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Thyme Gilchrest is an honors student.
Thyme Gilchrest is popular.
Thyme Gilchrest is on student council.
Thyme Gilchrest is a drug dealer.


Like piecing together a logic puzzle, Thyme has organized a complex trading system that enables her to obtain the meds her friends need. They all come to her to ...
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Overview

Thyme Gilchrest is an honors student.
Thyme Gilchrest is popular.
Thyme Gilchrest is on student council.
Thyme Gilchrest is a drug dealer.


Like piecing together a logic puzzle, Thyme has organized a complex trading system that enables her to obtain the meds her friends need. They all come to her to diagnose their problems and provide the "cure" -- be it Prozac, Ritalin, Vicodin...She's therapist, doctor, and pharmacist all in one. She helps people. And that makes her feel a little more in control -- a little more capable of dealing with her own frantic high school life. Because Thyme Gilchrest is nothing if not good at dealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120408
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 410,403
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tracy Lynn is a pseudonym. Liz Braswell is a real person. After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved in to fate and wrote Snow, her first novel, followed by the Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. Liz lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and the occasional luna moth.
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About the Book

Thyme Gilcrest is everything that a drug dealer isn't. She's popular, active in school, adored by adults, and at the top of her class. It would be ridiculous to say that Thyme Gilcrest is a drug dealer...ridiculous, but also true! How on earth does a nice girl like Thyme become the go-to girl for every partyer in her suburban school? Very easily.

Discussion Questions

1. Ashbury High, Thyme's school, seems to have a very complex and unyielding social hierarchy. Does Thyme buy into this hierarchy? Does the social construct exist only at the school, or does it spill over into other parts of her life? How is Ashbury different from your school? How is it similar?

2. Thyme is very careful to make a distinction between the "right" kind of drugs that she sells, and other drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Upon what does she base this distinction? Do you think this line of thought is justified? Is she able to keep the two separate as the story moves along?

3. When Thyme catches a group of middle schoolers getting high in the mall on NyQuil, she wonders what they have wrong in their lives that makes them want to get high. What reasons do Thyme and her friends have for getting high? Where do they look for happiness and fulfillment? Do you think that a different group of kids -- in a different city or from a different social class -- would have the same reasons for getting high? Would they choose the same methods?

4. Why does Thyme find Will so attractive? Why don't her parents approve of him? Is he a good boyfriend?

5. Discuss Thyme's friends, Lida and Suze. In what ways are they good friends to Thyme, and in what ways are they not? Is Thyme a good friend to them? Who do you think is the better friend? Who do you think is the better person? What is behind Lida's transformation from stoner chick to chic partyer?

6. Why does Dave's arrest have such a great impact on Thyme? Does she change as a person because of it? Does Dave change because of his arrest? How does his arrest impact the other characters? What other events in the story lead Thyme to make changes?

7. In what ways are the adults in the story responsible for what happens? What could they have done to keep Thyme from becoming an addict and a pusher? What do you think of Thyme's parents? Is one a better parent than the other?

8. Thyme's college essay was about what she really wants to do for the next few years. It's one of the few times she actually thinks about what she wants out of life. Why do you think she doesn't do this more often?

9. Having finished the novel, do you think that Thyme has really stopped taking and dealing drugs? Do you think she's a stronger person for choosing to got to college or is she just being swept along with the current? What would you think might happen if she took some time off?

10. Do you think Thyme is a good person in a bad situation or simply weak-willed? Do you feel she could have done things differently?

11. From reading the author's afterward, what events do you think inspired this novel? Do you think the author is actually referring to herself when she mentions the two people in her life? How has this novel impacted your own life?

Activities

1. Because drug use is a major theme of this novel, choose one drug-related issue and follow it through different newspapers. Assemle clippings chronicling the recent history of popular perception on this issue..

2. The diagnosis and treatment of ADHD has an interesting history. Read up on this history, as well as any trends in treatment. See if you can find both sides of the story.

3. Write a short story about one of the supporting characters of the book. For example, write what happens to Dave or write about Meera's accident, but keep your story concurrent with the rest of the book.

4. What do you think will happen to Thyme now that she's in college? Write a short story about her freshman year and where you think her life is headed.

5. Thyme knows a lot about the side effects of the various prescription drugs that she gives to people. Choose one of the drugs in the book -- legal or otherwise -- and research how it affects your body.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    An awesome realistic story.

    This book was good and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This book was great because things like this happen in real life. The book was based on a high school teen that found the drug world. Well she took advantage of it and began to do pills. Her friend later found out about it and tried some drugs. Thyme began to start selling the pills she was taking. There was one bad thing, she was in the top 20 of academics.Thyme Gilcrest was in all the honors things and was popular at the same time. This was most high school kids dreams. She later turned into a legit drug dealer and had clients. But i know people that have gotten into this and i enjoyed reading a book about it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Amazing.

