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?
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“His mouth comes over mine and it’s intense, just the way I always dreamed it might be, to kiss someone I love so deeply already and who’s seen me exactly as I am. He still tastes a little like scotch, his mouth is soft and firm, and he kisses me so good, like this is exactly what he needed tonight.”
I absolutely adore the writing duo of Christina Lauren. I’ve been a fan of their writing for quite some time now and could not wait to get my hands on their latest release. From the moment I heard about Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I just knew that this book was going to be a ton of fun. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is absolutely one of the cutest stories I’ve read in quite some time. I thought the characters and the story was so refreshing and so unique. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hazel the moment I met her. I mean she was just such a hot mess. She was awkward and so quirky. She rambled when she got nervous and was just the cutest thing ever. I would love to have such a free spirited friend! And then there is Josh. Josh is Hazel’s ideal man. The poster boy for perfection. He is without a doubt the most loyal guy and man can he ever make you swoon. Together these two should not have worked. I mean they were completely, totally, 100% opposites, but you know what they say, opposites attract. I loved watching these two fumble their way through friendship, awkward double dates and the potential for something more & amazing.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is the highlight of this girls reading week. It was fun. It was entertaining. It was well written. It made me swoon. It made me fall in love. And it kept me with a ridiculous smile on my face the entire time. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is the kind of story that will melt all your troubles away. You can’t help but fall for these characters and their story. You won’t be able to put their story down and can’t help but devour all the pages. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating gave me all the feels and kept me begging for more. I loved getting lost in Hazel and Josh’s story.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*