I’ve been on the lookout for some good books. (To read and also to post on) And one of the ones I read, liked, and finished was Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury. It’s about a eighteen year old boy named Holden Harris who became autistic when he was three. He’s an only child and his mom is caring for him and his kindergartener cousin, Kate, while Holden’s dad is fishing in Alaska.
Holden had a very best friend when he was little named Ella Reynolds. They did everything together. Their moms were also super close until Holden started acting different and for fear of her daughter starting to mimic Holden’s strange behavior, Mrs. Reynolds didn’t let Ella see her best friend ‘Ho’den’ anymore.
Holden can’t talk and uses PEC cards to communicate with his fellow peers. Some really mean Football Jocks pick on him because of the way he does push-ups when he gets anxious. But then, the school decides to put on Beauty and the Beast as a school play. Out of the hundreds of girls who auditioned, a very special girl named, can you guess? Ella Reynolds get’s the role of Belle. Ella sees Holden and feels sorry for him, without recognizing him as her childhood Best Friend.
But Holden remembers! He can’t talk, so he tries really hard to have Ella remember their good times together. But Ella’s going through a hard time. Her dad, Randy Reynolds, a pro baseball player, is trying to get better and trying to not lose his contract, which is one the line. And her mom is trying to get her dad to notice her, because he’s been so preoccupied that he’s not spending time with his family.
All in All, this book is amazing (sorry if I gave away some stuff) But it also talks about some hard core stuff like bullying, struggling families, and trying to make ends meet. I do recommend this so if you’re looking for a good read, check out Unlocked!