S. E. Hinton Writing Styles in That Was Then, This Is Now

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Point of View

The novel is narrated in the first-person by Bryon. Bryon is a transparent narrator, allowing the reader to make his or her own judgments about the people in Bryon’s life as if the reader were right there with him. If the other characters were able to see how Bryon was representing the events in the story, they’d probably agree with his interpretations. Bryon is also very forthright about his feelings and impressions of other people, hiding nothing from the reader. As a result, the reader knows Bryon’s psyche intimately and can almost predict his next actions.

Setting

The novel is set in a small, working class town, likely in the late 1960s. It likely has the same setting as Hinton’s other popular novel, The Outsiders. The town Bryon lives in has a large influence on him and his loved ones, whether...

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