That Was Then, This Is Now – Book Review


Today I’m going to talk about an amazing book called “That was then, this is now” by  S. E. Hinton .

“Published four years after her phenomenally successful first novel, The Outsider, That Was Then, This Is Now confirmed S.E. Hinton’s place in the canon of young adult literature. Returning to the same working-class landscape, Hinton paints a deeply-felt portrait of best friends Bryon and Mark, as they grow up and grow apart. Puffin is proud to publish this award-winning classic for a new generation of readers.”


The book first edition was released in 1971 and then in 1985 the movie came out.


As it says in the description, the book is about two teenagers that grow up together like brothers, but, as the story goes on you can see how their lives go separate ways, and they have different opinions and different ways to see life. You can find love, loyalty, racism, teenage issues, death, mental health topics… all of this in one book.

I was 13 the first time that I read this book and it changed my life. I’m 20 now and I still re-read it because it’s amazing.

What this book has taught me is that sometimes you have to let go things or people that used to be good for you but they’re not anymore. And it’s totally fine to do it. You don’t have to hold on to them. So, basically, it taught me how to grow up.

I totally recommend you to read this book, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 30 because it’s a beautiful story that everybody can relate to.


Have a great Monday. I will come back with another post very soon!

Judith xx

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