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3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Locke Vinetti is a high school junior, disenchanted and more than a little hostile. In fact, for years he’s had a lousy social life because of a problem he has with his anger—a force he calls “the venom.” Ever since he was eight years old and bit off a piece of a classmate’s nose, he’s been something of a loner.

But all that is about to change when he goes out with his one
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Oct 15, 2011 Sammi rated it it was amazing
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This book is awesome. Hands down. It is the perfect marriage of comic book heroism and reality, of normalcy and blinding anger. And, beyond the deeper meanings, it is funny. No joke, you'd think a book that was about one kid's anger and self-loathing and inner-conflict would be an angsty trip through the very core of the soul. But it wasn't. Sure, you had some of that here and there, but it's more of an explosion of four-letter words mixed with the cynical humor I can't NOT enjoy. I love it.

Nov 09, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Locke Vinetti has anger issues. Except these are not just regular anger issues. He's plagued by the venom: a monster-like character that takes over whenever something gets him angry. When the venom releases its power there's no stopping Locke. Locke tries to control the venom, but he simply can't.

Then Locke meets some new friends and the girl of his dreams, Renee. She is able to control this beast inside Locke by just simply being around him. But nothing thi
Oct 16, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing
The cover is what made me buy this book. I thought the muscles, grit, and spikes would appeal to some of my male students. It was laying on the table and my 18 year-old son took one look at it and proclaimed, "I'm taking this book."

My son devoured it in 2 days and told me it was really good-one of his favorites. He's kind of a book snob, so believe me this was a high compliment.

After I finished, I asked him what he liked about it. He told me that it is the most realistic book about teenagers th
Ashley Manzueta
Jul 20, 2009 Ashley Manzueta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-books
Venomous is about a boy named Locke who has extremely bad anger issues. It started out when he was 8 and this boy named Tommy was bullying him. Locke bit the tip of his nose off. When he started getting older, he would get in fights and get really agressive. When Locke was in 8th grade he found out the anger is a health issue, its poisinous, Its not the kind where you die, its the kind of illness that you get sticked with but doesnt effect you physically. Locke never had any friends accept for ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Penelope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I fucking loved this book. From the moment I saw it on the shelf, to the moment I finally read it. It was pure brilliant.

The thing about this book were the metaphors and descriptive adjectives that really drove this book. The actual story gave it gas, but the descriptions actually went behind the wheel to drive it along.

This book was about a young man named Locke Vinetti who deals with an anger drive in his system that he refers to as "the venom", er as mum likes to call them, "angries". He'd b
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Oct 15, 2010 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it really liked it
Oh my my my!! IT's time for another song :

(and yeah, I am a Meat Loaf fan and yes indeedy that is Angelina Jolie -- oh!! NOw you want to click my link, don't you?)

Venomous - The Review

Remember those dark mysterious boys back in high school? The ones that wore dark clothes are rarely spoke. The same boys that hung way back in their crowd like they didn't care whether they were accepted or not. That they were just there.

I remember those boys. I used to foll
Jubilation Lee
I will level with you, friends, because I have taken a sacred vow to be honest in my reviews.

I almost did not read this book.

I picked it up. I put it down. I picked it up. I said, “Wow, this looks like a bad Spider-Man ripoff.” I put it down. But eventually, I wound up at my baby sister’s graduation with four hours to fill and nothing to distract me from the endless train of robe-bedecked grads but my copy of Venomous, which was still in my purse from the last time I told myself, “That’s it, I
Koby Johnston
Sep 27, 2016 Koby Johnston rated it really liked it
I am doing my book report for Mrs. Orona’s English IV class. My book is called Venomous by Christopher Krovatin. Venomous has 323 pages and is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. I chose to read this book, because the main character, Locke, has a temper and he deals with it in certain ways and I wanted to see if I could relate to him in some ways.
The main characters in Venomous are Locke and Renee. Locke and Renee are important, because they don’t let an issue get in the way of thei
Kristina Čechová
Nov 13, 2012 Kristina Čechová rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, read-in-english
(3,5/5) Mám-li být upřímná, tuto knihu jsem si vybírala výhradně kvůli obálce. Pro někoho možná nezajímavá, pro mě nesmírně přitažlivá. Miluji mužské ruce a tohle bouchnout na obálku byl prostě skvělý tah.

