Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

by Christina Lauren

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

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?

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ISBN-13: 9781501165856
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 18,698
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined penname of longtime writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 International bestselling authors of The Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You/Hating You, Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the critically acclaimed Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I adore this book! Josh and Hazel are fantastic together. Aside from being great friends, they are hilarious. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with book characters. This book is a must read for anyone that likes smart, sassy heriones who get great romance without settling.
moohnshine 5 days ago
Hazel Bradford is unique.  At least that is one way to put it.  Hazel is a lot to take in and frankly most men just don't know what to do with her bag of crazy.  If her mouth doesn't scare them off then her love of animals and crazy antics surely will.  But what they don't stick around to find out, is that Hazel is kind, caring and has a heart of gold.  So Hazel does what Hazel does best.......have fun. Josh Im is Hazel's best friend Katie's brother.  Also as Hazel describes him to be, her college crush.  But as luck would have it in college, all he knows her as is the girl who threw up on his shoes at a party, caught having sex with his room-mate and the girl who wrote him an email while on painkillers.  Yep Crazy Hazel.  So when ten years later they bump into each other, Hazel is determined to make him her best friend.   When Josh is in a slump after finding out his girlfriend has been cheating on him, Hazel is determined to get him off the couch and out of his sweats. "If my life were a movie, I would (1) be much better grounded, and (2) co-star in a montage of scenes in which Josh sits on the couch in his sweatpants and I dance around in front of him trying to get him to laugh." So Hazel comes up with a crazy scheme for her and Josh to go on a series of double dates.  Not to find a serious relationship, but to have fun.  "Seriously.  No games, no expectations.  Double blind date.  Just for a laugh." But what happens when it becomes more?  This is the second book by this duo set of authors that I have read, and it did not disappoint.  This book didn't only have enjoyable characters, but it had a very fun and energetic story line.   This book was hard to put down.  With its uniqueness and originality, this book is sure to impress you.  Josh and Hazel are perfect for each other, even if they claim disinterest.  Their friendship is an unusual one at that.  Their romance is the perfect blend of humor and hot steaminess.  Oh la la! Right!?    I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in quite a while.  I was laughing from the very beginning of this book, all the way up to the end.  I absolutely loved this story.  If I could give this book  a 10 I would.  A fun read no doubt.  So if you are looking for some fun, then this book is for you.  Follow along on Josh and Hazel's dating disasters....I mean adventures.  I bet you will enjoy every last page. *ARC provided by NetGalley & Gallery Books
Anonymous 9 days ago
I loved this book from the first page! Everything about it had me flipping the pages. I love Hazel! Everything about her that makes her different is what makes her perfect! I loved her mom! I hated Tyler and everyone who made her feel weird. I loved Josh! I hated Tabby! I loved the horrible double dates. You want Josh and Hazel to end up together but could it work? Would they even try it and risk their friendship. Some points in this book had me laughing so hard I could barley breathe. These two authors create magic with every book they write!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Quick delightful fun read
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 9 days ago
Have you ever read something so genuinely heartwarming that you can't help but smile the entire time? Well, that was J&HGtND for me. I found myself smiling fondly throughout the story and it all had to do with Hazel and Josh. Both of these characters were so amazingly well-written and felt so real, that it was hard not to become smitten with them. But first let me back up a second. The whole story is this adorable whirlwind of will they/won't they between Hazel and Josh. We get a little history lesson on these two and how Hazel knew Josh from college when she was dating his roommate. She also sort of had a crush on him towards the end but he graduated college and moved off to bigger things. Fast forward almost a decade later and Hazel is meeting her best-friend's brother... who just so happens to be Josh. Small world, right? Anyway, these two strike up an unlikely friendship, and pretty soon try to help each other out by setting up blind dates for the other person. A blind date that they plan to do via a double date. We sit back and watch as these two go on one disastrous double date after another, meanwhile trying desperately to keep their feelings for each other at bay. I'm sure one thing everyone is going to walk away with from this book is how awesome Hazel is. She's over the top, crazy, fun, light-hearted, and optimistic. