Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre/s: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Comedy

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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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I have been rereading Harry Potter ever since the 1st of January (I’ve been tweeting my journey here), but a few days ago, I decided to a break before I started on Order of the Phoenix. And so, I got my hands on a Kindle edition of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating!

I loved Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography, and it’s no surprise that I loved this book as well. It was hilarious, it was wholesome, it was cheesy, it was romantic, it was steamy, it was everything! This is exactly what I needed.

The writing

I absolutely adore Christina Lauren’s writing. They have this writing style that just hooks you. It gets you invested with the characters and their lives, it makes you want more, it makes you feel things. It even made me feel like I was in love, and I’m not! That for me is just really amazing.

Just like in Autoboyography, I loved the frequent use of metaphors in this book. It managed to enhance the impact of a scene or the thoughts of a character to the reader. It also made it very relatable and enjoyable as I delved deeper into the characters and the story.

This is also my first Adult book from Christina Lauren, and I’m actually very impressed. It was steamy in the right parts, hilarious from the first page to the last, and so wholesome and relatable.

The characters

I loved the characters, of course! Hazel was quirky, outgoing, and different and the authors wrote her really well. Her character wasn’t the type of character that tries too hard to say “Hey, I’m different!”, and I really loved that. I also adored how open Hazel is when it comes to her sexual endeavors. She doesn’t shy away from it, and she even called out Josh when he gave her a small look when she told him how many guys she has been with. She’s confident about herself without ever being too prideful and too much. At the same time, she also knows that she has flaws and these flaws are the root of her insecurities.

I also loved Josh. I can definitely see the “blueprint-perfect” description that Hazel uses for him. He was also described as mellow (compared to Hazel) but he definitely wasn’t boring. He was understanding, and mature, and outspoken. He wasn’t afraid to convey his feelings and emotions (none of that toxic masculinity) and I really loved that about him.

The plot

The plot was good, and for the most parts I was really enjoying it. It had the right angst, the pining, the funny and quirky scenes, plus the hot and steamy ones. Everything was going good! However, that one plot twist near the end got me dumbfounded, and the ending was just too picture-perfect for me. So, although I liked the story, I wish the ending went down differently. I felt like it was just too easy and safe for me. (Or maybe I just got so used to epic plot twists from reading too much YA fantasy.)

Quotes from the book

I learned a very important thing that day: my mom would never try to change for a man, and I wouldn’t, either.

The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.

Inside my chest, my heart melts with the effort she gives every single person, even those who look at her like she’s beneath them.

“I think what I liked is being someone’s person.”

He smiles, but it’s not a smile I’ve ever seen before. It’s a dangerous smile; he’s a movie villain, the seductive one, the one who robs you but fucks you real good first.

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4.5 stars for this lovely book! I definitely enjoyed reading this. I kept laughing the whole time, and I really recommend this to those who are having a book slump, those who want an awesome, funny read, or those who want to try an Adult book. So, if you’re finding this interesting, go ahead and read this! I swear you won’t regret it!

So, any of you guys read this yet? What did you think about it? 😀

One thought on “Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

  1. […] Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is written by the same author who write Autoboyography! This time though, it’s an Adult romance novel, instead of YA. This book is fluffy, steamy, and lovely all at the same time! Hazel and Josh’s love story was a beautifully written friends-to-bestfriends-to-lovers trope, and I am a sucker for that kind of story line. This book showed me that you’re going to find someone that will really fit with you and every part of your personality. Not just someone who tolerates you, but someone who accepts you whoever you are. And that’s exactly what love is. […]

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