Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson || A classic example of love/hate relationship

Title: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane
Author: Ingrid Paulson
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 150 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


This book was a twisty ride. It had its fair share of ups and down and the hate to love trope is one of my favourite and I did enjoy how it was executed in this story.

Sterling is a master prankster and Harper’s life no longer remains the same as soon as he steps foot into her life. Harper follows a strict rule policy in her life but the more she follows them, the more Sterling breaks them. But with her brother falling off the rails, Harper is forced to shake hands with the enemy. What will she do when she finds herself falling for the enemy and will she be able to save her brother with time?

Although the plot was predictable, it was still an enjoyable read. It was hate at first sight for Harper the minute she saw Sterling. Harper loved rules, she lived for rules especially after her mother passed away but after Sterling joined her school, it became nearly impossible her to do anything. He was always one step ahead of her in everything no matter what but when she saw her brother following Sterling blindly and falling into trouble for that, she decided to take matters in her own hand. I enjoyed their love/hate relationship but sometimes it was too much and too repetetive. 

It took Harper a while to figure out that Sterling, despite being a notorious rule-breaker, he was the only person who was actually trying to help her brother out but her ego didn’t allow her to see that. She was too up-tight due to which I had a hard time connecting with her. Nonetheless, Harper and Sterling formed a strong duo and though their plan was a bit immature, it was clear that they both cared for their siblings. The romance was rather mild but the chemistry between them was pretty good.

Overall, Why I Loathe Sterling Lane was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and although bits and parts felt a little draggy, I ended up enjoying this book. I also loved the character development throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you think it’s up to your forte?

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