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.Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Published by Swoon Reads on August 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Gay & Lesbian, Romance
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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…
Okay, so this book is good. Cute but cliché. Very fast read. In fact maybe a little bit rushed. It feels very high-school-drama and not much else, except with gay protagonists. The good thing is that the stereotypical mean popular girl is more complicated than that. It’s not even that she’s mean to compensate for other things, because while she sort of is (and that’s not a new idea), she recognizes what she’s doing and she wants to stop, but sometimes she can’t. Sometimes she does. People aren’t black and white. You can’t just flip a switch and change. A lot of the characters had habits that were a part of them. Anyway of course there’s the nerdy guy, and the jock who’s bad with school (although he is smart), the bitchy best friends (that you didn’t notice just how bitchy they are), the usual stereotypes, but then there are others, such as the super supportive parents, the jock who surprisingly does not want to put up with the cheerleader talking trash all the time, etc. Lots of fun surprises. But yeah, it felt too short to have any real development. And the big conflict I could see coming from a mile away. Like, pretty much from square one. It’s just how it transpired that was a little more interesting.
I mean, it’s all right as far as what it is. But probably not enough there to re-read it.
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