Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

by Ingrid Paulson

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633757004
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 813,935
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in WHY I LOATHE SUMNER 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 http://www.ingridepaulson.com/.

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Why I Loathe Sterling Lane was so much fun to read! It's got everything in it that makes enemies-to-lovers so much fun to read: snarky comebacks, laugh out loud one-upmanship, surprise kisses, and partial public nudity--really, what more could one want? ;) When Harper and her 537 Rules (yes, she capitalizes it--Every. Time.) meet chronic rule-breaker and smoother-than-a-politician truth stretcher Sterling, brace yourself for impact. Their prank war was absolutely epic (and really makes me want to do some experimenting with a classic British Mini Cooper and Mini Moe #2's future dorm room--though if that one didn't work, I'd be beyond bummed. Surely the author did her research there?) I loved that Sterling, Cole, Kendall, and Parker were able to help Harper to finally loosen up and start living her life--almost as much as I adored the fact that his competition with Harper in turn inspired Sterling to start making more of an effort in life. A true example of opposites bringing out the best in each other. As Kendall puts it, "The two of you are just--bizarrely, diametrically opposite, but that makes you fit together somehow." Truth. I will absolutely sign up to see whatever Ms. Paulson has in store for us next! Her unique writing style kept me turning the pages, highlighting passages and reading out loud to random passersby, dying to see what Harper and Sterling Lane were going to do next. Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Harper Campbell lives by her own rules, she has 537 of them in total and she knows them all by heart. She's a serious student and never gets in trouble. Harper and her twin brother Cole are going to the same small boarding school. Harper's behavior there has always been exemplary, however, when Sterling Lane transfers to her school, after being suspended from many other boarding schools, this changes. Since Sterling's appearance in his life Cole has been in serious trouble and Harper blames Sterling for dragging her brother down. She hates him with a passion and she's determined to make him pay. Getting back at Sterling means Harper has to break many of her own rules and she even goes far enough to break those of the school. Harper isn't afraid to fight dirty and is convinced Sterling needs to be taught a lesson. While trying to win every battle they fight, she discovers that Sterling has another side as well and she might even like some parts of his personality. She also finds out Cole is having huge problems and Sterling is the only one who can help her to save her brother. Will they be able to work together as a team and what will happen when they try? Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a funny romantic story with fabulous main characters. Harper is serious, stiff and brutally honest. She always tells people the truth in a snide way and often steps on their toes in the process. She doesn't have friends, but she loves Cole and does everything she can to protect him. I loved her loyalty and her willingness to go far to keep him safe. She's incredibly intelligent and she finally meets her match when Sterling transfers to her school. He's smart and cunning and his confidence never seems to waver. They have amazing chemistry and I loved their bickering. Their fights are interesting, the dialogue is humoristic and their pranks are hilarious. I love how Ingrid Paulson makes her characters come to life and really enjoyed reading about their antics. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a book about two resourceful people and I loved the creative way Ingrid Paulson writes about her main characters. Her story is entertaining and I laughed out loud several times while reading it. The trouble Cole is in adds a nice layer of depth to the story. I read it in one sitting, I liked it so much that I couldn't put it down. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a clever story with charming main characters and a fantastic sweet ending. I really liked this wonderful book.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson! Harper and her twin brother Cole attend and reside at a boarding school. Their father is their only parent and they're not in a very close relationship with him. Harper has always felt responsible for taking care of her brother. Sterling Lane is a new student with a reputation of getting kicked out of schools. He bulldozes into Harper's self-controlled life and she can't quite get her head around it. Cole seems to be in serious trouble and his life, as well as Harper's, begins to spiral out of control and Sterling is right in the middle of it all. Serious and mysterious, as well as cleverly intelligent and full of humor, this book is a wildly entertaining, young adult, realistic fiction read worthy of 5 stars! I had a blast reading this book and absolutely love the personalities of Harper and Sterling and the way they balance each other out and make formidable partners!
cornerofthebookstore More than 1 year ago
**I received this book as an arc from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review** I have to admit I'm a sucker for a hate to love relationship. The synopsis of this book honestly reminded me about of 10 Things I Hate About You, which is one of my favorite movies. When I got a chance to read this book I was so excited. I really enjoyed the story line and how Harper's brother, Cole, and the goal of trying to help Cole helped Harper and Sterling fall for each other But what I liked, even more, was the witty banter and pranks were some of the best parts of the book. Like come on those scenes were just full of sexual tension. Overall I really enjoyed this book. Like I said before the book really reminded me of 10 Things I Hate about You, which made the book even better for me. Throughout the book, Sterling reminded me a lot of the main character and I was like YAS! This is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance or just YA books in general. This is a really good book and if you're looking for a nice quick read, this is the book for you.
OnceUponABookshelf More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love these types of books since they are quite refreshing and a breath of fresh air from the hardcore, dark and epic fantasies novels which I am usually swept up by. I really enjoyed reading about Harper as a character; she is very meticulous in everything she does and is pretty much a studious girl with very high grades. Sterling on the other hand is the complete opposite and is a trouble maker and I loved seeing the relationship between these two unfold. While the story is predictable in its plot that this is a hate to love type scenario, it was quite enjoyable to read. If you are looking for a read that will pick you up from your low spirits, this is the one! There were times were I was pretty much laughing at the quirky scenes between the two main characters. They truly did put a smile on my face! I also love how everything flowed together towards the ending, where Harper does grow through some character development where she learns not to live life by rules but with freedom and true happiness.