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Have You Seen Luis Velez?
Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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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 a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who's introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez? Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two. Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there's hope if you have someone to hold on to.
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I LOVED this book. An awkward and lonely teenager stops to help an older blind woman one day and his life, purpose, self-understanding, and confidence are all changed in the journey that ensues. This book is heartwarming, unexpectedly deep, heart-wrenching, and charming. Highly recommend for an easy, fast, enjoyable read.

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This is a amazing story about a kind teenager Raymond and his friendship with his elderly blind neighbor Millie. Millie lives in his building and asks him if he has seen a man Luis Velez that helps her and the story goes from there. This was a moving story of friendship, compassion, and empathy!
Highly recommend

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I loved this book. It sounds like a formulaic friendship between the young and old. It is. A little. But there‘s so much more to it. I want to say “sweet” but that belittles it. It‘s a bigger story. ❤️❤️❤️

TrishB I loved this one ❤️ 2y
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#12Booksof2020
This is a heartwarming story about a young man who befriends an elderly woman. He goes to great lengths to help her, and ends up meeting several wonderful people and finding out a lot about himself along the way.
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Andrew65 Sounds lovely. 2y
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This book makes us believe in #Kindness 🥰 My recent 5🌟 read.

Day 11: #forevernovember #bookquotes #overbookedclub

TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 2y
OriginalCyn620 Stacked! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @OriginalCyn620 great 😊 Hope u enjoy this 🥰 2y
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CoffeeNBooks I really enjoyed this book. Thanks so much for picking a great book! 2y
sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it. 2y
shellleigh33 I really enjoyed this book too. One of my favorite reads this month!!! 2y
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sblbooks @shellleigh33 It was one of my favorites too. I'm definitely going to read more by this author. 2y
Deblovestoread I am so glad to have read this book. Thank you. 2y
Chrissyreadit I wish I had seen these posts!! I loved this book so much and would not have read it if it had not been picked for this group read. Your discussion questions were great. I was surprised by the questions that were not interacted with. 2y
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit I'm glad you were able contribute. One reason I picked this book is because I thought it would make for a good discussion. 2y
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 you're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. 2y
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Chrissyreadit It reminds me of Glennon Doyle‘s term “Brutiful” about life. And I also love subway music. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks I think Raymond finally feels like he belongs somewhere, which helps him start to see more value in himself. I think in the future he'll have more confidence in himself. 2y
shellleigh33 I believe Mrs. G is a great positive role model that taught him many great lessons that help to shape him into a wonderful young man. 2y
Deblovestoread Mrs G not only taught him valuable things but accepted him as he was and helped him recognize he was ok just how he was. 2y
Chrissyreadit His relationship led to his growth. It was a beautiful symbiotic relationship. 2y
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Chrissyreadit Privilege was exactly what the verdict was about. 2y
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit If Lewis was the one that shot the woman I think the verdict would have been different. 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m sure you are correct. I have witnessed a system firsthand that does not seem to be about justice as much as about privilege. I may be a little cynical. 2y
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Chrissyreadit Good question. I am always impressed by the depths I learn about of people. I often see people in poverty who are incredibly kind and generous and have a history that is rich and beautiful. 2y
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit People in poverty know what it's like to need help and that makes them more empathetic. I believe every life has value and a purpose. 2y
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shellleigh33 I felt bad for the woman in general but I felt like she did not have remorse. This was very troublesome to me. Due to this I did not think her verdict was fair. (edited) 2y
sblbooks @shellleigh33 I was surprised by her lack of empathy after she found out that Louis was only trying to help her. I thought the prosecution should win the case I was surprised by the verdict too. 2y
Deblovestoread I was surprised the author didn‘t give her a moment to show remorse or sorrow over her taking of a life. I could believe her demeanor in the trail as I‘m sure her attorney would have coached her against showing emotions but a moment after of some compassion might have made me feel differently. I was shocked by the verdict. 2y
