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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 pro 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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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 pro 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?

30 review for Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    If pure FUN is what you’re after, look no further than Josh and Hazel. Theirs is a love story riddled with enough comedic relief to inspire bouts of couch-shaking laughter, earning side-eye from drowsy felines and leading my husband to question, “are you all right over there?” More than all right, I was a giddy and giggly gal, smitten with this dynamic duo and their quirky quest for love. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a Christina Lauren and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. For If pure FUN is what you’re after, look no further than Josh and Hazel. Theirs is a love story riddled with enough comedic relief to inspire bouts of couch-shaking laughter, earning side-eye from drowsy felines and leading my husband to question, “are you all right over there?” More than all right, I was a giddy and giggly gal, smitten with this dynamic duo and their quirky quest for love. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a Christina Lauren and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. For the entirety of the Beautiful Bastard series, I was transfixed by the light and fun approach these co-authors bring to the world of dating. Their ability to relay humor and sexiness through such irresistibly charming characters always felt akin to magic. No surprise here, the terrific twosome delivers again with Josh and Hazel. This time around it was Hazel—a character laced with an entirely unique approach to life and an enchanting nature—that I found most endearing. There was some part of me that wanted her to pick me to be her new best friend—forget Emily or Josh. A self-proclaimed “hot-mess”, with an admirable sense of self, Hazel has never allowed herself to feel that cringe of embarrassment that inhibits so many of us. Instead, an unabashed free spirit, prone to bouts of rambling, she has the wherewithal to understand that changing herself to appear more dateable would never work long-term. Her plan: find a guy with enough guts to take on her Hazy tornado. The one person she knows is (a) out of her league and (b) too mellow to handle her brand of fun is Josh Im. Back in her life after 10 years—he was once her biggest crush and someone she showed all of her cards immediately—she decides if she can’t date him, she’ll settle for second best. So starts her campaign to make him her new bestie. What fun would a love story be without the gorgeous guy with an athletic build demanding our attention? Hey, wait a minute. Don’t be so shallow. *wink* A little buttoned-up initially, Josh is more than just a pretty face; he's patient, kind, sensitive and also incredibly respectful. Let’s just say, it didn’t take much rallying for me to join Team Josh. Josh is a little apprehensive about letting Hazel get close and you kind of can’t blame him; she did once proposition him and then proceed to barf on his shoes. Despite their differences in approaching life, it’s easy to see the organic chemistry that exists between them—like their innate ability to communicate with simply a look. It's sort of awe-inspiring, but don’t go getting any ideas, they’re just FRIENDS. “I like being your person.” Having deemed one another undateable, but craving a connection, they make a game out of finding their potential partners. Each enlisted to find a match for the other, so they can double date. The resulting rendezvous are nothing short of hilarious! As the plot thickens, everyone seems to be in on the secret except for Josh and Hazel. And I mean everyone. Their journey to love is intoxicatingly quirky, perfectly paced and all around fun. It’s one I could watch reread over and over. In fact, when I turned that final page, my love-drunk heart wanted to go back to the beginning and experience it all again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    5+ stars!!! I've read several of Christina Lauren books and I can say with the utmost confidence that this is their best book to date. It's by far my favorite of theirs. There wasn't one thing I didn't love about it. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is the epitome of opposites attract. It's one of the best friends to lovers story I've ever read and I loved it so much!! I have no doubt it will be one of my favorite reads of 2018.  Hazel Bradford is a bit of a weirdo, and I mean that in the be 5+ stars!!! I've read several of Christina Lauren books and I can say with the utmost confidence that this is their best book to date. It's by far my favorite of theirs. There wasn't one thing I didn't love about it. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is the epitome of opposites attract. It's one of the best friends to lovers story I've ever read and I loved it so much!! I have no doubt it will be one of my favorite reads of 2018.  Hazel Bradford is a bit of a weirdo, and I mean that in the best way possible. She knows she can be a lot to take, she gets it. She's fun, loud, a little crazy and a lot of amazing. When she meets Josh Im in college, she's got a bit of a crush, but Josh seems to be right there in the middle of all her embarrassing moments. Josh is very much the opposite of Hazel. He's mellow, cool, calm, and collective.  “I realize that finding the perfect person isn’t going to be easy for me because I’m a lot to take,” she says, “but I’m not going to change just so that I’m more datable.” Fast forward years after college and Hazel becomes besties with a girl named Emily. She soon finds out that Emily is Josh Im's sister. Josh and Hazel are back in each other's lives and Hazel is determined that they become best friends. Josh is at a place where he could use a best friend, so even as different as these two are, they end up spending all their free time together and this unlikely pair just clicks.  I loved reading about these two together. They were perfect. You could feel the attraction under the surface, the friendship, and the love. They had so many adventures and crazy (non)dates with others that just made me laugh out loud. I think what I loved the most is that Josh loved Hazel for who she was, crazy and all. He never wanted her to change or calm down, he just accepted her. It was a beautiful thing. I laughed and smiled so much while reading this book and it gave me the best heartwarming feels. This story was everything. These types of books aren't usually my favorites, as I lean towards books that are more heavy and emotional, but this one hit the spot for me. It was exactly what I wanted and I loved every single second.  As you can probably tell from my raving review, I highly recommend this book. I could not have loved it more if I wanted to. Hazel and Josh were both such endearing and fantastic characters and I loved their connection and chemistry. If you're looking for a book that will give you a permanent smile, one that will make your heart so happy it could burst, and just a completely lovable friends to lovers book, pick this one up. You won't regret it! 

