Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

Book Blurb:

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.

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My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Hysterical, Mystery, Romance, Teen--

Harper likes her life of structure and rules, where the only things that matter are her grades and her brother Cole. When new student Sterling shows up and starts messing with her careful world, as well as turning her brother against her, Harper does what she must to stand up to him. But when her brother is in trouble, Harper will do anything to help him, even if it means working with her enemy- Sterling.

This was such a cute, incredibly fun read. I flew through the pages in one afternoon, in a single sitting because I was enjoying myself too much to stop. Ingrid makes such quirky characters that felt like real people, full of depth and complexity, but still young and fun. Add in a surprising plot, and I was hooked. I thought this was just going to be one of those pseudo-enemies to romance things, but that was not this book. Sure, there was some maliciousness and pranks to get to the end result of a romance, but the story was also a mystery that needed to be solved as well as some over the top, laugh out load antics. I will say, this story kind sorta made me wish that I went to a boarding school in high school... My favorite part was that the story was not weighed down by the typical angst that surrounds teen books- sure, there was moments of sadness and real life honesty, but it did not get in the way of the hijinks and plot.

Harper was great. She was so strict and precise, having such a hard time with any deviations in her plans. But at the same times she was honest, and she never tried to hurt anyone or be unkind, she was just blunt. But then her relationship with Kendall was the best, most honest friendship ever, and actually my favorite parts of the book was the banter between the two of them. For a girl who has no experience with having friends, she was the best type of friend. Her people skills are atrocious, but I find that a endearing trait. She never wanted to hurt anyone, but the truth was a weapon in her hands.

Sterling was much harder to pin down as a character, I would have loved to have a dual perspective with his narration thrown in because I do love myself a romance told from both the love-interest's point of view. I was convinced he was a class a jerk, but them these rare moments of uncertainty and care came through, for example when talking to his grandmother, helping Cole, the hurt of seeing Harper kiss Parker... He had a soul buried deep down there, covered in layers of sarcasm, pranks and intelligence. I liked that he was not actually a player, he just appeared that way, because it would have been harder to root for him if he had been a player to start with. The first moment that I realized I was team Sterling was when he realized that he and Harper were friends. Let's just say he has a strange way of classifying friendship.

I was highly entertained by this book, way more than I first had expected to be. This is my second book by Ms. Paulson and I enjoy her writing style as well as the people and the plots she creates. I look forward to more stories from her, and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a fun teen romance (and read the dedication- it was the short and to the point, but so hysterical).

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

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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