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Been Here All Along

por Sandy Hall

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Gideon always has a plan. It includes running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. It does NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend, Kyle. It's a distraction, it's pointless - Kyle is already dating the 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. So when both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, Kyle can't quite figure out what he did wrong.Sandy Hall meets Taylor Swift in this quirky and heartfelt YA novel.… (mais)
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I have a rather unfair rule when I consume media. I am much quicker to judge a heterosexual piece than one that contains LGBTQ characters. I could spin you a sad tale about why this is, citing the lack of queer stories in the public eye and the need for me to feel represented, and to an extent, this is true, but it doesn't excuse it.

What I'm trying to say here is that I would have enjoyed "Been Here All Along" much less if it was heterosexual. A lot of the plot revolves around Gideon discovering his sexuality, and Kyle sorting his feelings for Gideon during the process, but not in a way that felt meaningful enough that switching out the queer elements of the novel feels like the grievous sin that it should be. The only thing that makes this book interesting is that the characters are two gay men who are in love with each other. And that's enough for a quick, fun, effortless read! It was certainly enough for me. I just hope it isn't a trend that the majority of queer YA fiction stays on forever. ( )
  Dendy | Jan 20, 2021 |
Not the deepest book, but it's very cute. I like Gideon and Kyle a lot. I think Ruby and Ezra were a little one-dimensional. ( )
  widdersyns | Jul 19, 2020 |
I very much enjoyed this book. It was believable, and kept my interest enough to make me ignore other books I’ve started.
The plots of all books are always outlined in the “Publisher’s Notes” about the book and those are what attracted me to this book.I suspect that Publisher’s Notes on the dust-jackets or backs of books go a long way in attracting any reader to a given book, so there is no reason to recapitulate the plot here. I prefer to comment on things other than just what a great story this is.
First of all, I want to say I have read a lot of YA books over the last few months and most strike me as being at a reading level that would let a lot of teenagers out-sounding more like an adult novel than a YA one.. This book does not do that. It is the first I’ve read in some time that I felt was actually written at the readability level of an early to mid-teen.
Second, and this is really big for me, this is the first YA book I can recall ever reading where the language, voice, observations and remarks of the protagonists feel like those that would actually come from teenagers.
Almost everything I’ve read lately had teenagers thinking or saying things that are at levels of wisdom, psychological insight or advanced maturity that teenagers just don’t have.
I respect teenager and preteens, too. I believe adults significantly underestimate how bright and capable they are as evidenced by school curricula that are years below where they should be.
But wisdom, philosophic and psychological insight, or keen observation of human nature and motivations are not areas of strength for younger people and not for a lot of adults, either. These are skill that are the product of age, experience and a lot of personal reflection and insights that no one, no one, can have until they’ve put enough life experience under their belt.
Been Here All Along never digresses into that area of mature perception that would make the credibility of its entire plot questionable. It is truly a YA book, readable by teenagers and interesting to teen and adult readers alike. ( )
  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 21, 2020 |
I very much enjoyed this book. It was believable, and kept my interest enough to make me ignore other books I’ve started.
The plots of all books are always outlined in the “Publisher’s Notes” about the book and those are what attracted me to this book.I suspect that Publisher’s Notes on the dust-jackets or backs of books go a long way in attracting any reader to a given book, so there is no reason to recapitulate the plot here. I prefer to comment on things other than just what a great story this is.
First of all, I want to say I have read a lot of YA books over the last few months and most strike me as being at a reading level that would let a lot of teenagers out-sounding more like an adult novel than a YA one.. This book does not do that. It is the first I’ve read in some time that I felt was actually written at the readability level of an early to mid-teen.
Second, and this is really big for me, this is the first YA book I can recall ever reading where the language, voice, observations and remarks of the protagonists feel like those that would actually come from teenagers.
Almost everything I’ve read lately had teenagers thinking or saying things that are at levels of wisdom, psychological insight or advanced maturity that teenagers just don’t have.
I respect teenager and preteens, too. I believe adults significantly underestimate how bright and capable they are as evidenced by school curricula that are years below where they should be.
But wisdom, philosophic and psychological insight, or keen observation of human nature and motivations are not areas of strength for younger people and not for a lot of adults, either. These are skill that are the product of age, experience and a lot of personal reflection and insights that no one, no one, can have until they’ve put enough life experience under their belt.
Been Here All Along never digresses into that area of mature perception that would make the credibility of its entire plot questionable. It is truly a YA book, readable by teenagers and interesting to teen and adult readers alike. ( )
  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 21, 2020 |
Very cute!

This was a super sweet high school romance. I really liked that Ruby was relatable and not some evil ex girlfriend out for revenge. You could see where she was coming from and she tried to do the right thing. Kyle and Gideon were a nerdy, cute couple and not overly dramatic. Of you're looking for something sweet with lots of fluff, this is perfect for you! ( )
  AlyP59 | Apr 25, 2019 |
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Gideon always has a plan. It includes running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. It does NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend, Kyle. It's a distraction, it's pointless - Kyle is already dating the 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. So when both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, Kyle can't quite figure out what he did wrong.Sandy Hall meets Taylor Swift in this quirky and heartfelt YA novel.

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