Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on September 4, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
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Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING tells the story of 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?
From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren comes a new romantic comedy about two friends who
are definitely, for sure, in no way dating…maybe
This book….THIS BOOK! By far my favorite read this year. Only 320 pages…………..I could have read 1000 pages of Josh and Hazel. The writing duo of Christina Lauren just get better and better with every story they tell. Josh and Hazel though for me, by far knock all the others out of the way. Make room you guys, cause Josh and Hazel will steal your heart!
“Sort of” friends from college, they meet again 10 years later and the hilarity and sweetness ensue. Josh is calm, reserved, introverted, Hazel, is quirky, clumsy, kind, she walks to the beat of her own drum. Maybe she’s a bit zany and “out there” but she does it with a loving spirit. Hazel is a breath of fresh air in Josh’s otherwise mundane life. And well for Hazel…..Josh is just the most beautiful man she’s ever known. He brings the stability that Hazel needs. As their friendship blossoms, so do they. Together, they learn just how much the other brings out of them. Josh slowly starts to see what life is like through Hazel’s eyes and while he’s determined not to ruin their friendship, he can’t help feel something.
The things that Hazel says when she’s nervous are some of the funniest things I’ve ever read. I was embarrassed for her a few times, yet found myself laughing out loud all the same. Poor Josh….
I can never say enough wonderful things about Christina Lauren. Their stories are ones I can see on the big screen. Every story feels personal, and every character so very real. It’s an amazing partnership, I’m always waiting to see what’s coming next. If you read nothing else this fall, you have to read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. You won’t be disappointed!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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