Unlocked: A Love Story

Unlocked: A Love Story

by Karen Kingsbury
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Unlocked: A Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

A broken family, a lost boy, and the miracle everyone needed . . .

Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden Harris is very happy and socially engaged—on the inside, in a private world all his own. But Holden is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. 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 most unlikely places and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden’s praying mother, Ella’s efforts, 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 needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310342540
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 205,214
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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Unlocked: A Love Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 262 reviews.
ANNTMASON More than 1 year ago
This author's ability to write about true issues and problems people face in every day life draw the reader in and speaks to the soul. Her books always inspire me, and UNLOCKED was a true blessing! Unlocked is another incredible story about life, love, and true caring, respect and kindness. This should be mandatory reading to all! This book tackles the relationship between parents also of a special need person. It takes a toll on a marriage and most don't survive. She explored the struggle the Harris's had and explained how helpless parents of a special needs child feel and how much the children need both parents together. How incredibly timely this book is that deals with bullying! This book is a light of hope! Her books inspire me to be a better person and strengthen me in so many ways! Her depiction of a child with autism is amazing and enlightening. I believe this book is a blessing and it will open the eyes of all who read this! Though I have read almost every one of her books this was a little different. It touched on subjects that are often hard to deal with. I found myself crying at times, tears of joy or sadness and cheering at others. The subject of bullying and autism are dealt with lovingly and should be a lesson to all who read this. It covers these issues and opens the understanding eye to that because a person is different that is no reason or excuse to judge or make fun of! I can't understand why it is so hard for some people to try to see through the other person's eyes! It is a beautiful story of friends finding each other after years have passed and how in the process a phenomenon can happen when you love instead of hate. These are books this world needs more of! We need to bring respect, peace, joy, kindness and understanding back into the world before it is too late! I love all of Karen Kingsbury's books; also, Picoult, Pirrung, Rivers and others who write with the special "touch" to inspire. Ann T. Mason
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury is a touching story about a young man with autism that will grab your heart and not let go! Until the age of three Holden Harris and Ella Reynolds had been inseparable, their families were the best of friends. When Holden is diagnosed with Autism, the Reynolds family decides they don't want their daughter playing with him anymore, but for Holden he never forgot Ella, part of his daily routine is watching home movies of him and Ella before he got sick. Fast forward Holden is 18, he is basically uncommunicative,the only thing he really responds to is music.His mother Tracy struggles daily with the challenges of taking care of an Autistic child, you can feel her pain and longing as she talks about never being able to touch or hold her son, of how she holds out hope that some day he will respond to her! Holden's dad basically ran away from the problems at home by taking a job that keeps him away from home most of the year. Ella Reynolds seemed to have the perfect life, she was a cheerleader, and dating one of the most popular boys in school, and she has just landed the lead in the school musical,but things aren't good at home, since the family moved back to town, her mom and dad seem to be having major problems! When Ella sees her boyfriend bullying a special needs student, she realizes he isn't who she thought he was and breaks up with him, she soon realizes the boy is Holden her old childhood friend. Can faith, music, and finding his friend Ella, help Holden unlock the stranglehold that autism has on him? This was one of the best Karen Kingsbury books I have ever read! The characters came alive, and the emotions literally surround you as you read. I believe that Karen is certainly guided by God when she writes her stories, because you come away uplifted, and your faith is renewed. With this book she taught me about Autism, something I knew nothing about. She also deals with some very timely issues such as bullying, suicide and peer pressure, which makes me think that this book should be mandatory reading for every high school student. I highly recommend this book, but be prepared to laugh and cry, and see the world thru Holden's eyes just for a bit. This is a faith building life changing book you wont be able to put down. On a scale of 1 to 5 this book deserves a 10! Even though I was provided a copy of this book by Zondervan for review it in no way alters my opinion of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because of the insight Mrs. Kingsbury gives her readers about an Autistic child's behavior. The book made me laugh and cry but left me hopeful. Hopeful that there are really people out their like Ella that look past the quirky behavior and befriend a child like Holden. Having one good friend can make all the difference in the world to an Autistic child. Everything about this book was authentic, from the mom being the advocate to the dad burying himself in his work, to friends not being comfortable with an Autistic child, but most of all the bullying that any child has to endure because they are "different". Whether your child is Autistic or not this book gives a true picture of a bully and the kind of bullying that goes on everyday in schools. I hope that when you read this you take away from it that bulling cannot continue, that we have to stand up to this and not let it "boys will be boys" or "that is just girl drama" be the answer because that is not the answer. If we make kids accountable for their actions and teach them that bullying in any form is wrong all kids have the chance to grow to their full God given potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holden Harris is a boy with autism who is bullied because he is different. Then one day Ella Reynolds, head cheerleader and lead of school drama, is rehearsing when Holden stops and listens. Ella takes interest in him and helps him win a spot in the school play. At the same time, Ella makes the discovery that her and Holden used to be childhood friends until his diagnosis of autism. She continues to help Holden step out if his autism through music. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Karen Kingsbury or just a fan of romance novels. This book draws you in from the first page and keeps you drawn in until the end. Karen's amazing detail makes it so you never want to put the book down. I absolutely loved this book and will certainly read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a special ed teacher i could relate to the autism issues. I prayed along with this book that this story was real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a really really really good book! I love the meaning of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes good books!
KAB70 More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! It has made a lasting impression on me and in how I need to treat others!!! Thank you Karen for writing such an inspirational book!
Kellie-Ann Davis More than 1 year ago
great read and one of karen's best books. great purchase!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for my book club this month. Not a single person liked it. While yes the overall message is one that needs to be heard, the overall tone of the book is a cheesy after school special.
kim1987 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Karen! Read it in a day and a half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IS there a movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best books I have ever read!! I am an avid reader to say the least and this is one of my favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story....very touching and well written.
MoSC More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Learned things about autism and loved the way it was presented. Hard to put down. Have given it as a present to my daughter in law who is a speech therapist and works with autistic kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story by a great author.
needlework2012 More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsburgy has done it again. This book was amazing. This is definitely a book for a reading group, many discussions could be started with this book. Thanks again for a heartwarming story. I am an avid reader of Karen Kingsbury, would recommend everyone to read her books. In this world that is changing so much and not for the better, I like to escape in books by Karen Kingsbury. It gets me back on track to trust in God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read! Hard to set down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching story line that makes you think about the way you treat others. Loved the book from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eyes were truly opened to the beauty that exists in the sweetest souls... thank you Karen Kingsbury for another life changer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, and wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TammyK1 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful message, beautifull told. Great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the recommendation of a friend i bought this book and am so glad i did. Such a great story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for teens through adults at any age. I look forward to sharing this and all the other kk books with my teen age daughter. My sweet daughter reminds me so much of Ella and how she cares about others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Kingsbury book I read, and this is the one that got me hooked on her books! Its an amazing story, about how autistic Holden finds his way back to his childhood friend Ella, and how they work together on a play and overcome barriers in life, Together. -izzy