My Name Is Venus Black

My Name Is Venus Black

Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy?until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus?s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing. More than five years lat Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy?until the night she commits a shock...

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Title:My Name Is Venus Black
Author:Heather Lloyd
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0399592180
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

My Name Is Venus Black Reviews

  • Cheri
    Jan 24, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

  • Elyse
    Apr 22, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Feb 10, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

  • Marialyce
    Feb 14, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Apr 23, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Nov 12, 2017

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

  • Esil
    Jan 21, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

  • Liz
    Feb 23, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

  • Kelli
    Mar 22, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

    This was an epic read with fantastic characters! The children charaters really spoke to my heart and I felt a connection with them. I could relate to the dysfunction and awful things that occurred in this book. This story wasn?t just heartbreaking, it was also powerful and a must rea...

    This was such an emotionally engaging family drama. It immediately drew me in with a dramatic event, hungry to learn more and understand the motives. The characters are all flawed, making poor choices, that are often cringe worthy. In the end, there is some degree of empathy in underst...

    This was such an amazing story! It was artfully narrated by several different main characters. Although dealing with a lot of painful issues, the hope for humanity and happy endings was crystal clear. As I appreciate with young adult fiction, we are spared any graphic details. Some...

    This is a popular YA debut novel with many reviews since it basically burst on the scene with its beautiful cover and 80s setting, both wise choices to appeal to adult readers. My challenge here is to identify whether the issues I had with the book are born of its genre. I?ve decided...

  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 07, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

  • Susanne Strong
    May 12, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

  • Angela M
    Jan 24, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

  • Julie
    Mar 13, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

  • Larry H
    Jan 26, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

  • Dianne
    Feb 03, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

  • Debbie
    Feb 01, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

  • Monica
    Feb 03, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

    This was an epic read with fantastic characters! The children charaters really spoke to my heart and I felt a connection with them. I could relate to the dysfunction and awful things that occurred in this book. This story wasn?t just heartbreaking, it was also powerful and a must rea...

    This was such an emotionally engaging family drama. It immediately drew me in with a dramatic event, hungry to learn more and understand the motives. The characters are all flawed, making poor choices, that are often cringe worthy. In the end, there is some degree of empathy in underst...

    This was such an amazing story! It was artfully narrated by several different main characters. Although dealing with a lot of painful issues, the hope for humanity and happy endings was crystal clear. As I appreciate with young adult fiction, we are spared any graphic details. Some...

  • Karen
    Feb 03, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Mar 14, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

  • Lisa
    Mar 12, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

  • Deanna
    Mar 30, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

  • Meredith
    Mar 05, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Feb 27, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

  • Michelle
    Feb 25, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

    This was an epic read with fantastic characters! The children charaters really spoke to my heart and I felt a connection with them. I could relate to the dysfunction and awful things that occurred in this book. This story wasn?t just heartbreaking, it was also powerful and a must rea...

    This was such an emotionally engaging family drama. It immediately drew me in with a dramatic event, hungry to learn more and understand the motives. The characters are all flawed, making poor choices, that are often cringe worthy. In the end, there is some degree of empathy in underst...

    This was such an amazing story! It was artfully narrated by several different main characters. Although dealing with a lot of painful issues, the hope for humanity and happy endings was crystal clear. As I appreciate with young adult fiction, we are spared any graphic details. Some...

    This is a popular YA debut novel with many reviews since it basically burst on the scene with its beautiful cover and 80s setting, both wise choices to appeal to adult readers. My challenge here is to identify whether the issues I had with the book are born of its genre. I?ve decided...

    My Name is Venus Black opens up with Venus being interrogated for a horrific crime. She does not plead innocence but yet she blames her mother. Venus Black is a 13 straight A student and adoring big sister. So what happened on that fateful night? Is it related to the disappearance of h...

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    Feb 12, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

  • Kendall
    Feb 16, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

  • abby
    Feb 07, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

  • Marie
    May 27, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

    This was an epic read with fantastic characters! The children charaters really spoke to my heart and I felt a connection with them. I could relate to the dysfunction and awful things that occurred in this book. This story wasn?t just heartbreaking, it was also powerful and a must rea...

    This was such an emotionally engaging family drama. It immediately drew me in with a dramatic event, hungry to learn more and understand the motives. The characters are all flawed, making poor choices, that are often cringe worthy. In the end, there is some degree of empathy in underst...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    May 03, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    Feb 13, 2018

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! I was pretty excited to read this novel. I actually started to get nervous at how excited I was. I thought that if I built it up too much in my head that I might be let down. But I wasn?t. I...

    4.5 stars Heartfelt, moving read about friendship, family, love, and forgiveness. My Name is Venus Black is about a broken family struggling to put the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her stepfather. This isn?t about the how and the why Venus killed her stepfa...

    Yes, me, too, Tom! This was such a great book! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black's life, and the life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime. She doesn't want to talk about it, but the media can't get enough of it. It's a surprise to many who know...

