Title: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Publish Date/Publisher: August 30, 2016/Swoon Reads
Format: Paperback – I was provided a copy of this book /via publisher/ in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: YA – Contemporary
Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.
Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…
This was such a cute story! Sandy Hall always has such fun, easy reads and I was very happy with Been Here All Along.
Ruby (Kyle’s girlfriend) did get on my nerves a bit, but towards the end, I feel she grew into a much better character. Kyle and Gideon were easy characters to connect with, which made the story more authentic. Each character came from a different background, and I could really see that in the way Sandy Hall wrote them. The multiple points of views gave more insight into the story and really helped add more voices and drama to the plot.
I loved the ending for this book, and I literally cried because it was so sweet and beautiful. Been Here All Along is a great novel about love, friendship, and high school normality. I highly recommend this book to fans of Anna and the French Kiss, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Five out of five stars to Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall.