Been Here All Along By Sandy Hall


Goodreads Synopsis: 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…

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I knew I was going to like the book as soon as I started it. Been Here All Along is one of those fantastic stories that starts right out the gate with personality.  Gideon is at a school event and is complaining about and it was one of the most relatable things I’ve read. At one point he complains about being forced to clap at events like this saying, “I also dislike clapping. What are we, trained seals?” And Gideon and I instantly became friends. 😀

Been Here All Along is one of those short fluffy adorable reads that you want to pick up when you’re having a shitty day and just want to be reminded that the world isn’t all bad.  Despite only being 224 pages I thought it was well paced and well written. Though I could have lived without the POV jumps.

The romance between Kyle and Gideon is adorable. They get along so well, and it’s based on a foundation of friendship that’s just beautiful.  I also liked that they communicated well. It’s always nice when a story doesn’t use miscommunication or non-communication for drama points.  This is probably why I don’t read or watch a lot of romance, because this happens all the time.

Throughout the story each of the characters are developed pretty well. I had issues with the ex-girlfriend Ruby, but I wouldn’t say that’s because she was written poorly. More that she was just a terrible person and I couldn’t stand her.

In the end Been Here All Along was a great story, well worth 4 stars.  Has anyone else read this book? I’d love to talk about it in the comments. 🙂


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