The Spring Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Spring Before I Met You was definitely the best one of the two short stories as it really delved into Jared’s character. The short story is narrated by Mariel, an art teacher who also doubles as a guidance counselor at a highschool. She is told by the school to try to help Jared with his problems. We get to see the joy Jared gets from talking about Kami and how he really is just a sad, and lonely boy. Mariel was a very generous narrator giving us detailed information about Jared and never judged him. I thought she was a very fitting main character for this story. The Spring Before I Met You had touches of humour and darkness throughout the writing which I love. I was really impressed with this short story and am very happy to have read it.
I give The Spring Before I Met You 4.5 out of 5 Stars
The Summer Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan
Although this was an enjoyable and quick read this did not really tell us more about Kami. This prequel of Unspoken is about Kami and Angela’s summer at Cricket Camp. I loved the writing as it had everything I expected from Brennan: humour, wit, and great prose. The story is narrated by Liz a 23-year-old woman who decided to work at Cricket Camp for the summer to put off workign at the family business. I did not love Liz as much as Mariel but she was a good narrator for the most part. Sometimes I thought that she lacked some personality. In this short story we read about Kami beating up a dangerous guy, her relationship with Claud, all of her plans to make things more interesting, and her grandmother’s death. Liz’s growth throughout the story was very subtle and quiet and not takign the spotlight from all the other characters. I did enjoy reading this short story but I would have liked it more if it had given us more information about Kami and her friends.
I give The Summer Before I Met You 3 out of 5 Stars