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her character and wish I had a Hazel in my life. She was so much fun and I just wish I could experience life the way she does. So, I could totally see how Josh fell head-over-heels in love with her. I could also understand how upset he'd get when blind date after blind date was turned off by Hazel's personality. So what if she likes themed clothing? He found her knack for dressing for the occasion adorable, sometimes odd... but adorable. But Hazel wasn't the only amazing character in this story. I adored Josh, too. He was so supportive of Hazel. He called her crazy, but then encouraged her to be her. He'd do things that would make her smile and lift her spirits, and I'm not talking about just buying her a bouquet of flowers and calling it a day. Even though he was this straight-laced guy, he embraced Hazel's quirkiness and allowed her to be her without making her feel like she was being weird. Josh got a lot of props from me. Plus, I loved that during all of these blind dates, he never gave any of the women a second glance. He was always focused on Hazel throughout it all, and I really liked that the author's didn't add any unnecessary drama for these two. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is an adorable read. I loved the characters, loved the story's progression, and I just wish that these two were real so that I could be friend's with them. Whenever I see a new Christina Lauren book coming out, I always get excited because I know that I'm in for a good time. However
courtofbingereading 10 days ago
~4.5 stars~ This book was a delight to read. The two main characters, Hazel and Josh, are incredibly entertaining. I was so upset when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer last night--that is how hard it was to put this book down. It’s one of the most fun, light, cute reads I’ve read thus far in 2018. If you're a fan of humor, love, friendship, and fantastic characters then you should check out this book. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is a rom-com in book form. Netflix needs to get on it and make this a movie because it would be a HUGE success. Characters: Hazel is by far the most original, unique, and authentic character I have ever come across. She is so authentically herself every single second of every day. I love how vibrant she is, you simply can’t resist falling in love with her. She was the perfect heroine. I aspire to be like her. Josh is such a sweet guy. He definitely never expected to become friends with Hazel let alone best friends with her which is what makes this book so much fun. Josh thinks Hazel is a hot mess, which she definitely can be, but he soon learns that he actually likes how crazy she can be. Josh is the opposite of Hazel; he’s extremely organized, quiet, and guarded. So, you can only imagine how entertaining their encounters are with each other. Plot: Hazel has always seen Josh Im as the blueprint of a perfect specimen. So, naturally, she embarrasses herself in front of him several times in college to the point where he thinks she is crazy. Fast forward 7 years and these two meet again. But, this time Hazel is determined to make Josh her best friend. After many many terrible double-blind dates, Hazel and Josh start to wonder if they like each other as more than friends. Josh is scared to open his heart up again while Hazel is scared of Josh realizing she is too much and embarrassing one day. Will they overcome their fears and profess their love? Will love conquer all? I don’t know ;) you’ll have to find out for yourself. Overall: This book was such a fun, summer read. I enjoyed every single second! I haven’t laughed this much while reading a book in a long time!! My only complaint would be the ending felt a tad rushed. I think there should have been one more chapter before the epilogue. I was honestly shocked when I finished the last chapter and flipped the page to see the word epilogue. Other than that, I adored this book and definitely definitely recommend it.
Catherine1979 10 days ago
Let me begin with how sweet this book was and the so many laugh out loud moments were amazing. I really loved Hazel, she was wild and crazy and so dang lovable. Josh was adorable and lovable, he was also very sweet. This was a really good book and highly recommend it.
