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 ystery, Venus ’ s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

Rather than five decade earlie, Venus is released from prison with a ba of used clothes, a fake identity, and th determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her other, and with her dea brother still missing, she sets out to create a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young boy who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she should ’ t keep a future while she ’ s running from her past.
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Published February 27th 2018 by The Dial Press

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his was such a great ook! One night in 1980, 13-year-old Venus Black 's life, and a life of her family, changes dramatically when she commits a crime.

No one understand what happened to him or where he ould b gone, but it 's just nother thing Venus blames herself for ( and Inez blames Venus as well) .Five years later, Venus is released from jai and is determined to ge a fresh start, as someone new.

She sees th job and starts to settle in, and meets both a young boy who knows her a little of herself when she was ounger, and woma who is interested in her romantically, although she say she shoul eep him at arm 's length.

But after a while she realizes that she ca n't scape her guilt or hurt, and she needs to do verything she coul to try and find Leo, to see if he 's ven alive five years later.My Name is Venus Black is powerful, moving, and utterly captivating.

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Her brother Leo is autistic.At the age of 19, Venus is released from juvenile prison.

his novel ha about family and forgiveness.

I loved Venus, Leo and Piper.

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My Name is Venus Black is about fracture family struggling to ut the pieces back together after 13- year-old Venus kills her tepfather.

Thi memoi close in 1980 with 13-year-old Venus Black being taken to juvenile detention for murdering her mother.

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Another one gets 5 stars for full emotional engagement.The book opens with Venus Black, then 13 years old, charged with a terrible crime.

I ompletely fell for Venus and Leo and a couple of the various characters.

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The nove tarts when Venus is thirteen years old.

I 'm lookin to spoiler tag my hateful feelings part of this nove because I fee it may just be me and it 's one that you eed to let just untangle as you writ it.

( view spoiler) [ I thought for a bit there towards that end that thi nove was going to go religious and then it backed off some .. it came from out of the blue like the lightning bolt that will strike my butt one day.

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