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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  60,441 ratings  ·  8,858 reviews
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 pro
Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Gallery Books
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Emily May
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019
Whyyy that ending? Ewww.

In my search for cute sexy romances that don't make me want to kill one or both love interests, Christina Lauren is usually one of the first to be recommended. I've wanted to read their books for a while now, and seeing as it is so highly rated, I picked Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.

It started very fun. I want to stress that I enjoyed a lot of the book and currently have several other Christina Lauren books on hold at my local library. Hazel is a hilarious spitfir
5+ stars!!!

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I've read several of Christina Lauren books and I can say with the utmost confidence that this is their best book to date. It's by far my favorite of theirs. There wasn't one thing I didn't love about it. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is the epitome of opposites attract. It's one of the best friends to lovers story I've ever read and I loved it so much!! I have no doubt it will be one of my favorite reads of 2018. 

Hazel Bradford is a bit of a weirdo, and I mean that in the
If pure FUN is what you’re after, look no further than Josh and Hazel. Theirs is a love story riddled with enough comedic relief to inspire bouts of couch-shaking laughter, earning side-eye from drowsy felines and leading my husband to question, “are you all right over there?” More than all right, I was a giddy and giggly gal, smitten with this dynamic duo and their quirky quest for love.

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a Christina Lauren and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. For
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was *clenches fist* so cute.

I read this during Valentine's Day, so I was in the mood for a fluffy romance. I'm happy to report that that's exactly what I got - and then some. I actually giggled aloud to myself several times. Alone. So alone. On Valentine's Day.
Josh and Hazel have the best chemistry. Although they have two very different personalities, they perfectly complement one another. AND Hazel, our Jessica Day-type quirky lead, is not forced to change her ways for love. Heck yes.
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Happy Pub Day!!!

"I realize that finding the perfect person isn't going to be easy for me because I'm a lot to take," she says, "but I'm not going to change just so that I'm more datable. At the end of the day, being myself is enough. I'm enough."

I related to this book on a spiritual level. Duo Christina Lauren's brand of humor was so on point in this novel, it felt like they had written it specifically for me as a reader. I can't express how uplifting and enjoyable of an experience I had reading
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG look who's got a romance novel at the ready!! Yes, it's me! (surprisingly)

3.5/5 ⭐

This has actually been a somehow sweet read. Hazel is a total nutjob but she is adorable in her own way and Josh is so different from her that they actually click well together.
Their love story is playful and hot and unexpected and by the end, it was a bit emotional. In an interesting way.

[4th reread - FEB 2020]
[3rd reread - AUG 2019]


I’ve read this twice now. Once in September and then again in October. I loved reading it just as much as the first time, but probably more now.
Actually, I know I love it more than the first time I read it, because my feelings towards it intensified tenfold. This book is literal happiness. Characters so good, so pure and so alive in my head, I couldn’t get enough!


WTF is this cuteness that I’ve just read?! I mean, I’m overly h
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, favorites
➳Quirkiness, fun double dates, sexy times that became unexpected, everything combined together to bring two individuals that are beyond different but definitely meant to be...

➳When one starts reading a romance novel by my favorite duo Christina Lauren, one should know that you will forever love the story no matter what. When one reads romance stories, you expect a trope to take into place. No matter what, this new stand-alone filled with fun adventures between two best friends, has every ret
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh my goodness. my cheeks hurt from smiling so much! this is just so much fun, so silly, so pure, so cute. its been awhile since ive read something that has made me so giddy and giggly. my last christina lauren book was a miss, so i am so glad my faith in their stories has finally been restored.

my previous downfall with CL stories is i can never seem to like both characters. i usually prefer one over the other, but this time i loved both josh and hazel. and even more importantly, i loved them to

ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

“The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.”

Most of you know that I’m a pretty big fan of Christina Lauren! Autoboyography is now one of my favorite books of all-time. And friends, I really enjoyed this book and it made me so unreasonably happy! Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is set in Oregon and is honestly one of the cutest
Whitney Atkinson
Thanks to Netgalley for supplying me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

4.5 Stars


I told myself I wouldn't read anymore Christina Lauren because I thought Roomies was a bit bland and not up my alley, but this one just sounded cute so I broke my own rule and WOW I'M SO GLAD I DID THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE OF THE YEAR!

The main thing I love about this book is the main character. She's cute and quirky and fun without trying too hard to be ~different~. She's au
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This would have been a full on 5 star read had it not been for the dramatic/unnecessary turn the plot took in the last quarter 🙃 although despite the weird ending, I did love the characters SO MUCH and their chemistry was just A+++++. But tbh I am so conflicted on how to rate this bc that ending was JDJSHSKAKSISJAJSJ WHY
Merphy Napier
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

I keep thinking that now I wanna read more romance books. But the truth is, I just wanna read this one again for the first time.

What I liked:
- the characters. I didn't like them much at first, but they really grew on me, and by the end, I loved them both so much
- friends to lovers. Again, didn't care about their relationship at first, but it developed into something so sweet and beautiful and I just loved it so much
- slow burn. I LOVE a slow burn! And this took just the right amount of time
Joshita ❤
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! please just read this or i'll haunt your dreams!
Recommended to Joshita ❤ by: my genius self
STOP RIGHT THERE AND Please just read it if you haven't because ahhhh I am in love with this book!!
“I always thought I caught you in . . . a phase. His left eyebrow makes a fancy arch. "Apparently you're just like this.”

