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That Was Then, This Is Now Mass Market 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
"This unforgettable classic still packs a powerful message even after nearly thirty years in print."—Children's Literature
About the Author
S. E. Hinton is the author of a number of bestselling and beloved books for young adults, including THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW; RUMBLE FISH, TEX, and of course, THE OUTSIDERS, which was written when she was just 16 years old. She has also written several picture books, a collection of short stories, and a novel for adults. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma—the setting of THE OUTSIDERS—with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys riding horses.
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Susan Hinton’s follow-up to “The Outsiders” is another wonderful young-adult novel.
The scenario is much the same...mid-teens on the ‘other side’ of town growing up and finding themselves with ambiguous friends, cohorts and predicaments.
Non-stop action keeps the pages rolling...did Bryon make the right decision? How might one continue this narrative?
Originally published in 1971, the storyline of life’s unpredictability and fickleness remains the same today...no matter one’s age.
I think I knew every single person in the story. You probably will too.
And it teaches a moral at the end without being preachy. (at all)
Why you should NOT hang around with certain bad influences, how without your even realizing it, you take on other people's characteristics, even people you dislike.
Great story, easy read, excellent writing style.
Sadly, Mark's decline is likely inevitable. He already shows signs at the beginning of the book of a lack of conscience, no doubt the result of seeing and hearing the argument regarding his parentage as a child followed by his 'father' shooting his mother. Without the stablizing force of Bryon's mother, as well as the boys' increasingly desparate need for money to survive, Mark descends into the world of selling drugs. The conclusion is typically Hinton, with the younger brother of Bryon's would-be-girlfriend, M&M (Hinton cannot write a book without at least one weird moniker), ODing on drugs obtained via Mark. Forever gone is the sweet and brilliant M&M, replaced by a dulled child. At the discovery of Mark's part in this, Bryon breaks their friendship and 'brotherhood.'
Those sharp-eyed enough will be able to find out what happened to Mark in Hinton's other book, "Tex."
I intend to give this to my son soon, for its lessons of blood being thicker than water, the dangers of drugs, and the sometimes necessity of distancing oneself from those one loves.