That Was Then, This is Now
Since childhood, Bryon and Mark have been as close as brothers. Now things are changing. Bryon's growing up, spending a lot of time with girls, and thinking seriously about who he wants to be. Mark still just lives for the thrill of the moment. The two are growing apart - until Bryon makes a shocking discovery about Mark. Then Bry...more
I read it years ago and wanted to read it again. Want to know the reason why it took me years to read it again? Because I cried my eyes out when I finished it the first time, that it has taken me this long to be able to read it again. The heartbreak was still there when I reached the end, but it was a memory of the original heartbreak. I didn’t cry the second time around, but I was close to it.
The characters are are very well developed making you feel everything they...more
This story is covered a wide range of issues that are difficult for young adults. The setting was also a poor town where stealing and hustling are common,...more
Now things are changing. Bryon is growing up, becoming more mature with himself and finding who he is. Mark on the other hand, just lives for the thrill of the moment. The boys are drifting apart but still holding on until B...more
The main characters in this book are Bryon, a teenager who lives with his mother. The two are joined with Bryon's best friend and brother, Mark. Bryon’s m...more
Written in 1971, That Was Then, This Is Now was a big hit for already successful writer Susan Eloise Hinton, primarily known as S.E. Hinton. Many thought The Outsiders would be a hard book to follow but sure enough, Hinton accomplished it with ease. Just four years after writing The Outsiders in 1967, she published That Was Then, This Is Now. It had a similar feel to it as The Outsiders, which is what probably made it so easy to read. It had many of the same elements and even had some of the sam...more
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The book That was Then This is Now by S.E. Hinton was another classic by this great author, along with The Outsiders and Rumblefish. The book is mainly based on three characters who are Bryon, Mark and Cathy. Mark of which ends up getting adopted by Bryon and his family due to the fact that they are of good friends. This novel has a great plot, a lot of positives in regards to the story itself, and absolutely no negative asp...more
I have herd if kids in my town taking drugs, and I know what they can do to you like losing your mind and never getting it back. I know relationships have been lost because of drugs. Just like me, Bryon in That Was Then This Is Now by S.E. Hinton has a tough life right now because he just broke his relationship with mark for selling drugs.
Mark won’t grow up or see life different yet and it’s hard for Bryon to keep hanging out with Mark and doing thing with him. At the...more
Bryon is a kid who's focused on the big picture. He's serious but has fun if it's hassling or just being the cool kid. He's a wise-crack kid and the biggest player in Tulsa. He never says "I love you" with feeling. But that was until Cathy came along.
Mark is the joker. He's the one who can hardly speak a s...more
That Was Then, This Was Now is by S.E. Hinton. S.E. Hinton also wrote The Outsiders. Some of the characters from The Outsiders are in That Was Then, This Is Now. In That Was When, This Is Now Bryon and Mark are as close as brothers. But as the boys get older they grow apart. Bryon starts to grow out of his old ways. He starts to seriously think about his future. Where as Mark is living the way he always has. Living for the thrill of the moment. Then Bryon makes a disco...more
I still think this book is great, but it didn't make me cry. In fact, I'm not sure why I was crying--probably just because of the themes in the book and the way they are presented--...more
That Was Then, This Is Now depict a year in the life of Bryon Douglas, and his foster brother, Mark. Both teenagers, they find themselves caught up in the inner city tough guy life of the 1960s. The story starts as Mark and Bryon go to one of their favorite hangouts, Charlie's Bar, a rough pool hall where they often try to hustle people for money. Later, they find their hippie friend, a kid with the nickname M&M, who tells them that his sister, Cathy, is home from private school.
It was great to see cameos of the characters from The Outsiders. The different perspective on Curtis was a nice touch.
Hinton's writing style made a noticeable improvement. Which is saying a lot. While she was fantastic in The Outsiders, this book made her points a lot more subtle (with the exception of the titled line). She made no great effort to foreshadow events, yet everything fell into a logical line o...more
The drama-packed book, That was Then, This is Now was written by a well-known author, S.E. Hinton. This successful author has written The Outsiders, Tex, Taming the Star Runner and Rumble Fish, those are just a few of the many books that S.E. Hinton has written. Considering that it has won ALA Best Books for Young Adults, this book would be a good read for anyone from teenagers to Adults.
This fictional page-turner that takes place in the 1950s shares the story of two teenage Greasers. Bryon a...more
There are a lot of interesting perspectives in this book, and one of the things I reallly like about the book is that none ar...more
Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, wh...more