I'm torn regarding how to rate The Spring Before I Met You. I have yet to read Unspoken so it may have altered my enjoyment of the story. However, I did enjoy the mystery of it all (at least for a non-reader of Unspoken) and the potential of Jared's character. But I did feel as though Mariel's narration was dull and stilted at times, it rather lowered the entertainment value. Since Mariel is a counselor of Jared's in this story and not an ongoing character or narrator of the series (thankfully) I am able to not judge the series negatively via this short story. But I do sincerely hope that the narrator of Unspoken is more enjoyable.