Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Another Christina Lauren book, and nobody is surprised. I got this at my new library and the copy is pretty beat up, which to me is a clear sign of love. I really enjoyed this book and it’s probably one of my favorites by this writing duo.


39939266._SY475_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?

My Thoughts

4/5 stars

Suuuuure guys, there’s nothing between you. Whatever you say.

There’s not much I didn’t like about this book, so let me get that one thing out of the way before I jump into my long list of likes. I didn’t like the rushed ending. Everything up to this point was great but the ending felt too rushed, and I’m not even talking about the epilogue. The beginning has a lot of development between Josh and Hazel (years if you count their college days) and then everything speeds up at the end. It wasn’t a bad conclusion to the story, I just wish it didn’t feel so fast-paced compared to the rest of the book.

Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you about what I liked!

Hazel seems like such a fun person. I can definitely relate to her singing and dancing wherever she is without caring who’s watching, so I feel like we would be good friends. She’s definitely eccentric/quirky at first glance but she’s also kind, considerate, and a good friend and daughter. Josh is also a great character. He isn’t a tough guy but is still confident, he’s a good friend and brother, and overall is just a likeable guy. I love the way these two balanced each other out and helped each other grow. Their friendship (but definitely not anything more, of course) was really cute and it was fun to see their relationship grow due to their circumstances.

The dates were definitely funny though not really delved into too much. It was definitely fun to see Josh and Hazel get more protective of each other as the dates went on.

This was honestly just a really fun and cute book. Nothing too serious in here, just a lot of awkward situations and great relationship development. Definitely one of my favorite Christina Lauren books!

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