BookAngel_Emma 11 days ago
4.5/5 OMG, I seriously love Hazel, she is who I aspire to be even down to the quirky outfits for each theme in middle grade. I utterly, utterly adore her and want to be her bestie.  Hazel is wonderfully vibrant, a ray of sunshine to all of those around her but for some, it bothers them that Hazel doesn't come with an off switch. Completely content in her idiosyncrasies, for the most part, Hazel adheres to live her best life every second of every day. The only thing that dims Hazel's sparkle is not having anyone apart from her mum and animal family to share moments with. Despite Hazel generally giving zero ducks in the conformity department she does have an emotional barrier where her personality and relationships are concerned. Especially after witnessing the collapse of her parent's marriage because of her father's inability to embrace his wife's whimsies.  Hazel and Josh first met in college, with a very memorable first encounter whereby Josh became Hazel's 'blueprint for perfect'. She idolized him from day one although they never really crossed paths very often throughout their time in college. However, in a strange twist of fate, years later when Hazel is an elementary school teacher and celebrating her new job with her best friend, Emily, does Hazel reunite with Josh, who just happens to be Emily's brother!!!! Hazel has a fabulous way of forcing people into friendship with her, although she believes herself and Josh are never destined to be more than friends because of their polar opposite personalities. Embarking on a 'make Josh her bestie' quest along with a series of dating experiments brings Josh and Hazel closer together.  Although Josh and Hazel have their differences, they balance each other perfectly. the entire story set a delicious warmth in my chest. It's one of those relationships that make your heart go pitter-patter even if it does take Josh and Hazel a long time to figure out their business. Both have been badly burned before and reluctant to put themselves on the line for fear of rejection and the devastation it would cause them if that were the case, But we all know good things have to be fought for - and Josh and Hazel have each other as the top prize 
Angela Vittengl 11 days ago
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was phenomenal! I absolutely loved every hilarious, eccentric part of it!! ❝I swear my mouth and my brain are siblings who hate each other and give each other wedgies in the form of mortifying moments like this.❞ Josh and Hazel haven’t seen each other since college where it was one awkward encounter after another. The two weren’t exactly friends, I mean throwing up on someone’s shoes isn’t exactly a friendly maneuver. Now, years later, Hazel is a teacher at Josh’s sister’s school and is standing in her backyard. When Hazel’s apartment floods and she needs a place to stay, Josh’s sister volunteers his home. It’s only temporary and what could possibly go wrong? When Josh breaks up with his long-time girlfriend, Hazel cannot stand watching him mope around his house. She’s on summer vacation and wants to have fun. When she challenges Josh to get back into the dating game he returns the challenge and the result is each other setting the other up on blind dates — terrible blind dates — double blind dates — but they are just roommates and there’s nothing between them…right? You guys, Hazel is the best! She’s a fun, (and hilarious) carefree woman who loves herself and life. She isn’t willing to change who she is for anyone, including or especially a man. I love that these authors celebrated her eccentric behavior. Characters like Hazel are usually the “weird best friend” that no one wants to spend much time with or no one understands except the best friend. They aren’t main characters. Josh was sexy, funny and charming. His quiet reserve was the perfect balance to the wild, quirky and funny Hazel. He was at times reticent and guarded, but when he loved, he loved without reservations. He was all in. I can’t recommend this book enough! It was quirky, charming, sexy, funny, and so well written! Not only were there laugh-out-loud moments, there were moments that made me pause, and had my chin quivering. Seriously, if you’re looking for a feel good, laugh-out-loud book this summer, grab ‘Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren’!
TheLifeofaBookAddict 12 days ago
Josh comes from a pretty close knit Korean family and has more of a traditional background. He’s pretty even-keeled, a little reserved/serious, but also has a dry sense of humor. He is also a physical therapist and has a business there in Portland. His personality, loyalty, and easy friendship with Hazel had me falling in love with him right alongside Hazel. Hazel, a third grade school teacher is not what you might expect when you first meet her. She has absolutely no filter and is pretty straight-forward. She usually says the first thing that comes to her mind, but isn’t rude about it. She has the biggest heart, sweet, super easy-going, loves to be happy and make friends. Essentially she is a giant social butterfly. And I loved her to pieces! This book took me by surprise. I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately. Sometimes it’s taken me awhile to get really into a book. So when I started this one, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. Actually I didn’t just like it, I kind of fell in love with it. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was a great story about friendship, love, and not changing who you are to suite others around you. I loved Hazel and Josh. I want to have friends like these two! I’ve always enjoyed reading, but this book…I had so much fun getting to know Hazel and Josh and watching their friendship grow and develop. The other characters like Dave, Emily, Hazel’s mom and Josh and Emily’s mother all added to the story and made it that more special. I lost count of the number of times I laughed. I ended the book with a big smile on my face. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about it. In short, go check out Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating! **Though I received this book from the Publisher, the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.**
StephPhillips 12 days ago
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first Christine Lauren book I've read. It won't be the last. This book was hilarious. Usually I don't get comedies - I suppose my comedy meter is off or something. So this book features Hazel and Josh. They knew each other in college but are re-acquainted years later. Hazel is hilarious. She doesn't hold back what she thinks and poor Josh is so reserved. I don't know if he knows how to take her sometimes. They make a great combination of friends, or non friends, or non dating best friends. HA! See...it's a bit crazy. Some of their non dates are the worst! You wait for them to get a clue about their non dating status the whole book. As smart as these two are it takes a few others to screw in their light bulb.
