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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?


I’ve read quite a lot of Christina Lauren books, they’re definitely a favourite of mine, they write some really great romance, I was on a bit of a CLo kick when I read this one, I actually listened to this on audible, which I really loved, the narrators were great.

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. It’s one of the best friends to lovers romances I’ve ever read, it really was opposites attract in this one.

Hazel Bradford is a little bit strange, but I mean that in the best way possible. She I aware that she can be a lot to take, she knows that many people will find her weird. But she’s so fun, she’s loud and a little crazy in her own amazing way, I adored Hazel.

Hazel meets Josh in college, she immediately develops a bit of a crush, but Josh seems to be right there and catches her in all of her embarrassing moments.

I loved Josh too, it was almost like he was Hazel’s opposite, he is calm, mellow and serious in a good way.

The story fast forwards to years after college Hazel’s new best friend Emily ends up being Josh’s sister.

Josh and Hazel are now back in one another’s lives and Hazel has become determined to become his new best friend. Josh is at a place where he could use a new best friend, so even as different as they are, they end up spending all their free time together and do become fast friends.

I loved reading about these two, they were funny and brilliant, their relationship developed perfectly and realistically. You could always notice the attraction under the surface, the whole time.

They really got each other, I love how Josh accepted Hazel for who she was, it was so sweet, I definitely swooned a lot while reading this. There were quite a few hot and raunchy scenes too, that were so well written, as usual from these two authors.

As you can probably tell I would highly recommend this book, it is an easy abs fun read, so enjoyable, if you love romance with a bit of comedy, pick this book up.

4 thoughts on “Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

  1. Great review. I’m not a fan of romance but if it has a comedic element to it then I’m happy to read! BTW Hazel seems alot like me Haha.

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