Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Have You Seen Luis Velez?

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear. Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to...

Details Have You Seen Luis Velez?

TitleHave You Seen Luis Velez?
Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Have You Seen Luis Velez?

  • marilyn
    "Have You Seen Luis Velez?" will encourage you to look outside of yourself and see what is really around you, who is really around you. To try to put yourself into the shoes of those not like yourself, so you can understand how others might think and feel. This book is full of heart and feeling and left me knowing there is always something I can do to make this world a better place. Raymond is a 16 year old black young man who feels like he belon...
  • Erin
    Such a beautiful story! Grab this one my friends and make sure the tea is hot, the cats are purring and that you have a great stock of tissue paper( Kleenex) on hand. When Raymond, an African American teenager befriends the elderly blind woman in his apartment building to help her find a friend, Luis Velez, a tale of friendship, family, and forgiveness begins. I absolutely adored this book and I cannot wait to hear from other readers about their...
  • Christine
    5 starsCatherine Ryan Hyde is an author I have been eyeing for years, and I have about a half dozen of her novels downloaded on my kindle. Finally, after seeing some superb reviews for Have You Seen Luis Velez? I decided to finally dive in and read one of her books. This is a shining little gem. It is simply written, but laden with wisdom and life-affirming inspiration. It’s a tale about Raymond, a 16-year-old boy with an unhappy home life (“...
  • Carolyn
    This is a wonderful, heart warming book which I feel sure many different readers will enjoy!When 16 year Raymond meets Millie, a 92 year old blind woman who lives in his apartment block, she is outside her apartment looking for Luis Velez, a young man who has been coming weekly for the last four years to take her to the bank and the shops. It's been more than two weeks since he last visited and Millie is worried something bad has happened to him ...
  • Sherri Thacker
    5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ What do you get when the main characters are a 92 year old woman and a 17 year old boy? A fabulous book about 2 people - Mildred and Raymond. Just a wonderful “feel good” book. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, loved the whole thing! Of course, I love everything that Catherine Ryan Hyde writes!! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this book for my honest review. This book is due t...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. “Have You Seen Luis Velez?” is the question that starts it all. Raymond Jaffe is a teenager, who doesn’t fit in with his family and is trying to deal with his best friend moving away, when an elderly blind woman asks him about Luis Velez. Soon, Raymond is not only helping the elderly woman with her weekly errands, but he also ta...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    It struck him odd that he’d had to come to the home of a blind woman to be seen clearly. Catherine Ryan Hyde has been one of my favourite go to authors since she came out with Pay it Forward in 1999. Have You Seen Luis Velez? just proves it is always smart to read a new book by a beloved writer. The beginning of this book made me think of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, because it has a child searching for something throughout New York, bu...
  • Karren Sandercock
    Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine Ryan Hyde for my advanced copy of Have You Seen Luis Velez.What a brilliant book and I loved it.Raymond Jaffe is a mixed race 16 year old young man he lives with his mum, step father and three younger sisters. His father has married again, he stays with them every second weekend and his fathers new wife can't be bothered with him. He feels unwanted, unloved and a burden to everyone. Raymond...
  • Judy Collins
    🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 Top Books of 2019!!!!! Top Audiobook of 2019!!!! I adore all Catherine Ryan Hyde books but HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ is my absolute favorite since Take Me With You. The narrator Michael Crouch was award-winning! EXTRAORDINARY. LOVED❤ Timely. Inspiring. Captivating. More coming when back to my computer. Every person in this world needs to read this book and our world would be a much better place. TOPS!!!! ...
  • Amy
    If you’re searching for a book to give you all the feels and one that will also restore your faith in humanity my friends then look no further. I’ve become a super fan of CRH over the past few years and this is my favorite of hers to date. Well, of the ones I’ve actually read because have you seen her backlist?! Impressive. But seriously, this is a special book and one that I won’t soon forget.The driving force behind what makes a CRH fan...
  • Carole
    I won this book from the author on her blog! I encourage you to get a copy of this thoughtful & inspirational story. I loved Ramon, a 17 year old boy who feels like no one listens or understands him. He meets Mildred or “Mrs G”, a 92 year old, blind woman who lives in his building. She needs help getting to the bank and grocery store because her friend Luis Velez has disappeared. Ramon & Mrs G form a friendship that is unlikely but so special...
  • The Cats Mother
    What a wonderful book! I have read and mostly really enjoyed a few by this author previously, so jumped at the chance of an ARC, not really worrying about what it was about. Well this is her best yet, a moving story about an unusual friendship between two very special characters. Raymond, a sixteen year old from New York who feels he doesn’t fit in with his new family after his parents’ divorce, meets an elderly lady, Millie, who lives in the...
  • Jean
    I loved everything about this book! The young man's compassion for the olderneighbor is something very rare. I enjoyed it so much. I also loved the lessonshe learned as he completed task after task for his blind neighbor. I loved the hurdleshe goes through for her. Also, this is a beautiful story about life, love, and family. Especially family that is no blood relation.The book flows well and keeps your attention page after page. I loved the char...
  • Kathryn