JennaBookish 13 days ago
Josh and Hazel met ten years ago at a drunken college party, at which point Hazel promptly threw up on Josh's shoes.There's no coming back from an introduction like that... or is there? Fast forward to present day:Josh and Hazel unexpectedly reconnect, and Hazel latches onto him instantly. As a friend. Obviously. Hazel is cartoonishly zany and Josh is prim and proper. They would absolutely not be compatible as a couple, but what's to stop Hazel from taking her New Best Friend on a series of double dates to help him bounce back from his messy breakup? Josh and Hazel make for a perfect friends to lovers, opposites attract love story. Hazel pushes Josh outside of his comfort zone to help him enjoy life, and Josh keeps Hazel tethered to earth and some semblance of normalcy.  I loved Hazel's free-spirited independence. She knows she's "too much" for most guys, but she'd die before she'd dial down her personality to please somebody else. She is her mother's daughter in every respect. Her father found her mother's quirky personality embarrassing; having grown up seeing their unhappy marriage, Hazel is determined to find someone who loves every bit of her or to simply stick it out on her own.  Josh's Korean heritage is not just a footnote in this story; his heritage is woven into the fabric of his identity, and family plays a big role in his life. This felt like surprisingly thoughtful and respectful representation for a book that was not primarily about race and identity.  Overall, this was a cute friends to lovers story with some spice thrown in for good measure. If you're in the mood for a comfortably predictable feel-good book, pick up a copy today. 
Bex-NightOwlReader 14 days ago
Holy forking shirt, I’ve died and gone to heaven! Not only is Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating one of THE BEST books of the year, it’s by far my new favorite from Christina Lauren (and I’ve read a lot of their books). When I love a book this much, I find it so hard to put my feelings into words–I feel like Hazel would appreciate an interpretive dance or a hand-painted macaroni diorama instead. Speaking of Hazel, she’s an eccentric, quirky, and adorably lovable heroine. But the best part is, she’s completely unapologetic about it. I love that she didn’t plan to, or even want to, change herself for a man to fall in love with her. She wanted someone who would love her because of who she was and that was that. The authors’ approach to a woman like Hazel is so delightfully refreshing and I want more characters just like her. Josh is literally the complete opposite of Hazel: he’s grounded, she’s a free spirit; he’s a realist, she’s a dreamer, and so on. For Josh, being friends with someone with such a big personality may have been overwhelming at times, but he just accepts Hazel for who she is and rolls with it. He’s a man of few words, but his self-assured strength and unwavering supportiveness are the things that make such an amazing hero. Needless to say, I read the entire thing with a grin I couldn’t contain, both from the non-stop humor and the sheer bundle of joy that is this story. The characters are so endearing, the writing so stellar, and the story so dreamy, it grabbed me by the heart and wouldn’t let go. I could probably ramble on for about ten more paragraphs, so I’m going to stop myself and just tell you, READ THIS BOOK!
Robin_Snyder 14 days ago
Are you tired of alpha assholes, bazillionaires, practically perfect people and virginal damsels? Then this book could be for you. This is my first Christina Lauren book but it definitely will not be the last, because on the merits of this one book I’ve decided to read everything they have ever written. Josh and Hazel met one night in college when Hazel might have puked on his shoes just after offering to sex him up. It is now years later and Hazel is still a wild and crazy hot mess, but she is a completely respectable one as a third grade teacher. I completely fell in love with this character on page one and Hazel just got better as the book went on. The girl has a menagerie of pets in a tiny apartment and each one has a better name than the last, I mean she has a rabbit named Janice Hoplin. I want to be Hazel’s friend in real life. I tear off a chunk of pancake and carefully feed it to the dog. “Don’t spoil her,” Hazel tells me over her shoulder. “Hazel. The dog you don’t want me to spoil is wearing a Wonder Woman T-shirt.” Josh is the perfect straight man to Hazel’s wild woman. He has a nice respectable job, family and just found out his girlfriend is cheating on him. No better time for Hazel to enter his life and be the bestest best friend he has ever had. He has no idea the ride he is in for. Hazel groans in jealousy. “You get to talk about cores all day, and working things nice and deep. I would never get any actual work done.” “I mean, I occasionally get to tell people to take their pants off, but it’s rarely the people you want to see naked from the waist down.” Hazel’s pretty sure she is undatable in Josh’s eyes, well most men’s eyes, she is a lot to handle and usually doesn’t have a filter on her mouth. But what if they helped each other date. So, the plan begins to go on double blind date they set up for the other. What could possibly go wrong? Well nothing for you, the reader, because it is one crazy fun adventure after another. Sure, you know they are going to end up with one another eventually, it was inevitable but the journey is so much fun. Hazel is her own woman and proud of the crazy character she is. I loved that she didn’t conform to the world around her and marched to her own beat. Even the lack of filter is adorable in her character. The story is told from both Josh and Hazel’s PoVs which made the story even better. I really like knowing where each person is emotionally; in a story like this, it definitely makes it more fun. Hazel is definitely the kind of character that worked her way into my heart We met up in person for venting over coffee and became immediate fast friends. Or, maybe more accurately, I decided she was amazing and invited her to coffee again and again until she agreed. The way Emily describes it: when I meet someone I love, I become an octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart, tighter and tighter until they can’t deny they love me just the same. I’m with Emily on this and Hazel didn’t even have to buy me coffee. So recap, fantastically funny, completely cute, silly smart, uniquely quirky and just a dang good time in a book. When you need some laughter in your life pick this up.
