That Was Then, This Is Now


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Title: That Was Then, This is Now

Author: S. E. Hinton

Type of Book: Novel

Genre: Young adult, coming-of-age story

Original Language: English

Written in: Oklahoma, during the late 1960s/early 1970s

Published in: 1971

Set in: a town in Oklahoma during the late 1960s

Narrator: Bryon Douglas

Point of View: First-person limited

Protagonist: Bryon

Tense: Past, with a switch to present tense in the last few paragraphs

Climax: Bryon, already upset over M&M’s bad experience with LSD, discovers that Mark is selling drugs and calls the police to report him. Mark is taken away in handcuffs.

Falling Action: Bryon hates himself for turning Mark into the police. He breaks up with Cathy and stops caring about anything. He visits Mark once in jail, and it is clear that Mark will hate him forever. Bryon wishes he could go back to being a child, when life was easier.

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