Review| Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

I don’t think I need to say that I’m a big fan of romance, haha. That being said, I always like trying out new books. Christina Lauren is a duo that I definitely know about, but haven’t read much by. I think the only book I reviewed is Autoboyography. A friend of mine was listening to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and said it was really good.

At that moment, I was looking for a new romance to start and decided to give this one a go. Did I end up enjoying this book? Let’s take look!

Review| Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – 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?

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on 04/09/2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 309
Format: Audiobook


I’ve been wanting to try a Christina Lauren romance book for quite some time now and I think this one was a perfect way to start. This book had everything I love in a romance: humor, amazing characters, some steamy moments and a happily ever after.

“I learned a very important thing that day: my mom would never try to change for a man, and I wouldn’t, either.”

Hazel has quickly become one of my favorite bookish characters. She was just so much fun. Hazel is the type of person that doesn’t have a filter, is quirky and let’s just say giving her alcohol can end badly, haha. That being said, she’s also an amazing friend, a hardworking teacher and won’t change herself for any man. I think I loved that the most. In too many books we see the female main character trying to change herself for the romance interest.

Josh is definitely different than Hazel. He’s a calm person, has his life together and would do anything for his family. I loved that Hazel’s best friend just happened to be Josh’s sister. That gave us so much more of the family dynamic than we would’ve gotten without that. After things don’t work out with his girlfriend, he kind of enters a funk. I completely get this and it wa definitely different to see. Josh is definitely book boyfriend material.

“I know I’m like Pig-Pen in Charlie Brown, and I have chaos around me, but it’s like he doesn’t even care. He doesn’t need me to change or pretend to be someone else. He’s my person. He’s my best friend.”

This book had me laughing out loud so often. Hazel basically takes it upon herself to be Josh’s friend so they can start dating again. They both start setting each other up on dates and the dates really make this book. There were so many awkward moments and dating horror stories, haha. I loved that this brought these two characters closer together. It’s clear that they’re attracted to each other, but don’t want that to change.

The romance between Hazel and Josh grows gradually and that felt really good in this book. I loved that they explored their friendship and even a bit of their attraction before diving head first into a relationship. Whenever I read the moments they had together, I always ended up with a smile on my face. I do have some issues with how the book ended, to me it felt to be just a bit too much, but I enjoyed the rest of this so much I didn’t let it influence my rating.

“We both know Hazel is a butterfly. I think you have the power to take the dust from her wings.”

On top of these two amazing main characters and their romance, I really loved the side characters. Emily was such a fun best friend and sister. Dave, Emily’s husband, is another character we didn’t see a lot of, but I ended up loving. Everything just really worked. I’ll definitely be reading more books by Christina Lauren!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating really had me laughing out loud! I really enjoyed this one, which means I need to check out more of their books very soon. If you’ve read books by Christina Lauren, please let me know the ones that I really need to read! They’ve written quite a few and I don’t know where to start.

4 thoughts on “Review| Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

  1. Sounds like a great book! I’ve loved Christina Lauren ever since reading their Beautiful Bastard series. Tried to keep up with their writing pace, but I’m really behind atm, lol. Haven’t had the chance to buy all of their releases in the past years. Did receive their latest release a couple of days ago, so hope to dive into that one soon. This one has been on my wishlist for a while, and after reading the review I really need to make it a priority buy book!
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    1. I just got The Honey Don’t List as well. Also, it’s hard to keep up with them when they write so many books, haha.

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