That Was Then, This is Now is by S.E. Hinton. Byron & Mark have been friends since childhood. Byron's mother even took Mark in after the death of his parents. But now things are changing, Byron has found a girl he really likes and he and Mark are growing apart. A heart-wrenching tale of growing up and the consequences of the choices we make. Fans of The Outsiders will love this book.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).