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Happy Pub Day!!! "I realize that finding the perfect person isn't going to be easy for me because I'm a lot to take," she says, "but I'm not going to change just so that I'm more datable. At the end of the day, being myself is enough. I'm enough." I related to this book on a spiritual level. Duo Christina Lauren's brand of humor was so on point in this novel, it felt like they had written it specifically for me as a reader. I can't express how uplifting and enjoyable of an experience I had reading Happy Pub Day!!! "I realize that finding the perfect person isn't going to be easy for me because I'm a lot to take," she says, "but I'm not going to change just so that I'm more datable. At the end of the day, being myself is enough. I'm enough." I related to this book on a spiritual level. Duo Christina Lauren's brand of humor was so on point in this novel, it felt like they had written it specifically for me as a reader. I can't express how uplifting and enjoyable of an experience I had reading this hilarious romp, and I found the underlying message to be just as beautiful as the cover art is. I'm a firm believer that you can never have enough novels preaching about self worth and being comfortable in your own skin, and this story falls firmly in the category of "never settle for less than what you deserve simply because you aren't the world's standard". Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating was just the cutest book ever. Uff! I've been struggling lately with a lot of heavy life stressors and have found myself gravitating more and more toward romantic comedies and upbeat contemporaries, genres I never would have touched even a year ago. I'm so thrilled that books like this have been a gateway for me to a type of escapism I never thought I would need, but am grateful for none-the-less. I can't remember the last time I've laughed out loud so frequently while reading. I also loved that this book had some deliciously steamy scenes, but overall those were just accessories to the overall plot. If you enjoy rom coms with less graphic content and a greater focus on the comedy portion and the feel good fluffies, this one is for you. Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the tidbits included into Josh's family heritage. I've been on a roll lately with books including various forms of asian culture, and the Korean traditions expounded upon here were a nice addition in bringing Josh and his family to life. There are other emotional thematic elements discussed, so it's not just a goofy tale in total, but the overall vibe is kept light and upbeat. Honestly, the second I finished this book my first reaction was that I wanted to flip back to the beginning and reread it immediately. If you enjoy lighter romance that leaves you with a sense of the feel goods and will keep you chortling with laughter the entire go, you NEED this in your life. I cannot recommend this one highly enough! *I received a review copy via the publisher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳Quirkiness, fun double dates, sexy times that became unexpected, everything combined together to bring two individuals that are beyond different but definitely meant to be... ➳When one starts reading a romance novel by my favorite duo Christina Lauren, one should know that you will forever love the story no matter what. When one reads romance stories, you expect a trope to take into place. No matter what, this new stand-alone filled with fun adventures between two best friends, has every retro ➳Quirkiness, fun double dates, sexy times that became unexpected, everything combined together to bring two individuals that are beyond different but definitely meant to be... ➳When one starts reading a romance novel by my favorite duo Christina Lauren, one should know that you will forever love the story no matter what. When one reads romance stories, you expect a trope to take into place. No matter what, this new stand-alone filled with fun adventures between two best friends, has every retrospective of uniqueness when hitting the pitcher at the exact spot of loving Josh and Hazel. To me, maybe I say this because my love for Christina and Lauren is immense, but I am down-right honest about my reviews. This novel will knock you off your feet when it comes down to the laughter that comes out of you when Hazel does something that is beyond endearing and in a juvenile way. ➳This story basically revolves itself around the idea and actions of Josh and Hazel becoming best friends after some "awkward" college moments and finding out that Hazel's best friend, Emily, is Josh's sister, who is married to Dave, the principle and the boss of Hazel in her new job at a new elementary school as she teaches the third grade. After becoming best friends, Hazel and Josh decide to start setting up double dates with individuals they know, for each other. At first it all starts wonderfully because they both have fun with the partners they end up choosing for each other. But it gets to a point where the sexual chemistry between Josh and Hazel, the unexpected status of being roommates, and one drunken night, they change the tables to wanting to become more than best friends. ➳There is a sudden and unexpected love towards Hazel and her persona. Her vibrancy, her enthusiasm, all her quirks that makes her such a unique individual that has taken everything in her empowering personality to admire herself and not care what others thing about her, is what truly captivates the reader to wanting to read more, CRAVE that kind of writing that Christina and Lauren always seem to specialize in. That's what makes Josh admire Hazel. Her love towards him as his initially best friend is indeed swoon worthy. And as a rom-com, one never goes wrong with loving all the adventures these two encounter and go through. ➳Overall, I am beyond glad that I had the chance to read this book this time around. It definitely brightened my mood and I will definitely be reading this beauty again. Thank you to Gallery books for letting me enjoy this romance novel that had me itching for more love of Christina Lauren. If you are looking for something sweet, exciting, and enthusiastic, then this novel is the ideal one for you. ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    I’ve read this twice now. Once in September and then again in October. I loved reading it just as much as the first time, but probably more now. Actually, I know I love it more than the first time I read it, because my feelings towards it intensified tenfold. This book is literal happiness. Characters so good, so pure and so alive in my head, I couldn’t get enough! ———————————————— WTF is this cuteness that I’ve just read?! I mean, I’m overly happy. My heart is more or less glowing. Sign me up for I’ve read this twice now. Once in September and then again in October. I loved reading it just as much as the first time, but probably more now. Actually, I know I love it more than the first time I read it, because my feelings towards it intensified tenfold. This book is literal happiness. Characters so good, so pure and so alive in my head, I couldn’t get enough! ———————————————— WTF is this cuteness that I’ve just read?! I mean, I’m overly happy. My heart is more or less glowing. Sign me up for alllll of Christina Lauren’s novels! I want to be Hazel. I want to find me own Josh (plus a dose of every other fictional character I’m obsessed with, in him!) This was such a delight to read! A real damn treat and it felt so good! Biggest thing I took away from this book: that being yourself, wholeheartedly and unapologetically, is the best thing you can do for yourself and this world. Had such an awesome time buddy-reading this with Karima! 💛

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.” Most of you know that I’m a pretty big fan of Christina Lauren! Autoboyography is now one of my favorite books of all-time. And friends, I really enjoyed this book and it made me so unreasonably happy! Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is set in Oregon and is honestly one of the cutest frien ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. “The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.” Most of you know that I’m a pretty big fan of Christina Lauren! Autoboyography is now one of my favorite books of all-time. And friends, I really enjoyed this book and it made me so unreasonably happy! Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is set in Oregon and is honestly one of the cutest friends to lovers stories I’ve read in such a long while. I honestly never wanted this book to be over. ➽ Hazel - Teacher, the quirkiest character I’ve ever read, but I mean that in a good way, and has finally reunited with a guy who she has embarrassed herself around for the past almost decade. ➽ Josh/Jimin - Doctor, Korean (Yeah, named Jimin, smart marketing because BTS Armies are going to love him with their whole heart), and currently in a long distance relationship that isn’t working. And these two’s paths have constantly crossed since college, but fate has truly brought them together when Hazel attends her best friend’s BBQ, only to realize that Josh is the guy who she has embarrassed herself around since college. But after that BBQ, they decided to be friends and it leads to them going on a lot of double dates, which are all mostly bad. There is a constant theme of family in this book, both from Hazel and Josh’s side, and I loved it so much. Hazel’s relationship with her mother was so inspiring, and I loved how they loved each other unconditionally. Josh is from a much more traditional background, but the love is so there and so very abundant. Seriously, both of these families warmed my damn heart and it was easily one of my favorite parts of this book. I also really loved how Hazel wouldn’t change herself for anyone. And I think this book does a really good job at showing you how most people are pretty negative about anyone being too loud, too weird, and too different than the standards society puts on us. This isn’t like the typical “oh, the girl is quirky and cute” but this is the more realistic and sad treatment of people who live their life to the beat of their own drum. And seeing Hazel (and Josh) always speak up if anyone was negative or judgmental, was really beautiful. Because, like, who the hell wants to be normal anyways? “I have chaos around me, but it’s like he doesn’t even care. He doesn’t need me to change or pretend to be someone else. He’s my person. He’s my best friend.” This book was actually funny, too! Like, I was giggling alone in bed while reading at least a third of this book. Hazel is one of the most fun protagonists I’ve read about, and she and her animals had me laughing constantly. And all the dates? So freakin’ funny! I honestly could perfectly picture this book, and I actually think it would make for a fantastic romcom movie adaptation. But this book does have a lot of steamy scenes, so trigger and content warnings for sexual content, talk of past death of a loved one, cheating (off-screen and not main characters), and a homophobic slur. And out of all these trigger warnings, I want to talk more about the homophobic slur, because it was so damn pointless. I mean, it was said in a negative light, but it wasn’t necessarily challenged. Like, it felt so bad to read and took me completely out of the story. These authors could have just as easily said “he said a rude thing” or hell, even “he said a homophobic slur” without actually using the word. Like, I hated it so much and it was easily the worst part of this book. The only other negative thing I'll say is that the ending felt rushed. Like, we spend so much time watching these two people become friends, and the romance and love has to come rather quickly. Which I get, and I don’t mind that much, but I was still shocked with how the last few chapters went and then I got hit with the word “epilogue” and it felt so abrupt. Also, this book is 95% light, cute, and heartwarming, and then it just takes a really dark turn during the last tiny bit, and it just felt very disjointed. “You’re second only to a unicorn as far as best friends go, Josh Im.” But overall, I really did enjoy this sweet friends to lovers story. I think this is for sure a perfect summertime read. Oh, and even though it has a cover that looks very much like Roomies , these worlds and stories are not connected what so ever. So, don’t be scared or think you have to read Roomies first! But I totally recommend this one, and I hope if you pick this one up, that you’ll enjoy it so very much, too! Happy reading! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. I'm read this for #smutathon, which was hosted by Lainey and Riley! ❤ And this is a buddy read with Lilly at Lair of Books! ❤

