Both this short and [b:The Summer Before I Met You|15992339|The Summer Before I Met You (The Lynburn Legacy, #0.5)|Sarah Rees Brennan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347127282s/15992339.jpg|21749379] are necessary to get the full impact of both Kami and Jared's childhoods. It certainly explains why they both cling to their uniqueness and bond. I liked Mariel as she tried to help Jared but poor Jared was really beyond help. When you have an "imaginary" friend people immediately think you're nuts and nothing you do or say changes their minds. I was glad to get this background to better understand Jared's dilemmas and to a lesser extent Kami's.