Chrissyreadit I was frustrated by the verdict and did not feel bad for the woman. I am sensitive to irresponsible gun ownership and how often innocent people are also victims of gun violence. 2y
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Chrissyreadit I think it is an excellent perspective. And something to keep in mind, but many elderly people are struggling and lonely. 2y
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit Yes, I agree. I have made it a point to spend time with the elderly in my life and I hope to continue doing so. 2y
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shellleigh33 I believe with what Mrs. G said. This world is a tough place especially during the times and tribulations that we are facing daily at this time. I am grateful that even during this challenging time the Lord the has continued to allow me to work as a nurse helping take care of other while keeping me and my family safe. 2y
sblbooks @shellleigh33 Absolutely, and thank you for all you do as a healthcare worker each day! 2y
Chrissyreadit The tough times weed out the helpers for sure. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks I think difficult situations often bring out the best in people. I think that in difficult situations, people are able to put themselves in other people's shoes and help in the way they would want to be helped. I wish people would do that more often, not just in difficult situations. 2y
sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks Agreed! it's a shame that it takes a disaster for communities to come together sometimes. 2y
Deblovestoread Sometimes it is easier to recognize what is needed when a community is affected over what an individual may need. It reminds me of a TSO song lyric “to know who needs help, you need only just ask” 2y
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Chrissyreadit I would say both. I‘ve witnessed excessive help after Hurricane Sandy, but minimal help for Pine Ridge Reservation as an example. 2y
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit good point. Pine Ridge was little before my time, but Native Americans are marginalized in America. 2y
Chrissyreadit Pine Ridge is the reservation- one of the poorest places in this country. One example of marginalization is Standing Rock- the water rights and land rights were completely disregarded, while the pipeline has in the meantime leaked and devestated their water source. 2y
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shellleigh33 I wish I had more time to spend with my family and friends especially during this past year. 2y
sblbooks @shellleigh33 This book definitely made me think about how I spend my time. It also motivated me too look for ways to help those around me. I wish I had more time to spend with my elderly Aunt. Unfortunately covid-19, has restricted that. 2y
Deblovestoread I think this is typical of our society to recognize a desire to do more but have trouble finding or making the time to do so. I know I could do more than I do. 2y
Chrissyreadit I think our culture is more individual than collective in its thinking, and often judge mental. But I‘m in a helping field so I see the darker side of things. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks Raymond is definitely very thoughtful, and maybe he goes out of his way to make others feel like they belong since he doesn't always feel like he belongs. 2y
sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks Yes, he is thoughtful. I think Raymond can relate to the stray Cat. How you treat animals says a lot about you as a person. 2y
shellleigh33 I believe that this shows that Raymond is a very kind hearted person that is very selfless. He has such a big, caring heart for others. 2y
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sblbooks @shellleigh33 Agreed! That's why he was willing to help mrs. G, when others just ignored her. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @sblbooks you are absolutely correct. How one treats animals and strangers reveals a lot about that person. Raymond treats the stray cat as well as Mrs G with kindness. He is truly a kindred spirit. 2y
Deblovestoread I can‘t believe I missed this. So sorry...I agree that young Raymond has a caring heart. He had love to give and did not have a family that‘s seemed open to receiving it. 2y
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 no worries, thanks for joining in. 2y
Chrissyreadit I just saw these when I was searching overbookedclub tag. Sorry I missed it. I loved this book! 2y
Chrissyreadit I loved the cat too. This immediately added depth to the Raymond‘s character. 2y
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It‘s a uplifting story of friendship between a 17 year old Raymond n 90 year old Mrs G, how they help each other, & make peace with life. The story delicately portrays several aspects of racism, law enforcement and even the WW II related genocide. However the centre pillar of the story stands on empathy n kindness. A slow paced , peaceful read much appropriate for 2020. Glad I picked this for #overbookedclub 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

#feelgoodbook #friendship

Nute Lovely review! I like the way that you described the peaceful appeal of this book. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @Nute Thank you 😊 2y
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In such stress times with our world being so troubled, here is a story that endures trouble, despair and yet through kindness and gratitude finds ways to navigate through the rough waters of darkness. Loved it and this kind of story is needed right now.

