Street Pharm by Allison Van DiepenStreet Pharm by Allison Van Diepen

Street Pharm

byAllison Van Diepen

Paperback | July 1, 2006

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If a brother wanna get ahead, he gotta use every minute to better himself. Everything I did made me better -- tougher, stronger, richer, smarter -- or I didn't do it.

Take high school. A waste of time. Nobody there taught me what I needed to survive on the streets....

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop's business at sixteen, Ty's developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game's in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you're on top.

But one slip -- or one serious competitor -- and life turns ugly fast. Suddenly, Ty's got to rethink his whole strategy. And for the #1 dealer on the streets, strategy is not just about staying ahead. It's about survival.
Title:Street PharmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 1, 2006Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416911545

ISBN - 13:9781416911548

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Perspective! I liked how the novel was in the point of view of a drug dealer and it was more interesting that way. It showed how dangerous and complex this "business" is, how not everybody can be trusted. I also liked the speech style of the characters, which added good atmosphere (e.g. "tune", "crib", "hustler", "popo"). I realized through Street Pharm that many people can be bribed with money, and connections, whether for good or for bad, are very important. What I didn't like was that the language was a bit too crude and there was too much swearing. i did not like reading the f-word every so often, although this is probably a suitable style of speech. This book didn't grip my attention too much, but it was still interesting. Not all my questions were answered, such as who killed Sonny and why Alyse was in Les Chancellor. I don't like to be left questioning! The main character, Ty(rone) was my favourite character because he was clever, an excellent speaker, and was very intelligent. He was smart to realize that drug dealing leads to a dead end. Although this is not exactly my favourable style of novel, I actually really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for all the hustlers out there... Street pharm is about a drug business that is run by Tyler dad but he is in jail. At the beginning of the book everything was good until I read deeper and deeper in the book, there is of action. Excitement and bad news happen in the book. I say this is a very emotional book, a lot of emotional stuff happen, they got set up by undercover cop, relationship went bad, drive by shooting, setting up friends, and people getting killed. The best part of the book was when the main character got shot and decided to stop hustling and he sent the business and his cliental to someone else. So for all the people that want to be hustlers I think you should read this book first and decide!!
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved the Book This was a book that didnt actually strike me by the cover, the first page was what got me hooked on this book! i absolutely loved it! Great job! I strongly advise for anyone interested in this book!
Date published: 2010-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BEST this is one of those books that you just cant get your eyes off. i read it in a day. it had me feeling sad, angry, giggly, and happy throughout the whole book. this is a MUST READ type of book. [[=
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BETTER THAN I EXPECTED ! THIS BOOK WAS GREAT COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. IT WS UNEXPECTEDLY. I was tired of reading twilight series wanted to take a break before breaking dawn and I took this out of my school library. GREAT BOOK.
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Street Pharm Seriously an amazing novel! I couldnt put this book down!!! It was brilliant. Takes you into the violence and crime of the drug world. It was actually scary at some parts, but completly amazing, and beautiful at the same time. I loved how much the boy changed from what he experienced throught the novel. Must read!!! seriously!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT ! WOW . again , Allison can diepen You are amazing ! This book made me Cry . I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN . I HAD to see what would happen next I Just Love The Gang Mixx withh Lovee ! Its Perfect .!
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!!! I really loved the story I felt like I was in it. I My friend was reading it and I said hey can I read a bit of that and he was like sure I started reading and he wanted it back and I was like NO! he had to pull it away from me an then I just got it and I read it all in 1 day because I could not put it down! I never read books so my mom thought I was going a little CRAZY! but I wasn't I am going out to buy "Snitch" another book by the same author as "street Pharm" well I think anybody should read Street Pharm.
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for Teens I heard about this book through a friend, and seeing as their review had been so favorable and the price was as well, I decided to give it a read. I was NOT disappointed. The book is very fluid, with great character development and story lines. Although the chapters are short (this was expected given the younger target demographic) the book is exiting from start to finish. The author gets you interested in what will happen next and you start to project in your mind what will happen to character X as you imagine yourself in their shoes. It is noteworthy that when I first read "Street Pharm", that I was 31 and thus, out of the target audience, but nonetheless found it to be smart, engaging and sophisticated. I could not wait for the authors next book!
Date published: 2008-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For Young Adults Only This read more like a movie script than it did a novel. I felt it just had more of those elements that play great on screen, but sort of fall short in print. Again, we're given the happy ending and I imagine if the author is attempting to be authentic, it doesn't quite fit.
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just so amazing I was totally shockd by how good this book was. It was absoulutly addicing and just full of real , pure truth. I think that this book was one of the best books that i have ever read HUGE props to Allison Vn diepen for going so deep
Date published: 2008-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Street Pharm is such a good novel. You cannot put this book down, seriously.. you just want to keep on reading and reading, chapter after chapter. This book is very educational in gang wise, and some school wise. I think that this book is very interesting and cannot wait until Allison writes her next book! :)
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I first picked up this book and instantly became on edge to find out what happened next. Then just as fast as it happened, I was done the book. I became totally absorbed by her all too real characters and evident life situations. It's definitely worth a read and I highly suggest that you do, to all readers. It really taught me something about myself and others.
Date published: 2008-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Different View Most of the books I have read on drugs, havent been about dealers, just addicts. This was a new way to tell the story of drugs, with the main character being a hustler. I really enjoyed this book and read it in a day! I hope the author continues to write novels like this and I look forward to her coming out with more.
Date published: 2006-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC BOOK! When i read the back of the book, i knew it right away that the book was the hit! I couldn't stop reading it, the author really gets in Ty Johnsons head and describes everything so well. Im 19 and i can relate to Ty in many ways, its a good book for teenagers and even grown up's to read and to open up your eyes to the harsh reality our kids go through. I used the book for my Canadian Novel Study and i cant wait untill the author comes out with the new book "SNITCH" Keep up the good work and keep the books comming Allison
Date published: 2006-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Street Pharm is a really great book. I really like the art of war stuff. Ty Johnson is a philosopher of the streets. His mind could get him through any situation. This book will show you that hustling isn't all it seems to be.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting An awesome read from cover-to-cover - I couldn't put it down! Ty Johnson brings you in and takes you on an eye-opening journey of life on the streets. I would recommend this to everyone, young and old. Can't wait for more from this up-and-coming author!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome book this book kept me interested the whole way though it, it was extremely well put together.If you are have trouble getting your teen to read this is an awsome book that will keep them interested the whole way through. I found this book not to have any parts where it was hard to get though it was so well put together the whole way though. I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to read a book with everything in one it's a great book to pick for a summer read.
Date published: 2006-07-21

