Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren


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? (Goodreads)

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Oh, this is too cute!


If you read my review of 99 Percent Mine you know Friends to Lovers is not my preferred trope.  Well, this is one book that does the trope right.  It takes care of my big gripe about not getting to witness the act of falling in love in a splendid and hilarious way.  I laughed out loud several times!  

Josh and Hazel are so stinking adorable.  And while normally a narrator like Hazel would annoy the crap out of me, the way this was written was just perfect.  I didn’t even mind the POV switching.  On the audiobook, the guy that did the narration for Josh did a really annoying Hazel voice, but I won’t hold it against the book.  

I have the same complaint as others it would seem, that the ending was just too abrupt.  I felt like I went through a lot with these characters and I wanted a little more of the dating part.  But if my complaint is I wanted more it couldn’t have been too bad.  

Bottom Line

A solid romance that should have had a better ending. 

Overall: 4

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