Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Todd Haberkorn & Jayme Mattler
Length: ~7 hours (309 pages)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Source: Library (Libby app)
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?
This was a super fun and adorable rom com. I found Hazel to be instantly hilarious and relatable. She is quirky, weird, wild, and a bit of hot mess, but she is 100% unapologetic about who she is and does not tolerate anyone who tries to dull her shine.
Josh and Hazel had a near perfect friends to lovers arc (refreshing after reading so many enemies to lovers). They cared so deeply about each other and had such great chemistry! The disastrous series of blind dates they set each other up on had me literally laughing out loud, and they made it so obvious that they only belonged with each other.
I totally thought this would be a five star book for me; however, I did not love the ending. I think the big twist felt inappropriate and took away from the story overall. It didn’t seem like the right way for the characters to get together, and it also felt very rushed. I did think that the epilogue was perfect, but I wanted more time to savor Josh and Hazel finally getting together without unnecessary complications.