Josh and Hazel’s Guide to not dating (Non-Spoiler Review)

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Published by  Gallery Books on September 4, 2018

Genres: Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Paper Back

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.


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?

My Thoughts:

This book is hard to review for me. If I am rating the characters and the first half of the novel, I would give this book a strong four stars. I was really fond of the character and the plot throughout the first half of the book. This book was so laugh out loud funny and I was really captured by the duel POV storytelling in this novel. I also really felt connected to the characters. However the last 100 pages of this novel threw me and I did not love it, I really struggled with the ending. I still am not sure how I feel, but I would give the ending two stars. So I struggled to rate it! But it was a fast pace read for the most part and very funny!