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

Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

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


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


Josh and Hazel’s
Guide to Not Dating

by Christina Lauren


Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018

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


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



4.25 stars

(loved it more than Roomies)

I truly enjoyed this book. Since the beginning of 2018 I have now read Christina Lauren’s latest four book releases and I have honestly enjoyed them all. And after Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating the author couple is on my auto-buy list.

This book was wonderfully entertaining. Not a rom-com per se, but funny nevertheless. Hazel had me cracking up non-stop. Her incapability to filter her words and thoughts always resulted in lol moments. She definitely knew how to break the ice. Alone she was a lovable hazard, but Hazel combined with Josh – together they were BEAUTIFUL. Even though they were different, they somehow clicked. They made sense. And most of all there was nothing fake about Hazel and Josh. Their friendship and chemistry felt genuine.

I always say I love quirky characters the most. And Hazel confirmed that tenfold. There is NOTHING better than a story with a quirky and unique character that changes the status quo and delivers a unique and fresh personality that will stay with you for a long time.

Now Josh was the dependable one, and his quiet and solid personality was in an understated way decisively HOT. When he spoke I smiled. I don’t know why, but the quite types are the ones that do it for me more than any other. And he got Hazel in a way only a few ever did. I should also mention that he made my heart go all soft and gooey – what can I say he was swoony. He also was of American-Korean decent and his family including his sister were incredibly lovable characters. Authentic Korean lifestyle and culture was weaved throughout the story, which delivered a rich and diverse background and added to the overall vibrant and entertaining story.

The story in it’s entirety was fresh and wonderfully satisfying. At the end there was a side plot I wasn’t all too enamored with and could have done without, but all in all I adored this book.


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?

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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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

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

    1. I did 😀 It was funny but not too over the top, and it had two fantastic main characters. Hazel made me laugh and Josh was SWOONY in a understated and down to earth way. win-win 😀

    1. Thank you 😀 They are my surprise duo of 2018 – I love their writing, and have had already two 5 star reviews this year because of them. I’m looking forward to what they’ll write next.

    1. wasn’t it?? I don’t know who I liked more Josh or Hazel?? I would love to have a Hazel as my friend, she was a hoot!!! 😀

    1. Thank you so much Deanna 😊 it wasn’t the same as LAOW but it was still entertaining and had characters that were distinct and unique. That’s pretty much all I need in a good book!

  1. Hello. Amazing review! I LOVED Josh and Hazel. I’d thought before starting that Hazel would steal the show, but Josh was a surprise too! I loved both of them equally by the end. <3

    1. I felt the same!! Even though Hazel was such an overwhelming personality Josh held his own. I loved his steadfast demeanor and solid personality. And like you I loved them equally.😊

  2. This sounds good. I’ve read one book by this duo and it was just ok to me. Hoping to find another one that will hold my interest more since they seem really popular.

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