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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,856 ratings  ·  355 reviews
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, skil

Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dylan Rossi
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing, In this book Ty Johnson, son of Kingpin drug dealer Orlando Johnson. Ty is asked to run the business after Orlando gets thrown in jail! Tyrone is constantly lying to his mom about going to high school, and ends up getting kicked out for his lack of attendance, Ty decides to go back to a school called Les Chancellor. At Les Chancellor he meets a girl named Alyse, who intrigues Ty with her personality, and is weird because Ty usually doesn't go for any girl. Ty ha ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a realistic fiction and I really enjoyed reading this book. In the book it takes place in New York City. The main character of the book is a young teenager name Tyrone Johnson but everybody knows him as Ty the local drug dealer. Ty Johnson is basically taking over the family business his dad started which was drug dealing. But Ty was smarter than his dad, instead of being all flashy with the cars the women and the clothes. Ty saves his money an just keeps a normal look so that no on ...more
Alejandro Garay
Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen was a good book that I would recommend to people who like action. To begin, Street Pharm is about a kid named Ty Johnson taking over his dad’s drug business. It explains how he gets customers and how he sells around school and out of school. Ty wants to finish school to make his mother proud, but it's hard for him to keep selling and going to school. This book is really good because it has everything like peaceful, suspenseful, and romantic moments. This is an ...more
Arnold Lleander
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This teenage boy Ty Johnson has taken over the family business. His dad was the kingpin of drug dealing in brooklyn but then he was sent to jail because his dad was caught. Ever since his dad went to jail Ty johnson was head of the family business ever since. His real name is Tyrone Johnson but they just call him Ty for short. He had a good life making deals getting a lot of money from their customers. He had a lot of rules like get the money first then give the drugs, make sure they are not a s ...more
Andrae Mcconnell
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-2009
Allison van Diepen takes a very refreshing approach to telling the story of a young black man involved in the world of drug dealing. Ty Johnson, the main character, is only seventeen years old when he takes over his father's drug empire. What I really liked about Ty isthat he he is not just some brainless thug; he is a businessman. He is extremely disciplined and he takes his business very seriously. He is extremely smart, but his gifts are being misused. I appreciate the way that van Diepen con ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chosed this book because it sounds and looks interesting. This book is actually realistic fiction. The setting of the book is in brooklyn new york. The main character is Ty johnson. Ty johnson took over his dads drug business after he went to jai. He started at the age of 14 and worked his way up until he took control of his dads business. He was doing good so far, but darkman was trying to get revenge on Ty from something his dad did a long time ago to darkman. The main conflict of the story ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a teacher who works in a group home for ‘last chance’ high schoolers. A student of mine who had read “Takedown” asked me to get this book. I read reviews and thought it would be A’ight but still I wanted to read it first. It turns out to be the perfect book for this young man.

The protagonist is a drug dealer but he lives by a code. He really is a good guy. Smart, too but with a - who needs school-attitude. He goes to clubs and restaurants and drinks- a little. He even tries a martini which
Jordon Roering
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Street Pharm by Allison van Diepen is a book about this teenager named Tyrone Johnson. Ty's father ran a huge Drug Empire in Brooklyn. When Ty's dad goes to jail, Ty is the one who has to take over at just age 16. Throughout the whole book Ty will have a lot of choices to make and some will effect his career. What I liked about the book was that Ty felt like a real life character to me. The author did a very good job at making this book so realistic. Ty was my favorite character because he had t ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Street Pharm is about a teenager named Tyrone Johnson. His dad was a major drug dealer and since his father got locked up Ty took over the job. Then Ty was shot in the leg and in the stomach because he was competing with another drug dealer called "Darkman". All throughout the book there was suspense and tension. I thought that this book was a 5 star because it gives the reader many different emotions. ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I choosed to read this book because i read the 1st book and then i really liked the first book so i thought that street pharm would be a really interesting one just like the 1st book called snitch and it sounded like a good book and i decided to read the second one and they were both really good books the one i am read was really good because it is about a kid his name is Tj and he takes his dad's job beacuse his dad is in jail he got caught selling drugs so now the dad left Ty in charge of the ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
StreetPharm was an excellent book of mystery, thriller, and action. Allison Van Diepen is a terrific author the book was not a hard read but the story was so good. Tyrone Johnson or Ty started out as a senior in high school but was also a leader of a one of the biggest drug dealing business around his area. He inherited it from his father who is serving prison time for dealing. To Ty business is booming more than ever and his isn't letting anything distract him from business. He wants to make hi ...more
Lizz Herrera
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Street Pharm, is fiction and is about a boy named Ty Johnson who is 17 years old, who is in a business that involves; drugs, partying, and gangs. Ty is only a drug dealer in the business which is a pretty hard job because it's hard on who he trust so he doesn't get thrown in jail like his father. During the book Ty goes to school and finds himself having feelings for a girl his age who has a three year old son. Now in the business you're not suppose to have a girlfriend or anything, you ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book had a lot of good qualities and I think definitely interests young adults, especially those living in the city and who are either directly or indirectly affected by drugs in their community. It was enlightening to read a book from the drug dealer's--or "hustler's"-- point of view, especially a drug hustler who is also a teenager in high school. Some of the best moments were when the main character, Ty, is realizing while in school he gets to act like his age and gets a break from runni ...more
Street pharm by Allison van diepen,
The dialogue was good and descriptive
Main characters;
Ty: hot shot,drug dealer,caring,buisness man,liar
Sonny: Ty's bestfried,sweet, loyal
Monfrey: doesnt know his worth,dirty,easy to talk into
Alyse: Ty's lover,smart,educated,teen mom
language used was slang
Plot: It started off w/ a hot shot drug dealer who was only in highschool running his fathers drug dealing "buisness" lying to his mom not going to school pretending to work as an excuse for all his money.
Allison KM
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Street Pharm," by Allison van Diepen, is relatively different from anything you'd call a novel. The story is about a young hustler from Brookland. When his dad went to jail a few years ago, he took over as 'kingpin' for the family business. The family business you ask? Ty Johnson, the main character, likes to call it YDDA. Young Drug Dealers of America. He's the main man of a huge branch of drug dealers (employees) to users (customers). The book gives you a great insight on what real street lif ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 car
Jadyn Zimmer
I found this book while I was roaming through a bunch of books and decided that I would read it.

