. Jakob trains Ellie to be a police search and rescue dog. A man named Wally assists. Ellie is spayed by the vet as she matures. Ellie lives in Jakob's apartment with him; he is strict but kind. Carlos trains Ellie for search and rescue as well as finding weapons. Wally assists. Ellie lives with Carlos in his house. Ellie is required to sleep in the doggy bed which she doesn't like. Georgia is not in the movie. Ellie is not spayed.
   After finding only dead people, Ellie locates someone who is alive (Maya thinks it's another corpse) but refuses to leave when ordered. Ellie crawls under a building and locates a woman but gets chemical burns in the process. Her sense of smell is degraded and she is no longer able to find people by scent. Ellie is de-certified. This does not happen.
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