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story for anyone who loves YA books!! Harper is a Type A rule follower. She has over 500 rules that she follows for how to live her life, has the student handbook of her boarding school memorized, and is quick to point out the infractions of any of her fellow classmates. Needless to say, Harper doesn't really have any friends with the exception of her twin brother, Cole. When Sterling Lane strolls in to Harper's favorite class, late!!, and is disruptive, she starts a list of all the reasons she hates him. By the time the book is over, there's almost 30 of them. Sterling is a classic bad-boy rule breaker. He couldn't be more opposite from Harper if he tried. But when Cole gets into some trouble, Harper and Sterling have to work together to help him and along the way, they learn that they aren't as different as they seem. This story was adorable and once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I loved how Harper stayed true to herself but was also able to open up to others and finally make some friends. This was my first book by this author but I'll definitely be reading more by her in the future!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
harper campbell's 537 rules help her keep everything in order. ever since her mother died, that's been her goal. if her world is in order then things can't go wrong, right? but then sterling lane shows up and everything starts going wrong. her brother is in trouble. she can't focus in class. she's not following her study schedule. she's breaking rules. in why i loathe sterling lane, harper tells us every reason she has to hate him. but the truth is, she only feels this strongly for him because she doesn't hate him at all. she loves him. but she's unaccustomed to letting people in. since her mother's death, she's been so focused on protecting those she loves and herself from that kind of pain again, that making friends, falling in love, were all off the table. getting to know sterling, working with him, she realizes that sometimes it is okay to break the rules. sometimes it is worth taking a risk, because the rewards are more valuable than the pain. and as difficult as harper makes it to know her and like her, because she is not an easy character to know and love, in the end, you understand why she is the way she is. and as she learns and grows and lets others in, you feel like you finally have a chance to get her too. and deep down she's funny and unique and sensitive and sweet. **why i loathe sterling lane will publish on june 6, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled: teen) in exchange for my honest review.
sm0120 More than 1 year ago
4.5* "You're a disaster. You fascinate me." As much as Harper fascinated Sterling, this book fascinated me. I could not put it down once I started reading! It's slightly bizarre, utterly unique, and totally engaging. I saw someone else mention it and I can't help but completely agree- Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is The Hating Game for the teen-age crowd. Before she even knows who he is, Sterling Lane has thrown Harper Campbell's carefully structured life into an uproar...and things only get crazier from there. I love a quirky, oddball heroine- one who walks to the beat of her own drum, who doesn't care what people think of her, one who has no problems living her life by her own set of rules. And Harper Campbell fits that description to a T. She makes no apologies for who she is and has no problem speaking her mind. And with Sterling, she speaks her mind...a lot. He knows how to push all her buttons, and he does so with more than a little glee. Having a ringside seat to these two butting heads was completely enjoyable and so much fun- the banter, the back and forth, the pranks, all kinds of amusing! And when things finally started to become clear to Harper, that maybe she and Sterling weren't exactly working at cross purposes, the entertainment didn't let up one bit. In fact, the tension between them just got hotter. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is such a delightful read-from the characters, to the bit of mystery, I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“Why I Loathe Sterling Lane” was an interesting book about Harper and the new student, Sterling. Harper and her twin brother attend an elite boarding school, where Harper lives her life strictly by a set of 537 rules. She is determined to do well in school and to take care of her brother Cole (rule number 1). Sterling is new to their school and arrives there only because he’s been kicked out of all the other elite boarding schools. Sterling seems to be in a lot of Harper’s classes, and he quickly becomes her enemy with made up diseases and saying she would take notes for him. To make matters worse, he’s rooming with Cole, and seems to be a bad influence on him. Cole has landed himself in some trouble- he has told his lacrosse team that they had enough money for some new equipment when they did not (and now it is purchased and he needs to get 5k fast). Harper is determined to help him- and to get rid of Sterling. In the process, she learns that she knows less about Cole than she thought and maybe Sterling isn’t as bad as she thought he was. They begin an escalating war of trying to get the other into trouble with some impressive antics. Harper eventually realizes that she needs Sterling’s help to follow rule 1 and help Cole. The beginning of the book was really hard to read- I almost quit because Harper was really hard to like and we only get her perspective. She makes enemies really easily and gets really worked up over very small things. Later in the book, she begins to grow into a more realistic human. Her hatred of Sterling was a little tough to understand earlier in the book (she definitely overreacts), but as more happened, it started to feel more plausible. I really enjoyed the second half of the book! There’s something to be said for hate turned to romance, and the second half of the book does this pretty well. Some of the side characters were really fun in this book, such as Kendall- Harper’s new roommate and stereotypical popular girl. She developed really nicely, and I loved the tidbits we had with her. Harper was pretty annoying at first but grew on me by the end- and Sterling was a pretty fun character. I’d actually like to see a sequel to this book, maybe with some of the side characters. The setting was interesting and would be fun to see what happens with some other romances (as well as what happens with Harper and Sterling). This book really grew on me over time- I’d give the second half 5 stars and the first half 3 stars, so I am averaging to 4. Overall, it was a pretty fun book and a good summery read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
trosado More than 1 year ago
5 STARS!! I LOVE this book! It is immensely entertaining and smart. It helps that enemies-to-love is one of my most favorite romance tropes, because this book took that trope to such a height that I couldn't imagine a way down. Yet, Ingrid Paulson pulls it off with aplomb. Did I mention that this book is smart? I love when an author doesn't question the intelligence of their young adult readers and creates a non-patronizing story. One that not only entertains its intended audience, but also older readers. Yes, the 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. (I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.)