    If you need an uplifting book, that invites you to reflect on life and your role in it, then pick this one up.I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Raymond who feels as a sixteen year old like a bit of a misfit in his family. His step Dad doesn't really accept him, his mother listens then forgets and his Dad  has a new wife that doesn't really like Raymond's Dad paying any attention to him.How Raymond turned out like he has is beyond me because he h...
  • Carmen Blankenship
    Yes! Yes yes yes. An amazingly uplifting and timely story about humanity. That's the bare bones of but it was filled with so much heart. I adored the main character by the end of the first chapter. An awkward and sensitive young man who seems painfully lonely. Until he meets an elderly women who lives in his building. Their meeting changes both of theirs and I never wanted to stop reading about them. A magnificent story and one that will resonate...
  • Siobhan
    Have You Seen Luis Velez? surprised me in the best of ways. I was interested by the idea of the story but did not imagine myself becoming as invested in it as I did. Add in the fact I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump and have not been wowed for a while, and this one gripped me good.Have You Seen Luis Velez? sucked me in from the very first page. I found myself hooked and powered through the book in a single sitting as I needed to see how eve...
  • Andrea Phelps
    I absolutely loved this book!!! Actually, I love pretty much anything by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This was a sad book at times, but it was also a book that makes you feel good inside and one of those that makes you want to be a better person.
  • Susan Crowe
    ***I won an ARC Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.What an absolutely wonderful book this was!Tissues absolutely needed to read. I highly recommend!!My first by this author but definitely will not be my last!
  • ☕️Kimberly
    Filled with poignant prose you will want to reference again and again, our story begins in a high-rise apartment building located in New York City. It isn’t overly fancy and home to middle and lower-income families.Our protagonist Raymond is seventeen and of mixed race. He lives with his mother who has remarried and has two daughters with her new husband. He spends every other weekend with his father and new wife. On the day we meet Raymond, it...
  • Aga Durka
    This was a delightful read! The unexpected friendship between a 17-year old boy and a 92-year old blind woman is so heartwarming and emotional. Reading this story makes you realize that there really is no age, gender, or social status barrier when it comes to real friendship. I really enjoyed both main characters, and I connected with each one of them even though they were so different from each other. This novel can be a great read for all ages,...
  • Melanie
    "Have You Seen Luis Velez?" is such a beautiful and wonderful read! Millie, her wise and powerful words, and her patient and kind personality, is very similar to that of Ove in "A Man Called Ove", which I also loved. I absolutely adore this woman and I really took the time to let her words sink in and think about them for a while. She truly is the type of person I would love to be like, and hope that I can impact others lives such as she has and ...
  • Linda Zagon
    Lindas Book Obsession Reviews "Have You Seen Luis Velez?" by Catherine Ryan Hyde, May 2019Catherine Ryan Hyde, Author of "Have You Seen Luis Velez" has written a unique, enthralling, emotional, intriguing, captivating and heartwarming novel.  The Genre for this story is Fiction. This is also a Beautiful Coming of Age Story.  I love everything about this wonderful book. Catherine Ryan Hyde is an amazing storyteller, and her vivid and colorful de...
  • Frosty61
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book - a breath of fresh air for me.This is a heartwarming, inspiring book. It's a story of a young teen trying to find connections in the mostly negative world he lives in. He's unsure of himself, his worth, and his purpose.. Rather than retreat within himself or give in to despair, he takes a risk and tries to help an elderly blind woman in his apartment building. The story is rich wit...
  • Susan (The Book Bag)
    Once again, Catherine has written a beautiful, touching story with interesting and caring characters. I love starting one of her books because I know I am going to immediately be swept up in the richness of the story. This one did not disappoint. I devoured it!Raymond feels like he doesn't fit in anywhere and Millie feels isolated in her small apartment because of her blindness, her fear, and her regrets. In unlikely circumstances, the two become...
  • Caryn
    Full review and giveaway: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2019/...
  • Donna Hines
    This is more than just a feel good book - This is a movement for change!Lets go!Everything you have can be gone in a second but what if you felt you didn't deserve any of it?What if you're an outcast having very little unless you count a feral cat and an old lady? Raymond has it rough with his father in his new marriage and with life but he's a blessing in this remarkable friendship.You never know in life where it will take you or what lessons yo...
  • Nan Williams
    Once again Catherine Ryan Hyde has treated us to a beautifully written book featuring beautiful people. No, not glamorous people, but people with real beauty: inner beauty whose beauty shines forth to light the lives of others.The theme of this book, once again, is how one seemingly insignificant act of kindness will snowball to bless multiple people.For me, the thing about Hyde’s books is that she doesn’t gloss over life nor give her readers...
  • Joan
    When seventeen-year-old Raymond Jaffe’s best friend moves away, he loses the only friend he has. They plan to Skype but it will never be the same as walking to school together and chatting whenever they want to. Raymond is a loner, an outcast in school, misunderstood by his jealous step-mother and by his mother’s new husband and their new family. He’s ‘different’ and there’s no hiding for poor Raymond. All he has left in his life is a...
  • Jamie
    Young Raymond finds himself a friend in Ms. G, a blind elderly neighbor who suddenly needs his help. A man named Luis Velez used to show up to help Ms. G, but she hasn't seen him in awhile. She is worried about Luis and she about a half a can of soup away from going hungry when Raymond stops to help her. Raymond is a mixed race teenage step kid looking for a place to belong. He is also questioning who he is and who he wants to become. I think tha...