Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Thought:

What I Loved: The beautiful relationship between Raymond and Mildred was so wonderful. She is so supportive of Raymond, you just want to go chat with her. Raymond is such a good-hearted young man and I just loved watching the lengths he would go to for a friend.

How I Felt: Oh this book took me through so many emotions. I was frustrated with Raymond’s relationship with his parents, so sad and angry at specific situations, and so proud of Raymond in others.

To Read or Not to Read: TO READ! This book was so good! I loved everything about it! I felt that the writing was never fluffy, just to draw out scenes. The book moved right along and it was so easy to keep reading!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Raymond is a teenage boy that doesn’t really fit in with people at school, or with his family. His parents are divorced and both are remarried with spouses that don’t seem to appreciate Raymond for who he is. Raymond encounters Mildred, in his building, calling out to people if they have seen Luis Velez. He ends up speaking with her and discovers she is 92, blind, and Luis was helping her go out for food, but she hasn’t seen him in a while.
From there, a beautiful friendship blossoms between the two. Raymond goes on a hunt to find the missing Luis. I don’t want to give much more than that away, but this book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone!


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