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Product Details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Soft Cover Edition edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416911545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416911548
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–Set in Brooklyn, this urban drama novel depicts Ty Johnson's life as a 17-year-old African-American drug dealer. Taking over his father's territory seemed to be all that to Ty when he was younger, but now he realizes that there is more to life–mainly forming a relationship with Alyse, a single mother and his classmate at the local continuation high school. Struggling to hold onto the pieces of his father's business, he faces competition from out of town and things get serious. Neither Alyse nor his mother knows what sort of work Ty does until he ends up in the hospital after a drive-by shooting. Then the teen leaves school completely and moves out of his mother's apartment. He must decide who he is as his life is threatened and he loses the people closest to him. Easy to read and written in street slang including drug references and profanity, this debut novel will appeal to reluctant readers.–Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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From Booklist

Gr. 8-11. While his dad is in prison, Ty Johnson is holding the family business together--the family drug business. A bright teenager, he has already incorporated surefire business principles into his daily life: never lose control; know your enemies; practice patience; and don't have a girlfriend until age 21. His self-discipline, brains, and business acumen are amazing for a 17-year-old, even though they are invested in a drug-hustling deadend. An alternative school and a lovely young mother seed doubts about his chosen profession, but it is a tragedy that finally convinces him to start over. Van Diepen has created a surprisingly hopeful book, one that respectfully acknowledges the intelligence and street smarts necessary for success, whether the challenge is drug dealing or college preparation. She also tacitly addresses the importance of second and third chances in teens' lives. While the resolution is regrettably unrealistic (few individuals as integrated into the drug trade as Ty can manage to escape as completely as he does), the book does offer an optimistic look at a drug-free, crime-free future for at least one young man. Frances Bradburn
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More About the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, The Oracle of Dating series, The Vampire Stalker and Takedown (Sept. 2013). Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.

Customer Reviews

I am adult who enjoys reading good teen lit and this book qualifies.
Tina
Street Pharm is a very detailed, interesting, exciting book that will keep you reading the whole time.
F. Teniente
The book is violent and raw,but brilliantly written with fully developed characters.
Nicholas A. Ziinojr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tina on September 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am adult who enjoys reading good teen lit and this book qualifies. While I did not really care for Ty in the beginning of the book, you can slowly see his progression into "the real world" and it is a joy to go through it with him.

I also liked the honest look at the street life and the fact that the author did not make it sound like a romantic thing.

The writing is good and the storyline goes at a steady stream. I would be interested in reading a second book in this series to find out how Ty and Alyse make on and how Ty deasl with his father.

The only thing that would have made this book better would have been if it had been a true story.

This is an enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SchmuckyTheCat on December 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this up on a recommendation not knowing it was juvenile fiction. I figured out by the first chapter that it was - which is kind of a sad review of the entirety of modern juvenile fiction.

I read it, and liked it, the writing and story are decent although thoroughly predictable. For the subject matter, life is too easy. In the fantasy genre in juvie fiction, I don't care if the main character has his life is too easy, everything goes his way, his romance interest is a Mary Sue, and any bad situation resolves happy. It's generally bad books, but I have no problem with kids reading it. However; when your setting is real and modern day and your main character is an urban drug dealer, even if he is a "good guy", life should not be easy. Even for the bad situations in the book, you never felt conflicted that it would be alright in the end. The book ends up providing a romanticized and glamorized view of a detestable lifestyle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Ziinojr on October 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Street Pharm" is an excellent novel,especially for teenage males.It's

the gritty,powerful story of a young and very successful drug dealer who

decides to change his life.The book is violent and raw,but brilliantly

written with fully developed characters.It is an astonishing debut by

a talented new author.I can't wait to see what she does next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on November 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ty Johnson knows how to survive in the real world, to take care of problems on the spot. He has everything in control and knows the way to run things. He's intelligent, patient, and skillful, everything he needs when he inherited his father's business. Everything is running smoothly for Ty and that's the way he wants it.

But then a series of struggles and obstacles ruins the way Ty does things. Not only does he have to take care of a competitor who wants to run him out of business, but he has to deal with school, the only thing his mother wants him to focus on. That could be especially difficult when a girl like none other, Alyse, enters his life and makes him feel happy for once. The hardest part is trying to hide from his mother, and almost everyone new he meets, that he is involved in dealing drugs, the business that Ty's mother hoped to forget after Ty's father went to prison for it.

Ty starts to question every action he does, from the moment he entered the business. With so many problems to handle, can Ty get through it all?

Allison van Diepen takes on a risky plot that so many teens have heard about, but never knew much about, and pulls the reader in. STREET PHARM is a true coming-of-age story that causes the reader to be at the edge of their seat, quickly turning pages, and in the end wanting more. A quick, fast-paced read that is necessary for all teens to read.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bee on August 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
i only picked up street pharm by accident, because my younger brother (13) was reading it. it was a fast read for me (i'm 18 and read a lot) but i was intrigued the whole time. the character of ty johnson was not far-fetched for one moment, which surprised me because after reading the blurb and noting the author name, i was skeptical. a woman writing as a male teenage hustler... right. somehow, it works and it works well.

for younger teens, especially boys like my brother who are reluctant to read anything at all, it is a godsend... this is a book that will get any boy to read. and once you start, you realize that ty johnson is no druggie, in fact there are several references to why drug use is not for teens dropped in the book without it sounding preachy or haughty.

for the older reader (i admit it - i only read it because i had absolutely nothing else) it is a very quick and surprisingly intriguing read. definitely looking forward to reading more by allison van diepen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Orlando on August 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a true page-turner. I don't like many books and a good one has to catch my intrest, but this book was amazing. Its inspirational story of power, love and lust come together so well! I hope to read more by this author!!
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By F. Teniente on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Street Pharm is a very detailed, interesting, exciting book that will keep you reading the whole time. Street Pharm is a bout a 16 year old, smart, intelligent, boy named Tyrone Johnson who is a young hustler who goes through a lot of struggles and obstacles living the street life. With making money his 1st priority, his school and education the last thing mind. Ty takes over his jailed fathers Drug dealing business. Ty handles the business pretty good, His mother dislikes his choices in life and forces him to go to school and get his education. While in school he meets a girl Alyse who he has a baby with and falls in love with. He soon tells her about his business which scares her.

One day he finds out about a drug dealer who comes from Miami who is out to kill him and sabotage his business. Business starts to go bad for Tyrone and his best friend sonny ends up dead. With Tyrone having to be smart and think about what's best for him, his baby and Alyse. Tyrone decides to call it quits with the family business decides to live a legit life and pursue his education; a decision which angers his father.

I strongly recommend this book to all young teens out there. Even if you don't live that life this book still teaches you how to make smart decisions in life. You can also learn from Tyrone's experience. The book will keep you glues to the pages and is a must read.
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