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 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.
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I loooooved this novel!! Absolutely one of my new top favorites.
The characters are amazing and the story is the sweetest thing ever.
Hazel’s personality is the best, and she’s probably my favorite novel character of all time.
Her and Josh’s friendship journey is adorable and I loved reading Josh’s feelings progress for Hazel and her wild personality.
The novel alternates pov’s from Hazel to Josh and it adds a cool twist to the feel of the novel, allowing a bit of dramatic irony. The author’s writing is smooth and very easy to read, I finished the novel in a day.
I certainly recommend reading!
Such a cute story!
I liked this the thing I liked most was that there was an epilogue which I feel gives a complete and final ending to show that this is the endgame relationship I like the way their relationship progressed and the dynamic between all the characters yes the girls a little out there but not too much in my opinion and it’s cute and funny the whole thing with the ex boyfriend was kind of unnecessary but I guess in all books almost characters can never straight up talk about their feelings and have to have a third person involved before they say anything