Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
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?
Can I just point out how happy I am to find YET ANOTHER contemporary book that I absolutely adored? That’s pretty rare for me!
If you didn’t already know, this book follows our two main characters Josh and Hazel, acquaintances in college who happen to bump into each other seven years later.
Now that description is already set up for a cute romance, but the personalities of these two characters completely sealed the deal for me. Hazel is probably one of my favourite characters ever. She has such a unique and upbeat personality unlike Josh who is more reserved. Despite this, they still WORK SO WELL!
She’s quirky and always has a positive outlook on things, and will not change for anyone! The book does such a good job to push the boundaries of what we deem as normal in society and I loved every second of it. (She reminds me a lot of Jess from New Girl and Louisa Clark from Me Before You!)
The majority of the book follows the two of them as they make their way towards friendship, and start setting each other up on double-blind dates. The dates were problem some of my favorite scenes, because they were always funny! It was hilarious to see the outcome of every horrible date and watch Josh and Hazel get closer because of them.
The characters family also played a big role in this book and I was really pleased that we learned a lot about Korean traditions from Josh’s side of the family. And Hazel’s relationship with her mother was so fun to read about!
Overall I highly recommend this book! It portrays a healthy relationship with fleshed out characters and a lot of cuteness! Plus it has the best friends to lovers trope if that trope is anyone’s favourite!
Thanks for reading!
Brb while I go devour all of Christina Lauren’s other books. 😝