That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. HintonDoes growing up have to mean growing apart?
Since childhood, Bryon and Mark have been as close as brothers. Now things are changing. Bryons growing up, spending a lot of time with girls, and thinking seriously about who he wants to be. Mark still just lives for the thrill of the moment. The two are growing apart - until Bryon makes a shocking discovery about Mark. Then Bryon faces a terrible decision - one that will change both of their lives forever.
That Was Then, This is Now Summary and Analysis of Chapter 1
Hinton which was published in This novel has been adapted into a film starring Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer. The story revolves around two close friends named Mark and Bryon who have different perspectives about their life. Bryon spends time with girls and Mark craves for thrill and excitement. Take this quiz to test your knowledge and find out the answers.
At the start of the novel, Bryon and Mark are doing their usual routine of hanging out and hustling at the local pool hall. Their lives are comprised of fun and fighting as they look for people to beat up while defending their friends from beatings. Neither one has thought twice about their actions before now. For Bryon, whose life has been one kneejerk reaction to violence after another, the idea of forgiveness confounds him. Before too long, violence erupts again. It happens while Bryon is on his first date with Cathy. His ex-girlfriend Angela asked a boy to beat up Ponyboy Curtis and when Mark tries to stop the fight, he gets hit.
That Was Then, This Is Now
They owe him money, but buy cokes anyways. In the fight, Mark has snatched from the Shepard Gang the three dollars they need to pay Charlie back. For more entertainment, Mark suggests that they jump a black man standing at an intersection. Bryon and Mark lay a lot of background out in this first chapter. As a matter of fact, this first chapter is weighed down by the overarching need to pay Charlie back by the next day, something that weighs heavy on the boys as they hang out over the night. When the Shepard gang appears, Bryon tells readers about the gangs which prowl the city and define young men by their affiliations. Socioeconomic backgrounds also play a factor in these divisions, and Bryon, on pg.