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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Great Author, Bad Ending

    I honestly LOVE S.E. Hinton. I read her book the Outsiders in class, and fell in love with it. A few months later, I picked up this book, expecting the same deal.

    It wasn't.

    The book started out brilliantly. It was well written, with very realistic characters and an equally interesting conflict. The relationships in this book are very emotional and vivid. The main character is lovable. The situation was a little darker than the Outsiders. I read it in a matter of hours.

    And by the end, I was traumatized. I'll explain why. (Mild spoiler alert)

    Through this story, all the relationships are built up. You have a brother-like friend. A girlfriend who the protagonist has considered marrying. The girlfriend's little brother, who becomes dear to the protagonist. You feel how deeply the protagonist cares for all of them.

    In the last few chapters, all those feelings die. The protagonist loses all of these beloved friends. No, the they don't die. It's worse. The protagonist, in a moment of emotional overload, destroys his relationships with all of them. He goes into a depression afterwards. And you see the effects. The brother-like friend now wants the protagonist dead.

    It was horrible. Traumatizing. I was up at 2 in the morning, nothing but all those lost people in my mind. There wasn't any resolution to the story. It was probably one of the most tragic endings I've ever read. It was even worse than the death at the end of Mockingjay (Hunger Games fans will understand what I mean), because it was depressing. It make you a different sort of sad than Mockingjay. At the end of the Hunger Games trilogy you cried your heart out. At the end of this book..... You were at a loss. It felt depressing. And I mean that in the true sense of the word.

    I still think S.E. Hinton is a brilliant author. Don't get me wrong, this was a well written book. But I prefer to remember her for The Outsiders rather than That Was Then, This Is Now.

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    Posted June 22, 2012



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012


    Not ibteresting no plot i make better books needs aplot actully its -555 stars pretty sad - as in negitive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    It was a terible book and I would not recomend it to anyone.

    It was the worst book I have ever read. I read the book 'outsiders' by S.E. Himton also. That was a great book but this one was horrible. I will never have anything to do with it again.

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    Posted May 8, 2009

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