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
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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Karen
    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 stars for this strong debut! A wonderful & moving tale about family & forgiveness. Thought Lloyd did a fantastic job with Venus' & Leo's character (as well as make sure to treat Leo with extra care & gentleness). The relationship between Venus & Piper + Leo &am...

    I haven?t had much reading time lately due to other commitments, but I can promise that I was looking forward to each and every time I was able to pick up this book. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? This book was fabulous. I had no idea what to expect going in exce...

    BEAUTIFUL + GRIPPING novel about what the meaning of a true family really is and how far you would go to protect it. An amazing story, recommend! ...

    I received an arc copy of My Name is Venus Black for free from a Goodreads giveaway. What a phenomenal YA book. This coming of age story begins with Venus Black accused of a shocking crime and ends with her release from prison, trying to turn her life around. In between we are intro...

    ?You have no way of knowing that if this man marries your mother, the gifts will dry up, the Pop-Tarts will stop the Rainier beer will kick in, and you?ll never feel at home in your own home again.? Venus and her autistic brother Leo are separated when Venus is sent to juvenil...

  • 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

  • Babydimps
    Apr 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 stars for this strong debut! A wonderful & moving tale about family & forgiveness. Thought Lloyd did a fantastic job with Venus' & Leo's character (as well as make sure to treat Leo with extra care & gentleness). The relationship between Venus & Piper + Leo &am...

    I haven?t had much reading time lately due to other commitments, but I can promise that I was looking forward to each and every time I was able to pick up this book. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? This book was fabulous. I had no idea what to expect going in exce...

  • 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 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Tammy
    Mar 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 stars for this strong debut! A wonderful & moving tale about family & forgiveness. Thought Lloyd did a fantastic job with Venus' & Leo's character (as well as make sure to treat Leo with extra care & gentleness). The relationship between Venus & Piper + Leo &am...

    I haven?t had much reading time lately due to other commitments, but I can promise that I was looking forward to each and every time I was able to pick up this book. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? This book was fabulous. I had no idea what to expect going in exce...

    BEAUTIFUL + GRIPPING novel about what the meaning of a true family really is and how far you would go to protect it. An amazing story, recommend! ...

  • 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Brooke
    Mar 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 stars for this strong debut! A wonderful & moving tale about family & forgiveness. Thought Lloyd did a fantastic job with Venus' & Leo's character (as well as make sure to treat Leo with extra care & gentleness). The relationship between Venus & Piper + Leo &am...

  • Mary Beth
    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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
    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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☀️✨
    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 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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Nov 29, 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 stars for this strong debut! A wonderful & moving tale about family & forgiveness. Thought Lloyd did a fantastic job with Venus' & Leo's character (as well as make sure to treat Leo with extra care & gentleness). The relationship between Venus & Piper + Leo &am...

    I haven?t had much reading time lately due to other commitments, but I can promise that I was looking forward to each and every time I was able to pick up this book. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? This book was fabulous. I had no idea what to expect going in exce...

    BEAUTIFUL + GRIPPING novel about what the meaning of a true family really is and how far you would go to protect it. An amazing story, recommend! ...

    I received an arc copy of My Name is Venus Black for free from a Goodreads giveaway. What a phenomenal YA book. This coming of age story begins with Venus Black accused of a shocking crime and ends with her release from prison, trying to turn her life around. In between we are intro...

  • ☆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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...