kozbisa 14 days ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars My face hurts so much from this HUGE smile I am wearing, and the happy tears -- they just keep coming. You know what? It's all perfectly OK, because it speaks to what a fun and delightful experience reading this book was. From the beginning, I knew this was going to be a very satisfying rom-com. Hazel had that feel of an old-school rom-com heroine, and I thought she was hilarious. But Hazel wasn't just there to be the funny guy to Josh's straight man. Although Hazel owned her crazy, she saw how it could be off-putting, and struggled with her own insecurities regarding people being able to put up with her being too Hazel. I will not pretend that my heart didn't ache a little for her every time these thoughts polluted her mind, and I wish I could reach out and hug her. I liked the way Hazel set her sights on something, and worked to make it happen. She wanted Josh Im to be her best friend, and she sort of made that happen. She was able to "insert" herself into Josh's life at a moment when he really needed a friend, and although they were almost polar opposites, they complimented each other in the best ways. Watching Josh grow to embrace Hazel's crazy was a beautiful thing. Every little step he took toward that HEA made my heart grow and expand exponentially. And my goodness! What isn't there to love about Josh Im? He was described as being extremely attractive, but he was also driven, successful, kind, considerate, smart, a good brother, a wonderful son, and a great friend. This girl had permanent heart eyes when it came to Josh Im. The dates Josh and Hazel went on were a source of hilarity in the book, but at the same time, they were painful for me, because I just wanted Josh and Hazel to be together. But it all didn't matter, because that ending was perfection. Crap! Happy tears are rolling down my cheek just thinking about it. I may never stop smiling. Once again, I would like to thank the awesome Christina Lauren for such a wonderful experience. I laughed, I swooned, I smiled, and I shed the happiest of happy tears for Josh and Hazel.
CarmenSwoonsCP 14 days ago
Hazel declares four personality traits on page 1. They’re both enviable and quirky, bold to be sure, but to be all of those at once?! Powerhouse or powder keg? Josh has gleaned these qualities from afar, their interactions few and far between, but he intuitively steers away from Hazel’s chaos. This assessment was also college-induced. Years later, careers established, unexpected interpersonal connection, Josh and Hazel embark on the friendship of a lifetime. I just discovered Christina Lauren two months ago, Love and Other Words literally rearranged and found a lovely place in my Top 10 reads. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was infectious, full of life, and totally enchanting! Hazel is an island unto herself. She’s exciting and engaging, honest and immensely thoughtful, a teacher who revels in expanding horizons and broadening meanings. It doesn’t necessarily make her endearing, several men find it exhilarating yet exhausting, and ask her to “turn it down”. But it’s this reappraisal that’s come with a price; a blow to her self-esteem. As a result, Hazel will not engage in reinventing herself to appease others. She is unapologetically unique. “This is the perfect setup for boy-girl bestship: I’ve already been unbearable near you, which makes it impossible to scare you away.” While Hazel might have come across as haphazardly zany once upon a time, Josh recognizes her innate goodness, and perhaps his own shortsightedness. Hazel’s insight breathes fresh air into his orderly life and perspective upon Josh’s long-suffering relationship. The dawning attracted the generally inhibited Josh to roam and explore outside the box. I could go on and on about the growth and development of our MCs, the details, and even finer, more glorious details, of their ever-evolving feelings, but interestingly enough: they don’t want to date each other. Kismet, as its wont to be, decides to intensify their awareness AFTER they decide to be each others’ wing men. Bad dates turned out uneventful for both, hmmm… and “good” dates left them equally uneasy. Big mood. This symbiosis, though hardly surprising to the swooning reader, complicated matters and allowed for speculation of an all-encompassing love and future. Truly, their hearts were so engulfed by the other, they were adorably clueless. Christina Lauren nurtured the friendship to dazzling depths and it only served to deepen their devotion. There’s a fearless beauty in such resolve to appreciate, and wait, for their moment. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating reminded me of Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller’s characters from the movie, Along Came Polly. Two opposites collide and crash, disrupting each other’s comfort zones, only to transform into a life-affirming force. I loved this book and can assure you will undoubtedly feel its impact as well. P.S. Christina Lauren, there IS something special about an ice cold PBR! Wish that I could share one with you!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Once I started this, I could not stop! Josh and Hazel’s adventures are interesting and fun. But I was on pins and needles wanting to find out how how it would all work out. I’m not normally a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, but some authors really get it right. Hazel is quirky and Josh is more than just her straight man: he’s the one who thrives on her brand of adventure. And, of course, the fact that these two are as opposite as two people can get is one of the best things about the book. They seem to wade into each other’s lives without knowing what’s happening. It is such happy, joyful read. Even when these two are unsure of each other, they are still the best of friends.
