Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

Published: June 6th 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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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. - Goodreads

This book has been pitched as a Paris Gellar contemporary YA romance and I couldn't agree more. It's a love-hate rivals romance with a prank war and a frustratingly attractive boy who sparks with the heroine, who's type A and driven. The premise of this book isn't really out there or new, which initially made me wary until I picked up this book and was surprised by how quickly I became invested. Harper is a rather prickly heroine, with her rigid rules and single-minded devotion, but her love for her brother is one of her soft spots. Sterling Lane, the new kid in school, poses a threat in her opinion, and it kicks off some devious pranks that I quite enjoyed.

The pranks were an aspect that was fun and daring to read and imagine, as I was impressed by the ingenuity both Harper and Sterling showed when it came to besting each other. They were clever and fun, while being realistic, and I will say I almost dropped my jaw in admiration at a few of them.

Something I've always found annoying in these types of stories is when the heroine is too intent on destroying her rival that she crosses a line, but is never called out. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane manages to avoid this, and I loved how Sterling is a worthy opponent in that he gives as good as he takes from Harper.

Of course, one of my favorite aspects is the romance. Harper and Sterling have chemistry from the start, but the banter they had was sharp and witty, perfect for antagonistic relationship they shared. Sterling is a charming and arrogant, but it melds well with Harper's self-righteous and earnest nature. Despite his devil care nature, I was pleased by how insightful Sterling was when it came to Harper, and seeing Harper come to terms with that was wonderful. They both crackle around each other, and I can just imagine them getting fired up whenever they either argue or make out haha.

"The two of you are just--bizarrely, diametrically opposite, but that makes you fit together somehow."

Overall if you're looking for a satisfying contemporary YA romance with a love-hate dynamic, Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is sure to please.

My Rating:★★★★
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.
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1 comment:

  1. A prank that I participated in was during Halloween and I scared my youngest son when he came back from trick or treating. He was so upset with me but he later laughed it off. I jumped out and hollered at him.