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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane Paperback – June 6, 2017
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Gr 6 Up—Harper Campbell is a headstrong, straight-A, independent teen. She has her daily schedule set by the minute, and any deviation sends her in a tailspin. So, when mischievous Sterling Lane, who has been expelled from almost all the prestigious prep schools in the area, joins her at Sablebrook Academy, her life is turned upside down. Meanwhile, her twin brother Cole finds himself in a bit of trouble due to his new gambling addiction. In Harper's quest to save her brother from the seedy underbelly in their small town and possible expulsion from school, she finds an unlikely ally in Sterling. Will she be able to save her brother without losing herself in the process? Paulson has the makings of a good story here, but she falls short. The tension between Harper and Sterling is not quite believable, the conflict with her brother and his gambling issues are confusing with no real resolution, and at points the narrative shifts from noir fiction to romance novel. The character development stays at surface level, which hurts the overall story. VERDICT Readers should skip this one and pick up a Stephanie Perkins novel instead.—Davia Schmidt, Brooklyn Public Library
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
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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 ;-)
Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is the story of Harper and Sterling. It is told from Harper’s point of view. Harper lives her life by a crazy, and rigid set of rules. Sterling Lane comes blowing into her life and throws all of her rules into chaos. I got a total kick out of Harper and Sterling. They were so similar it was kind of scary. I liked that they recognized that in one another as well. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Sterling turns to Harper after she just executed her revenge prank, and instead of getting mad he said, well I’m surprised. I had no idea we would be friends. It just cracked me up because they totally loved riling each other up, and watching them admit that to themselves was great.
There were a couple of things that irked me about the book. The first was the cover model. I love the cover of Why I Loathe Sterling Lane, but the young lady did not match the description of Harper and that bugged me. Harper is supposed to have very short choppy dark hair and green eyes. The girl on the cover has medium brown long and brown eyes. I just wished the cover artist did a better job matching, but other than that the cover is beautiful. It is very much a style that I love. The second thing was as much as I loved the enemy portion of Harper and Sterling’s relationship, I really wanted to see more of the romance. The romance that was included was great but it was smashed into the end of the book. I want more. Like I said earlier, I really want another book now that Sterling and Harper have realized that they like one another. I think with the two of them, it would be so much fun.
Harper is a good sister. Sure, she is crazy and uptight, but she really cares about her brother and she would clearly do anything for him. Harper got such a bad rep in the book for being crazy, and while she did have her tendencies and she certainly went way too far a time or two, I think she was misunderstood. I really liked her, and I wished that her brother was a little better to her in the start of the story. She was constantly on his side, and it seemed like he was quick to see the worst in Harper and that bummed me out. But their dynamic got a lot better as the story went on and we got to see just how deep the stuff her brother was involved in. Then everything made a lot more sense.
Bottom line: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane was a fun, antics and prank filled enemies romance that I stayed up late into the night to finish. I really enjoyed this one. It was a little over the top at times, but it was always a lot of fun. There was a great romance thrown in but it doesn’t develop until pretty late in the story, so just hang on and wait for it. I would love to see another book in the series featuring Harper and Sterling. They are truly a perfect match.
*Disclaimer- I received a copy of the book for free. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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