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

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official 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?

my blurb!
Two friends who should be dating each other, but instead set one another up on blind dates.

4 out of 5                                                              4 out of 5 steam level

 

what i liked
I loved so much about this book. I know a lot of people might not like Hazel, she might stress them out a bit.  But I loved her. She was eccentric and blunt and quirky and Hazel.  She was definitely over the top but I wasn’t bothered by it at all.
This book was hilarious. I mean seriously, this was a laugh out loud funny book!  I’m coming to expect it from Christina Lauren and they have not let me down with this one! Okay, okay, I’ll include a randomly picked excerpt from the book just to prove it to you.

“I swear my mouth and brain are siblings who hate each other and give each other wedgies in the form of mortifying moments like this.”

I mean- it’s pretty darn good right?!
This book was like if Stargirl grew up and started dating.  And I was here for every minute of it.
Like the romance genre as a whole, this book didn’t disappoint me with diverse characters.  It featured characters that were Korean American and they were great!
Strong friendships were a big feature of this book. It was well written and overall a very fun book to read!
It ended with an epilogue! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again- I LOVE an epilogue!!! It should be a requirement in every book! (I’m looking at you, One Day In December!)

what i didn't like
Now you’re looking at that list above and thinking to yourself, “Self, why didn’t she rank the book 5 sars with all of that positivity?”  Well, I will answer your question- I promise!
It was too long! I wanted it to wrap up sooner!
While I loved Hazel, she was too much.  There were multiple times where I felt like they had her character drag out the ending.   How long can someone possibly fight being with the person they’re actually in love with??

while reading you should
Do: clean up your apartment/house (because really, when don’t you need to do this?)
Eat: Pizza
Listen: Extraordinary by Liz Phair

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2 thoughts on “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

    1. Yay me too! I’ve been really loving their books! The only one I really haven’t liked that much was Love and Other Words

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