Snarky is the New Adorable - Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall Blog Tour + ARC Review + Giveaway

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall Review

Oh my what can I say... this book was just so perfectly cute. On my list of favorite types of romances, right under "hate at first sight", is cute, awkwardly ones. And the latter's pretty much Been Here All Along in a nutshell. (you know it's been awhile since I've sat down to write a good ol' review, also my brain is currently very sleep deprived as I've developed a habit of accidentally staying up all night reading)

Synopsis & Details:


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 read more... 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…


Title: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Series: N/A
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Rating: 5/5 stars
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Swoon Reads!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

Basically we have Dorian, your well put together, neat freak, list-maker, and his friend Kyle, the sweet, messy, bisexual, sporty guy (who reminds me of shaggy dog for some reason). They've been best friends since they were children, and all's good... Tilll teen rom-com cliché strikes (his words not mine) and Dorian (the supposedly straight friend) realizes he's chest deep in love with his totally platonic bestie Kyle, who also happens to be dating a uber popular cheerleader. Basically one word, inevitable doom.

While reading Been Here All Along (BHAA) I highlighted a ton of quotes.


This is one of those books that possess beautiful snarky humor. And you know me, the snarkier the better. Here lies my favorite quote:
"I have become a teen rom-com cliché. There is no hope for me."


BHAA (sorry not sorry, my sleep deprived brain is feeling too lazy to type) has this sweet earnestness to it (or should I say Kyle-earnestness *ba-dum-tshh*) As I mention above the romance in this book is very much a first lovey type. It's sweet, innocent, and adorable. Kyle and Gideon... just #goals.

Me while reading this book:



There a couple points of views, however it doesn't weigh down on the book at all.


In fact I feel like the multiple POVs improved the story. While we're on the topic, my one little complaint is, sometimes the voice of the different characters weren't really that distinct, occasionally I'd have to check whether it was Kyle's or Gideon's POV cause I couldn't really tell. Though I have to say I felt like Erza had a really clear, distinct voice.

One last thing I'd like to mention is that I feel like the character development was great,


especially with one character. (and since I hate it when people mysteriously allude to a character in their review, without telling us who they are. The developy ink human is (view spoiler)[Ruby].

I pretty much finished Been Here All Along (I'm writing this the next day, and yes my brain is feeling better) in one sitting. This book has an adorable romance, and if you're looking for a light, quick, sweet. read, you might want to give this one a go.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Do you prefer "hate at first sight" romances or sweet adorable ones?
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