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That Was Then, This Is Now Paperback – April 1, 1998
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A mature, disciplined novel which excites a response in the reader....Hard to forget. "The New York Times"
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The protagonist is a bright, articulate boy named Byron. He lives with his almost nonexistent mother and his adopted brother, Mark. An accomplished car thief ("nothing to hot wiring," according to him) and lover of fights, Mark is bad news. Byron describes him in an almost feral way; Mark had leonine coloring and features and his most outstanding feature is his amber colored eyes. Being with Mark is like a roller-coaster ride. Byron enjoys the excitement that living on the edge with Mark can bring.
The characters are sharp and richly drawn as is the Oklahoma town of the mid-1960s where the story takes place. One gets a strong, compelling sense of the characters and the dividing line in their immediate community. The "Greasers," so called because of their love for Elvis and tendency to use hair grease are looked down upon because they live on the "wrong side of the tracks," the east side of town. The Socs, (short for "Socialites") on the other hand are their affluent West Side counterparts. Byron falls hard for a socially mobile girl and takes her little brother, nicknamed M&M under his wing. The girl later ends up dating Byron's friend, the weirdly named Ponyboy who is in Byron's social circle.
The kids in this work, as in all of S. E. Hinton's works are highly independent. Adult characters are peripheral at best. The story is really about the young people in the Oklahoma community and their issues, confrontations and interactions. S. E. Hinton's books during this time period tend to be juvenocracies, that is ruled by youth.
Guns, drugs and violence are all part of the story.Read more ›
Toward the end of the book, I found myself in tears as the boy makes a necesary decision that SEEMS right, that appears to be the moral decision, but the outcome doesn't seem fitting and it made me wonder whether he made the right choice, whether that was the right decision.
This book is very life-like, very real. S.E. Hinton is my favorite author and she writes about what she knows; thus, the situations are easy to relate to. Infact, without even meaning to, I found myself relating to the story, comparing it to my life. The knowledge I received from this book will help me make decisions as I get older. If you are a young adult searching for who you are, or someone trying to make the right decisions in life, you need to read this book! It makes you think and ask yourself, "What is the right choice? What did this boy do wrong?" Apply it to your life and learn from the lesson, almost hidden, in this book
This book that S.E. Hinton wrote is a lot like many others he wrote, such as Taming the Star Runner, Tex, and Rumble Fish. It takes place in the mind of a young boy going through tough times by living on the streets. This book's time period is probably two years after The Outsiders, but in this book, unlike The Outsiders, the characters are different. There is still Ponyboy Curtis, but that is the only character from The Outsiders. S.E. Hinton has written many good books for young readers and this book is no exception. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend this book for all young readers.
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I read this book few years bacak and now I got my granddaughter to read it and she loves it. Can't beat a good book!:)Published 2 months ago by Lilly Bermudez
A good read to follow The Outsiders. It isn't a sequel but does have some of the same characters and setting. Many issues are dealt with nicely. Another timeless novel by S.E. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Audra Branson
I really enjoy Ms. Hinton's few books. I sure wish she had written a lot more of them in this venue. She has a wonderful grasp of what it is to be young and not always excepted. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy
Bought this for my daughter on one of her school projects. I haven't personally read this book, but have read other SE Hinton's books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CA Reviewer
This book was great! I gave it to my English teacher and he loved it!Published 6 months ago by Kamaljeet Kaur