Friday, 17 June 2022

Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - Christina Lauren

Book: Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 8th August 2019

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌜
Date Finished: 17th June 2022


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?


Yet another book I grabbed from my fave store: The Works.

This starts with Hazel meeting with her best friend and fellow school teacher, Emily, as they say goodbye to the students they had last year and head to a barbecue where Hazel learns that the guy she had the biggest crush on and the most embarrassing moments of her college life is actually Emily's brother, Josh. Reconnecting, they become quite close and after she ends up moving in with him while her flooded flat gets sorted out they end up deciding to set the other up on blind-dates and double dating. They grow forever closer until a drunken disastrous date ends up with them in bed together.

I was a little torn with this one. I did like a lot of it but at the same time, it's taken me over two weeks to read this, when it's just over 300 pages, so it wasn't grabbing me a lot. I did like quirky Hazel a lot; she's not afraid to be different. Josh was great. I loved how protective he grew of Hazel.

I'm not going to spoil it by going into too much detail of the storyline but I did enjoy the epilogue. That was super cute.

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