Blueberry One of my very favorite authors 💙 2y
Booklover2 I have never read her before but she is on my radar now 2y
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This was not high on my radar- but was picked for a buddy read. It was on my kindle so easily read when I let the dog out at 3 am. But I could not stop reading it. And now it is finished. It was almost too good at times, and sharing too many messages. But they were clearly the messages I needed to know others care about too. And I really need things to be too good sometimes. So I loved this. I‘m very grateful the #overbooked group chose it.

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This quote suddenly made sense for all the anger I‘m feeling at a man who doesn‘t care about children separated from their parents, and 200,000 people already dead in a pandemic and a senate that cares only about controlling woman‘s bodies and nothing about life itself.

GingerAntics 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 that‘s perfect for right now 2y
Booklover2 Amen! 2y
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A fabulous book that will restore your faith in humanity. I love the friendship between Raymond and Mrs. G. I can't wait for our discussion on Friday, October 30th at 4 p.m. #OverbookedClub @megnews @Blackink_WhitePaper @kspenmoll @thereadingowlvina @CoffeeNBooks @Chrissyreadit @catebutler @Butterfinger @Kdgordon88 and @shellleigh33 I hope everyone can join us.

catebutler I need to get reading!! 🤓 2y
sblbooks @catebutler you have plenty of time, it's a quick read. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for the tag @sblbooks 💐 I have finished this book and excited for the discussion! How do we discuss this? It‘s my first time. 2y
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sblbooks @Blackink_WhitePaper I will tag you in the first post. Just click on the #OverbookedClub tag and you will see the questions. I will post them on Friday afternoon, but you can answer anytime. Just remember to tag anyone you want to see the post. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @sblbooks that‘s great 😃 thank you 😊 💐 2y
Chrissyreadit I loved this book!!! It was a very quick read! 2y
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This is a heartwarming story about a young man who befriends an elderly woman. He goes to great lengths to help her, and ends up meeting several wonderful people and finding out a lot about himself along the way. I just finished listening to this for #OverbookedClub, and I can't wait for the discussion at the end of the month!
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JennyM I really enjoyed this one. I listened to it at the start of the whole COVID mess back in March, and I found it so comforting. Glad you enjoyed it too 😊 2y
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This book is so good ! I wish I had more time to read this 😒

Saw this book in #overbookedclub #buddyread Very good choice. Thanks to Litsy

sblbooks You're welcome to join us. I haven't started yet, hopefully within the next day or two. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @sblbooks sure.. thank you. Please include me in the group 😀💐 2y
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How I wish I could be at home finishing this book instead of at work today. It is so good!!! I will be sneaking in reading time in between patients 🤞I don‘t get caught with my kindle at the desk. I just can‘t put this book down. #overbookedclub

sblbooks I plan on starting this week. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it. 2y
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Just started listening to this and #audiostitching. I've been looking forward to this book- it sounded really interesting. #OverbookedClub

kspenmoll I plan to start it tomorrow. Recovering from my work week tonight! 2y
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#3books #Iwanttoreadnextmonth #sundaybuddyread #Overbookedclub #Pemberlittens #LiteraryCrew #buddyreads

Not pictured: House of Gold, Longbourne,
In kindle: An Unhallowed Grave

Librarybelle Sounds like a good reading month! 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
kspenmoll @MellieAntoinette Will keep you posted. Saw the Smithsonian documentary on the fire and the city‘s response which was fascinating. Saw this book in B & N & it sounded intriguing. 2y
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Check out this delightful and endearing read! #HaveYouSeenLuisVelez? by #CatherineRyanHyde is a 5 star winner about friendship and making sense of a terrible but wonderful world.
#bluestockingreviews. #lakeunion #audiblelisten https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/have-you-seen-luis-velez

TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
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#libfaves19 day 4 #7 - Have You Seen Luis Velez By Catherine Ryan Hyde #librariansoflitsy

Blueberry I 💚 this author. 3y
Crazeedi This book sounds really good, never heard of it 3y
MelissaSue81 @Blueberry @Crazeedi - I actually haven‘t read any of her other books but this book was exactly my type of book. I read it over a day or two this summer.. I just loved it. 3y
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LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES! Catherine Ryan Hyde, in her beautiful new novel, Have You Seen Luis Velez?, will confirm your belief in the value of kindness. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣⁣⁣⁣

Lake Union Publishing has generously provided 2 copies for me to give to 2 lucky U.S. residents. Entries accepted through midnight PDT TONIGHT.

Enter here: https://tinyurl.com/y2n3w9nt

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A real feel good book. Even though bad things happen the underlying theme is hope, happiness, kindness and that friendships are universal.

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1. Tagged is the last 5 Star Book I read
2. Puffy, but crunchy can be good sometimes
3. Sunset!
4. Do I have to buy a physical item? I would really put it toward house projects/debt..
5. Second, I think.
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Need a break from divisiveness & negativity? Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of America's most beloved authors. Her beautiful new novel, Have You Seen Luis Velez?, again demonstrates why. It will give you renewed hope that there is goodness in the world. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣⁣⁣⁣

Lake Union Publishing has generously provided 2 copies for me to give to 2 lucky U.S. residents. Entries accepted through midnight PDT July 25.

Enter here: https://tinyurl.com/y2n3w9nt

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It isn't often that I pry myself away from a book in an attempt to get some sleep already, and yet fail to fall asleep because I keep thinking PLEASE MAKE THIS BOOK A BESTSELLER, GOD, PLEASEEEEE: http://bit.ly/2FdICDn

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This book!! This is exactly my type of book. Sucked me right in and hit me in the feels! I read it in just a few hours and didn‘t want to put it down. It is just perfect. I had not read anything by this author before, but I think I need to read more! I see she writes YA books as well, and I think this book could definitely appeal to a YA audience as well.

TrishB Just got this yesterday as it was on a 99ponkindle offer! 3y
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This book begins with a teenage boy starts helping an older woman who is looking for her last caregiver Luis Velez who has not showed up in a while. This story starts simplistically with Raymond on a mission and it metamorphoses into a very timely story that takes on Race and our legal system. This was an excellent read. This is my first book from Hyde that I have read, but look forward to reading more.

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Mornings on Maui are idyllic.
Have You Seen Luis Velez? by the incomparable Catherine Ryan Hyde, is a perfect choice to read in the land of aloha with a view of Moloka'i (especially if you know that island's history). She writes so beautifully about the human spirit with such seeming ease and compassion. She's one of my all-time favorite authors.
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Pōmaikaʻi wau e noho maʻaneʻi.
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#VacationReading #vacation2019 #NetGalley #I♥️Hawaii

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Love New Year's Resolutions, especially if they involve being more productive and a fantastic support group. I'm excited and ready to work on my #netreduction with a lovely group of #bookstagrammers / #booklovers on IG. So, if you have some issues with reaching a good NetGalley percentage as well, let me know and join us!
Btw, what is the last ARC you requested? Mine is Have You Seen Luis Velez?

Kristy_K This is one of my resolutions too! 4y
Marilyncjackson Ok I am going to go out on a limb and show my ignorance, but what is net galley? I have heard it mentioned before but I don‘t know what it is. I figured I would ask because the last time I didn‘t know what something was I was lead to Litsy. 😊 4y
CometReadings @Marilyncjackson Hi Marilyn!🤗 It's a site where book reviewers and professional readers can request digital ARCs. 😉 4y
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