- Title: That Was Then, This is Now
- Author: S.E. Hinton
- ISBN: 9780440086529
- Page: 358
- Format: Paperback
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Ever since Mark s parents died, he has been living with Bryon The boys are like brothers than mere friends They ve been inseparable until recently Something seems to be changing between them, and Bryon can t figure it out Is it Cathy, Bryon s new girlfriend Is Mark jealous Bryon is also tired of the street fighting, but Mark seems unable to quit And where is MEver since Mark s parents died, he has been living with Bryon The boys are like brothers than mere friends They ve been inseparable until recently Something seems to be changing between them, and Bryon can t figure it out Is it Cathy, Bryon s new girlfriend Is Mark jealous Bryon is also tired of the street fighting, but Mark seems unable to quit And where is Mark getting all of that money In That Was Then, This Is Now, one of her most admired novels, S E Hinton paints a richly textured portrait of two boys at a crossroads in their friendship With careful, intimate strokes, Hinton reveals a boy struggling over whether to protect his best friend or whether to follow his own beliefs about right and wrong The ending will surprise readers, challenging them to puzzle over Bryon s dilemma in their own hearts.
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I read this so long ago I don't remember everything that happened throughout very clearly. All I know is that it left me feeling strange and not a good kind of strange. More of an empty, emotionally drained kind of strange. Now, I realize that many books that invoke such emotions are usually very good books. I admit to shedding many a tear over this book. But the ending was so raw. The resolution was hardly a resolution in my eyes; it was probably the most realistic ending. But I was not satisfi [...]
See, everyone's talking about how the ending is wonderfully dark and hopeless and brave in its horror.Well, I think it's bullshit.I think Mark is gorgeous inside and outside, and fearless and clever and slightly twisted and dead sexy, and I think Bryon is a flighty, selfish, irrational dick. And I'm pissed about it.You know what I'd love right now? I'd love to have a book about Mark. Just Mark. How he grew up and grew harder, what he felt for Bryon and the rest of the world, his reasons and his [...]
This book is heartbreaking. 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 the [...]
Do yourself a favor and skip the crap movie with, um, one of the Estevez brothers, I forget which one. This YA is actually pretty powerful, if rather bleak, because unlike the movie, the novel doesn't cop out by giving the audience a phony happy ending.
Every bit as punching (no pun intended) as The Outsiders, but with a much darker ending. 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 [...]
You know E. L. James read this book, and thought that if S. E. Hinton could write a fan-fiction of her own book, then why shouldn't I? #BackStageStoryIn the end of the book, author S. E. Hinton writesI have had readers write me saying "After reading That Was Then, I threw it against the wall." Miss Hinton, in our culture, we don't "throw" books (We ban/burn them.). We are taught to respect them, but had I had a hardcopy of this book, I wouldn't mind doing what your other dedicated readers did. B [...]
I think I've read The Outsiders at least 6 times but strangely I've never read any other of Hinton's books until now. I picked this one up at the library for $1 and I'm very glad I did. It's just as gritty and real as Outsiders but it's time period is set a bit later. (Not too late for Ponyboy to make a cameo appearance though.It's fun even reading that name!) As a parent of a teenager and more on their way there it was a good reminder of all the crazy emotions of that age. My favorite part is C [...]
What an emotional roller coaster.I remember reading this in high school, but I couldn't remember anything about the story. Until almost the end of the book and then I knew everything. Ugh, what a mess it ended up being.Seems like more than one person lost their mind.
I really tried to like this book. I loved the Outsiders, and I liked seeing some of those characters again. Brian and Mark just seemed a lot meaner to me though, without as many redeeming qualities. The thing that bothered me the most was the ending; it left me really dissastisfied. Whenever something ends sadly, people say it's realistic, but happy endings exist in real life, and would it kill authors to put one in every now and then?
This is a coming of age story about two best friends, and what happens to them when they start to mature and grow apart. It is a story about friendship, loyalty, and mostly how the difference between right and wrong is subjective. There is excellent character development, and although the book is short (I finished it in a few hours) by the end you feel for every character in the story, as if you really know them. Recommended for anyone who liked The Outsiders.
Another I read as a child.
The Outsiders is one of the most important books in YA history. I doubt it was the first book to portray poverty and gang violence among teenagers realistically, but it was the first to get popular, and it hugely expanded the boundaries of what books for kids could do, in a way that's never been done before or since. With The Outsiders, Hinton paved the way for authors who took teenagers seriously as an audience to write about important issues. Do you like books likeThe Perks of Being a Wallflow [...]
WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT !!!!!!!!! I had to read The Outsiders for class and had the option of reading That Was Then, This is Now for an assignment, which I decided to do since The Outsiders is great and I'll probably never read this book if I don't now. First off the synopsis the book gives you is a lie, what Byron discovers is in the very last chapter of the book! The real small summary was that a boy named Mark lives with Byron and Byron's mom. Byron and Mark hustle at poker frequently and mana [...]
The book was so goodduring the pages. During the journey of Bryon and Mark, that is. It was emotional, breathtaking, and shocking! S.E. Hinton is an obvious gifted writer, I'll tell anyone! 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 sent [...]
