Most men can’t handle Hazel. But her best friend Josh isn’t most men. Don’t miss New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s new novel about 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?
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren’s words are gold when it comes to contemporary romance. The past few books by them, Love & Other Words for example, have been some of my favorite books in this genre. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating isn’t any different. This BFF to lovers story is unputdownable, funny, and genuinely sweet in its own way.
Hazel was such an enjoyable character to get to know. She’s loyal, passionate, and accepts who she is as well as who she’ll never be. Her understanding of her own self is one of the most refreshing things I’ve read in awhile. She was relatable to me in the sense that, just like me, her main personality trait is her lack of filter and her clumsiness. She was genuine and I believe readers will fall in love with her immediately.
Josh is the quiet, introverted type. He’s close with is family, keeps his head down and does his job, and is just an all around good guy. It doesn’t hurt that he’s over the top gorgeous, and Hazel quickly sees a bestie in this man who’d rather be left alone by her. The friendship that forms is one sided at first, but soon Josh comes to rely on Hazel’s quirks and lack of filter. It seems as if she’s a breath of fresh air and sunshine in his world of normal and boring.
The plot was amazingly well-written; it was intriguing, hilarious, and so, so sweet. I loved how Josh and Hazel’s relationship progressed. I always felt the attraction between them, and everyone who knew them saw it too, but it was a slow burn kind of thing in a way, which helped me connect better with them. This book was just a fun read with a happy twist at the end. Christina Lauren blows my mind with each new book. Their books will always be on my top, “must-read-now” list.