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Unlocked: A Love Story [Paperback]

Karen Kingsbury
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Book Description

Oct. 12 2010
Holden Harris, 18, is locked in a prison of autism. At school he is bullied by kids who do not understand. He is befriended by the head cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, Lauren Reynolds, who has problems of her own at home, but eventually helps Holden win a spot in the school play. At the same time, Lauren makes a dramatic discovery. Long ago, her parents and Holden?s parents were friends and she and Holden played together until his diagnosis of autism at the age of three. Ultimately, the community comes to understand that many people walk around in a personal prison and that only by love and faith can the doors become unlocked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for "Unlocked" Oct. 26 2010
Format:Paperback
This book holds a truly inspirational message of faith and unconditional love!

Karen Kingsbury has once again, simply outdone herself!! As always, she grabs your attention from the very first sentence and holds it tight until she wraps up her story with the very last thought.

If you haven't picked up this book yet, you must. It is a must read :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books I have ever read Nov. 13 2010
By Daisy
Format:Paperback
A great book. I could not put it done until I was finished the story. One of Karen's better books. I hope they make it into a movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocked: A Love Story Jan. 8 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book certainly is a Love Story. Pure & innocent. Biblically sound with a great message for all young people today. Great depth and great food for thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let God's Love Open the Door Nov. 29 2010
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"Let my love open the door to your heart." -- Pete Townshend, 1980

"Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold." -- Old Children's Rhyme

"You can worry your life away with
Not knowing what each new day may bring to you
Or take each day as it goes on
Wake up to the love that flows on, around you." -- George Harrison, 1979 from "If You Believe"

Karen Kingsbury is a genius. She really is. She writes from the heart and from a Christian perspective. This book is a testament of how love and inspiration can truly bless and enrich a person's life.

Holden Harris, 18 has the dual challenges of having the gruesome name of Holden and having autism. This story, however is much broader than that of Holden and his problems with peers, bullying and difficulty in learning the Tacit Social Codes & Rules. He outwardly appears to be cheerfully oblivious to his peers' taunting, but don't be deceived by outward appearances. The boy feels very deeply, but has difficulty in knowing how to express himself in ways others will find acceptable.

"If you believe - if you believe in you
Everything you thought is possible, if you believe . . .
If you believe in me . . .
All your love's reflected back to you
When you believe." -- George Harrison

"Unlocked" also describes in real, palpably painful detail the sorrow the boy's mother feels at not knowing how to help her son. He is described as having hit all the developmental milestones with normal limits until he was a year and a half old. At that time, he became nonverbal and more inclined to pursue solitary interests as opposed to responding to people. His sensory sensitivities had become heightened and he resisted touch.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tissues Required! Oct. 12 2010
By Mommyoeo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This story clearly shows the pain of losing your child to Autism. I know many moms who carry the burden each day, but I never understood the toll it must take on each of them. I cannot begin to imagine how much it would hurt if my child stopped making eye contact with me or if my child stopped allowing me to touch him. My words cannot begin to describe the pain I feel from just imagining the scenario. This story is beautifully told, as all Karen Kingsbury stories are, but I am most excited about this one because I can allow my 12-year-old daughter to read it as well. I'm longing to share all of the Kingsbury books with her when she's a bit older. This one is perfect for adults, as well as middle and high schoolers. The best pert of any Kingsbury book is how she clearly shows what it is like to live a life of walking with God. For so many who are starting the journey, or just need encouragement, it is helpful to "see" what the journey of others looks like. Readers will laugh and cry, and many lives will be changed.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book inspired by real life. Mitch May 8 2011
By G. Thatcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hi everyone, This video was created by the young man (my son) who inspired Karen to write this book. Christian Youth Theater, the book Unlocked, and the events around the KKLive event in 2010 have been nothing short of a miracle. The encouraging words, the scriptures verses applied, and the support for Mitch has been nothing short of amazing.

Mitch reviews the book, talks about KKLive with Karen, and invites you to join his growing community on Facebook. Search for Mitch-Unlocked and "Like" his page. He will keep you informed on the daily and weekly events going on for him. He also keeps you informed on issues with Autism.

Please read and distribute Unlocked to as many people as you can. The messages of Autism awareness, Bullying, and applying Christian love is the central theme of this great book.

Also, you can read the real story of Mitch's life in this book written by Carrie Thatcher, Mitch's mom. Take an opportunity to learn the real life story behind the fictional character that Karen created. Good Night Mitch

Thank you from Mitch's Family.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocked Oct. 13 2010
By Icesk8ergal1123 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Karen Kingsbury has done it again. Every time I open one of her books, I cannot put it down. They have been such a blessing to me.
In Unlocked, Holden Harris, a high school student with Autism is greatly helped after finding his childhood friend Ella. She, with the power of faith and music, touches his life and breaks down the walls created by Autism.
The character development is wonderful and readers are given a window into the mind of someone who has Autism in ways they have never been before. The characters are believable and I found myself laughing and crying.
I am a college student and have never really known someone with Autism. This book was truly an eyeopener and opened my heart to things I had never thought about before. Everyone should read this book.
Kudos to Mrs. Kingsbury for her wonderful writing. The Lord has certainly used her to bless many with her writings and I pray he will continue to do so!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Packed Oct. 13 2010
By P. Schoen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was absolutely an emotional ride. I always am amazed at the writings of Karen. This book dealt with not only about Autism but also had a gut wrenching truth of teen suicide in our world today. The book really touched me in so many ways. GOD is truely amazing and he works through these books that GOD has gifted Karen to write. A box of tissues is always by my side as I read her books. This one is a must. Love the book and keep writing Karen. BEEBEE
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived, inaccurate portrayal Oct. 16 2010
By cathmom&teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The storyline is contrived, predictable and the writing style average. Having worked with autistic children I have to point out that this book is not an accurate portrayal of changes seen with autistic people. Saying, as the author does at the end of her book, that "autism is called a spectrum disorder because no two cases are exactly the same" is accurate, but it can not explain the liberty she has taken in presenting an impossible transformation in her character. This is a piece of fiction and I hope my review reminds people that the author has imagined what is going on in the mind of an autistic teen and that such a transformation highly unlikely, although it may be desired. I was shocked to see extraordinary number of five star reviews, especially since that is almost unheard of on amazon even with award winning books. After investigating the authors website, facebook and blog I became aware of a giveaway contest involving amazon reviews. That explains a good deal. It's unfortunate when Christians attempt to obscure the truth for earthly gain. Christian teens between 14-18 would find this book interesting.
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