  7. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    Thanks to Netgalley for supplying me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review! 4.5 Stars UMM..... THIS WAS SO GOOD!! I told myself I wouldn't read anymore Christina Lauren because I thought Roomies was a bit bland and not up my alley, but this one just sounded cute so I broke my own rule and WOW I'M SO GLAD I DID THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE OF THE YEAR! The main thing I love about this book is the main character. She's cute and quirky and fun without trying too hard to be ~different~. She's au Thanks to Netgalley for supplying me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review! 4.5 Stars UMM..... THIS WAS SO GOOD!! I told myself I wouldn't read anymore Christina Lauren because I thought Roomies was a bit bland and not up my alley, but this one just sounded cute so I broke my own rule and WOW I'M SO GLAD I DID THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE OF THE YEAR! The main thing I love about this book is the main character. She's cute and quirky and fun without trying too hard to be ~different~. She's authentically weird rather than being a manic pixie dream girl, and she's aware of it, AND she's proud of it. She reminded me of Jess from New Girl, which is my favorite show of all time because I love her character so much. That, combined with the fact that she also reminded me of Lucy from The Hating Game made me love her. Her dialogue was always so great--hilarious without EVER being cheesy. She was so refreshing and unlike any character I've read before. Hazel also really validated a small part of me that's insecure that I'll never find anyone because I'm too weird. I've never read a book like this before, like I was receiving a gentle pat on the back. Two thumbs up. Josh was also SO sweet and mindful and generous and he's the perfect love interest. The dynamic of (sorta) enemies to friends to lovers was also a great slow burn. The pacing of this is exactly what I look for in romance and I would read every book Christina & Lauren write if they do it similar to this one. As always, Christina & Lauren were really mindful of representation, feminism, and healthy relationships. The love interest and most prominent side character in this are Korean, and their culture was discussed at multiple points in the book (I'll link some ownvoices reviews discussing the rep if I see any once this comes out). However, there were a few times that Hazel would fetishize Koreans because she sexualized Josh's Korean name and the way he sounded when he spoke Korean. It was the only thing I thought was distasteful about this book, and maybe (hopefully) it'll be edited out in the final version. Lastly, there's a lot of candid talking about sex, including discussion about consent and bleeding and other good stuff. Also, there's a lot of fighting back against slut shaming and women being able to do what they want, which I think was great. I just love how the characters in Christina Lauren book will encounter a problem in the relationship or with sex and literally say, "Hey, let's talk about this" rather than avoid each other childishly. SO GOOD! (and yes, that's how low the bar is in romance books to be considered good, people.) I was warned that the ending of this might be something I'm not into, and I gotta agree that this veered a sharp left at the end. I haven't decided if I liked it or not, but it was definitely *cough* a choice. I'd have to talk about it in a spoilery review. But if this would've ended differently, I probably would have given it 5 stars. (Update: it’s not a bad twist, it’s just a plot point that i think was random to throw in at the END of a book lol. no worries! read it anyway!) Definitely add this to your TBR if you're looking for some healthy romance that has equal parts cuteness and steaminess. I adored it thoroughly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    I've always enjoyed romantic comedies at the movies, but I've never really been a fan of them in book form. But sometime over the last year I found the writing duo that calls themselves Christina Lauren. I was absolutely wowed by Autoboyography (see my review) last year, and then earlier this year I fell for Love and Other Words (see my review), and that will be one of my favorite books of 2018. Who is this man that I've become? I don't know, but after reading their newest book, Josh and Haze I've always enjoyed romantic comedies at the movies, but I've never really been a fan of them in book form. But sometime over the last year I found the writing duo that calls themselves Christina Lauren. I was absolutely wowed by Autoboyography (see my review) last year, and then earlier this year I fell for Love and Other Words (see my review), and that will be one of my favorite books of 2018. Who is this man that I've become? I don't know, but after reading their newest book, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating , one thing is clear: I'm all in on the Christina Lauren fan train. Their books may be predictable at times, they may be a little sappy, but I don't care. They are I-wish-I-could-stay-in-this-chair-until-I-finish-this-book readable, and they're utterly heartwarming to boot. Josh and Hazel have had more than a few meet-not-so-cutes. There was the time in college when Hazel threw up all over his shoes. Or the time when she was dating one of his roommates, and Josh walked in while the two were using the couch, although not for relaxation. And then there was the time when he was her TA, and she wasn't able to turn in a paper because she had to have her wisdom teeth removed, so she wrote him an email while on painkillers, an email he printed and framed. Hazel is a third-grade teacher, and she may have more in common with her students than she cares to admit. She's a free spirit, eccentric, completely without filter, fun-loving, and not ashamed of anything. She is loyal, loving, and generous to a fault. She'd give you the shirt off her back—literally—but she knows that makes her a difficult romantic prospect. Josh, on the other hand, is a physical therapist, who craves order and calm. "'I realize that finding the perfect person isn't going to be easy for me because I'm a lot to take,' she says, 'but I'm not going to change just so that I'm more datable.'" When she and Josh meet again 10 years later, they know they aren't a suitable match romantically, but each grows enamored of the other as a friend. They happily settle into their role as best friends, and begin setting each other up on blind dates, with each one turning out a bit more disastrous than the last. "The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary. These men eventually grow bewildered that we don't settle down into calm, potential-wifey girlfriends." Of course, the more they try to find the perfect person for the other, the more they start to realize how intense their feelings are for each other. But how can they jeopardize the easy rapport, the casual, laid-back friendship they share? What happens if taking the next step is absolutely the worst thing they can do? Is life without Hazel (or Josh) the life they want? "'But if you changed your mind about something like that,' Emily says, 'I think that's the one thing that could dim her light. We both know Hazel is a butterfly. I think you have the power to take the dust from her wings.'" You probably know what will happen, and you'd be partly, or perhaps mostly, right. But the appeal of Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating doesn't lie in surprises, it lies in the utter charm of its characters, the utter warmth of its heart, the beauty of its message of being yourself no matter what, and, if I'm being honest, some pretty steamy sex scenes. I didn't want to tear myself away from this book because I couldn't get enough of it. Some label Christina Lauren's books as "chick lit," and while perhaps as a whole they may appeal more to women than men, the term "chick lit" shouldn't be seen as an insult or somehow connoting they're not well-written. These books are sweet, warm, sexy, sensitive, emotional, and fun, and if that's a bad thing, I'll still line up for more. (Their next book comes out in December, so at least I won't have to wait long.) See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    3.5 Fun, fluffy friends to lovers to soulmates story with a bit of an edge. Hazel first me Josh in college when she propositioned him at a frat party and then proceeded to puke on his shows. They have some embarrassing run-ins afterward, but it isn’t until 10 years after college that they are reunited. Hazel is a lot to handle--she’s loud, a little weird, oftentimes says the wrong thing, and fully embraces those she loves. Hazel is aware that she’s different and not everyone can handle her perso 3.5 Fun, fluffy friends to lovers to soulmates story with a bit of an edge. Hazel first me Josh in college when she propositioned him at a frat party and then proceeded to puke on his shows. They have some embarrassing run-ins afterward, but it isn’t until 10 years after college that they are reunited. Hazel is a lot to handle--she’s loud, a little weird, oftentimes says the wrong thing, and fully embraces those she loves. Hazel is aware that she’s different and not everyone can handle her personality. While she loves her friends wholeheartedly, she keeps romantic love at bay in fear of being hurt. Hazel realizes that Josh’s rigid personality makes them a bad romantic match, so she decides the next best thing is to become his best friend. “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.” The two friends decide to help one another find love and go on a series of blind double dates. Of course the more and more time they spend together, the more they realize that there is more to their relationship than just friendship. I was completely entertained while reading this. Hazel’s character was a breath of fresh air and her voice drew me in. I loved her idiosyncrasies and honesty. Josh’s character was a nice contrast to Hazel’s. I loved all of the animals and other quirky little bits added in. While I knew where things were headed the whole time, Hazel’s character kept me invested in reading. This is a fun, uplifting read that left me smiling. Highly recommend to those looking for something light and happy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    4 Stars. A Fun, Quirky, Laugh out Loud Rom Com! Hazel is quirky. She can’t help but say exactly what’s on her mind the second it pops up and boy does that get her into trouble. She even considers herself to be completely undatable. She is utterly fantastic, what can I say? Josh is somewhat low key and unassuming. He and his girlfriend don’t really do much of anything of when they are together. Perhaps that’s why she cheated on him. Hazel and Josh met in college years ago - he was one of the few 4 Stars. A Fun, Quirky, Laugh out Loud Rom Com! Hazel is quirky. She can’t help but say exactly what’s on her mind the second it pops up and boy does that get her into trouble. She even considers herself to be completely undatable. She is utterly fantastic, what can I say? Josh is somewhat low key and unassuming. He and his girlfriend don’t really do much of anything of when they are together. Perhaps that’s why she cheated on him. Hazel and Josh met in college years ago - he was one of the few guys who was cool with her zaniness. Seven years later they meet up at a party and become best friends. Now Hazel has a plan to get him out on the dating scene again by setting him up on blind dates to help him get over his ex. Talk about a farcical endeavor. As several of you may know, romance novels are not my go to genre by any stretch of the imagination but when I saw all of the reviews for this I was quite intrigued. “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” sounded funny and sarcastic - like something I would be interested in, and so I just had to see what all of the fuss was about. I gotta give this one credit: I listened to the audiobook in my car and there were several moments where I was laughing out loud hysterically - stomach aching from giggling so much. I mean, dude, this is really good (I even put notes in my audiobook book so I could go back and listen again). I absolutely LOVED the smart sarcastic sassy back and forth commentary between Hazel and Josh - they had chemistry galore (repartee is my kind of thing - I am huge fan of Pacey and Joey from Dawson’s Creek and loved their witty banter). What I realized however, is that I prefer PG-13 kind of romance novels. I am not a fan of any romantic encounters that are explicit (insert emoji: hand to face - eek!). I blushed more than once and I’m way over the age of consent, lol. That aside, “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” was an extremely comical, entertaining, sweet read. I simply adored Hazel Bradford and wish more characters had her oomph. Christina Lauren totally got my attention with this captivating read (in my ways than one, obviously)!. I am intrigued enough that I would definitely listen to another one of her rom coms (though I’ll skip those little parts that will be sure to make me blush). Thanks to all of my Goodreads friends who recommended this so highly (Melissa, Larry, Berit, Melisa and Hollis, to name a few). You were right! This is a gem and I highly recommend it. Published on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Instagram on. 10.27.18.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This would have been a full on 5 star read had it not been for the dramatic/unnecessary turn the plot took in the last quarter 🙃 although despite the weird ending, I did love the characters SO MUCH and their chemistry was just A+++++. But tbh I am so conflicted on how to rate this bc that ending was JDJSHSKAKSISJAJSJ WHY

