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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane Paperback – June 6, 2017
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5 stars: "With a delicious rascal of a boy and a loveable prickle of a heroine, these two create pure love-to-hate magic." -Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost
5 stars: "[M]ost of all I loved Harper and Sterling's chemistry--it projected off the page like it was in 3D. It was also a slow build, there is no instalove to be found here! Such an enjoyable read full of swoony moments and kick-ass banter. I am an Ingrid Paulson fan!!" -Erica Chapman, author of Teach Me to Forget
5 stars: "Harper is Paris Geller meets Veronica Mars, and the flirty tension with her nemesis, Sterling, has all the rich-kid sass and charm of both Logans. You're going to love this book." -Heidi R. Kling, author of Not Okay, Cupid
5 stars: "Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a fun, sexy romp with the kind of romantic tension that kept me up way past my bedtime." -Julie Hammerle, author of The Sound of Us and Any Boy But You
5 stars: "I might even go as far as to claim that Harper and Sterling are my new favorite romance couple. The banter, the tension, their strong wills and wits. I had so much fun reading this book, switching between aggravation, swooning and cracking up so many times I never knew what to expect next." -Annika, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "Gilmore Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You fans rejoice! This is the book you've been waiting for. With enough wit and sarcasm to fill the Atlantic, it's Paris Geller and Logan Huntzberger's love story--and after reading this book, I've decided that should have been a thing!" -Moriah Chavis, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "[T]he main characters give off Ferris Bueller vibes by out-smarting adults with their craftiness and skirting of the rules, but those are some of the most enjoyable moments. A must-read for those who enjoy YA romance with comedy and swoon." -T. Rosado, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "I love this book. Harper and Sterling are both great characters. Harper is the ultimate geek and Sterling is the perfect enemy. 5 out of 5." -D.M. Duncan, author of The Frosted Moon
5 stars: "Highly recommended to fans of the young adult genre and the love-hate premise." -Erica Chilson, Wicked Reads
5 stars: "This book was so cute! I enjoyed every minute of it. I got some serious, Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster vibes." -Brittany Filopanti, A Page in the Chapter
5 stars: "What I really love about books like this is that at the end the hero has a story that shows he has redemptive qualities. I love Sterling and I might be in the minority, but I found him endearing." -C.J. Butcher, author of The Doctor's in Love
5 stars: "It was a quick read because it was full of drama. There wasn't a dull moment. I couldn't put it down. Loved it." -Stephannie Tolitsky, Swoon Worthy Books
5 stars: "Two teens at boarding school, duking it out over pranks (and kisses), with a huge scheme in the works? Yes, please." -Caitlyn Baker, Books Are My Life
5 stars: "Labor Day read - this was awesome!" -ChuCha, Book Freak
"This book gave me life: it was voice-y fun from first page to last and I read in one sitting with a goofy grin on my face (there may also have been some, “Kiss already!!” shouting involved). I especially love that the main character gives as good as she gets when it comes to prank wars, witty banter, and an eventual surrender to *gasp* actual feelings for “the enemy”! With a delicious rascal of a boy and a loveable prickle of a heroine, these two create pure love-to-hate magic."- Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost, Map to the Stars, and Changes in Latitudes
About the Author
Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in WHY I LOATHE STERLING LANE might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best). Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn't so short any more. VALKYRIE RISING, a paranormal girl power story, was Ingrid's first novel. Visit her online at ingridepaulson.com/.
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At first I thought Harper was great, albeit unusual, and I too loathed Sterling Lane! Harper is definitely a quirky and unique character, and she did take some getting used to. She is a bit of an outcast, although perfectly happy with that, as she is more comfortable with her 537 rules than she is with any of her classmates. When her twin brother, Cole, gets into some trouble, she is bound and determined to take care of him – that is, after all, Rule 1: take care of her brother. It was the promise she made to her mother before she died, and Harper lives and breathes to make sure that first rule is always adhered to. Unfortunately, she has to figure out whether Cole’s new roommate, Sterling Lane, will be a help or a hindrance in her quest to save her brother.
I loved Harper’s growth throughout the book, and I loved the interplay between her and her temporary roommate Kendall, a girl who is about 180 degrees from Harper. Harper comes to realize that people are not always what they may seem on the surface, whether it’s Kendall, Cole, Parker, Sterling, or herself. There is great character development in this book, and I really love the feel I got from it. I think it teaches us all some lessons, without being preachy or obvious and having great fun at the same time.
I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary YA, fans of quirky and unusual characters, anyone who identifies with a list-maker and rule-follower like Harper, and fans of potentially douchey but also infuriatingly gorgeous leading men! Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for the early copy of the e-book, and to Chapter by Chapter for including me on the blog tour. This review is purely voluntary on my part.
Rating: 4 stars for 537 (or is that 538??*) Rules!
*You’ll understand this when you read it ;-)
5 Frustrating Stars
Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to swearing, drug & alcohol usage, and mild sexual situations (making-out).
Ingrid Paulson is a new-to-me author, one I plan on keeping my eye on for future YA novels.
Harper is the female half of a pair of fraternal twins who go to boarding school. Harper is definitely a type-A personality. With the death of her mother, the need to keep her twin safe (Cole is a free-spirit who is gullible and sees the best in everyone), and the need to prove herself worthy to a misogynistic father. Harper has a list of rules she abides by, is one of the most stubborn heroines I've read to-date, and doesn't have a single cell in her body screaming TSTL or damsel-in-distress. She's a force to be reckoned with and makes no apologies for it.
Sterling is a bad boy with a good heart- bit of a rich, misunderstood d-bag. Stirling is Cole's new roommate, and he and Harper do NOT start on the best of terms.
What unfolds on the pages of this love-hate novel (one of the first which truly brings on the hate) frustrated me to no end. So frustrated, I was reading feverishly, while white-knuckling my Kindle from the need to reach in and strangle both Sterling and Harper. This isn't chemistry, tension, and foreplay, at least not at first. It's true hate. I was so frustrated for Harper on every front, but I couldn't help but understand and like Sterling. Cole... oh, brother- Cole. *sigh* Ms. Paulson, please write a followup with Cole- I want to see someone knock some sense into him.
Harper and Sterling, they were both wrong. All. The. Time.
The frustration finally abated as our antagonists started working together instead of against each other, and I was able to relax. The pages didn't fly by as quickly, I wasn't snapping at anyone who broke my concentration, but I enjoyed how it did start to feel like foreplay instead of grounds for premeditated murder.
Mad props to the author for the level of frustration I felt. Harper was a right-fighter, no matter how wrong she may have been, and it bothered me how her voice wasn't heard in the beginning. I've been there- often -and it made me feel connected to Harper, even when she was going beyond the realm of rationality.
I don't wish to give plot points out, so I'm being vague. Side characters: there weren't many, but they added to the storyline, allowing Harper and Sterling to shine. I also appreciated how there was no 'girl-shaming'. Harper was one type of girl, and her roommate another, and Harper made sure no one disrespected Kendall for being a girly girl or thought her unintelligent because of it.
Highly recommended to fans of the young adult genre and the love-hate premise.
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