Why I Loathe Sterling Lane
by Ingrid Paulson
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.
***I received an ARC through Netgalley***
I gave this book 4.5 stars.
I really did not like the main character in the beginning. She annoyed the crap out of me, just making really bad choices. Let me put it this way, it was like she was playing poker and everytime she got a decent hand she would say "Oh, there's no way you'll beat me!" and flash them her hand so they all end up folding and she gets nowhere. That's what this reminded me of. She does get better, she loosens up and I found her a lot more relatable after she stopped doing that.
Sterling was a wonderful character. He was fun, smart, and really good for Harper. She needed to let loose a bit and I think he really helped her with that. I loved his chemistry and Harper, it didn't feel forced at all, it came really naturally and I couldn't seem to look away when reading their scenes together.
Kendall was such a dynamic character. She proved us all wrong over and over again in this book. She was not a stereotype. She was this pretty popular rich girl, but she wasn't mean or vapid. Maybe a little bit vapid, but only a little, either way, she did have a full blown personality that was actually very lovable. She too had lots of hopes and dreams and aspirations. She also had natural talent, she didn't have to worry about her parents having to buy her into things, because she proved she could do things herself.
The sibling dynamic between Cole and Harper was another fantastic piece of the story. I liked how they looked out for each other no matter what, they wouldn't let the other person fall. Whenever I read a book with siblings that are boys and girls, I feel like it's almost always the boy who is constantly being over protective of the girl, that was flipped in this book. No cliche to be found.
The story was something fun to read. It was fun to see an uptight character have a bit of fun here and there. I feel like she just might have exploded if she didn't do anything other than follow her rules and study all the time. Reading books with pranks is one of my favourites. It eases all the seriousness from the situation and reminds you to have a good time while reading.
The writing style in this book was average. It wasn't so awful that I had to put the book down and never read another books by the author again, but it was not Taherah Mafi level of beautiful writing. I actually really enjoyed it. It was straight forward, the characters could be related to, and things seemed, for the most part, realistic.
Overall, I think this book was well written and completely enjoyable. I'm definitely going to be reading more of this authors works.a Rafflecopter Giveaway
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. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.