  12. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4.5 Fun Flirty Fabulous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This! Book! What an absolutely adorable sweet and funny romcom with the perfect amount of steam and sizzle🔥 Hazel is being added to my book BFF list and might even have earned the top spot!!! Hazel is a friend you want by your side and somebody you wish you were more like... she had such a fabulous sense of who she was and was not willing to compromise herself for anyone... she had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for life.... she was also loud, eccentri 4.5 Fun Flirty Fabulous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This! Book! What an absolutely adorable sweet and funny romcom with the perfect amount of steam and sizzle🔥 Hazel is being added to my book BFF list and might even have earned the top spot!!! Hazel is a friend you want by your side and somebody you wish you were more like... she had such a fabulous sense of who she was and was not willing to compromise herself for anyone... she had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for life.... she was also loud, eccentric, and had an unusual fashion sense.... As somebody who is too concerned with what everyone else thinks, I really need some Hazel in my life and in my personality... and Josh? Well he wasn’t too bad either...😉 This was probably one of the absolute best friends to lovers books I have ever read... convinced that they are completely wrong for one another, and after Josh is cheated on and ends a two year long relationship... josh and Hazel begin setting each other up on blind dates.... most of these blind dates were disastrous and hilarious... I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit throughout this book.... I mean we’ve all been on bad dates, so this part was so tremendously relatable and a lot of fun! Also really loved how important family was in this book... Hazel had an equally eccentric mother, and the bond between them was undeniable... josh’s family was equally fabulous, I loved how accepting they were of Hazel.... i’d also really love Josh‘s mom to cook some Korean food for me! Beautifully told with some pretty darn amazing characters! This book had it all... humor, romance, friendship, family, pets, food, and sizzle! Absolutely recommend to fans of this writing team, and if you aren’t a fan already pick this book up and you will become one! *** many thanks to Gallery Books for my copy of this fabulous book ***

  13. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    this is THE book of my life, plz excuse me while i hug this book to my chest for the next 10 years.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Available NOW!! Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, I fell in love again! My list of book boyfriends is quite long but damn, lately my list of heroines is rocking the charts. I love, absolutely love, when a book builds your characters up, let’s us readers really get to know them. I love how this author duo can do just about anything with their stories and they are so good at telling their stories. It’s what I love most about them. Josh & Hazel, meet in college. Have many run ins (most not good occu Available NOW!! Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, I fell in love again! My list of book boyfriends is quite long but damn, lately my list of heroines is rocking the charts. I love, absolutely love, when a book builds your characters up, let’s us readers really get to know them. I love how this author duo can do just about anything with their stories and they are so good at telling their stories. It’s what I love most about them. Josh & Hazel, meet in college. Have many run ins (most not good occurrences), but are so opposite that they just know they can never date. Like ever. Don’t even try knowing it just wouldn’t work. Josh is the straight forward, follows everything by how it was written in the books to do. Hazel, how to explain her....... Unique, a breath of fresh air, she’s the one you see laughing uncontrollably at something not so funny, she’s the one that loves crazy things, she doesn’t care how out there she is, she just lives life happily, for her. So flash forward years later when Hazel is at her best friends BBQ party and comes face to face with Josh, whom she hasn’t seen in years and happens to be her best friends brother.... So what happens when both have made it known that, yes indeed we aren’t compatible and could never date???? Yeah, I can’t give the good deets, you have to read this highly entertaining, laugh out loud, sweet, and so lovable book. The chemistry, the sexual tension, and the god damn slow burn, you’ll definitely feel. This is a stand-alone story of two best friends that are looking for happiness for each other. It’s unique, it’s so very humorous, this story down right made me laugh, can’t count the times I swooned, and I definitely lost track of how many times I smiled. Pick this one up upon release if you are needing fresh, funny, unique, and so very entertaining❤️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Polis

