Book Review | Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

YES! Another Christina Lauren book I ended up loving. The first one I read was The Unhoneymooners, and now this?? I now have every other book of theirs on hold at the library and I cannot wait to dive more into their writing style and just ugh! Okay, let’s get into the review now. Just had to let you all know how in love I am with their writing style.


Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Pages: 309

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

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?

  • Friends to Lovers trope – One of my favorite trope’s of all time was in this book and ugh, YES! They were such good friends, you kind of were at some moments like ‘ehh, should they be friends? or should they be more?’ But eventually you get over that and gain pure joy over the fact that they should be more than friends.
  • Josh – Josh is awesome! It’s been a long time since I’ve truly been in love with a male romantic character in a book and Josh was just so.. :)! Haha.
  • Winnie – Winnie! Yes, she is a dog, but ugh I loved her too! I love when authors are able to show how likeable a character is through animals. It’s a FACT dogs can tell between good people and bad people, they can tell! They know who they like and who they don’t right off the bat. Winnie was in LOVE with Josh and it was adorable reading how she followed Josh around, cuddled with Josh, just super cute stuff there.
  • The writing – Just like The Unhoneymooners, the writing was phenomenal in this book. I am really starting to love the duo that is Christina Lauren and very excited to continue reading books from this amazing partnership.
  • Great relationship – To make this book a great read, like every romance book, you have to have a good relationship. And this relationship wasn’t good, it was freaking amazing! A lot of chemistry, a lot of connection, a lot of love and was just awesome.
  • Love triangle trope – Sadly, this book has my least favorite trope, which unfortunately is one of the most common ones. I hate love triangles, and of course this had it. It was a cliche love triangle where you know the other person just shouldn’t belong and the couple you’re cheering for now has this major obstacle in it’s way and you’re just like…UGH! NO! It’s so frustrating!
  • Hazel’s short moment of stupidity – Hazel is a really smart girl, she’s a teacher, trivia winner, and just is really quick to think. But all of a sudden, during that love triangle, she wants to slow down and start doing stupid stuff. *face palm*

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

100% yes! This was a great read and I am just so excited to read more from the lovely writing duo that is Christina Lauren.


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