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!


Footnotes:

#haveyouseenluisvelez #catherineryanhyde #shejustlovesbooks #fictionbookstoread #fictionbooks

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved: The silliness in this book was perfect. It was such a cute, light story that kept me reading long into the night.


How I Felt: I seriously just felt so happy reading this book! It had such a funny pairing between Lara and dear old Great-Aunt Sadie. Sophie Kinsella did an amazing job of playing the two characters off of one another. I laughed, a lot, reading this book. It really did make me feel light and happy!


To Read Or Not To Read: Did you know that Sophie Kinsella writes under a second name, Madeline Wickham? Sometimes authors do that to write in a different genre, but I truly feel that both writers have the same style. So, if you enjoy Sophie Kinsella (or Madeline Wickham), or easy, fun reads, this is perfect for you!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Lara’s Great-Aunt Sadie has to come to visit her….except Great-Aunt Sadie has been dead a while, and now…she’s a ghost! Sadie is quite a feisty, stubborn lady and death did not change her. She tells Lara exactly what she should be doing with her life; eating, clothing, dancing, etc.


Sadie has one actual request though. She needs Lara to find a missing necklace that is very dear to her. If Lara can find it, Great-Aunt Sadie can Rest In Peace (and so can Lara!)

This book was hilarious and I loved every page, but it also had some nice tones about family and friendship and loyalty.


Footnotes:

#sophiekinsella #twentiesgirl #funnybooks #shejustlovesbooks

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards


What I Loved:

The author’s writing was wonderful. She was able to completely immerse me into her story and she managed to do it so quickly! The first chapter just pulls you in.

How I Felt:

This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Tears, happiness, anger; it’s all there. I can’t say enough about how good this book is!

We start the story with Dr David Henry delivering his own twins in the 1960’s. He delivers one healthy boy and a girl with Downs Syndrome. He quickly decides to tell his wife that the daughter died to save her from the heartbreak of institutionalizing her own daughter. He gives the baby girl to a nurse and asks that she take the baby to the institution.

The nurse doesn’t take her though, she decides to keep her. And so our story starts, with twins on two different paths of life. .

To Read or Not To Read:

This is for sure a to read! There is so much I don’t want to spoil about this book, but it is amazing.

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down’s Syndrome.

Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant.

Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century – in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.

Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.