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That Was Then, This Is Now


Hinton, S.E. That was Then, This is Now. New York: Penguin Group , 1998. Print.

ISBN 978-0-14-038966-1

That was Then, This is Now

Written By: S.E. Hinton

Reviewed By; Savannah Kleschka

Recommend Age: High School

The book I am reviewing is, That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton. The main characters of the story are Mark and Bryon. Mark and Bryon have been best-friends since they were young. When they were around the age of nine Mark moved in with Bryon and his mom. They grew up in a run down neighborhood full of drugs, alcohol, and gangs. Mark and Bryon are now sixteen and are starting to change. Bryon is starting to grow up and realize that some of the things he did in past were stupid. He no longer finds joy and them and wants nothing to do with his old habits. However, Mark still enjoys the activities he has participated in since he was young and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

As the story goes on Bryon starts to put his thoughts into action. He starts dating his friends, M&M, older sister, Cathy. Cathy is a good girl and is just what Bryon is looking for. Now that Bryon is dating Cathy, Mark begins to feel jealous. Mark feels like Cathy is taking Bryon away from him and changing him into a goody two shoes. Bryon and Mark try their very best to save their friendship, but are fighting more and more. In the end both Mark and Bryon make life changing decisions that they may regret for the rest of their lives.

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