This story mainly takes place in the ghetto and at Les also it took place at Alsye house

Ty faced a lot of external conflict by keeping his dads business in tact. He faced internal conflict by having to lie to his girl Alsye.


Ty started of being very Static by not changing his ways but through out the book he became more dynamic by ending his dads business.

Ty was very strong in what h
Sep 21, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the book Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen. Seventeen year old Tyrone Johnson lived a rough life with a father in jail and a very moody mother. His father had a family buisness, when he got locked up he passed it down to Ty. Ty and his mom live in Manhattan, NY. When Ty was ready to handle the buisness, he started fast and easily. Was ready for anything that came his way and wouldnt stop for nothing. Now as a big time drug dealer just like his father he develops enemies and lots of ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a page turner. I thought that this was a very interesting book, and that Allison van Diepen is a very talented author. This story covers some of the problems that come with being hustlers on the streets. This book also has many lessons people can use in their everyday life even though they aren’t drug dealers. This book also has some romantic love issues as well. Many people think that drug dealers are the problem when really it’s the drugs itself. There more people dead because of ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because the main character has to solve problems and to get past the bumps in life. The genre is realistic fiction I chose to read this book because it looked like it had to do with people solving problems that come up in their life. The setting takes place in New York. The main character Ty is a local drug dealer taking after his father’s old business. A description of the main character is smart with his money, smart with his drug dealing, and smart with the people he ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a kid named Ty Jhonson he is a dealer in the streets with his best friend Sonny. Ty has worked for his dad seens his dad went to jail. Ty starts having problems when another dealer comes to town by the named Darkman he trys to take over Ty terretory by sending guys to kill Ty in a driveby, but they fail, but gets injuries like his abonden so he has to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Ty hires a man to Kill Darkman for revenge, but he tells the man not kill him no mo ...more
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I like reading books about drug dealer because there always alot of action in them. The book a read was a realistic fiction. The boook took place in the city.The main character was tyrone jonhson but people call him ty for short.Ty gits into a problem with a rival dealer that his dad had to go throw when ty dad use to be a dealer.Ty dad use to be a big dealer untill be got locked up.So Ty dad gave him the buisnis.Ty dad want him to hire a hitman to take out the dealer bu ...more
Mark Tainter
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Street Pharm is a pretty good book and is about this kid named Tyrone Johnson or goes by TY which is the main character. TY is a 17 year old that is in high school and is in his dad's drug dealing business. TY’s dad gets sent to prison and TY decides to take over his dads drug dealing business with his best friend Sonny. TY get kicked out of his high school and is going to an alternative school called chancellor there he meets his a young single mother named alyse and keeps his business a secret ...more
Vanessa Dyne
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
I thought this book was average, but I would definitely recommend it to my reluctant male readers (teens). It is a quick, easy read from the point of view of a young, black male who has followed in his drug dealing father's footsteps. He is intelligent, charismatic and kind hearted despite his profession. I think this could really resonate with a certain reader. It paints a brief, yet realistic picture if this particular world. ...more
Zak Fibish
Feb 10, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
its about this kid his name is ty and he is a dope dealer and gang banger that got kicked out of school and now is going to some alterative school and he met this girl and she wants to date him and he dont want to becuse he never dates he says its mainley about him dealing and his home boys
Kim Bryan
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely amazing..
It's so well written, and as you read
you feel as if you're right there with him
feeling everything he's going through and
all the stress he's dealing with.
I highly recommend this book !

Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jannette Herrera
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is hard to put down, that's how good it is! ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly received by alternate education students who don't fit the 'traditional' model of a novel. ...more
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Allison van Diepen is the author of many teen novels, including Takedown, Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, The Oracle of Dating, The Oracle Rebounds, and The Vampire Stalker. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.

Her latest is the heart-pounding ON THE EDGE series set in Miami. ON THE EDGE and LIGHT OF DAY are in store

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