JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING

Unknown-6 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. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely notdating, 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?

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“But if you changed your mind about something like that,” Emily says, “I think that’s the one thing that could dim her light. We both know Hazel is a butterfly. I think you have the power to take the dust from her wings.”

I absolutely love Christina Lauren. The duo has an incredibly special way of telling a story that pulls out all of my emotions— and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was exactly what I needed. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of deep, dark, twisted and extremely heavy reads. I was way past due for something light, fun, and a little sexy. Saying that though doesn’t mean that this wasn’t an emotional story by any means.

Hazel Bradford is a not like any other woman. She’s quirky, has no filter, is the life of the party, and honestly marches to the beat of her own drum— a drum that many men can’t handle. When in college she met her best friend, Josh Im— only he didn’t know it yet. Josh was a few years older than Hazel and where she’s vibrant and loud, Josh is mellow and keeps his thoughts to himself.

Ten years later at a work party she sees Josh again. They get to laugh over all the times Hazel embarrassed herself in front of him. They quickly become “best friends” and decide to set each other up on multiple blind double dates. But it seems that they are having more fun on these dates with each other than with the person they are being set up with.

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Hazel is someone I would personally want to be best friends with. Contagiously happy, quirky, her own woman, and extremely fierce and loyal. She truly made this book something special. Christina Lauren did such a good job at creating a character that wasn’t cookie cutter— which is why I love their stories so much. There is always something special added that you won’t find anywhere else. I was laughing throughout the whole story and crying by the end. Such an amazing book!

I could seriously go on all day about how much I loved this book, and how I think Christina Lauren is the best writing duo ever. But I’ll stop. Just know that as soon as I finished and turned the last page I was extremely upset that there was no more for me to read. I could probably reread this book right now and just love it as much, which says a lot because I usually don’t like rereading books. Just do yourself a favor and go grab this one!

5/5 STARS

*Thank you to Gallery Books for providing this free review copy! 
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