Book Tour
Book Title:
Been Here All Along
Book Author:
Sandy Hall
Publishing Date:
August 30th, 2016
Swoon Reads
Date Read:
August 10th, 2016
eARC from publisher via NetGalley


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…

My Review

I don’t always love sweet, fluffy romances, and I tend to stay away from them, but I was super excited to read this one.  I read Signs Point to Yes when it came out, and I did enjoy that one, but Been Here All Along probably takes the award for the cutest book I’ve read in a very long time.

Gideon and Kyle are best friends.  Gideon is in advanced classes, has his sights set on a great college, and has his plans for class president and head of the yearbook committee.  He has everything planned out – including an awesome family who he loves very much.  So when he starts having weird feelings about his best friend (and next door neighbor) Kyle, he really has no clue what he is thinking.

Kyle hasn’t always had the same luck that Gideon has had with school, but he’s on the basketball team and has a beautiful girlfriend, Ruby, so he feels like his life is going okay.  He does have problems in English class, but he figures that will work itself out eventually.  When he and Ruby have a huge fight over something he reveals to her, he starts to wonder if their relationship is all it’s cracked up to be.

While Gideon is trying to make sense of his giant mess of feelings (he’s so organized he makes a binder dedicated to his feelings for Kyle, and why he shouldn’t have feelings for him.  However, one night, when Ruby is over with Kyle and Gideon, she finds the binder, and, confused, takes photos of the lists with her phone.  She doesn’t know what she plans on doing with the lists, but she knows that Gideon is clearly in love with Kyle.

As time goes on, and Gideon realizes that these feelings for Kyle are the real thing, he decides that maybe there is a reason that he feels the way he does for Kyle.  But is he brave enough to tell his best friend that he cares about him in a way that is more than just friendship?

I loved this book.  It’s so rare that anything I read gets a five star rating, so you know I really loved this.  It was just so upbeat and adorable, and it really was everything I had hoped it would be.  I finished it in one day because of the shorter length of the book – at first I wished it would have been longer, but then you would have had to worry about the plot thinning out and getting boring, so I think the length of this one was just perfect.

I loved all the characters in this book – Kyle, Gideon, Ruby, and Gideon’s older brother, Ezra.  The four of them had so much depth and you couldn’t help but love all of them.  Ruby started off as your typical annoying cheerleader type girl who bosses everyone around and is used to getting what she wants.  Whens he learns that Gideon is in love with Kyle, she wants to make him suffer so she can keep her boyfriend, but as the book goes on, she starts to soften a little and realizes that if Kyle loves Gideon, then maybe she should just let the two of them be.

The chapters are broken up between the four of them – Kyle, Gideon, Ezra, and Ruby, and each character has a unique voice and story that brings so much to the book.

Kyle has that cute, pretty much completely oblivious thing going on, and he worries often about what he possibly could have done to hurt Ruby or Gideon – he wants everyone to be happy and is willing to do what it takes to make that happen.  He also has some issues with school, and it’s a weak point for him.  He always feels a bit inferior to Gideon, who is in all advanced classes and is pretty brilliant.

Gideon has a strong personality and is conflicted about many things – including his feelings for his best friend.  He wants to be with Kyle, but doesn’t want to worry about ruining their friendship.  Gideon has an incredibly supportive family, so when he comes out as gay and having feelings for Kyle, no one really bats and eyelash – except his mom, who wants to throw him a coming out party.

Watching all the characters struggle with their feelings and everyday life problems, such as school issues for Kyle and emotional issues for Gideon and Ruby, really made them feel more real and well rounded.  Since I’m a HUGE fan of character development, this was probably my favorite aspect in the book.

But seriously, Kyle and Gideon?  Cutest book couple ever.

If you need a cute romance to end your summer with, read this.  It’s sweet.  It’s adorable.  It’s full of emotions.  It’s one of the best romances I’ve ever read, and I’ll be reading this one again multiple times.

Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Author

I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.



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13 Responses to Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall – Blog Tour and Giveaway!

  1. Giselle says:

    This sounds like a great read! Very cute and def right up my alley! Glad you liked it, Kelly! Great review! 🙂
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    • Kelly says:

      Thanks! It was one of the best romance books I’ve read – perfect for those who like light and fluffy to read after a rough day at work or school!

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    This sounds like exactly the kind of romance I love to read. When friends fall in,love–it’s makes for the best conflicts too.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree! I’ve always had a soft spot for the friends-turned-romance plot, too. They always tend to be such sweet stories! Thanks for stopping by, and if you read the book, I hope you like it!

  3. This sounds awesome! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try when I’m in the mood for something light and cute. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤
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    • Kelly says:

      Thanks so much! Oh my goodness, the book is so cute and well written, I think you’ll enjoy it! I think if you expect it to be a lighter and cuter novel, as opposed to a deep, thought provoking novel, then you’re going to enjoy it a lot! It’s a great read for when you just need a smile. If you do read it, I look forward to seeing your thoughts!

  4. Deanna says:

    I really, really want to read this one now! I love cute books! I haven’t read All Signs Point to Yes yet, but I did read A Little Something Different and absolutely loved it. 🙂 Nice review!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you! I have a feeling this one would be right up your alley, especially in terms of cuteness! I have a copy of A Little Something Different but haven’t read it yet. If you read this one, I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  5. Lily M. says:

    This seems like its going to be a cute read. It’s what I need right now, im in a terrible book slump 🙁 thank you so much for this opportunity 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      I was in a terrible book slump for like 2 months, and then I picked this one up, and it whipped me right out of it. I hope it works for you if you choose to read it!

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  7. Brittany says:

    I haven’t heard much about this book before, but you’ve really made me curious about reading it! It does sound absolutely adorable 😀 Amazing review 🙂

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    • Kelly says:

      It was such a heartwarming romance that I actually bought the paperback of it after reading the ARC and I must have read it three more times since then. It’s one of those books that are a perfect pick up when you’re feeling down!

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