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

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Blurb:

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?

Image via The Storygraph

What I liked:

Even early doors, this felt like a new favourite Christina Lauren book for me. That was proven right pretty early into the book.

I loved both of the main characters in this book. Josh instantly promoted himself to Book Boyfriend when I met him, and so much of Hazel’s personality reminded me of me. I love when two characters compliment each other, and these two did perfectly.

This book features some pretty steamy scenes, but if you’re not a steamy romance lover don’t let that put you off. The steamy scenes don’t appear until midway through the book, and they’re not super high on the spice scale.

What I didn’t like:

I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. It didn’t feel like an authentic end of the story for any of the characters, but it especially felt out of synch with Hazel.

Out of five:

Four. Despite the ending, I had a really great time reading this book.

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