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

Reviews My Name Is Venus Black

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cheri
    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 act that changes th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Becca Linch
    WOW. This book really turned on me in the best way. I have to admit, at first I was really questioning this one with the initial amateur writing style, and I was pretty certain I'd be giving it 3 stars despite all the 5 stars it was already getting. I did not expect my feelings to turn so hard from being unsure if I was going to like it, to absolutely loving it. However, the writing style proved to be intentional, and developed and flowed through...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK by Heather Lloyd in exchange for my honest review***3.5 STARSAt age thirteen, Venus kills her stepfather for reasons she will not say. Broken, she refuses to see her mother Inez. Then her autistic brother Leo goes missing. Six years later Venus is released from juvenile detention, hoping to find Leo and move on with her life.I loved the premise Heather Lloyd cr...
  • Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
    Thank you to NetGalley and Dial Press for the free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.When I first sat down to read My Name is Venus Black, I made it 25% of the way through the book in the first sitting, and then sat it down, looked at my husband, and said, "I don't think I can finish reading this book."I was experiencing serious issues with one particular aspect of the book, which I will explain below, and I had encounter...
  • Tess
    I really liked this book! It was captivating and page-turning. All characters are fully formed and interesting. I rooted for them all at different points, even when they are painted as unsympathetic characters at other times. It is a great look at what family means, and the lengths one can go to for love in many different forms. Heart warming and a joy to read, I think this will be a bit hit.
  • Cindy
    A LibraryThing win! There is so much to like about this book. The story begins with a young Venus sobbing her heart out in a police station as she tries to comprehend what happened. A crime sends her to juvie where after 5 years she is released to start her life over. Venus, who is estranged from her mother Inez, keeps a low profile but constantly thinks of her little brother, Leo, who goes missing while serving time. A love interest, a sassy lit...
  • R. Bonne
    I dove into My Name is Venus Black and could scarcely put it down. The characters were written with honesty. Leo was a compelling child. My only complaint is that there could have been more story between the time jumps.
  • Pat
    This story begins with 13-year old Venus in a juvenile detention facility for allegedly committing a violent crime. Her 7-year old half-brother, Leo, is her first concern since she knows that her absence will impact him greatly. Leo is developmentally delayed, and any deviation from his routine is extremely upsetting to him. Two days after she is incarcerated, Leo is missing and no one is able to find him.I did not engage fully with this novel un...
  • Jane
    I loved My Name is Venus Black from the very first page. We meet Venus as a troubled 13-year old who has landed in juvenile detention for an unamed crime, one that has left her scared and very angry with her mother, Inez. When her brother Leo dissapears a few days later, she is frantic with worry, but unable to do anything to find him.Much of the novel takes place when Venus is released from juvenile prison at the age of nineteen, determined to s...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01 new novel in the YA fiction category is always a welcome addition to a teacher's library of recommendations for students. My Name is Venus Black perfectly lays out a sorrowful story, making it accessible to young adults. Venus is a middle school girl in a town north of Seattle when the story begins. She commits a crime and is sentenced to six years in a young offenders facility and the reader goes through th...
  • Brittany Wisneski
    My Name is Venus Black follows the title character through seven years as she faces the unthinkable life changes brought on by one decision she makes at age thirteen. Heather Lloyd reveals all the juicy details of her story slowly and thoughtfully, which left me wanting to read it all in one sitting. The story masterfully explores all the different ways to make a family, and the power of those connections whether genetic or not. Although the last...
  • LeeAnn Blankenship
    I am glad I found an advanced reader copy of this book to enjoy. As a matter of fact, this is the first review I've ever posted (anywhere) but I felt strongly enough about this novel to wander into "review land" which is a complete mystery to me at this point. Lloyd's novel grabbed my attention right away, and my interest in the story never fizzled out a bit. I enjoyed the two parallel stories. The first was that of Venus Black herself told in t...
  • Ann
    Hello hello book that took me on a bit of a rollercoaster.Recently, I told a friend that I love rollercoasters because they give me a grasp on being real. I mean, if I don't feel mentally present at all, I might as well have at least a few seconds where I feel physically existent, you know? My Name is Venus Black made me feel less blank, less detached. It wrenched me out of my emotional slump as I virtually turned page after page of this work of ...
  • Cindy H.
    Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.This story had tremendous potential but I found the voice of Venus irritating and too simplistic for my reading taste. The book opens with 13yr old Venus being detained for a crime where she refuses to shed any light on the mitigating circumstances. Venus is found responsible for her stepfather's death and sentenced to five years. During ...
  • Melissa
    3.5/5 The book goes back and forth between telling the stories of Venus, a teenager who shot and killed her stepfather, and Leo, her mentally handicapped brother who disappeared around the same time Venus was locked up. If you like emotional and heart-felt stories, then this is the one for you. It's full of people making difficult and emotional decisions and leading difficult and emotional lives. For me though, it was a little on the slow side. I...
  • Kathy
    My Name is Venus Black was a wonderful surprise of a book. Venus is a 13 year old girl living with her mother, step-father and younger half-brother when the story begins. There are indications that her step-father is abusing her in some way and she eventually ends up in a juvenile detention center until her 19th birthday, after she finally lashes out against him and kills him. She is essentially estranged from her mother and while she is serving ...
  • Kayo
    Sweet, heartbreaking and very real. This book has so many layers. Really enjoyed.Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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  • Audrey
    This review is based on an ARC of My Name Is Venus Black which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Random House/The Dial Press). Well... This was a little bit of a letdown. Personally I didn't think that My Name Is Venus Black lived up to it's massive hype. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this story. I enjoyed it, but at the same time I felt a little indifferent. I can't really put into words how I feel. To make it easier I'...
  • Sharon C
    My Name is Venus Black is a simply beautiful new novel. It is joyful and heart-wrenching, and funny and sad, but mostly hope-filled. It’s also just a really terrific story. The best thing I can say about a book is that it hooked me from the first sentence, first paragraph, or first chapter. My Name is Venus hooked me from the Prologue that included a sentiment that really encapsulated for me what this book is all about. That is: “We travel th...
  • Krista
    "My Name is Venus Black" by Heather Lloyd is the story of young Venus Black. The book begins in February 1980 on the day Venus committed a horrible, violent crime that lands her in juvenile "jail" for 5 years. We don't know much about what Venus did, just that it had to do with her stepfather. A few days after her arrest her developmentally disabled younger brother goes missing and we follow his story a bit as he adjusts to a new life. Five years...
  • Jeanne25
    This book started a bit slowly for me. I couldn't see what made the protagonist Venus so hesitant to discuss what lead up to her crime. The specifics continued to be hinted at and not specified until the last third of the book. The story starts from the point of view of Venus. Throughout the story, this point of view changes many times from Venus to Leo, Inez, Tinker, Tessa and Tony. I didn't feel as if there was a lot of differentiation between ...
  • Katie B
    Venus Black is a straight A student but her life is changed forever the night she commits a shocking crime. Thirteen year old Venus is arrested and awaiting trial when her developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing. Five years later, Venus is released from prison and attempts to start over with a new identity. But can one ever truly escape the past? This is a story of love, regret, patience, and forgiveness.The story drew me in...