This was another joint read with my daughter. She was pleased to see the reappearance of Ponyboy, but would have liked to have seen a bit more of him. It was fun to discuss with her the similarities and then contrast the differences of Bryon and Ponyboy. Both were intelligent, got good grades, were from the poor side of town scraping to make ends meet, and clearly had good morals; pretty much. Yet unlike Ponyboy, Bryon is a player with the girls, self-assured and a risk taker. To be sure, they a [...]
Do you like gangs, drugs and hustling for money? Well then you’ll love this book. This book is about the criminal life of 16 year old Bryon. Bryon and his best friend Mark used to spend most of their time pool hustling and mugging people. Ever since they were kids they loved to fight. Almost every day they would mug people or hustle them in pool for money. One night that completely changed for Bryon. Their good friend Charlie ran the bar they would hustle in. One night when Bryon and Mark were [...]
An angst-ridden coming of age story about growing apart. It's almost impossible not to compare this to The Outsiders because it's set in the same town and Ponyboy and the Shepard brothers make appearances. Since most of the story actually takes place in town, it feels like a snapshot of the culture in the 1960s, more so than The Outsiders. On one hand, it's interesting to see how the Socs and Greasers have changed since The Outsiders (props to SE Hinton for the still-timely observation that rich [...]
In her afterward, Hinton mentions that this book was written while fighting through writer's block. It shows. The character dynamics and plot development are very forced and after school special-ish. The characters and situations are dated and awkward. Overall, this is an overrated book that scores some cheap fan points through a cameo by Ponyboy.
This book is about a guy named Bryon. He lives with his mom and his best friend Mark, lives with him cause both of marks parents died. Mark and Bryon have been best friend way before Mark moved in. One day Bryon had a really bad headache and wanted a cigarette. SO he reached under Marks bed to get the box that Marks keeps the cigarettes in. And he saw drugs in the box. So he called the police right away and he didn't know why he betrayed Mark. When Mark came in the room, Bryon looked at him, and [...]
Coming of age story that's equal parts "The Hustler", "Rumble Fish" and the Jack Kerouac-Neal Cassady bromance legends. Two punks grow up = one goes straight, the other gets crookeder, the story's been told many times before. But S.E. Hinton gives it a fresh spin setting it in Vietnam War-era hippiedom so you get psychedelic painted Volkswagen buses and Roger Corman-style drug den crash pads. As is the case in all noir books everything explodes at the end because hip kids never win and squares a [...]
This is a fragment of a story, a bitter, sobering look at letting people change you and then not recognizing the people around you - or yourself - anymore. It's less melodramatic than The Outsiders, which makes its darkness a little uglier. Nobody gets a happy ending. There is no ending.
I enjoyed this in Junior High school but wasn't quite as good as The Outsiders, but still worth a read.
S.E. Hinton said this about That Was Then, This Is Now: "The Outsiders made you feel. That Was Then, This Is Now will make you think." That could not be more true. I feel and love and cry over Ponyboy and his story, however, I want to question, analyze, and interrogate Bryon and Mark about their stories. I know others didn't particularly like how Pony was portrayed in this story, but I think it's good he was included to keep those who loved The Outsiders so much reading another book. You get so [...]
Personal ResponseI read the book That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton. I think this book is great. I read The Outsiders, which is the book before this one. I think this is one of my most favorite books I have read in a long time. During silent reading I never wanted to put the book down, because It kept bringing up good parts.PlotThe book starts out with Bryon and Mark. They are basically brothers from another mother. In the book they are never apart. They live together with Bryon’s mothe [...]
Personal Response: This book was showing how people can grow apart from each other. Byron and Mark were inseparable brothers in the beginning of the book. They would go through everything together. The book shows that people's differences will shine through more than their similarities. This book also makes it clear to not dwell in the past. Byron was growing up while Mark was reminiscing of the fun times they had. This book makes it clear that childhood does not last forever Plot: Byron and Mar [...]
When I got to the end, I read the page at the back on the author. While reading the book, I assumed the author was male, but after reading, I realized S.E. Hinton is a female! I also read that she was 16 when writing her first novel, The Outsiders, was considered an "authentic voice that continues to illuminate their (young adult) experiences."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, [...]
A great adolescent character study, THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW is about growing up and dealing with all of the difficult and hard changes that life throws your way. A surprising book in some ways. I enjoyed this short novel of Hinton's.
2.5 StarsS.E. Hinton openly admits to forcing herself to write this book, and it definitely shows. I found this book thought-provoking and I enjoyed the characters of M&M and Charlie, but overall I hated just about everything else. I didn't like Bryon, Mark, or Cathy as individual characters, and I couldn't bring myself to care about Byron's relationship with either of them. I thought the writing was sloppy; it rambled on too much about nothing significant to the story (though the historical [...]
I first read this book about 40 years ago when the cultural references were a little more relevant; however, the basic themes of growing up and growing apart never really change. It's pretty dated by the hippie drug theme but it does offer an interesting look at the times. It also offers a compelling look at how different families in the same socioeconomic class can be. In fact, that brought back the most memories for me because I knew some of those people. I knew folks who just didn't seem to c [...]
"That Was Then, This Is Now", a heartbreaking tale of two friends who live on the edge, is filled with more life lessons that i knew what to do with. It tells the tale of two boys who, as friends since childhood, begin to grow apart. One of these boys embraces the life style of drugs, violence and sex while the other is learning to hate this very same life. This is a major issue that corrupts a friendship and ends with a bang. Together these boys have experienced the best and worst of life and t [...]
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