Love and Hate

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Love and Hate

Sarah Leslie

I. Bibliographical information
Hinton, S.E. That was Then, This is Now. New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, 1971

II. Setting
This story was about 2 boys (Bryon and Mark). Bryon was the oldest. He was sixteen and
Mark was 15. They both got into alot of trouble. They enjoyed fighting, and they were
pool hustlers. Mark had moved in with Bryon and his mother when he was little. His parents
had gotten into a fight and shot each other.

III. Plot Structure
I believe this story was a man versus himself, because all through the book Bryon was
constantly changing. He and Mark started to grow apart. He started to fall in love with a
girl. He also had to deal with turning his best friend/brother into the police. He had to
learn to forgive himself.

Towards the end Bryon turned Mark into the police. He had found drugs under Mark's
mattress. Mark had been bringing home money and Bryon finally found out where it was
coming from. Mark had been selling drugs. Bryon did not know what to do thus, he called
the police. When Mark came home and Bryon told him, Mark was shocked. In court Mark would
not even look at Bryon and when Bryon went to see him Mark said that he hated him.

IV. Plot Summary
Bryon and Mark were friends/brothers. Mark moved in with them when he was 9. His parents
had gotten into a fight and ended up shooting each other. Mark and Bryon did everything
together. They were big pool hustlers. They would go into Charlie's bar and find someone
to play pool with. Then they would end up with all his money. Bryon was friends with
Charlie. That's how they were able to go into the bar. Bryon was 16 and Mark was 15. They
both loved getting into fights.

One day they were walking with M&M,a thirteen year old who loved M&M's. When three guys
tried to jump M&M. M&M did not like to fight thus, Mark and Bryon stopped it.

Bryon and Mark went to visit Bryon's mother in the hospital. She told them about a boy,
Mike, across the hall who never had any visitors. Thus she asked them to go see him. bryon
did not want to thus, he went to the snack bar and he saw a girl he knew. Her name was
Cathy and he had not seen her for a few years. He ended up asking her to go to a dance and
she said yes.

Bryon went back upstairs to where Mark was and he met the boy who his mother told them
about. He looked pretty bad. He had been beaten up by a colored man. Mike had brought a
colored girl home because she had missed her bus and because his friends had been
harassing her. When they got to her house she told one of the guys to beat him up. Mike
told Bryon that he did not hate them for doing that and Bryon thought about it.

At the dance that Saturday Mark ended up getting into a fight. Some guy tried to pick a
fight with one of his friends and he tried to stop it. The guy smashed a bottle over
Mark's head. Mark became unconscience and the police arrested the guy. Bryon rode with him
to the hospital. He was fine and only had to get stiches.

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