ljtljtljt 14 days ago
4.5 Stars! What do you get when a quirky woman and a straight-laced man become more than friends? A hilarious love story that provides a ton of entertainment. Josh and Hazel's Guide To Not Dating is a romantic comedy by Christina Lauren. They are a writing team that never fails to disappoint with their savviness, emotional highs, and passion for the written word. Third grade teacher Hazel Bradford has been a bit weird all of her life, an eccentric trait that she inherited from her delightful mother. She is a very good friend, has five distinct pets, and typically says whatever is on her mind. As a result, her dating life suffers because after a few dates, her unconventional behavior tends to be a real turn off. Then Josh Im comes back into her life and he finds her idiosyncrasies quite endearing. Josh is a successful physical therapist. He and Hazel met back in college, and at the time Josh found her to be a tad annoying. Now years later, he finds out that Hazel is his sister's best friend, and as a result they become good friends. So much so in fact, that they decide to set each other up on dates. They date as a foursome and each gathering is funnier than the last. Their time together evolves into much more and they eventually fall in love. Josh and Hazel's Guide To Not Dating is quite a page turner. I love romantic comedies and this book was a laugh-out-loud roller coaster ride. This story is chock full of fun, steamy scenes, and two characters that I enjoyed getting to know. The authors pour passion into their writing and as a result, their characters are well-developed and full of intensity. Since Josh's character is Korean, I liked how the authors intertwined his family's traditions into the plot. This book should definitely be added to your TBR list. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
RelentlessEliza 15 days ago
It seems Christina Lauren are determined to make a liar out of me. With every new novel they have released this year I’ve proclaimed it to be my new favourite, and alas, here I am once again about to make the same claim. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is the insanely addictive, belly-clutching laugh-out-loud romance that is a major coup of a read for all friends to lovers, opposites attract aficionados. It tells the story of Hazel Camille Bradford and Josh Im. Hazel is best friend to Josh’s sister, but that isn’t their only connection. They’ve had a bizarre friendship has spanned 10 years every since Hazel threw herself at Josh with hilarious consequences in college. Placed firmly in the friend zone, Hazel has been nursing her crush every since. “I always though I caught you in… a phase." His left eyebrow makes a fancy arch. Apparently you’re just like this.” Although complete opposites, they are alike in their hopelessness when it comes to love. Prone to a bright idea or two they decide to be each other’s wingman on double dates with the aim of talking the other up to potential suitors as well as critiquing any non favourable attributes. The result is as hilarious as it is emotionally engaging. Hazel is not only a standout character in the book, but one from my whole year of reads thus far. Just like the novel itself she’s vivacious, wears her heart on her sleeve, and never is susceptible to a dull moment. “I can say without question I’ve honestly never known anyone else like you." Although I stand guilty of sounding like a broken record, I say with conviction, this is my favourite Christina Lauren read to date… until the next release ;)
AboutThatStory 15 days ago
This was just THE BEST! 6 stars! From start to finish I was in love with Josh and Hazel, laughing my way through the chaos and adventure, and rooting for them to get to their HEA. It was fantastic and I enjoyed every second! Hazel was such a unique character who is refreshing and witty and so full of heart and life. I thought she had the most amazing internal dialogue, it was hysterical at times, I couldn't stop laughing. I got her and her crazy humor and thought process. I freaking loved that she was who she was and owned it with no apologies. Basically Hazel is my new best friend and I love her. Now Josh, oh my, what a charming sweetheart. So thoughtful and caring. As compared to Hazel’s explosive personality, Josh seems pretty straight laced and buttoned up. However he's got this quite confidence and acceptance about him that I was instantly drawn to. He was sweet and sexy and I love how he looked at Hazel, and how that easy acceptance made me feel. Together Josh and Hazel were AMAZING! Hazel is