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The book Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen is a chronicle of the life of a 17 year old drug dealer named Ty Johnson. Ty has taken up his father’s drug dealing business (when his father is sent to prison), but since a young boy, that is what he has wanted to do. He has little interest in what there is to learn in school, as he sees survival in the streets as a more valuable tool. Ty likes the drug trade and the easy money that comes with it, but he begins to realize there might be choices he has to make when he meets and becomes interested in a Alyse young, single mother. Neither she or Ty’s mom know what he does, and they both encourage him to stay in school and get his diploma. Ty is forced with a crucial life altering choice when a rival gang comes in to steal the drug trade--does he stick with the family business and an uncertain future, or does he reach for something more through education and his relationship with Alyse?
Street Pharm by Allison Van Diepen tells a story about Ty Johnson, a teenager who takes over his father’s drug business after he gets locked up. The young man was so intrigued by the drug money he made but all this came at a cost. The business exposed him to mortal danger as seen when he was shot but survived during a drive-by shooting. At some point in the story Ty’s very good friend Sonny dies because of the drug business. He was also kicked out of school because he lacked concentration and failed his exams. Ty met a lady he was interested in, Alyse, who was a single mom. Their relationship did not last long because of the business he was in and Alyse’s aspirations to become a prosecutor (which she does become at the end). However, towards the end of the story Ty realized that the drug business, in spite of the money it generated, was a venture in futility that ends in death or major losses. He decided to get his life together by going back to school and getting back together with the girl he loved.
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