    Because I can't help but not rate a Christina Lauren book 5 stars! This one was wayyy too cute and just hilarious. Such lovable, flushed out characters, it's like coming home. That's the only way to describe their writing. You're laughing one moment and then YOUR HEART IS SO BIG A FULL OF JOY YOU JUST WANT TO BURST! Perfect weekend read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manju

    Third book that I have read from this author duo and now I can safely say that I enjoy reading their stories. Though this story was nowhere near cute as Autoboyography or touching as Love and Other Words but this was light and fun. Josh and Hazel met first in the college. While Josh was epitome of a perfection for Hazel, Josh can not say the same thing about Hazel. Fast forward a decade and both met again as Hazel is best friends with Josh's sister. While Josh is happily dating someone, Hazel is Third book that I have read from this author duo and now I can safely say that I enjoy reading their stories. Though this story was nowhere near cute as Autoboyography or touching as Love and Other Words but this was light and fun. Josh and Hazel met first in the college. While Josh was epitome of a perfection for Hazel, Josh can not say the same thing about Hazel. Fast forward a decade and both met again as Hazel is best friends with Josh's sister. While Josh is happily dating someone, Hazel is single. Soon they rekindle their friendship and things got awkward when Josh finds out that his girlfriend is cheating on him. To bring him out of misery, Hazel starts setting double dates for Josh and herself. Those dates were hilarious! And then comes the "awkward" moment, which is also a very common contemporary romance trope. Things went downhill for me from there. While Josh is a lovely characters, it is Hazel that stands out here. She may not be the dream girl that boys have in her mind but who cares as long as she doesn't let it hurt her and live her life to the fullest. I also loved the both set of parents and how they raised their kids. They gave them freedom, let them fly, and were with them when they fell to take care of them. An enjoyable read though it fell short on my expectations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    A super fast, sexy, hilarious romp! This was my first Christina Lauren book and it was just what I needed - some good old fashioned humor to brighten up my day. I haven’t laughed out loud at a book this hard for a long time. I absolutely flew through this book - there’s nothing like a good romcom to break up all the heavier reads. Hazel, a highly eccentric and oh-so-funny woman, is going down as one of my favorite characters of all time. I couldn’t get enough of her and her over the top personali A super fast, sexy, hilarious romp! This was my first Christina Lauren book and it was just what I needed - some good old fashioned humor to brighten up my day. I haven’t laughed out loud at a book this hard for a long time. I absolutely flew through this book - there’s nothing like a good romcom to break up all the heavier reads. Hazel, a highly eccentric and oh-so-funny woman, is going down as one of my favorite characters of all time. I couldn’t get enough of her and her over the top personality and she was the perfect compliment to the laid back Josh. I loved these two and their relationship and their dialogue had people looking at my funny because I kept laughing out loud! Recommend to readers who like a good laugh and don’t mind some steamy romance! Thank you to Gallery Books for my advance copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    5 stars Such a fantastic story, this story was so addictive and I wish we could have more.I loved Hazel and Josh so much, the make the story special.For one more time Christina Lauren delivers a unique and original story. I fall in love with the story and everything about Josh and Hazel, their awkward moments,their cute and sweet moments and the slow burn between them was something else.I laughed with them a lot. This book make me have a smile on my face most of the time.If you are looking for a sw 5 stars Such a fantastic story, this story was so addictive and I wish we could have more.I loved Hazel and Josh so much, the make the story special.For one more time Christina Lauren delivers a unique and original story. I fall in love with the story and everything about Josh and Hazel, their awkward moments,their cute and sweet moments and the slow burn between them was something else.I laughed with them a lot. This book make me have a smile on my face most of the time.If you are looking for a sweet story with a fantastic characters.     