Kniha vypráví příběh o středoškolákovi jménem Locke. Je to milý kluk, syn a bráška svému mladšímu sourozenci Lonovi. Ve svých raných školní letech byl Locke často šikanován, vždy si nechal vše líbit, až mu jednoho dne rupnou nervy a svému trýzniteli způsobí ošklivé zranění. Locke v tu chvíli ob
Dec 11, 2011 Oscar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-2012
Venomous is a book about a teenager in high school. Locke has this thing in him he calls "Venom", its like the venom takes over him and all he want to do is hurt others. He's had it since he was young, even his parents feared it and thats about the time his father left him and his mom. When ever Locke gets mad, he falls under venoms control. He's been through therapist and they don't seem to help. And it affects everyone who is around him, his friends and family as well. When Locke seems happy, ...more
Oct 22, 2008 Sherrie rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to this book because the author's first book "Heavy Metal and You" is a favorite of mine. There are similar themes in "Venomous", but it wasn't as memorable as the Krovatin's previous book. I'd rate it at 3 stars. It's worth a look for readers who are interested in a dark examinations of teen rage, that's the emphasis of this book. There are also interesting relationships between the characters in the book, involving many fringe cliques of teen society. This book is ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Equal parts darkness, violence, cuteness and romance. All the characters are adorable and complete messes. More F words through the whole book than I can count yet I didn't really find them gratuitous. (Not for the faint of heart though) But, I loved loved loved this book and am now a Chris Krovatin emo fangirl mom.

Be sure to take into consideration, your own personal level of sensitivity before reading this one. It's like a naked statue in the middle of a park- depending on the individual, you
Nov 09, 2009 Gina rated it it was ok
Shelves: shivery, teen
A disturbing and frightening novel for older teens. Locke Vinetti has a sinking feeling in his gut—that the “venom”, the uncontrollable rage that is hibernating within him, will rear its ugly head soon. And the venom is no joke—the first time it happened, Locke was 8 and he tackled the school bully and bit off the tip of his nose. In order to cope, Locke has created an alter-ego for his venomous self. But he finds, as he begins to develop real relationships with people, that he needs to accept ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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Jun 02, 2010 Dylan rated it it was amazing
This is ne of the all time best books i've ever had the plessure of picking up. Being part of the MetalHead and Goth scene allows me to see the beauty and dark swirling glory that is this book.
Angelina Rose
I made an attempt to read this once before, but I couldn't get into it I guess. But I was on a reading binge and decided to finish this book once and for all. It has a noir feel and sometimes it was a bit much for me. It was interesting/funny towards the end when locke's friends reveal to him they're dealing with their own issues too. If you're hoping that this book will be relatable and help you with any festering anger you feel don't count on it... at the resolution not much is discussed by ...more
Nicole Astell
Nov 17, 2016 Nicole Astell rated it it was ok
It's about a boy with anger management problems and his struggle to rein it in. I feel like this book might be better suited for young males or troubled teens, because I couldn't really relate to it.
Sep 24, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
So as you can see from the summary, this book is about a boy named Locke who has a lot of anger issues that he calls "Venom". He has been dealing with this constant present anger for almost his whole life and he struggles with controlling it. He doesn't have many friends at school except for Randall, but he meets some of his friends at a party and becomes friends with them as well. He also meets Renee, his dream girl finds himself falling in love with her. Renee has a really dark past as well, ...more
May 30, 2013 Karissa rated it liked it
Shelves: library-2013
Locke has an anger problem. The kind where his outbursts always surprise him and empower him but when they are finished, he's left unsatisfied. The kind where only chocolate milk can cure it. His mother is scared that he might go off on his younger brother, Leo, even though he's never gone near his brother in a fit of anger. His father has already left before of the Venom - what Locke calls this anger problem - and he only has one real friend in his life.

That is, until one night he actually get
Sep 12, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Locke Vinetti has been a loner ever since he bit off the end of Tommy Ferraro's nose in elementary school. Ever since that day, Locke has had to fight the angry "venom" that rages through his mind and body at all times. Now a teenager, Locke has developed a bad reputation that just seems to be getting worse. He has little hope of reigning in the venom that rules and ruins his life until he meets the beautiful and damaged Renee. Soon Locke will have to fight the battle of a lifetime if he wants ...more
Dawn Vanniman
Oct 08, 2011 Dawn Vanniman rated it really liked it
"So then I tackled Tommy Ferraro and bit off the tip of his nose."

