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The Summer Before I Met You

(The Lynburn Legacy 0.5)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,800 ratings  ·  150 reviews
“Take care of your spirit, Kami,” said Megumi. “And don’t burn the place down.”

Kami grabbed both the suitcases and headed for the cabin she was sharing with Liz and Angela. Liz walked with her, and on their way Kami stopped.

“My Sobo was exaggerating,” she said earnestly. “There have been very few fires.”
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Published September 5th 2012

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Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yet another must-read for Unspoken fans. Sarah Rees Brennan manages to capture human emotions in a manner that is simply unparalleled and I love reading each and every one of her takes on her unique characters. Kami Glass is, without a doubt, one of the most lovable, strong, and unique protagonists to grace Young Adult Fiction and while we see Unspoken through her quirky eyes, seeing her from the point of view of an unbiased outsider brings something new and different to her personality, friends ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
If we are always on the outside looking in at Jared, it seems that Kami will be the star of her own story whether she’s the one telling it or not. In The Summer Before I Met You, we see Kami and Angela through the eyes of Liz, a fresh out of college girl who agreed to run the summer cricket camp outside of Sorry-in-the-Vale with the two high school girls as her help.

Kami is so full of spunk, energetic, and fun, it’s easy to see how she ends up ever leading her friends around by the nose and push
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - Please note that the low rating MAY be contributed to the fact that I read "Unspoken" six months ago as an ARC.

Having said that, I didn't really get this novella. Yeah, it's a nice little story about the summer before it all began, but keep in mind that Kami has known "Jared" all of her life. He's a constant in her life as they "talk" in each other's heads every day. Given, she doesn't realize that he's more than just a voice inside her head, but, he's always "there." Well, Jared isn
"The Summer Before I Met You" is a supplemental prequel story that introduces the reader to several characters in Sarah Rees Brennan's book "Unspoken" and ultimately in the "Lynburn Legacy" series. Primarily, this story focuses on the main character, Kami Glass, showcasing some of her trademark humor and infectious confidence during a summer excursion from the eyes of Liz, an outside character not featured in the series, but nonetheless observant of Kami and her respective family.

It's easy to t
Wendy Darling
Sep 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Read the freebie short companion story to UNSPOKEN here:
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Usually when a book series starts popping out mini prequels and short stories I hardly pay attention to them because most of the time they're just sort of there as a novelty for the super fans, not really anything I find necessary to read. But with Unspoken there were so many things I was left dreadfully curious about (in a good way) so I was really excited to see this was a thing. And oh what a thing it was. I kept waiting for there to be something dumb so I'd have good reason to not give it 5 ...more
Kaitlyn Francis
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, x, ax
This was a short story told through the perspective of Liz and what she saw while working at a camp that both Kami and Angela work at the summer before everything happened in Unspoken. Sarah gave us an intro to what happened and what changed Kami's life forever. Also allowed us to see Kami through another person, and how she basically seemed to put it together after a tragedy happened that summer. It also allowed us to see what others thought of seeing Kami speak to someone who wasn't there. I l ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The second girl had climbed out with the
first but then proceeded to perform an elaborate
goodbye dance with every member of her family.

When the two girls stood together, they really
did look like something from a movie. The second
girl looked like the goofy sidekick, short and a
little plump, more colorful and less dignified than
her friend. She was wearing a hat that looked like
a daisy, yellow on top with a plastic white-petaled
brim, and a yellow skirt covered in daisies."

My love for Kami is absolu
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned how much I love Kami? :)
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious :)
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Hilariously clever. There was still a bit creeptastic, but not of the prickles-on-your-neck variety . . .
Isa Lavinia
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Angela so much, if I could ever conjure a patronus I'd like it to be her.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
In the beginning of Unspoken, there's a conversation between Kami and Angela about a "exposé about the seamy underbelly of cricket camp(..)

Remember that?
This short story takes place during that Summer.

Like what happened with Jared's story, this one, also isn't told by the leading characters pov, (in this case it would be Kami pov), but by the coach of the cricket camp, who will have, Kami and Angela working as her assistants.

Through Liz eyes, we see how Kami is seen by strangers. The optimist si
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a really thoughtful character exploration. It's set before the events of Unspoken, following some of the same characters. We see them in their natural habitat, so to speak, before all hell breaks out in the main series.

(Ahahaha, not that all hell doesn't break out in this one. Kami, amirite?)

