That Was Then, This Is Now

That Was Then, This Is Now

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Sixteen-year-old Mark and Bryon have been like brothers since childhood, but now, as their involvement with girls, gangs, and drugs increases, their relationship seems to gradually disintegrate.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1998, c1971
ISBN: 9780140389661
0140389660
Characteristics: 159 p. --

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Bookworm_64
Apr 08, 2017

I absolutely loved 'The Outsiders' so I decided to read so of S. E. Hinton's other work. This book made me glad I did. Mark and Bryon are characters that feel so real. I love how Hinton's characters from her books appear in her other books. Although the ending shocked me and made me angry at the characters, it was realistic. Overall I loved this book, and would recommend it and S. E. Hinton's other books to just about anybody.

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MADKC4Ever
Jun 19, 2015

I thought that since I loved "The Outsiders" so much, I would start reading the author's other works, and boy am I impressed! This book was short and easy to read, but fantastic! As others have said, the ending is sad and will tug at your heartstrings, but please don't let that stop you from reading! It makes you think about life just a little deeper (something Mark never had any desire to do.)

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johnkan
Aug 01, 2013

teaches great life lessons

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bambi13
Jun 24, 2013

This book left me thinking about a lot of things as most amazing books do....Very insightful and genuine. S.E Hinton really is the voice of the youth. Unlike most people she isn't afraid to tell the truth about life.

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KatieBrown
Apr 13, 2013

This book is amazing!!! If you liked the outsiders youll most likely like this book as well!!!!! The charectors are amazing in both books!!!

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Darth777Vader
Nov 25, 2012

This book is very sad, but very good. Whoever has read The Outsiders and liked it, this book is for you. ( Btw, very depressing ending, but, well, that's life!)

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 20, 2012

I honestly couldn't read more than one chapter because it was written way differently than Tex and The Outsiders. What I read was good, but not The Outsiders good.

jojo456 Jul 09, 2012

A really engaging drama ... you wont believe the ending!!

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hot_dog_stand
Feb 19, 2012

It is an ok book.

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jvanderg
Feb 17, 2012

Depressing ending, it just seemed hopeless at the end.

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MADKC4Ever
Jun 19, 2015

MADKC4Ever thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

olive_eagle_11 Sep 07, 2013

olive_eagle_11 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

indigo_jaguar_38 Jul 01, 2013

indigo_jaguar_38 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 19

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KatieBrown
Apr 13, 2013

KatieBrown thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Darth777Vader
Nov 24, 2012

Darth777Vader thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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MADKC4Ever
Jun 19, 2015

There was a silence and then he continued.
"I didn't have to see you. I wanted to, though. I had to make sure."
"Make sure of what?"
"Make sure I hated you."

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bambi13
Jun 24, 2013

"Like a friend once told me, 'That was then, and this is now'." -Mark, "That was Then, This is Now"

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Darth777Vader
Nov 25, 2012

"We were like brothers," I said, desperate. " you were my best friend-" He laughed then, and his eyes were the golden, hard, flat eyes of a jungle animal. "Like a friend once said to me, 'That was then, and this is now.'"

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DavidB
Jun 11, 2009

"It's not just a stage!" Cathy cried. "You can't say, 'This is just a stage,' when it's important to people what they're feeling. Maybe he will outgrow it someday, but right now it's important."

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KatieBrown
Apr 13, 2013

Other: Involves usage of drugs

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Darth777Vader
Nov 24, 2012

Violence: some fighting, and very sad. For mature readers.

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hot_dog_stand
Feb 19, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: when there are fighting with weapons

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