Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 4, 2018 by Gallery Books
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Christina Lauren are one of my autobuy authors, I will read anything they write. Currently Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Autoboyography are tied for my favorite Christina Lauren book. I loved this book SO MUCH.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating follows Josh and Hazel, two friends who haven’t seen each other since college as they come back into each other’s lives and rekindle their friendship. The characters and their chemistry is amazing. Hazel is such a weird, awkward, endearing person, and I love her character so much. At times she seemed a little too over the top, but I love that she is so unapologetically herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her.
“When I meet someone I love, I become and octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart, tighter and tighter until they can’t deny they love me just the same.”
Don’t even get me started on Josh. He is the PERFECT love interest. He is so kind and caring, and not overbearing and controlling like a lot of love interests tend to be. He cares about Hazel and their friendship. He loves that she’s herself, and stands up for her when people look down on her for her personality. He’s so supportive of everything she does, not only is he the perfect love interest, but the perfect friend.
I love how Josh and Hazel’s relationship progresses throughout the novel. The two characters get along so well, and the way their friendship progresses to a romantic relationship feels authentic. I love that for most of the book they’re friends, and don’t quickly jump into dating. A huge part of the book, and one that I really enjoyed was when they tried to set each other up on dates. The people they set the other up with end up not being what they expect, and always end up paying attention to each other instead of their dates.
I got an eARC of this book, and I can’t wait until September when I can go pick up the physical copy and reread it again!