I'm not sure if this would work very well as a stand-alone piece, but oh it fits so elegant with Unspoken. I'm trying not to make this into a list of spoilers, so I just deleted the list of "things
Crystal Starr Light
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the story of the cricket camp where Angela and Kami helped out the summer before the Lynburns returned, hinted at in Unspoken. It's told from the point of view of Liz, a recent college grad who is the head of the cricket camp. It's not a bad little story; I loved seeing Angela and Kami from an outsider's view and getting the background to these characters that was hinted at in the full novel. Unfortunately, I thought Liz's character suffered; she was not nearly as developed as Mariel in ...more
Meet Kami, one of the most outrageous teenage girls in all history. She barely thinks before acting, cracks hilarious jokes, is enthusiastic and not stuck up, and she has an imaginary friend with whom she can hold the longest conversations throughout the day. And if you think for a minute that I had issues with her character, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Again a short story from someone else's point of view who is not actively participating in the main series. It gives the feeling of being neut
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Seeing Kami from another characters POV wasn't as arresting as seeing Jared through an outsiders perspective. He had a much harder time hiding the voice in his head, while Kami had so much love and support in her life. The real pleasure in reading The Summer Before I met You actually came from seeing Angela and Rusty from an outside perspective as they in turn watched Kami. There is something almost too intense about how much they care about her. Is Rusty in love with Kami? Was Angela? I have al ...more
Miss Clark
Short story set in the Lynburn Legacy series universe and a short of prequel to Unspoken. Also, I love how the cover/art matches the style of the book!

Again, fantastic introduction to Kami Glass, Angela Montgomery, and the lovely children, all from the perspective of an outsider. Hilarious, too. A must-read if you are going to read or have read UNSPOKEN.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Someone always believes in her :(

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Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, quickie
This is a very quick (and free!) story detailing the events of the mysterious cricket camp talked about in the first book. It doesn’t really add much to the overall story but we see, through the eyes of Liz, who is running the camp - Kami and Angela together, Kami meeting Claud, and Kami reacting to the death of her grandmother (with a little help from Jared). There are also a couple of little moments that make me wonder about Rusty’s true feelings. Hmmmmm…
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
So good to reread this, and narrated by the camp sports lady, and seeing what Kami got up to, events that are mentioned in Unspoken! Can't wait to reread more!

*First read January 1st 2012*
Great, great story, great to know what Kami was talking about, and yeah, really enjoyed it, can't wait for Untold! And then Unbroken, and the short story that is going to come, too!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this intro into Sarahs new series, Unspoken cannot be released soon enough! Kami looks like she'll be an absolutely brilliant heroine, and I'm looking forward to an entire book from her perspective.
Anastasia Antonova
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Неплохой рассказ получился. Обрадовал тот факт, что он от лица посторонней девушки, и мы можем наблюдать за героями как бы со стороны. Люблю подобное.
Прочтение заняло от силы пол часа, и после этого рассказа я решила что нужно будет перечитать эту серию. Все-таки юмор в ней просто божественный как ни крути.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved how this short story helpped us understand the dynamics of her family, her friends and how she is a lot of ways the way she is the person she is, so radiant and strong. Hopefully the author writes a short story from her grandmothers point of view, because she seemed like a really cool women.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! I already read Unspoken on Netgalley, but this reminds me that I need to go buy the hard copy now that it is coming out. Kami and Angela are hilarious... it was a perfect tiny prequel.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
I liked this significantly more than Jared's, though I was again saddened that it wasn't in Kami's POV. But I so adore Kami, and I adored this short story. I especially loved the Kami and Angela moments, as there haven't been as many as there was Unspoken. These girls are fave characters of mine! A nice read, for sure, though definitely a little heartbreaking.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Yeah, relationships aren’t all they’re cracked up to be,” Kami said. “All ‘Hey, watch it, busy hands, naughty places.’” She paused for a pensive moment. “That Claud was such a prude.”

Hahaha. Oh God, I love Kami already!
Can't wait till my pre-ordered copy of Unspoken finally arrives.
Oct 22, 2016 added it
Aw , this novella actually made me feel really sad for Jared. It's obvious that though Kami had her difficulties , her childhood was full of joy and laughter.
Meanwhile, all Jared got was a zombie mom and some really great biceps. Not fair , I tell you.
Word Traffic
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story is incredibly fun. I loved it all, but I especially liked lines like this:

"Sometimes Kami said disquieting things, but she was undeniably effcient and enthusiastic. Liz began to relax. That turned out to be a mistake."
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having read Unspoken, I enjoyed reading this "prequel" short story for the simple reason that the reader gets to see Kami through the eyes of a different narrator. And it made me realize that I like Kami even more than I thought I did.
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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

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