That was then this is now is a coming of age young adult novel by s e hinton first published in 1971 set in the 1960s it follows the relationship between two friends mark and bryon who are like brothers but find their friendship rapidly changing and detoriating. That was then this is now is one of the best early performances of emilo estvez as a writer and actor estevz brings mark to life they way sehinton intened by being brutal and cut throat in his performace. That was then this is now centers around the lives of four adolescents there is the narrator byron douglas a handsome charming but ultimately selfish and self absorbed teenager there is mark whom byrons mother adopted for her own and who is byrons best friend. In many ways that was then this is now is a sequel to the outsiders for the setting in this second hinton novel is similar and some of the same characters appearit is a few years later . That was then this is now was a very eye opening read that becomes more exciting from the start to the end its a novel about two boys named bryon and mark that are living in a society where their lives can change in the blink of an eye and bryon has to start making strong decisions because of marks choices
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