{Blog Tour} Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Posted August 23, 2016 by Bee in Blog Tour, Reviews / 7 Comments

{Blog Tour} Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

{Blog Tour} Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Been Here All Along


by Sandy Hall
Published on August 30th
by Swoon Reads
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Xpresso Book Tours
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: A Little Something Different, Signs Point to Yes

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…

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

WELL THEN. If this wasn’t a bucket full of cute, I don’t know what is. This was my first book by Sandy Hall and it was a success. Though not as big as I hoped it would be, but I digress. Books from Swoon Reads seem to be either a kind-of-hit or miss with me. This one was the first, yay!

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is a very quick, light and cute book. It’s about two best friends, Gideon and Kyle, who each find out they like the other and then try to come to terms with that and look for a way to tell the other. I really liked this story a lot, though it could have been more. I just wanted to have more time with these characters. It felt a bit too short. My eARC only counts 144 pages, which is not long at all. So if it had been worked out more and the characters had been developed more, this would have gotten a higher rating from me. It doesn’t help that there are 4 POV’s that, while all distinct, weren’t all that necessary. Just Gideon’s and Kyle’s would have been enough.

But I really did like the writing style. It’s very light and fluffy and the dialogue is definitely my favorite part. It’s very realistic and both Gideon’s and Kyle’s POV’s had lots of humor in them. I laughed quite a bit reading this. I also swooned because GAHD IT’S CUTE DAMMIT. So cute. These two are incredibly cute. But I do think that their romance also could’ve benefited from more development. I also must admit that I wasn’t fond of Ruby. But I do love all the friendship & family dynamics. The parents in this book are SO sweet and understanding and I love them. Parent goals basically.

So yes, BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is incredibly cute. It’s a short & sweet read that I really do recommend you check out some time. That’s why I’m rounding my rating up on Goodreads. It’s a great book to take with you to the beach. It made me laugh, it made me swoon and it gave me feels. So check it out, for sure!

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About Sandy Hall

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she isn’t writing or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A Little Something Different is her first novel.

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7 responses to “{Blog Tour} Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

  1. This sounds cute. I’m putting it on my list as I’ve been seeing this around and it seems to be getting good reviews. Parent goals?? I’m in!

  2. This sounds like a very cute read! I liked Signs Point to Yes but wasn’t a fan of it. It was just okay. But I keep reading positive reviews for this one so I’ll have to give it a chance. I love when parents are understanding, especially in cases like this. Most of the time, these parents are presented as not accepting or anything so to see a change of pace is great 🙂 Lovely review!

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