A heart-warming read from Karen Kingsbury! Alas, this is the first novel I've read from Miss Kingsbury and I have to confess, I'm impressed. With well crafted characters and an engaging story there isn't much more to ask for.
In Unlocked we get a glimpse of how destructive bullying is and how judging a person based solely on the external tells you nothing about the person on the inside. It also gave me an insight to autism and how it affects a family's life.
I really enjoyed Miss Kingsbury's novel and I look forward to reading more by her.
I give this book four stars.
Back of the Book:
Before You Take a Stand
... You Got to Take a Chance.
Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old
locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky
behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal---on the inside, in a
private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids
who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the
'in' crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production,
her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her
rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him ... the way he is
drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery---she and
Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is
bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to
take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school.
Including her boyfriend, Jake.Ella believes miracles can happen in the
unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might
celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the
efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the
prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power
of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden
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