    4.5 stars Stories from the perspective of children always get to me because the children are almost always so honest and many times so much more astute than the adults . I certainly felt this way as I read this book. It?s hard to read at times because some sad and awful things ha...

    All The stars and planets for Venus Black????? This book definitely put a BIG smile on my face..... this is an absolute character driven book with some extremely likable characters and some a little tougher to like..... Venus is sent to juvenile detention when s...

    My Name is Venus Black is a 2018 Dial Press publication. It?s Venus?s story, but Leo is the star of the show- It?s 1980 and thirteen -year old Venus Black commits a serious crime, which lands her in ?Juvie? for an extended stay. If this isn?t bad enough, while she?...

    3.75 stars I've backed off from young adult books lately...because they all seem to fall into a couple of categories. or Because magic penis fixes everythang. So when I pick up a book and the main theme is not like that I get a bit excited. This book starts when V...

    4 emotionally engaging stars to My Name is Venus Black! ? ? ? ? I was enthralled with Venus? story from the start. She seemed to be the perfect teen- smart, worked hard in school, but she committed a crime, and it must have been a big one. Why did she wake up in a det...

    This one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement. The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime. What we know is that she is furious with her mother and worried sick about her 7 year old brother Leo who has an unnamed condition that is likely a...

    This is an excellent debut novel...... It grabs your attention from the start with 13 year old Venus sitting in the police station. She admits committing a crime. Although the crime wasn?t spelled out to us at the start, my 99.9% certainly of what the crime was turned out to be co...

    4.5 stars Venus is only 13 years old and kills her stepfather, but we do not know the reason why. She blames her mom and is very angry at her. It tears her family apart and it creates a national media firestorm. She is sent to juvenile prison for 6 years. Her brother, Leo is...

    2.5 Stars* (rounded up) Venus Black is in Juvvy. What got her there? Well, she committed one heck of a crime. One she refuses to talk about. And boy, is she angry. At everyone under the sun, but especially at her mother. Her actions, created equal and opposite reactions, and now, he...

    3.5 Venus is thirteen, her younger brother, Leo is seven and mentally challenged, when a terrible event tears this small family apart. Venus cannot forgive her mother, Inez, for not believing her, and will despise her a little more each day, after Leo goes missing. Venus will be nin...

    This book grabbed me from the start. Thirteen year old Venus murders her stepfather, but we?re not told the reason why. While she?s incarcerated, her seven year old developmentally challenged brother goes missing. Venus was bright, the kind of child teachers love. Not the kid y...

    Ah.... Venus Black you have swooped my heart up! 4.5 stars ladies and gents ;). Heather Lloyd what a wonderful character driven novel. You have knocked this debut novel out of the park lady! :). The novel starts out with one of our main characters Venus who at the time is 13 and ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make-believing is hard alone, Out here on my own. ?We're always provin' who we are, Always reachin' For that risin' star To guide me far And shine me home, Out here on my...

    An excellent book about new beginnings, family relationships, and forgiveness. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I did not expect to end up loving it. As the novel progressed I became irrevocably engaged with the characters and their stories. The book begins with...

    3.4, as I ride the bus home from high school.... At first I said a middle schooler would love this book, but I?m changing my tune a little. I?m thinking this is more for high schoolers. But saying I thought a middle schooler would like it wasn?t totally off the wall. For four ...

    4.5 totally intriguing stars This was quite the story of family, love lost and regained, and the proof that love exists not because of blood but because of kindness, goodness, and concern from those around you. Venus is thirteen and lives with her mother Inez, a step father, and ...

    2.5 stars. The writing was good, but the storyline didn?t work for me. I am definitely the outlier in saying that I couldn?t connect with this novel. The writing was simplistic, but enjoyable. The storyline and characters, however, were all over the place for me. The novel f...

    This is a somewhat dark coming of age story of Venus Black 13 yrs old, who commits a gruesome crime at the beginning of the story, and you don?t really find out the details till much later in the book. It?s a book about family, forgiveness, and love. I struggled wanting to pick...

    Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn?t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragil...

    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on. SUMMARY Venus Black is 13-years-old, a normal teenager, and a good student with a love for astronomy. But she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and puts them all in the media ...

    "When you stop and think about it, all of us are to blame in some way. And all of us are innocent, too. We were all doing the best we could at the time." When Venus Black is just thirteen, she commits a very adult crime that becomes a national media firestorm and keeps her locked in...

    4.5 stars I loved My Name is Venus Black. While I generally abhor suggesting that one book is very similar to another (if you like this one, you will surely like this other one? kind of thing), I do feel in this instance that this book is an exception. I feel confident that those ...

    This was an epic read with fantastic characters! The children charaters really spoke to my heart and I felt a connection with them. I could relate to the dysfunction and awful things that occurred in this book. This story wasn?t just heartbreaking, it was also powerful and a must rea...