My Name Is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

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 later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fa...

Details My Name Is Venus Black

TitleMy Name Is Venus Black
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherDial Press
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews My Name Is Venus Black

  • Angela M
    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 happen. If not for these child characters, this probably would not have appealed to me when my friend Esil recommended this book . There are crimes committed - murder and...
  • Larry H
    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 Venus well, because she is a straight-A student who dreams of being an astronaut. Her crime, and her subsequent refusal to talk about that night, or the events which led up...
  • Berit☀️✨
    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 she is 13 for killing her stepfather.... shortly after Venus is incarcerated her little brother Leo is taken.... Venus spends her five years in juvenile detention bitter and a...
  • Meredith
    4.5 starsHeartfelt, 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 stepfather, it’s about how actions and reactions don’t always have the desired outcome and how the right choices are not always the easy ones. The book opens in 1980 with...
  • Deanna
    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.In my opinion, this was a phenomenal read!! Venus Black is a high school student. Her teachers often told her mother how wonderful it was to have Venus in their class. Her mothe...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    3.75 starsI'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 Venus is thirteen years old. She has killed her stepfather and is facing the consequences. Then to top off the bad life she is having her mentally challenged brother Leo goes missing. La...
  • Julie
    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’s detained, her younger brother, Leo, who has developmental challenges, disappears, believed to have been kidnapped. In the meantime, Venus struggles with the resentment sh...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 detention center, and why was her mother visibly shaken? Heather Lloyd’s characterization of Venus, her mother, and her brother with developmental delays, Leo, was impec...
  • Esil
    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 autism. What we also know is that Venus’ crime tailspins into another terrible crime. The book then jumps ahead a few years to when Venus is released from the youth de...
  • Mary Beth
    4.5 starsVenus 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 kidnapped a few days after her arrest and disappears without a trace. Her brother Leo is autistic.At the age of 19, Venus is released from juvenile prison. She is so worried a...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 nineteen before she can confront the world she left behind, new name, no mother, and s beloved brother still missing. We hear many different sides of this story, and it is...
  • Kendall
    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 has been sent to juvenile detention due to killing her stepfather. Shortly after Venus is incarcerated... her little brother Leo has been kidnapped. Venus as you can imagin...
  • Cheri
    !! 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' starTo guide me farAnd shine me home,Out here on my own.” -- ”Out Here On My Own” – lyrics by Lesley Gore, Michael Gore Beginning with the epilogue, dated the 12th of September in 1980, you are aware that Venus Black has committed some ...
  • Debbie
    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 years, I’ve been tween-sitting two kids who are now 11 and 13. I honestly could see both of them liking this book. But the subject matter—a 14-year-old kills her st...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 totally intriguing starsThis 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 a beloved younger brother Leo who is mentally handicapped. For all intents and purposes, Venus is Leo's caregiver, she adores him, understands him, and keeps him close. He ...
  • Liz
    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 you expect to end up in juvie. Leo needs everything just so. There are right colors and wrong colors. After Leo goes missing, he meets Tessa, another pre-teen who takes ...
  • Karen
    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 this book back up each time to continue reading. I just don’t know why.The reason that I am giving it four stars instead of three is that the author really made me lov...
  • Lisa
    A grabbing and poignant family drama about love, forgiveness, redemption and moving on.SUMMARYVenus 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 spotlight. Venus refuses to talk about what happened and why, other than to blame her mother. She is ultimately sent to prison. Shortly after her arrest, Venus’s little...
  • abby
    "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 a juvenile detention center for the next six years. Venus knows who is exactly to blame for this turn in her formerly straight-A, typical suburban teen life, and it's ...
  • Dianne
    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 fragile bonds that stitched her family together. Not even when her brother went missing, because what good would it do? She was guilty, she would pay the price, but was i...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsI 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 who liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove will also like My Name is Venus Black (realizing that few books if any will rise to the genius of A M...
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    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 read! This was a beautifully written story that I won’t soon forget.
  • Kelli
    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 I don’t think they are. The simplistic writing and somewhat clunky point of view changes didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. Leo was the magnet that held ...
  • Monica
    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 pieces of the past aren’t revealed until the ending so by that point, I felt very connected to Venus and her brother Leo. Thanks so much to NetGalley and publishers...
  • Brooke
    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 & Tessa was fleshed out & I felt like each individual had a distinct personality. I was glad to see things from both Venus' & Inez's side & how Venus had character growth from this. Concernin...
  • Tammy
    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!
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    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 introduced to many characters, all of whom are affected by the choice Venus Black made that horrible night.I loved the characters Heather Lloyd created (especially Leo) and ...
  • Karen
    “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 juvenile detention for 6 years after killing her stepfather, Raymond. I got caught up Venus and Leo’s alternating storylines from the get go.I sympathized with Venus’s cha...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via:'When I trace my life back to make it so Inez never met or married Raymond, I always get stuck here. Because what would I do without Leo?'Venus Black, once a curious, intelligent young girl, committed a terrible crime, and now her mother Inez weeps and begs for answers. This display of emotion from her mother makes her uncomfortable, it’s unwelcome, too little far too late. Venus knows one thing, there...
  • Heather
    First and foremost, the cover of the book is beautiful. Really draws your attention to it, and after reading it, it really mirrors Venus's character quite well. I think this was a really, really well-rounded story. Every character in this book played a vital role, they each served a purpose, and they all came together in the end. I don't know if I believe this is a book solely about Venus, or of it's a book about Venus, Leo and Inez. I think they...