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    5 STARS Sometimes your lack of filter kills me,” he says. “It’s not even like you lack a filter; you lack a funnel.” Oh my gosh! I loved this book! If you're looking for a fun, quirky, put-a-smile-on-your-face-and-keep-it-there rom-com, this book is it! I was immediately hooked from the first page and stayed glued to my kindle until the end. It was the most fun I've had reading in a while! Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating was a refreshingly different take on friends to lovers and I loved e 5 STARS Sometimes your lack of filter kills me,” he says. “It’s not even like you lack a filter; you lack a funnel.” Oh my gosh! I loved this book! If you're looking for a fun, quirky, put-a-smile-on-your-face-and-keep-it-there rom-com, this book is it! I was immediately hooked from the first page and stayed glued to my kindle until the end. It was the most fun I've had reading in a while! Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating was a refreshingly different take on friends to lovers and I loved every adorably quirky page! It’s cool.” I wave an extremely casual hand. “Josh has already seen my boobs.” The party stops. Air stills. “I mean, not because he wanted to see them.” My brain desperately tries to fix this. “They were forced on him.” A wind chime rings mournfully in the distance. Birds stop flying midair and fall to their deaths. Josh and Hazel first met in college when she threw up on his shoes at a party and proceeded to have a few more fun run ins when he was her TA. A particular favorite of mine was the email she sent him while hopped up on pain killers after having her wisdom teeth removed. Suffice it to say Hazel is the sort of woman that makes a lasting impression. She's adorably different with her borderline manic personality, and I loved how comfortable she is in her own skin. This is a woman that knows she's different, and she makes no apologies for it. She is who she is, and she accepts that about herself. She knows that she can be a lot to take and she won't settle for anyone that will make her feel like she should be embarrassed about herself. I absolutely LOVED that about her. Sorry. I’m being too Hazel-y.” I watch her wash the dishes and manage to clean up the kitchen quite capably while I pick at my breakfast. She isn’t pouting, and it doesn’t seem like I’ve hurt her feelings—she honestly just seems to have heard something in my tone that I didn’t intend. “What does that mean,” I ask, “ ‘being too Hazel-y’?” Turning with a dish towel in her hand, she shrugs. “I tend to be too chatty, too silly, too exuberant, too random, too eager.” She spreads her hands. “Too Hazel-y.” Hazel was simply adorable with her brood of equally quirky pets. There's Winnie the poodle, Vodka the parrot, Janice Hoplin the rabbit, and the fish Daniel Craig. I mean, seriously! This is rom-com magic right here. But I digress. Hazel knows what her faults are, and she knows that she's doomed to short lived relationships because of it. Men seem to think that her over the top personality is cute at first, but then they expect her to settle into being a 'normal' girlfriend. And when she doesn't, things end. Josh Im is Hazel's best friend's brother. And as fate would have it, they stumble back into each other's life years after college. Hazel takes one look at Josh's calm manner and unassuming personality, and immediately decides they're going to be best friends. She makes no secret of the fact that she had a huge crush on him in college, but she knows that they're simply not suited for each other. And when Josh's current relationship comes to a crashing end, they make a bid on setting each other up on blind dates until each of them find 'the one'. What ensues can only be described as one hysterically bad date after another. I was eagerly turning the pages just to read the next laugh out loud disaster of a date they'd inadvertently line up for each other next. And as the dates continue, Josh and Hazel's unlikely friendship blossoms. I can’t believe I’m encouraging this conversation, but you were telling me about your gynecologist snubbing you and I’m actually curious to hear how it turned out.” “So I stopped in the middle of the gymnasium and smiled at him—not my courtesy smile, but my real one—and he just walked by.” “Maybe he didn’t see you.” “He definitely saw me—and don’t get me wrong, I run into guys all the time who’ve seen my vagina and pretend not to know who I am. Things don’t work out and that’s fine. But I paid this guy.” I adored Josh. Where Hazel was a refreshingly different heroine, Josh was definitely a refreshingly different hero. He's a serial monogamist that doesn't sleep around. He's sweet, serious, and in any other book he could have been entirely forgettable. But Christina Lauren made him one of the most lovable and memorable characters here; with Hazel being the perfect kooky balance. Your turn.” “Me?” I honestly have no idea how many guys I’ve been with, so I pull a lowball number out of the air. “Maybe twenty.” His eyes go wide and he coughs as he swallows. “Twenty?” “Actually probably more? Let’s say thirty.” Josh shakes his head and laughs. “Wow, okay.” This response is not an improvement. “Don’t do that.” I point a finger at him. “Don’t act like I’ve crossed some magical threshold of appropriate numbers for a woman. If I was a dude and said that, you’d reply, ‘In high school, right?’ and then high-five me and call me brah.” This was easily my favorite rom-com I've read all year. It was absolute perfection that kept a goofy smile on my face the entire time! I couldn't get enough! I adored everything about this book and the characters. If you're looking for your next read, look no further. Because this book is simply not to be missed! 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  20. 4 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****FIVE STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} I know I’m drunk, and I know it’s Josh Im—the blueprint for Perfect, who should never want Hazel Bradford—but when it’s done, and he goes still over me, breathing heavily into my neck, I choose to melt into that sublime blur of pleasure, the way I used to think it might feel to live in a cloud. Christina Lauren have once again, created a story that I have fallen head over heels in love with! JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING is a hilario *****FIVE STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} I know I’m drunk, and I know it’s Josh Im—the blueprint for Perfect, who should never want Hazel Bradford—but when it’s done, and he goes still over me, breathing heavily into my neck, I choose to melt into that sublime blur of pleasure, the way I used to think it might feel to live in a cloud. Christina Lauren have once again, created a story that I have fallen head over heels in love with! JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING is a hilariously funny, silly and sweet ”friends-to-lovers”, romantic comedy. The plot and the characters were simply OUTSTANDING! This is the first time I’ve read a book where the Hero is Korean and being half Korean myself, I got a kick out of all the terminology and references to the customs of my heritage. While I loved this story and super sexy Josh Im, I fell hopelessly in love with the Heroine, Hazel Bradford. She’s a goofball, light-hearted, and marches to the beat of her own drum. You can’t help but root for her to find that special someone who will embrace all of her quirks and just love her for the woman that she is. Right away, you know the guy that wins her heart will have to be extraordinary because Hazel is one of a kind. A shining star! Josh and Hazel met in college and let's just say her infatuation with him led to some very odd and highly embarrassing encounters. They only had a handful of moments together before Josh graduated and then it would be seven years later that they cross paths at Hazel’s best friend, Emily’s, backyard barbeque. Turns out, Josh is Emily’s older brother. Josh and Hazel fall into an easy friendship and when Josh ends up in the middle of a messy breakup, Hazel makes it her mission to help him get out of the funk he’s been in. They agree to go on double dates with the people they set each other up with. The two go on a series of disastrous dates with many laugh out loud moments. What becomes abundantly clear is that these two are perfect for each other. They’re true soul mates. Hazel has always been painfully aware of her oddball personality and how most people are embarrassed by her special brand of goofiness. She’s been in love with Josh for what seems like an eternity. He is her idea of perfection and in her mind, she believes she’s not worthy enough to be with him. Josh has been burned by love in the past and is cautious about putting his heart on the line again. Will Josh and Hazel risk their friendship for the possibility of something far beyond their wildest dreams? Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5 Heroine: 5 Plot: 5 Angst: 3.5 Steam: 4 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5 JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING releases tomorrow! Make sure to one-click!! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2uYS3l7

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    5 stars!! “The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.” Josh and Hazel have known each other since college when she vomited on his shoes. Hazel was the wild child and Josh always liked her but thought she was a bit too much. Now years later the two of them meet up again and become the best of friends. Knowing they are both undate-able for each other, they set out on a series of double dates each more unfortun 5 stars!! “The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.” Josh and Hazel have known each other since college when she vomited on his shoes. Hazel was the wild child and Josh always liked her but thought she was a bit too much. Now years later the two of them meet up again and become the best of friends. Knowing they are both undate-able for each other, they set out on a series of double dates each more unfortunate than the last. But they might be having more fun with each other than anyone else…. “When I meet someone I love, I become an octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart.” It took me until the end of chapter 1 to realize I had been smiling the entire time I had been reading. Throughout reading this book I would continue to find myself smiling and laughing out loud. Sometimes I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down before diving right back in. To say I loved this book is an understatement, and it came into my life exactly when I needed it. Christina Lauren is an author duo who only get better with every new release. How is that even possible? Most authors tend to go downhill, get boring or deliver the same book with a new cover. Not these two!!! They’ve cemented themselves into a favorite author spot for me, and I know they are automatic one click authors. Josh and Hazel are characters I loved equally, but for very different reasons. I loved Hazel’s bright inner light, her eccentricities, and how she was aware she was different from everyone else but was unwilling to change for anyone. I loved how Josh got Hazel and accepted her, never wanting to change her. He’s more a stoic type, but the kind that will quietly be beside you through everything. This book is going into my best of the year list! I LOVED IT! It’s a special story and I really do hope reader’s everywhere will pick it up and enjoy it even half as much as I did. “He doesn’t need me to change or pretend to be someone else. He’s my person. He’s my best friend.” ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This book was cute as shit. Christina Lauren is a favorite author of mine, and I have to say this is my favorite book of theirs since Autoboyography. I loved it so much. This is a romance that takes place in Portland, Oregon (which is another thing I loved.) It follows Hazel Bradfurd and Josh Im. They've known each other since college and she's embarrassed herself inf front of him a handful of times over the years. Now it takes place years later when she is an elementary school teacher, and he i This book was cute as shit. Christina Lauren is a favorite author of mine, and I have to say this is my favorite book of theirs since Autoboyography. I loved it so much. This is a romance that takes place in Portland, Oregon (which is another thing I loved.) It follows Hazel Bradfurd and Josh Im. They've known each other since college and she's embarrassed herself inf front of him a handful of times over the years. Now it takes place years later when she is an elementary school teacher, and he is a physical therapist, and they randomly cross paths once again. Hazel is one of the quirkiest characters I've ever read. And normally when I read quirky characters, it's usually the author despertaely trying to make their characters seem quirky and fun and unique - but Hazel is so odd and endearing and I absolutely loved her. She's maybe my favorite female protagonist in a Christina Lauren novel so far. Not only is she not easily embarrassed and doesn't really have a filter, but she loves animals and has a lot of them - she wants seventeen kids - and she doesn't want to change any part of herself to find love, which I admire a lot. And then we have Josh, her Korean love interest who I also adored. Josh is the SOFTEST thing, he's so sweet to her. Hazel's character was giving me some New Girl Jessica Day vibes for real. I mean come on, she's an elementary school teacher from Portland, Oregon, and she has these intense feelings for her best friend Josh (kind of like with Nick in the show). And this book is also hilarious like New Girl and just all around giving me New Girl vibes which I loved. "I realize that finding the perfect person isn't going to be easy for me because I'm a lot to take, but I'm not going to change just so that I'm more datable." This is a solid best friends to lovers romance. Their friendship felt so real and it happened so naturally and it steadily grew into romance and it was just so CUTE and it made me so GIDDY to read them. This book had me cracking up too, they both have an amazing sense of humor and I was laughing my ass off in certain scenes! I mean the whole premise of this book is that Josh and Hazel become best friends and then they start setting each other up on blind double dates, and some of the dates are absolutely hilarious. It was entertaining as shit. "I've never really had a love that could consume me. I want to know that kind of fire." I also loved the developed side characters and their stories. Like how Hazel is so close to her Mom, and her Dad used to think her Mom was also strange and they don't take shit from men. I also like Josh's relationship with his sister and his Mom, and how their Korean culture is mentioned from time to time and their traditions! "I saw myself and Mom from the outside in a way I hadn't before, like Dad represented this mainstream ideal and she and I were these loud, bouncing yellow dots outside the standard curve." Ahhhhh, this story was just so cute and one I'm definitely not going to forget for a long time. I adore both Josh and hazel so much. I will admit the ending of this book definitely felt a little too rushed, but I was so happy with the rest of this book I couldn't not give it five stars. This book just made me very happy and reminded me why Christina Lauren is an all time favorite for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    Classic Christina Lauren, and a boatload of fun!

