Title: Have You Seen Luis Velez?
Authors: Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Teenager Raymond Jaffe will end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to track down the eponymous Luiz Velez, in an effort to help his blind, elderly neighbour, Mildred Gutermann. Mildred's caregiver Luis has gone AWOL and when disaffected Raymond steps into the breach, a whole new world opens up for these two vulnerable characters.

Set in a challenging New York neighbourhood, this is a captivating story of unexpected friendship, the balm of burdens shared and the ability of kindness and connection to counter loss and regret.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I adored this book."

"This is a great read. Fascinating."

"A heart-warming, delightful read - perfect for female book clubs."

"It was a book of two halves. The first half is heart-warming and delightful. The second half is more challenging. It made me think how I would judge others who were not of 'my tribe'. Recommended for discussion."

"An easy read. It was so compelling I had to keep reading it, no housework done. Perfect."

"While the book is heartrending along the way, it's ultimately a really optimistic read."

"Is it corny? Is it real? Does it matter? Just indulge and enjoy."

"I have discovered a new author! Yippee."

"A well-written and enchanting read – the characters are very well written.

"Really stunning portrayal of teenage angst, friendships with all ages, the flexibility of parents to respond to their children and the changing community."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Uplifting, USA, America, 2022 Titles


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By: NAP 005 2021-10-18 13:57:32
We really enjoyed this book and found it very different from books we usually read. Both Raymond and Mrs G. were very believable people with worries and problems. Mrs G. helped Raymond to flourish and find more of his true self as he tried to find Luis Velez, and also help Mrs G. in her daily life. Raymond met a variety of Luis Velezes, and Mrs G. had a lot to teach Raymond and the reader about forgiveness and prejudice.

By: NAP 030 2021-08-02 10:18:23
Very mixed response. 5 members found it to be very good with interesting characters. Some of us found it to be very moralising and sentimental. We had a really interesting discussion.

By: HAMIL 029 2021-07-07 11:27:36
This was a popular read with the group. The story is full of interest - plot, characters, and contemporary issues raised are all engrossing. It's an easy ready too - we thought it probably a YA book, but none the worse for that.

By: HOKITIK 003 2021-03-31 12:25:42
Lots of thought provoking issues - (war; religion; race; sexuality) and stigmas. Author makes you think and raises awareness of these while keeping you in your comfort zone. Good generational issues and different perspectives.. Learning and growth and lots of symbolism. Life is grey, and not black and white!

By: QUEEN 003 2021-03-10 10:16:40
This book was an enjoyable read for us all. The wisdom and empathy of Mrs G. was a lesson not only to Raymond, but to us all. Could the trial result happen here in NZ? We did not think so. The highlight was the trip to hear the cello player. This book had many contrasts.

By: AUCK 025 2021-03-08 11:39:55
Very readable, great plot and characterisation. Enjoyed by group.

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