I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
on September 4, 2018
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 have read most of Christina Lauren’s book. They bring in the right kind of sizzling romance. I love their Beautiful Bastard series. I binged read those book in 2017.
When I read the synopsis of this book I was intrigue. This a unique friends to lover romance.
Hazel is a big, eccentric character. She met Josh back in college and she has had a crush on him. However after a series of encounters like throwing up on his shoe in a party, a painkiller induced email, well nothing came up.
Flash forward 7 years later, Hazel discovers that Josh is her best friend’s Emily brother. They reconnect and Hazel makes a declaration that she will be Josh’s best friend. The story unfolds from there.
Characters: I loved Hazel and her personality. She loves big! She embraces herself and accepts that she is not going to change for a relationship. I felt for her and her past relationship.
Josh is Hazel’s opposite but they mesh well. I think he brings to the relationship a sense of stability.
I loved Hazel’s mom. I really appreciate that they had a good relationship. Actually in this book the role of family was prominent. Josh’s parent were loving and present. They embraced Hazel and her eccentricities.
Plot: Much of the story is Josh and Hazel hanging out. They go on a series of blind dates together which I think it’s an interesting experiment.
The last 5% of the book took a dark turn which was explained briefly in the epilogue. However I wished we would have dived deeper on the issue.
Romance: In comparison to other Christina Lauren’s book this is not as steamy. This was a sweet friends to lovers relationship.
What I feel? I really love the themes of never changing or dull your light for a relationship. I admire Hazel for standing her ground. I found this book inspiring as I look for a relationship, I don’t want to change my values, what makes me me in order to fit someone else’s standard of what is right.