That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. HintonThat Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton

That Was Then, This Is Now

byS. E. Hinton

Paperback | April 1, 1998

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Another classic from the author of the internationally bestselling The Outsiders

Continue celebrating 50 years of The Outsiders by reading this companion novel. That Was Then, This is Now is S. E. Hinton's moving portrait of the bond between best friends Bryon and Mark and the tensions that develop between them as they begin to grow up and grow apart. 

"A mature, disciplined novel which excites a response in the reader . . . Hard to forget."—The New York Times

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...
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Title:That Was Then, This Is NowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 4.38 × 0.51 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140389660

ISBN - 13:9780140389661

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Book!::::: I read this book in junior and senior high school and I loved this book. It was an marvelous book to read. I now own a copy of this book.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved!! this book is one of my favorites, i loved it. so easy to connect with the characters, all have a great story line/background. this book made me laugh and cry and mad and sad and happy, it was a really great book
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! S.E Hinton even said the Outsiders made you feel, That was then this is now will make you think. And that is what it did for me. I love this book!
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not The Outsiders, but Okay I don't know what to say exactly, other than that it was no "The Outsiders" but it was still an okay read. I read "The Outsiders" in elementary school and loved it, so I must have gone and bought this one as well, and I imagine I must have read it as well. I say "must have" because I have no recollection of actually doing so. I just read it (many years later), after finding it while cleaning out the basement. I decided to read it because I remembered liking "The Outsiders" so much in grade school. I read through it in a day, on and off, and it was an easy read. There was some emotion, and the ending was of course emotional, but I wasn't particularly drawn in to the characters. Either I didn't read it all those years ago, or it really didn't stick in my mind as something to remember. However, I do think that had I written this review at the time I read "The Outsiders" I would have rated it higher, although still not as high as "The Outsiders."
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Novel #plumreview If you have read The Outsider's, then I suggest reading That Was Then, This Is Now.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It I fell in love with the Outsiders, so I read this. Great storyline and same feelings as the Outsiders. I love how Ponyboy came in. I loved the twist that came along. "The Outsiders made you feel, That Was Then This Is Now made you think"-S.E Hinton
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad of course, this is no The Outsiders, but it was still an entertaining read. I loved that we got to see some of our favourite characters from The Outsiders, like Ponyboy and Two-Bit.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting Good read, typical of S. E. Hinton
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It wasn't what I expected. When I got this book, I thought it would be tough and interesting like The Outsiders. But it was on the emotional side and didn't have much of a plot. If you want to read something similar to The Outsiders, this isn't the one. It's a book to read not after The Outsiders, because you'll compare them. Maybe wait a month or two before reading it. TBH I thought it moved quite slowly and it took me ages to finish this book. It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't too good
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That was then,this is now Excellent book read it when i was in school 30 years ago. I loved it then and lovwd reading it again
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing story After I read The Outsiders, my expectations were really high for this book but after the first page, I realized that you can't compare. The Outsiders is a book to feel and That was then this is now is a book to think. The story finished so fast that I couldn't help having it on my mind a while after. It really is a book that makes you think, it has a powerful and deep story that everyone can somehow relate to. I recommend That was then this is now to anyone who loves any of Hinton's books.
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you liked The Outsiders you will love this book! I have read The Outsiders and Rumble fish about 20 times and I love them. So I figured I should try another Hinton book. Im only half way through but I have to say I am sooo excited to see what happens next. Plus, to make it even better, some of the characters from The Outsiders are in this book! I am going to have to read all her books now. You should too!!
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I had to read this book for my english class and at first i thought it would be a really lame book but it was really good and i loved it. I thought that the book was very realistic and that's part of what made it such a good book!
Date published: 2007-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A short but heavy novel Mark and Bryon have been best friends for as long as they can remember, almost like brothers ever since Mark moved in after his parents shot each other in a drunken rage. But as the two grow older, things change, and they start drifting apart. Bryon is growing up, and spending more and more time with his girlfriend, while Mark is staying young and reckless. The two boys' relationship is severely tested when Bryon finds out Mark's horrible secret, one that will change them forever.