  24. 5 out of 5

    kat

    A solid 3.5 star read. Honestly, super fast and enjoyable (except for the end. to the end I screech "hell no" from the rooftops bc no thanks). Some of the jokes didn't land and the whole thing was a bit on the predictable side because there's no way I'm *that good*, but ultimately I had a nice time and that's really all I can ask for at this point. ALSO, as a certified New Girl obsessed human, I can confirm that Hazel Bradford is basically Jessica Day. Maybe a little wilder in some ways, but I am A solid 3.5 star read. Honestly, super fast and enjoyable (except for the end. to the end I screech "hell no" from the rooftops bc no thanks). Some of the jokes didn't land and the whole thing was a bit on the predictable side because there's no way I'm *that good*, but ultimately I had a nice time and that's really all I can ask for at this point. ALSO, as a certified New Girl obsessed human, I can confirm that Hazel Bradford is basically Jessica Day. Maybe a little wilder in some ways, but I am confident that they both brake for birds and DEFINITELY rock a lot of polka dots. Josh isn't quite a true Nick Miller, more like a Ryan Geauxinue with a splash of Miller, but that's all I'm gonna say about it because I don't need you all to know how much thought I put into this comparison. regardless, if you like New Girl check this thang out. it'll make you want to rewatch for the *I literally can't remember how many times I've watched this show through it's sad* time :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Calling Hazel Bradford a free spirit is an understatement of an understatement. She’s impulsive, lacks verbal filters and reflects her personality in her design choices. When she first met Josh Im in college, she was awed by him but their first encounter was memorable for all the wrong reasons. It’s now ten years later and they meet again in surprising circumstances but this time become fast friends. I’m a fan of friends-to-lovers stories and this one is best in class. Hazel is a force and her a Calling Hazel Bradford a free spirit is an understatement of an understatement. She’s impulsive, lacks verbal filters and reflects her personality in her design choices. When she first met Josh Im in college, she was awed by him but their first encounter was memorable for all the wrong reasons. It’s now ten years later and they meet again in surprising circumstances but this time become fast friends. I’m a fan of friends-to-lovers stories and this one is best in class. Hazel is a force and her antics were more than entertaining. Josh is a steadying factor who is almost polar opposite of her but has an appreciation for her uninhibited nature. When his romance falls apart, Hazel goes on a mission to get him back in the game and becomes his fiercest protector and friend. I loved their relationship as best friends and how it evolved, slowly without guile or subterfuge. It was fun being a voyeur and recognizing what they were creating before it occurred to them. It was a delightful story that I was sorry to see end. Both of the narrators captured their characters’ personalities (though the male version of Hazel was quite a bit off). The epilogue was really wonderful, capping off an already great story. This author continues to be an auto read (listen) and I even started this one without even reading the book description. That’s how sure I was that this was going to be a good time. 4.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    4.5 Stars Are you looking for a rom-com? Are you looking for a book that makes your face hurt from smiling? Are you look for completely unique yet relatable characters? Then Christina Lauren are your gals. In this ridiculously funny opposites attract story, Hazel and Josh are friends turned sometimes lovers who think it's a great idea to set each other up on blind/double dates, all the while not realizing their scorching attraction to one another. “I always thought I caught you in . . . a phase.” 4.5 Stars Are you looking for a rom-com? Are you looking for a book that makes your face hurt from smiling? Are you look for completely unique yet relatable characters? Then Christina Lauren are your gals. In this ridiculously funny opposites attract story, Hazel and Josh are friends turned sometimes lovers who think it's a great idea to set each other up on blind/double dates, all the while not realizing their scorching attraction to one another. “I always thought I caught you in . . . a phase.” His left eyebrow makes a fancy arch. “Apparently you’re just like this.” “I feel like I have a lot to apologize for,” I admit, “but I can’t be sure I won’t be constantly exasperating you, so maybe I’ll just wait until we’re elderly.” Half of his mouth turns up. “I can say without question I’ve honestly never known anyone else like you.” “So completely undatable?” “Something like that.” ^^^ hahahhahAHAH if they only knew what was to come... Josh and Hazel quickly gain what Hazel calls "besthip" status. And as they go out on these disastrous double dates, they slowly start to realize maybe what they really want isn't to find someone the other will like, but maybe they're perfect for each other. “I think what I liked was being someone’s person.” Hazel’s fingers come to rest on my wrist, and I blink up again to catch her reaction. She doesn’t meet my eyes but a flush of color deepens along the tops of her cheeks. “You’re my person,” she says. “Thanks for sticking up for me tonight.” She gives these vulnerable words so freely it makes fondness clench at something in my chest. Taking her hand, I bring it to my mouth and press a quick kiss to the backs of her knuckles. “I like being your person.” ARE THEY NOT THE CUTEST?!>! And can I just stop here to say the first time their attraction collides and they hook up? BECAUSE HOLY HELL. Josh is the type of hero I want to see more of. Strong, confident, never cruel, speaks his mind and goes for what he wants (in this case our girl, Crazy Hazie). I love when a hero is all in. When he doesn't give a single shit about any other circumstance and just wants to be with the heroine. She kisses my lips, pulling the bottom one into her mouth. “Do you think it feels good?” I suck in a breath, lightheaded. “I think you feel better than anything.” Just kill me now. When I push up onto my hands to see what I’m feeling, her hands make a circuit of my front: my shoulders, collarbones, chest, stomach, and down to where I’m moving in and out of her. Her fingers come away wet and before I can think about it I pull them up and into my mouth before bending to kiss her. It’s such a rare filthy thought but I want her to feel what we’re doing with every one of her senses. If she wants to memorize it, I want to tattoo it into her thoughts. Look at this, I think. We’re making something right now. Really though, I… need to like, lie..down… Can you tell I LOVED them together? But what I loved most: This is simply a story about a girl who is unapologetically her. Who doesn't let anyone dim her fire. And the guy who loves her for exactly who she is. They're total opposites, sure. But that doesn't matter one bit. When you love yourself first and when you find the right one, they'll love every inch of you, quirks and all. When I went back to re-read the quotes I highlighted and wanted to use in this review, I had SUCH a hard time picking. There were SO many I wanted to share, SO many I want the book world to read to show how hysterical Hazel could be, how sweet these two are together, how beautiful their slow blossoming love is. But I guess you'll just have to get this book to see for yourself ;) Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is out September 4th!|https://amzn.to/2LL9uuV Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eryn

