Mini Review Monday: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

josh and hazel.jpgJosh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Published by: 
Gallery Books
Pub Date: 
September 4, 2018
e-book | Source: library
adult, contemporary romance
Rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_and_a_half_stars

Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

I clearly loved this because I read it straight through in one sitting. I was laughing hysterically almost immediately and loved the entire vibe. Josh and Hazel were such a delight together- opposites attract in every way. Their friendship was wonderful and their romance was sexy and sweet. And I loved Hazel a lot. Someone described her as a wilder Jess from New Girl and that’s honestly a perfect description. The ending came faster than expected (my book ended at 91%!) and it was surprising but also very cute.

What is your favorite Christina Lauren book? Have you read Josh & Hazel yet?

8 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

  1. Amaris ( says:

    I haven’t read JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING yet, but I read ROOMIES earlier this year and liked it a lot! I know a lot of people have been saying good things about this one, but I also keep hearing about the bad ending. Not sure if it means that it was written poorly or that they were just unhappy with where the relationship went! Anyway, I’m glad this book made you laugh. I love when that happens!


  2. Lindsi says:

    Hazel was similar to Jess! I hated when Hazel said something about being unlikable or not datable because of her personality. Yes, she accepted and loved herself, but she shouldn’t have been so down about finding love. I really enjoyed her relationship with Joss, and enjoyed their past and present interactions. The fact that he framed her email — hilarious! They were just so sweet together, and I loved their friendship. Even the blind dates were fun! So happy you enjoyed this one! I thought it was wonderful.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?


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