pretty much a force of nature and I love how she was with Josh, their interactions and this building chemistry between them, they just clicked. I loved the timeline in which everything took place and how it felt like a true building friendship and natural progression between them as they came together. There were all these fantastic little moments that took place, from sweet to funny to heated. When their feelings start to come into play, I was laughing and cheering and swooning all at the same time. It was just incredibly entertaining! The story was extremely well written and I thought it had an amazing build. Told from dual POVs, I loved immersing myself into Josh and Hazel’s lives and learning about them. There's an excellent cast of characters in play and I loved meeting everyone and enjoyed what they brought to the story. It's a light read and laugh-out-loud funny, but there was just the right amount of emotion and angst mixed in. As a long time fan of Christina Lauren, I’ve loved everything from this wonderful writing duo. I have to say though, there’s something incredibly special about this one, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is in a league of it’s own and it’s one of my FAVORITE things they have written. This was well executed with perfectly timed humor and amazing characters that made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes. All the stars! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
etoile1996 15 days ago
when josh im first meets hazel camille bradford he is propositioned and puked on. it's college and their encounters don't get any less embarrassing. he walks in on her having sex with his roommate. she sends him a drug-addled message after wisdom tooth removal asking for an extension on a paper for the class he's the ta for. and then years go by and she doesn't see him until she'd at her friend emily's house for a party and is shocked to realize that josh is emily's brother. josh is a little down because his long-term relationship isn't quite working out. so hazel decides to cheer him up and become his best friend. when it's revealed that his girlfriend had been cheating on him, hazel decides that what they need to do is set each other up with blind double dates. hazel knows she's quirky and a lot to take but she figures it's time to start dating again and this is the perfect excuse. as each date goes comically, horrifically wrong, it's hard to tell whether or not josh and hazel are bad at setting each other up or if they are bad at dates, but it's also soon clear that josh and hazel should maybe be dating each other instead of other people. this love story is both laugh out loud funny and heart-achingly sweet. i adored every single thing about josh and hazel's guide to not dating. and i can't recommend it enough. it's so fantastic and everyone should really just one-click this. **josh and hazel's guide to not dating will publish on september 4, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/gallery, threshold, pocket books (gallery) in exchange for my honest review.
ReadingFrenzyBookBlog 15 days ago
Smile, happy sigh, heart tug, repeat. This book filled me with undiluted joy from beginning to end. The main source of all the warm fuzzies are the two main characters. Hazel is the OG of quirky. Some refer to her as Crazy Hazie because – let’s face it – she is a total weirdo. She’s come to terms with the fact that most people can’t handle her level of eccentricity in the long run – particularly men. She likes who she is, though, and isn’t willing to tone down her wackiness for anyone, to which I say, “Go ahead and let your freak flag fly, Hazel! You. Do. You.” She’s infectiously endearing, and I admired her her. What must it be like to live life without an ounce of self-consciousness? To believe with 100% certainty that you are completely awesome? While Hazel is impulsive, energetic, messy and childlike, Josh is her polar opposite: calm, neat, measured, and responsible. Basically, he’s the perfect specimen. They clearly don’t make sense together, so a romantic relationship is out of the question. However, Hazel does decide that whether Josh wants to or not, they will become best friends and guess what? (Spoiler alert) They do! Their disastrous double dates are funny, and unearthing all of Hazel’s quirks provides plenty of entertainment. What sealed my bubble of joy, though, were the simple interactions between Josh and Hazel: making breakfast, watching TV, or eating ice cream. Seeing the unpenetrable bond develop between Josh and Hazel and the way in which each influences the other for the better warmed my heart. The more books I read by Christina Lauren, the more addicted I become to their stories. High five to them for creating a minority as one of the main characters in this book. You mean a romance novel can successfully reflect real life?? No way! Seriously though, I’m thrilled to see more and more romances embracing diversity. Josh’s Korean heritage adds another level of affection. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Dating is one of those tender romances that gives you lots of feels and makes you smile. I can’t ask for more than that. I received an early version of this title which I voluntarily read.
