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Peek Inside Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

537 rules hold Harper's world together, until spoiled, seditious, self-righteous Sterling Lane corrupts her brother. Worst of all, Sterling has perfected the role of a charming, misguided student trying to make amends for his past transgressions, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is. As Harper breaks Rule after precious Rule in her battle of wits against Sterling, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different after all, and there could be a lot more life to live outside her rules. 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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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.


5 stars: "With a delicious rascal of a boy and a loveable prickle of a heroine, these two create pure love-to-hate magic." –Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost

5 stars: “[M]ost of all I loved Harper and Sterling's chemistry--it projected off the page like it was in 3D. It was also a slow build, there is no instalove to be found here! Such an enjoyable read full of swoony moments and kick-ass banter. I am an Ingrid Paulson fan!!” –Erica Chapman, author of Teach Me to Forget

5 stars: Harper is Paris Geller meets Veronica Mars, and the flirty tension with her nemesis, Sterling, has all the rich-kid sass and charm of both Logans. You’re going to love this book.” –Heidi R. Kling, author of Not Okay, Cupid

5 stars: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a fun, sexy romp with the kind of romantic tension that kept me up way past my bedtime.” –Julie Hammerle, author of The Sound of Us and Any Boy But You

5 stars: “I might even go as far as to claim that Harper and Sterling are my new favorite romance couple. The banter, the tension, their strong wills and wits. I had so much fun reading this book, switching between aggravation, swooning and cracking up so many times I never knew what to expect next.” –Annika, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: Gilmore Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You fans rejoice! This is the book you’ve been waiting for. With enough wit and sarcasm to fill the Atlantic, it’s Paris Geller and Logan Huntzberger’s love story—and after reading this book, I’ve decided that should have been a thing!” –Moriah Chavis, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: “[T]he 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.” –T. Rosado, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: I love this book. Harper and Sterling are both great characters. Harper is the ultimate geek and Sterling is the perfect enemy. 5 out of 5.” –D.M. Duncan, author of The Frosted Moon

5 stars: Highly recommended to fans of the young adult genre and the love-hate premise.” –Erica Chilson, Wicked Reads

5 stars: “This book was so cute! I enjoyed every minute of it. I got some serious, Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster vibes.” –Brittany Filopanti, A Page in the Chapter

5 stars: “What I really love about books like this is that at the end the hero has a story that shows he has redemptive qualities. I love Sterling and I might be in the minority, but I found him endearing.” –C.J. Butcher, author of The Doctor’s in Love

5 stars: “It was a quick read because it was full of drama. There wasn't a dull moment. I couldn't put it down. Loved it.” –Stephannie Tolitsky, Swoon Worthy Books

5 stars: “Two teens at boarding school, duking it out over pranks (and kisses), with a huge scheme in the works? Yes, please.” –Caitlyn Baker, Books Are My Life

5 stars: “Labor Day read - this was awesome!” –ChuCha, Book Freak

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757011
Release Date: Jun 6, 2017
Page Count: 296
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: opposites attract

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By Annika May 22, 2017


My lessons learned: blurbs can be deceiving and to let go of my unjust prejudices against the YA genre.

To be honest, when I got approved for the ARC, I wasn't even sure any more why I'd requested it in the first place. While I'm gradually warming up to contemporary YA, I'm not usually big on hate... ...more

By Rebekah June 05, 2017

When I opened my package and saw the title of this book, I immediately dropped everything and read this. Read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. THESE are the books I LOOOOOVE ANY hate to love story and I will drop everything to read it. THEY. ARE. THE. BEST types of stories.

This i... ...more

By Jessica June 07, 2017

4.5 stars. Huh, who would've thought? In the beginning I struggled so much with this! Harper wasn't exactly easy to like and I absolutely LOATHED Sterling Lane. I'm glad I stuck with it, though, since it turned out to be so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I only deducted half a star becau... ...more

By Lynndell June 08, 2017

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 the... ...more

By May 29, 2017


4 “10 Things I Hate About You Feels!” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Entangled Teen.

This book is addictive, hot and gave me major flashback to late 90’s/beginning of 2000’s. If you were a teenager then, you’ll understand why.

