Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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…
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(P. 12, Kyle’s POV)
When I get outside, Gideon’s leaning on my car, checking his watch like it holds the secrets of the universe.
I’m about to apologize when he starts talking.
“Do you like pep rallies?” he asks.
“I can’t stand them,” I tell him honestly, shuddering a little at the very thought.
“Awesome,” he says, climbing into the passenger side.
“You have lipstick on your forehead.”
“Damn it,” Gideon says, pulling down the visor and checking himself in the mirror.
“Should be a napkin in the glove compartment,” I say.
He roots around in there while I pull out of the driveway and head in the direction of the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through.
“So what’s up?” he asks.
“Why were you running late?”
“No, really, you seem weird,” he says, side-eyeing me. “You’re all twitchy.”
“Um, well, I think I’m going to come out to Ruby.”
“What? Seriously? Why?”
“Well, um . . .” I can’t find my train of thought, and I have no idea why I’m so nervous.
“I mean, like, why now? What changed?”
“It kind of feels like I’m lying to her.”
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.