    A friend of mine reccomended this book to me and I fell in love instantly. The story is extremely realistic and one I could read again and again. And I feel that I can relate to Thyme very well, I used to pop pills and sell them to the people at my school. And how withdrawal and the feeling of being on pills is described... it's intensely real. I would reccomend this book to everyone I know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    Interesting Book!

    Rx defentky is not my normal read, last summer I stumbled apon it at my local library, when I was picking a free book I earned from there Teen Reading Program. The book is a bit sad, and since I have never had to deal with a drug addiction, I can not say how realistic. Though the charecters are very well developed and the book tends to not get to slow at any point. In general it is not my absoloute favorite book, though like I have said it is good and I do strongly sugest you read it if you have time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Interesting, but lacking.

    Thyme is just trying to fit in, and along the way she finds something to help her. Perscription drugs.
    It has a good story line, but I think it lacks too much. It was really hard to start just because I was bored in the beginning. I think the back description makes it sound more exciting than it really is. Sometimes I would get confused and lost with what was going on because it switches without transition.
    I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommended it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    No, no, no, all wrong.

    This book was kind of boring. But what really annoyed me about it was that the drug facts were all wrong. I know more about perscription drugs than this writer. I want to rewrite this and make actually sound CORRECT and factual. The author needs to get her facts straight. I was very disappointed by this book. Don't waste your money on it. Don't bother reading it, it's a waste of time. There are plenty other substance abuse books out there that are so much better with authors who KNEW what they were talking about.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Old habits die hard... or not at all.

    This book may sound flat-out horrible to you, the whole concept of a straight-A high school drug dealer. Trust me, this book is against drugs all the way. It's a little slow starting, but if you stick it out through the first half, it quickly captures your attention and only gets better. The ending was sad but perfect for the story, and a lot of truth rings through this book. Recommended for high schoolers and parents. Yes, I'm a sophomore in high school actually recommending this to parents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Save Your Cash

    Oh man, this book was horrible. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. By page 30, I was over it. Rx was never able to grab my attention, and was so boring, I was just about ready to throw this book out my window. Save your money, and by a book worth reading.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    i reeeally love this book. coming from someone who used to pop a

    i reeeally love this book. coming from someone who used to pop adderall to get through classes, i relate extremely well with thyme. although the beginning is sort of slow, the story quickly builds into something great. i loved the realistic view of a teenager looking up drugs online, and wanting to be better. it just feels so relatable to me, and the ending was the best part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    This book is TERIBLE. I have been through ritalin addiction and

    This book is TERIBLE. I have been through ritalin addiction and know what its like -- this book did NOT get it right at all. The author obviously had never done a drug in her life, and definately not ritalin. It was very obvious at points that she was getting facts straight from the internet. Such a horrible book, and the main character is so obnoxious, dont read it.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    I really liked this book, its really interesting, realistic, tee

    I really liked this book, its really interesting, realistic, teen sarcasm. Its so realistic this could really happen to anyone really and it can happen so easily! One little thing leads to another and it just starts quietly advancing before you know it you probably have someone in your high school or college that does this. 
    So Thyme is one of those really smart girls she gets As but she has to really work for them. And thats when she tries a common "study drug" and soon shes led into a world of addiction, dealing, and deception. Childhood friend may not be as loyal and trustworthy as they seem. And her love may not be as understanding as she wants him to be. But is this really entirely her fault? When alot of what she sees are her parents and their friends popping pills just to stay awake? Thyme has already been exposed to the magic little capsules that allow you to feel and think any way you want. But nothing comes without consequence.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    timely and arresting

    I make no claims that this book shows the "real" life of teens or sensationalizes the less-than-dramatic reality. I simply don't know. What I can say is that "Rx" by Tracy Lynn is very timely. Last December, for example, there were numerous news stories detailing the pressures teens face to be perfect and pretty and fun while making it all look easy. This book offers one explanation of how some teens do that.

    Thyme Gilcrest goes to a competitive high school in a rich suburban neighborhood. It's senior year and she is jockeying for position among the top 20 of her class--a coveted spot that Thyme can barely cling to despite hours of work each night. This all changes when Thyme gets a hold of some Ritalin to treat her self-diagnosed ADHD. Suddenly she can focus and life is good. Then her friends find out about the drug and start asking her to get other "cure alls" for them.

    Lynn writes this story in matter-of-fact, concise prose. Narrated by Thyme, the story never offers judgment on the druggies, dealers and misfits that populate its pages. Instead, Lynn is simply setting down the facts as she knows them (read the afterward to see why the story is important to her) to offer up a cautionary tale about the hazards of prescription drug abuse and dealing.