From the Author

Why did you start writing Young Adult fiction?I was teaching high school in Brooklyn at the time. I noticed a lot of my students were reading novels dealing with hard issues like gangs, drug dealing/addiction and more. But these books were aimed at an older audience, not teens. So I thought I'd give writing for teens a shot. How did you come up with a character like Ty Johnson?I've known a number of male students who had it all - smarts, looks, personality - but who made life decisions that led them to drop out of school or end up in jail or worse. So I decided to create a character who would help me get inside the head of this type of guy. The character of Ty Johnson spoke to me right from the beginning. He is a suave drug dealer who is somehow likeable despite his flaws.Do you have any other books coming out?I hope so! I've written another teen book called Snitch, which is about a girl who joins a gang. What are you working on now?Another book about a teen breaker who is clairaudient - she hears ghosts!What do you do in your spare time?When I'm not writing, you mean? ;) Truthfully, since I teach at an alternative school during the day, I spend a lot of my evenings and weekends writing. But I love it, so I have no complaints. I also like to get out and see girlfriends, hang out with my boyfriend, and have Sunday dinner with my family. You know, same type of stuff you do.How do I get a shout-out on your website?Drop me an email or post a comment on myspace or hi5! I love to hear from readers and fellow writers!I've written a book. How do I get it published?First, you need to ask yourself if your work is publishable. I recommend finding friends, relatives, or teachers who are willing to help, and seeing what they have to say about your work. Ask for as much criticism as possible! Don't take it personally - see it as a wonderful opportunity to improve your work. (Writers have to get used to it, trust me!) My first editor was (and still is) my mom. She will always tell me the truth about what I've written, good or bad, and that has made me a much better writer over the years. (THANKS, MOM!)Once you feel that your work is as good as it can get, that's when you can start approaching publishers or agents. You should find out what they are looking for by checking their submission guidelines (often on their websites) or looking them up in books like Writer's Market, and Guide to Literary Agents, both published by Writer's Digest Books. For me, as for most writers, getting a book published didn't happen overnight. Most of us have trained for, and still juggle, others careers (for me, it turns out my teaching has really fed into my writing.) So be patient, work hard, and have faith!Good luck!