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That Was Then, This Is Now

by S. E. Hinton
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How did Bryon feel about the girls he dated in That Was Then, This Is Now? What did this reveal about him?

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Throughout the novel, Bryon portrays himself as a ladies man who enjoys flirting and hooking up with various girls. In Chapter 1, Bryon mentions that he's not afraid to lie to girls if he can get away with it. He then admits to telling girls he was in love with...

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Throughout the novel, Bryon portrays himself as a ladies man who enjoys flirting and hooking up with various girls. In Chapter 1, Bryon mentions that he's not afraid to lie to girls if he can get away with it. He then admits to telling girls he was in love with them insincerely. As the novel progresses, Bryon begins to fall in love with Cathy. He says the only thing about Cathy that bothers him is that she is not obsessed with him like most girls. After Cathy meets Bryon's ex-girlfriend, he is pleasantly surprised to find out she is not jealous of Angela. He says Cathy was the first girl he dated who wasn't scared of other women. Bryon decides Cathy has more sense than the other girls he's dated. Bryon's confessions about his past relationships and feelings towards females reveal he is a rather shallow individual. Bryon's attitude towards women suggests he also has self-esteem issues because he was attracted to jealous girls who lacked confidence. His nonchalant attitude toward authentic relationships also depicts his immature personality.

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