    The prose here is arresting. After the first pages I was hooked. Thyme's commentary is sardonic and caustic--an appealing combination. At the same time, her story is painful to read as Thyme describes her let-downs and her own shortcomings. Despite that, the middle begins to drag as Thyme transitions of user to dealer. However, Lynn will throw in a trick now and then to surprise you.

    Stylistically, this novel isn't overly exceptional. It's what I would term a "gimmick" novel--trying to cash in on the popularity (for lack of a better word) of the issue of prescription drug abuse in high schools.

    The novel also deals with the world of privileged teens: kids whose parents have enough money that they are never home and leave their children with a bit too much free reign in their absence. The term "latch key children" might also come to mind. In a world where family dinners don't happen as often as they used to, perhaps it's not surprising to see more and more novels focusing on "latch key teens."

    Part of me wants to do more research on the subject to see if prescription drugs are really that available to random teenagers but, as with most things, I think it depends on the teen and the location. For my part, I had a nagging sense that the novel was overstating the problem or perhaps focusing on a more suburban phenomenon (although Meg Cabot's new novel "Jinx" which is set in New York City briefly touches upon this issue as well). Perhaps I'm the only one who didn't know how to go about getting illegal substances as a teen (and still doesn't) and had no desire to.

    At any rate, "Rx" is an interesting look at the burdens of overachievers even if the novel might leave you with more of a nagging feeling than a completely satisfied one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great!

    I have read this book so many times and I find new things in it all the time. Recomend to EVERYONE!

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    omg

    i loved this book! it was so good!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2011

    it was okay

    it was an okay book, it moved a little too fast to build an understanding for the characters. its mean more for pre teens than adults. the ending was easily expected as were most events in the book. It wasn't bad but its not a book i'd keep on my shelf.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Alright

    There was somethings I liked but I did not love the book. I liked the fact that it showed how anyone can get pulled into drugs, which is true. Also that it's not always for the wrong reasons. But I have to sadly say I did not love it. I kept reading and reading waiting for something more to happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2010

    Amazing.

    I read this book in two days,i could not bring myself to put it down, i barely stopped reading to participate in my classes.This book reaches out to the reader in so many levels,i found myself laughing,on the verge of crying and other times just completely shocked. I myself,being a 15 year old girl,growing up in southern California, where a majority of my school is on some kind of drug, could easily relate to this. I have also taken a few prescription drugs myself,and after reading this book,i know i will never do it again. So if you know somebody who is addicted to taking prescription drugs,i highly recommend this book, its definitely learning a huge life lesson,but the easy way.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Not Spectacular

    This book wasn't the greatest. There really was nothing specifically lacking, it just wasn't that memorable. I thought it was going to be better and more exciting by the description on the back. It just seemed like one long "don't do drugs" seminar. It also seemed a little unrealistic to me, as of every character having access to perscription meds. It also was a little confusing keeping all the characters and their personalities straight. This novel was good, but I don't really recommend buying it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    Callan S.

    This is a book about a teen girl struggling to keep good grades for college, and also to fit in. The "Twenty"(top twenty students with the best grades) is the closest thing she has to a clique. At first Thyme has no interest in drugs, but her friend, Will, was mis-diagnosed with ADHD. he refuses to take them and throws him somewhere in his room. Figure it out where that leads to. I really liked this book. Even though prescription drug abuse doesn't seem like a big deal or a popular fad, this book opens your eyes. Even though Thyme is a good student and does not have a bad reputation, she takes Ritalin, the "study-drug", and ends up changing into a whole different person without realizing it. While reading this i learned that you're not always a bad person if you do drugs, but they aren't helping you in any way. I really enjoyed it, i hope you do too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    LOVED IT!

    I loved this book! Not only because I could kind of relate to Thyme 'the main character' in that she is intered in pharmeceuticals, has fair-weather friends, and makes jewelry, but the story was just amazing, and I really think everyone who has a kid in junior high or high school should read it, as well as...well, everyone, since it's probably the best book I've read this year. This book is not only entertaining, it really fits in with today's 'Generation Rx' problem. There's a reason they call us that, and this book tells a great, entertaining story while showing the problem of prescription drug abuse these days, and how widespread it really is. Thank you Tracy for writing this incredible book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    So True

    This book was amazing from start to finish! I got so caught up in it, that i couldnt put it down... As a teenager in HS you begin to wonder when you read this, 'how many of my classmates are doing this?' And really, its not uncommon. Its always the people that you would least expect and it is actually kind of a scary reality that kids these days actually go to this kind of extreme. Many teens could relate to this book, and i think its a must read for everyone!

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