book_junkee 15 days ago
I’m a sucker for a BFF to more story, but couple that with it being written by Lo and C and I’m certain I’ll love it. I love love loved Hazel and Josh. She’s loyal and loving and he’s steadfast and serious. Together they are perfection: he calms her and she loosens him up. And the way they care so much about each other is obvious. I loved their inside jokes and banter. Plot wise it was great. The dates were hilarious and the slow burn anticipation between Hazel and Josh was delicious. There was the slightest bit of angst, but not nearly what I was expecting, and I don’t have words for the epilogue. Overall, it was a quick and sweet story. As always, these ladies have delivered. **Huge thanks to Gallery Books for providing the arc free of charge**
AmyBosica 15 days ago
I absolutely adore the writing duo of Christina Lauren. I’ve been a fan of their writing for quite some time now and could not wait to get my hands on their latest release. From the moment I heard about Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I just knew that this book was going to be a ton of fun. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is absolutely one of the cutest stories I’ve read in quite some time. I thought the characters and the story was so refreshing and so unique. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hazel the moment I met her. I mean she was just such a hot mess. She was awkward and so quirky. She rambled when she got nervous and was just the cutest thing ever. I would love to have such a free spirited friend! And then there is Josh. Josh is Hazel’s ideal man. The poster boy for perfection. He is without a doubt the most loyal guy and man can he ever make you swoon. Together these two should not have worked. I mean they were completely, totally, 100% opposites, but you know what they say, opposites attract. I loved watching these two fumble their way through friendship, awkward double dates and the potential for something more & amazing. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is the highlight of this girls reading week. It was fun. It was entertaining. It was well written. It made me swoon. It made me fall in love. And it kept me with a ridiculous smile on my face the entire time. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is the kind of story that will melt all your troubles away. You can’t help but fall for these characters and their story. You won’t be able to put their story down and can’t help but devour all the pages. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating gave me all the feels and kept me begging for more. I loved getting lost in Hazel and Josh’s story.
MBurton 15 days ago
I Loved Josh and Hazel! Hazel was such a quirky girl and I find that I'm truly entertained by characters like her. I also really like the message the authors gave about her. She knew she was wild and a bit crazy and that not everyone would appreciate her and that's ok. She accepts who she is and that it will be a bit harder for her to find the right guy who can accept her as well. Hazel had one defining moment in her life that really stuck with her. She gets her wildness from her mom and she remembers very vividly the day when her father told her mother that she embarrassed him. She didn't want that. She wanted a guy who would never feel embarrassed by her. I would not describe Josh as straight-laced, but his personality is on the calmer side. To be honest, Hazel's personality was so big that I find myself struggling to describe Josh without her. There is mentions of some embarrassing firsts encounters in college that had Hazel believing he would see her as undatable and then jump 10 years in the present where they meet up again at his sisters bbq. Hazel still has that belief that Josh does not see her as anything more than a friend and is determined to become his best friend. When she witnesses him go through a break up with a long term girlfriend, she insists on them double dating to get them both back in the dating world. I love that we get to see them dating but not dating. They are going on these double dates so the pressure to see each other differently is off and yet they become closer and closer as they get to know each other and help each other move on from one disastrous blind date after another. Josh was great with Hazel. They had chemistry that made them seem like they had been together a long time. I think if she wasn't so stuck on believing she was too much for him, they would have been a couple so much sooner. This was such a fun and entertaining story. Despite Hazel's craziness, she was so endearing, and the way Josh treated her will just make you heart flutter. If you need a feel good story that will make you laugh out loud, pick this up! ARC provided by NetGalley.