Review: ‘Been Here All Along’ by Sandy Hall


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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 book was a super cute read. Told through multi-POV we’re privy to the thoughts and emotions of each character, which created great fun seeing the characters misinterpreting each others actions.

Hall wrote Kyle and Gideon with great chemistry, so it was so frustrating waiting for the two of them to get together, but helped me speed through the book.

This is a shorter novel and it completely met my expectations for a quick, happy read. That said, there were multiple opportunities for it to have been fleshed out.

The book was very predictable, from Gideon writing his inner-most thoughts down for anyone to see, to the way the issue this caused was resolved. Gideon’s drunken candour, and Kyle’s relationship with Ruby. These things were fun, but they certainly didn’t strain any brain muscles to figure out what was going down.

The great thing was, the characterisation was still pretty good. Kyle was laid back and awkward, Gideon was fastidious and driven. Even Ruby–who was generally pretty vapid–had effort put into making her not completely two-dimensional (though this could have been fleshed out beyond the poor family/mean girl trope).

Overall, if you’re looking for something cute, sweet, and with a gay romance, this is one to pick up.

AOaR_3star (3)

(and a half)

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Heather is rep’d by Carrie Howland of Empire Literary

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