Most men can’t handle Hazel. But her best friend Josh isn’t most men. Don’t miss New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s new novel about two people who are definitely not dating…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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the writing duo behind wonderful contemporary romances like Roomies comes another hilarious and painfully relatable tale of love in the time of Tinder. A series of disastrous double dates provides the setup for the connection between the straitlaced Josh and the endearingly quirky (and supposedly “undateable”) Hazel. Lighthearted as it might be, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is driven by real heart, clever dialogue, and steamy scenes. It’s the perfect book for anyone who’s ever found the world of romance to be a ridiculous puzzle.
In Lauren's hilarious standalone, hot mess Hazel Bradford and blueprint-perfect Josh Im are definitely, indisputably not dating. Hazel, extremely eccentric and lacking any filter, has more in common with the third graders she teaches than the exquisite genius Josh, a successful physical therapist. After a series of embarrassing encounters in college, Hazel is certain that she has proven to Josh that she's completely undatable, but, when they meet again seven years later, she hopes they can be friends. When it turns out Josh's girlfriend has been cheating on him, Hazel and Josh begin setting each other up on disastrous blind double-dates as an excuse to spend time together. Hazel is wild and unapologetic, and her yearning for love and family is perfectly blended with her refusal to settle for anyone who doesn't appreciate her quirks. Though the novel is predictable at times and full of convenient mishaps that throw the pair together, Lauren (Roomies) finds the perfect balance between charming moments and sultry episodes.
So much fun!
I loved this book. It’s the first from this author and to definitely will not be my last.
I need a friend like Hazel. She was fabulous and so fun and quirky that I’m not surprised that Josh fell for her. Josh was Hazel’s opposite but he was kind and fun and got Hazel. You know from the start that they would end up together but the adventure to get there was well worth the ride/read.
A Netflix movie should be made.. ASAP
An emphatic 5 stars. Hazel may be the most marvelous character to ever be written. She’s the woman I dream to be: carefree, confident, intelligent, beautifully her own. Reading In her voice made me almost jealous; I want to be her, think like her, dream like her. And Josh would make anyone swoon. He’s perfect just as Hazel described. There is no other word for Josh Im. This book is the reason I fell in love with romance novels. The beautifully complicated act of loving someone unconditionally is what people are desperate to find, even if only in a book. Even in reading about it, we all can believe that someday someone will come along and love us for who we truly wholly are. Some believe reading romance novels is a way to escape but I believe it just puts into words the kind of love that’s out there and I’m destined to find it. Christina Lauren honestly just writes beautiful stories that inspire us to find that kind of love. I’ve read one too many romance novels, and I can honestly say, this story is my absolute favorite. A wordy review to say this is a must-read.
I’ve read a lot of romance novels, and this is one of my all time favorites! 😍