Been Here All Along
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Gideon has a plan for everything. Running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having a plethora of choices for college. But he doesn’t account for falling in love with his best friend Kyle. Kyle, on the other hand, finds his spot on the sports team threatened, and when his girlfriend and best friend start acting up, Kyle doesn’t know what to do.
Told from four different perspectives, BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is an adorable story of best friends, first love, and unexpected love.
BEEN HERE ALL ALONG was super cute, despite lacking any real drama or suspense, it was quick and fun read. Props to Hall for explicitly stating that Kyle was bisexual. (I also got the feeling that Gideon is pansexual since he says he never had strong feelings for people until Kyle). The relationship between Kyle and Gideon is so sweet, they had their awkward and cute moments even if the realisation of their romantic feelings between them felt rushed. Personally, I preferred Kyle’s POV but Gideon was cute and quirky. If this book was longer, I would’ve loved to have been better development about Kyle’s predicament. If you’re looking for a quick, sweet romance books, then this one is for you.
I think what brought this book down was its length and the multiple POVs. For a book that can be read in one sitting, four POVs felt too extra. Cutting out Gideon’s brother, Ezra, would’ve been a good choice as I felt like he didn’t hold much importance to have his own chapters. Ezra and Ruby’s chapters could’ve easily moulded together.
Overall, this book was simple yet cute. There isn’t anything major that I didn’t like but I feel like the characters could have been more developed. But this was an extremely adorable read, though.
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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