Date published: 2007-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That Was Then This Is Now This book had a deeper meaning then just telling kids that drugs are bad, and friends and family are important. I can't even explain how much this book reached me. For some one who knows drugs fairly well, it gives the harsh truth. When you chose to expieriment with drugs, your not just risking your own life and happiness, but that of the ones you love most also. "Street" life, may give off the image that you are a free person, cool, and un touched by law, but you are trapped...trapped by the people you so desire to impress with your incredible stories of expierences with death, drugs, sex and violence. This book has portrayed those truths completely, and is controversial. No hiding the harshness of death from Overdosing, or being shot. I will always love it.
Date published: 2006-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That was then, this is now That was the best book I have ever read. I saw the movie too and it was excellent. Even if teens that takes drugs and read or see the movie, they might think about how bad drugs are. Don't take drugs people, cause it is bad for you.
Date published: 2005-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is the best book that I have ever read other than The Outsiders. This book is very well written and shows what it is really like to be a teenager. I liked how S.E. Hinton brought back a familiar character, for all you Outsiders fans, Ponyboy. This is a great book and I really enjoyed it. Another wonderful book by S.E. Hinton. Great Job!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book i read ever I think this book is exellent because I think it shows teens not to do drugs and be very close friends,espeically to stick up to good friends thats why it is a good book t
Date published: 2001-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Besides The Outsiders This book shows what many things that could happen to a teenager. This book shows how people change during their teenage years and how easy it is for friends to grow apart. This book is a really good book and I'd recommend it to anyone. That was Then, This Is Now presents two foster brothers, Bryon and Mark, moving apart as one becomes more involved with school and girlfriends while the other moves deeper into a career of crime and drugs. That Was Then, This Is Now shows teenage life and the many decisions and choices teenagers make.
Date published: 2001-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That Was Then, This Is Now If you have ever read the book the Outsiders you would enjoy this book aswell. This book involves 2 young boys they are best friends but as the girls enter there lives and the friends and the drugs this becomes a problem. Bryon and Mark start slipping away fromn each other because of Cathy and the drugs and they have no where to turn except each other. But is that possible?
Date published: 2001-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet This book was the greatest ever written by S.E. Hinton. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2001-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was S.E. Hinton's best after the Outsiders. It was very emotional and enjoyable to read. I recomend it to any Outsiders fans.
Date published: 2000-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book This book is very good. It deals with the hardships of growing up and I really liked that. I thought that the book was full of surprises and that too was very good. Another great book from S.E. Hinton that deserves recognition.
Date published: 2000-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I thought "The Outsiders" was a lot better but this wasn't a bad book either. I thought it was a little slow and wasn't too exciting but I liked how it was "realistic" and in a way heartwarming. I like reading about close family relationships especially when it's between siblings. I recommend it if you liked "The Outsiders".
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from best book besides outsiders This book shows some of the most hard parts of life, but it also shows that even if life is sliding down hill it can always rise up to the top of a mountian. But it also shows that how much you love someone or thing you can automatically loose them in an instant.
Date published: 2000-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from exellent This book shows some of the most hard parts of life, but it also shows that even if life is sliding down hill it can always rise up to the top of a mountian. But it also shows that how much you love someone or thing you can automatically loose them in an instant.
Date published: 2000-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from bravo S.E. Hinton This book shows some of the hardest parts of life, but it also shows that even if life is sliding down hill it can always rise up to the top of a mountain. But it also shows that how much you love someone or thing you can automatically lose them in an instant.
Date published: 2000-02-11

From Our Editors

Published four years after her phenomenally successful first novel, The Outsiders, this "mature, disciplined novel" (The New York Times) confirms Hinton's place in the canon of young adult literature. Set in the same working-class landscape as The Outsiders, That Was Then, This Is Now paints a deeply felt portrait of best friends Byron and Mark, as they grow up and grow apart.

Editorial Reviews

"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