We’re celebrating the release of Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall, coming out August 30th! I’ve been given the opportunity to share an excerpt from the book as well as post a giveaway for you all.
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…
(P. 34-35, Kyle’s POV)
Gideon sits down next to me just as I’m thinking that maybe I should go home.
“Hey,” I say, sitting up and turning toward him.
“Hey,” he says.
“Are you sick or something?”
“No. I’m fine.”
He doesn’t look fine, not at all. He looks kind of sweaty and confused.
“Just don’t throw up on me,” I say.
“I’m not gonna throw up on you,” he says.
“You threw up on me that time in third grade.”
“I threw up near you, not on you.”
“Same difference. There was a splash zone,” I say. “But seriously, if you feel sick, we should get out of here. I don’t mind leaving early.”
“You don’t?” he asks, his expression doubtful.
“Ruby and I had a fight.”
“Yeah, I saw.”
“I don’t know what to do.”
“How do you know it was my fault?”
He gives me a knowing look.
“It really wasn’t my fault, though. She’s blowing the whole thing out of proportion.”
“She’s upset that—” I pause, shooting a glance to see who’s around us. Buster’s leaning in to listen but I don’t mind, so I continue. “That I didn’t come out to her sooner.”