I work as an Intervention Specialist with students who have multiple disabilities, including autism. So many times, these individuals are judged by their seemingly irrational or random behaviors. This book, although fictional, offers a glimpse into the possible thought processes of an individual with autism. People with autism often perceive, process and react differently than others, but that is not to say that there are not valid rationales behind their actions and reactions. Indeed, as illustrated in the story, they may be intelligent, talented, and have unique strengths and abilities to offer, if only provided with patience, understanding and appropriate supports.
Having a child with autism often does precipitate relationship difficulties within marriages, families, and in social circles, as reflected in the relationships of the Holden's, their families and friends. The emotional and spiritual elements interwoven in the story also demonstrate the power of prayer, faith, and perseverance.
I enjoy Karen Kingsbury's books, and "Unlocked" is no exception.
I was completely turned off and didn't even read further once I realized this book advocated the misleading premise that vaccinating can lead to autism (the evidence just doesn't support this yet, while evidence does support the incredible benefits of vaccinating). If I had done my research more carefully, I never would have purchased this book. That theme just totally turned me off. How it developed past the very beginning, I can't say, as I felt like I was reading a propaganda piece right from the very beginning, and in literature, that is a BIG turn off to me. Kingsbury is a great author, otherwise, and I have enjoyed her other works.
Highly recommend reading this Karen Kingsbury Book
January 26, 2015
This is an excellent book. I absolutely love all of the Karen Kingsbury books that I have read so far. Since this is fiction I know that not all that I have learned from reading this book is real; but the way Karen writes you find it hard to believe that it isn't real. Perhaps this book sheds light into the realm of autism. I highly recommend reading this one!!!! As always, when reading a book by K. Kingsbury, have a box of kleenex nearby. You will need it! 1/26/15