So begins Locke's story. It definitely drew me in - what kind of kid does a thing like that?!

Locke is plagued by anger issues, only his anger takes over and he can't seem to control it. Well, chocolate milk seems to help for some weird reason, but not always. He calls his anger 'Venom'. He's pretty solitary just hanging out with his mom, little brother Lon and best friend Randall. One day Randall decides that Locke has been a lone
May 11, 2011 Momo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I can say that after I finished the read I felt unsatisfied. Granted there were a number of good things about the book, but in the end I wasn’t impressed with the story. It was a decent read that coasted along the line of mediocre for its entirety.

Locke Vinetti is a complex character who was quite lovable though undeniably frustrating. He is a sweet guy who also has a toxic side to him, a poisonous venom that destroys every
Jan 19, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, 2015
Locke has always struggled with what he calls "The Venom" - a poison inside him that makes him have angry outbursts. He thinks it's the reason his dad left. When his one friend Randall finally introduces him to his group of misfits, Locke finally begins to feel a part of something. He begins dating Renee, and Randall's friend Casey has a similar problem he calls "The Black." Things seem to be getting better, but Locke still needs to learn how to control The Venom.

For some reason I kept thinking
Amy Jacobs
Jun 10, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it did not like it
First of all let me say one thing about this book--this is definitely a book for the older teens! I almost couldn't believe that this book would even be considered a young adult book. It touches on subjects that could possibly be in a young adult book, but the whole context and style of writing would lead you to believe that it is better suited for the adult genre. There is a huge amount of cursing within the pages, subjects involving extreme violence, gay relationships, mood disorders, and ...more
Mark Hennion
Dec 08, 2014 Mark Hennion rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
For a metalhead, even an "old" one (meaning over 25), it's impossible not to like this book. Krovatin's realistic and nostalgia-inspiring tale put me right back in those combat boots, smoking Marlboros and just waiting for the next Ozzfest or Central Philly metal show. Furthermore, his ability to produce the compulsiveness, or the angst-ridden act first/think later nature of his characters is admirable.

I want to *love* this book, but as a reader I have to admit its shortcomings: a romance that f
Shelley Daugherty
Jul 14, 2011 Shelley Daugherty rated it liked it
The writing style of this book was quite unique. A boy dealing with his anger feels he is overcome by "the venom" which he feels is a living thing he is sharing his body with. Many times it takes over and so one section is the day to day dealings with his anger. The other sections are giving a different view from a perceived superhero type view of what he could become with his venom and how it could affect his life if he only let's it go. It did take me a while to grasp the second side storyline ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Maddy rated it really liked it
Venomous by Christopher Krovatin is a book about a seventeen year old boy, Locke, who has a major anger problem. Ever since he was eight years old, he has been a total loner, and sort of a legend. Locke calls his anger “the venom”, it started when he was eight and he mauled another kids face to a bloody pulp during a fight. One night Locke goes to a party with his one and only friend, and he meets Renee, a beautiful, messed up goth girl of his dreams. They soon fall and love, and Locke hopes ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Sheralyn rated it liked it
So, I'm kind of confused as to what's allowed in a YA book, because the book would totally be rated R if it was a movie. An f-bomb at least every 2 pages, sex, violence, nudity involving minors, in addition to drinking, smoking, using ilicit drugs and dealing with homo/bisexuality.

Not to say that teens don't face these issues, swear or see each other naked, but it's just the first YA book I've read that seemed more explicit than most adult books I read.

Also, the timeline seemed to be a bit off.
Dec 29, 2013 Logan rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure how I am going to review this. I feel like 3.5 stars is too low but 4 stars is too high. So it's like 3.7 stars.

I was reading this book when I was in my "Scene" phase. Yes, I did have one of those.

One thing I did not like about this book was the constant swearing.

I understand that Locke has anger issues but even when he's not having anger issues he curses way too much. I think almost every page has swear words on it.

There's also sex in it. Straight sex, and gay sex. So bewa
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