JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING
Genre: #Contemporary #Romance
My Rating: 4.5
Publication: September 4th 2018
Read: September 15th 2018
POV: first-person dual perspective
Paperback: 309 pages
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?
4.5 Stars! So so good!!!
Christina Lauren have officially made a fan out of me. This book was so cute and so fun. I listened to the audiobook but I had the book to read along. The narrators did a fantastic job (especially Todd Haberkorn) and that added to the appeal of the novel. Even though I really enjoyed this book it just didn’t feel like a 5 star to me. I also recognized some tropes reused from Roomies which made the book feel a little unoriginal. Both female protagonists (Holland and Hazel) were kind of ditzy spazzes. Hazel being more chaotic but the basis of the personality was very similar. Also the whole revealing feelings/ things happen when drunk trope was reused. Can’t anyone ever admit they have feelings for each other while sober? There were also some plot details that I didn’t really like but nothing that ruined the book for me.
Hazel is a mess. Hurricane Hazel is the perfect nickname fore her. I didn’t mind reading about her but I know that if I knew someone like her in real life I would hate them. She is just too chaotic for me and I don’t really understand how a grown woman can act the way she does. But I guess some people never really change. Josh on the other hand was perfect. I adored him because he is the type of guy I would actually like. He was the calm to Hazel’s storm. Watching Josh fall for Hazel was cute because he didn’t see it coming himself. Through their friendship he grew to love her.
Overall I really liked this book and would probably reread it in the future. I definitely recommend it and I am now off to go buy every other book Christina Lauren has written.
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