Before Heath Ledger became the Joker on that Batman movie, he was a ba... ...more

By Shannon May 23, 2017


"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 Loath... ...more

By Nomes July 14, 2017

This was totally fun and full of things made of win:

* boarding school and pranks
* genuine loathing with barbed and witty banter and revengeful scheming
* Veronica Mars-style sleuthing
* steamy, swoony pay-off

Harper is so rigid and controlling and watching her unravel and finally feel free to give h... ...more

By Olivia June 06, 2017

Thank you so much, Entangled Teen, for my advanced review copy of Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson!

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a book that really surprised me. I did not expect to feel as invested in this book and the main characters as I was. However, it did take me a while to get... ...more

By Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue) March 23, 2018

I remembered really enjoying Ingrid Paulson's debut back when I first started blogging, so when I saw that she'd written a contemporary YA, I knew I had to read it. Especially since it had the promise of a good hate-to-love romance with the potential for some great banter, i.e. my reading krypton... ...more

By T. June 02, 2017


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... ...more

By Erica May 25, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Frustrating Stars

Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to swearing, drug & alcohol usage, and mild sexual situations (making-out).

Ingrid Paulson is a new-to-me author, one I plan on keeping my eye on for future YA novels.

Harper... ...more

By nick June 27, 2017

I am so happy that Ingrid Paulson is back to YA with a stellar YA contemporary. I have missed books that are set in a boarding school, so this was an absolute delight to read. Add to that a hate to love romance that was done beautifully, I was thrilled with the execution of this book. Why I Loath... ...more

By D.M. June 20, 2017

I knew when I read the title this book was going to be for me. I love a hate relationship. Sterling rubs Harper the wrong way from the second she meets him. I mean who does he think he is!

Harper follows her own rules which include studying, looking after her brother and keeping on target. She kee... ...more

By Moriah May 25, 2017

**I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review**

Gilmore Girls
and 10 Things I Hate About You fans rejoice! This is the book you’ve been waiting for. With enough wit and sarcasm to fill the Atlantic, it’s Paris Geller and Logan Huntzberger’s love story—and af... ...more

By michelle (magical reads) November 23, 2017

**I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

I have Feelings™ about Why I Loathe Sterling Lane okay, it's been 5 days and I'm still not over it tbh.

Harper Campbell and her twin brother, Cole, attend a boarding school where Harper is the top of their class (tha... ...more

By Suze June 13, 2017

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 S... ...more

By Jessica July 01, 2017

Much better than I expected! ...more

By Malin December 09, 2017

It's probably safe to say that Harper Campbell has a Type A personality. In fact, in order to cope after the death of her mother, Harper has developed exactly 537 rules that help keep her life orderly and predictable, both academically and socially (not that she has much of a social life to speak... ...more

By Mads October 27, 2018

For lovers of YA


Ed Sheeran – Perfect



Reason 1: No one, and I mean NO ONE, delays the start of class.

Since second grade Harper Campbell ensured that she was the perfect student!



Harper created a list of 537 rules to ensure that she would remain... ...more

By Deniz June 05, 2017

Great cute & fluffy that hits all the high school hate to love notes.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane reminded me of some of my favorite teen movies. In the best way possible. I really enjoyed reading it.
But and there is always a but, it reminded me of teen movies. A lot.
So while it is possibly... ...more

By Laura June 06, 2017

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. Needles... ...more

By Dee October 04, 2017

I liked this one a lot. It surprised me. It didn't fall for the usual tropes in YA, the popular girl was actually smart and nice and the main character didn't react to certain scenes that are typical in a YA romance.

The writing was elegant, the characters were complex, and the story didn't wasn'... ...more

By C.J. April 26, 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... ...more

By Jen May 08, 2017

Youuuuuuuu guuuuuuuuuuys!!!!! THIS BOOK! It's basically The Hating Game for teens and equally un-put-downable and addicting and happy-making. It's the Paris Geller/Tristan Dugray (definitely had to Google that last name-did Gilmore Girls never mention it?) ship I never knew I needed in my life li... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) May 09, 2017

Perfect for fans who love hate to love, especially for Gilmore Girls fans - looking at Paris here - and bad boys, like Ferris Bueller. ...more

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Ingrid Paulson

About the author

Ingrid Paulson

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. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.

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