    4 / 5 ❤ What an adorable and sometimes steamy read — and can I just say how much I love that Josh is Korean? Asian men are so handsome — I’m just saying. Similar to my last read novel, I also picked this one up on a whim. But I think I should start doing that more often, since I’m noticing I enjoy my “random” reads more often than my planned ones. Look at me being all spontaneous — but let’s be honest, I probably won’t stop planning my reads. I’m too much of an organization freak. And that was s 4 / 5 ❤︎ What an adorable and sometimes steamy read — and can I just say how much I love that Josh is Korean? Asian men are so handsome — I’m just saying. Similar to my last read novel, I also picked this one up on a whim. But I think I should start doing that more often, since I’m noticing I enjoy my “random” reads more often than my planned ones. Look at me being all spontaneous — but let’s be honest, I probably won’t stop planning my reads. I’m too much of an organization freak. And that was super off topic. Any who, going into this with a “whim” mind-set (that’s a proper phrase, right?) was the best thing to do because of how I went into the story blindly. If I’d read the little description on the back of the novel, I would have called everything that happened in the book (the romances, the so-called twists and turns). But because I didn’t, I actually found myself laughing at various moments (especially the moment Hazel brought a “dog” home as a child that turned out to be a coyote), wishing people would just understand their feelings for one another, and loving how realistic yet so unrealistic it all was. Therefore, even though I did end up calling everything, it was still a fun read, — what can I say? Definitely not a life changing novel, but one I’ll remember, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is endearing, romantic, sometimes steamy, and includes just enough humor to make it a perfect pick-me-up read — which is what I was looking for. Overall, I recommend this to YA and romance fans, but I think anyone will find a way to enjoy Hazel’s quirkiness and Josh’s warm-heart and tenderness. I know I did!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    This is an adorable love story about Hazel and Josh, who met in college when Hazel threw up on his shoes. Ten years later, they are both failing in their love lives, so they decide to try setting each other on dates and double dating. All the dates are varying degrees of disaster, but hanging out so much, a mutual attraction develops—but each thinks it’s only in his/her head, and the other person really wants someone else. We know this because the chapters alternate between Hazel and Josh’s poin This is an adorable love story about Hazel and Josh, who met in college when Hazel threw up on his shoes. Ten years later, they are both failing in their love lives, so they decide to try setting each other on dates and double dating. All the dates are varying degrees of disaster, but hanging out so much, a mutual attraction develops—but each thinks it’s only in his/her head, and the other person really wants someone else. We know this because the chapters alternate between Hazel and Josh’s point of view. What I loved about this story is that Hazel and Josh are friends first, then lovers, then eventually, both realize they want more than friendship with occasional sex. Too many romances don’t develop enough of a friendship first sort of situation. What I didn’t love is the reader is TOLD about four hundred thousand times that Hazel is quirky and zany and that’s why relationships never work out for her and why she can’t possibly be right for rule-abiding Josh. We’re SHOWN sometimes that Hazel has her quirks—her clothes and hair and some actions, but I hate been told repeatedly that someone is quirky. This is a very well-done love story with likeable characters—including supporting characters. Recommend. For more reviews, please visit: http://www.theresaalan.net/blog

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    What a great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One of the things that captures a readers interest is something that this writing team does very well. They give you a true to life snapshot into their characters life. What do I mean by true to life? They have the ability to write in such a manner as you can feel the uncomfortableness, the shy weirdness that people sometimes exhibit. The quirks and running off at the mouth that just tends to happen when you’re nervous. All of this describes Hazel. With h What a great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One of the things that captures a readers interest is something that this writing team does very well. They give you a true to life snapshot into their characters life. What do I mean by true to life? They have the ability to write in such a manner as you can feel the uncomfortableness, the shy weirdness that people sometimes exhibit. The quirks and running off at the mouth that just tends to happen when you’re nervous. All of this describes Hazel. With her fumbling, bumbling personality, it’s hard not to see yourself in her, just a little bit. Then we have Josh. A solid upright low-key person who balances all of Hazel’s uniqueness. Together we get a humorous story of “friends” who set each other up on double dates because they’re just not right for each other. Until they are.... Christina Lauren’s foray into this young adult story is delightful read. They have the unique ability to create live-out-loud characters in Josh and Hazel that just endear themselves right to your soul. Josh + Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is a funny, quirky, sexy book that you just have to experience. This is one story you will definitely fall in love with. * advance copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/josh-hazels-...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This kind of reads like Christina Lauren took the plot of one of Mariana Zapata's friends-to-lovers (or willful-denial-to-lovers, as I think of them) stories and replaced the heroine with a manic pixie dream girl. Josh Im and Hazel Bradford have known each other since college. Josh comes from a close-knit Korean family, is very conservative and down-to-earth. Hazel, on the other hand, sees nothing wrong with dancing in the middle of a field Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This kind of reads like Christina Lauren took the plot of one of Mariana Zapata's friends-to-lovers (or willful-denial-to-lovers, as I think of them) stories and replaced the heroine with a manic pixie dream girl. Josh Im and Hazel Bradford have known each other since college. Josh comes from a close-knit Korean family, is very conservative and down-to-earth. Hazel, on the other hand, sees nothing wrong with dancing in the middle of a field or deciding to make spur-of-the-moment blueberry pancakes without a recipe book or a mind for neatness. Yes, I pictured her as Zooey Deschanel. I tried reading BEAUTIFUL BASTARD and thought it was godawful, but JOSH AND HAZEL'S GUIDE TO NOT DATING won me over with its winsome summary. Initially, I was smitten. I thought Josh was cute and even though Hazel's behavior was a bit too Amelie for me, I did like the message that men only want manic pixie dream girls that fit into their fantasies - any sorts of other quirkiness or unconventionalism is unwelcome, especially if it threatens their masculinity. So I thought that was a good message and thought that maybe I could stomach Hazel's manic pixie dream girl tendencies if she was allowed to do it on her own terms and not for a boy. The problems come halfway through when Hazel and Josh start setting each other up on hilariously bad blind dates. At first it's funny, because they have a better time with each other and even admit to themselves that they're with the wrong person. But the cycle of denial persists for another one hundred pages and then the book introduces a trope that I hate but can't say because it's a spoiler, and this spoiler ends up helping to bring the characters together at the end. It was upsetting to me because this was such an original and quirky romance at first that actually had me laughing out loud, but then the last 100 pages are a miserable experience of two people refusing to sit down and fucking talk. I'm giving this 3 stars because I think it was a good romance and I do like it, but it loses the 1.5 I was going to give it in the beginning for falling to lazy and trope-ridden lows to end the book instead of taking a more mature (and less cliche) out of the narrative hole it dug itself into. P.S. There is a child in here whose parents allow them to dress in ways that go against gender norms and I thought that was sweet. That's part of the reason this gets a solid three, and not a 2.5 to 3. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 3 stars

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