What? Do you need a 'BEST FRIENDS TO LOVERS' romance? Oh, you don't want annoying character? Do you also want an amazing protagonist who is quirky and cute but also knows what she is doing? The writing should be good too? Oh, I don't know—I say—READ THIS GODDAMN BOOK
Larry H
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always enjoyed romantic comedies at the movies, but I've never really been a fan of them in book form. But sometime over the last year I found the writing duo that calls themselves Christina Lauren. I was absolutely wowed by Autoboyography (see my review) last year, and then earlier this year I fell for Love and Other Words (see my review), and that will be one of my favorite books of 2018.

Who is this man that I've become?

I don't know, but after reading their newest book, Josh an
demi. ♡
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
❥ 4.5 / 5 stars

“Raw emotion paints his expression. I’ve honestly never seen anyone look at me this way… it’s more than desire. It’s need.”

I feel like I made the right decision to give Christina Lauren another chance after she had disappointed me a little with The Unhoneymooners. ❤️❤️❤️
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first read by this dynamic writing duo, and I was extremely impressed. Their writing style is addictive and their witty, humorous characters are ones you won’t forget. It was simply an unputdownable read!

”I can honestly say without question I have never known anyone else like you.”

 ”So completely undatable?”

 ”Something like that.”

Josh and Hazel completely melted my heart. Although they have absolute polar opposite personalities, they become best friends, both knowing their relationship w
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

Fun, fluffy friends to lovers to soulmates story with a bit of an edge.

Hazel first me Josh in college when she propositioned him at a frat party and then proceeded to puke on his shows. They have some embarrassing run-ins afterward, but it isn’t until 10 years after college that they are reunited. Hazel is a lot to handle--she’s loud, a little weird, oftentimes says the wrong thing, and fully embraces those she loves. Hazel is aware that she’s different and not everyone can handle her per
Susanne  Strong
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, rom-com
4 Stars.

A Fun, Quirky, Laugh out Loud Rom Com!

Hazel is quirky. She can’t help but say exactly what’s on her mind the second it pops up and boy does that get her into trouble. She even considers herself to be completely undatable. She is utterly fantastic, what can I say? Josh is somewhat low key and unassuming. He and his girlfriend don’t really do much of anything of when they are together. Perhaps that’s why she cheated on him.

Hazel and Josh met in college years ago - he was one of the few
April (Aprilius Maximus)
this is THE book of my life, plz excuse me while i hug this book to my chest for the next 10 years.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Fun Flirty Fabulous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

This! Book! What an absolutely adorable sweet and funny romcom with the perfect amount of steam and sizzle🔥

Hazel is being added to my book BFF list and might even have earned the top spot!!! Hazel is a friend you want by your side and somebody you wish you were more like... she had such a fabulous sense of who she was and was not willing to compromise herself for anyone... she had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for life.... she was also loud, eccentri
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was really cute & I loved both Josh and Hazel a lot. I didn't really like the ending, but I loved the majority of the book, and I'm definitely interested to read more from Christina Lauren! ...more
chan ☆
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
still salty

i'm still a little annoyed so i figured i'd give my thoughts here now that i've had time to simmer.

first of all, christina lauren. not every protagonist needs to be quirky with big tits. can we make her a bitter shrew with big tits???? can we make her quirky with a FAT fucking ass??? i just finished the unhoneymooners and the protag in that book + this book are like, the same. i can't remember either of their names so that goes to show how unique their personalities were.

the unhoneymo
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Dating was cute, funny and addictive with a side of steaminess!

Hazel is eccentric and unapologetically louder than life and true to herself. She was a breathe of fresh air and laugh out loud funny. There were times her antics felt a bit over the top but it worked to showcase how self-assured and content she was with herself. She was not changing for those around her. You simply had to accept her and love her for who she was. Those lucky enough to do so were rewarded wit
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
An enjoyable 3 stars for most of the book but the last 3-ish chapters brought in a trope that I HATE so the ending has left me a little bitter about this book.
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Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, I fell in love again! My list of book boyfriends is quite long but damn, lately my list of heroines is rocking the charts.

I love, absolutely love, when a book builds your characters up, let’s us readers really get to know them. I love how this author duo can do just about anything with their stories and they are so good at telling their stories. It’s what I love most about them.

Josh & Hazel, meet in college. Have many run ins (most not good occurr
Natasha Polis
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because I can't help but not rate a Christina Lauren book 5 stars! This one was wayyy too cute and just hilarious. Such lovable, flushed out characters, it's like coming home. That's the only way to describe their writing. You're laughing one moment and then YOUR HEART IS SO BIG A FULL OF JOY YOU JUST WANT TO BURST! Perfect weekend read! ...more
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Sometimes your lack of filter kills me,” he says. “It’s not even like you lack a filter; you lack a funnel.”

Oh my gosh! I loved this book! If you're looking for a fun, quirky, put-a-smile-on-your-face-and-keep-it-there rom-com, this book is it! I was immediately hooked from the first page and stayed glued to my kindle until the end. It was the most fun I've had reading in a while! Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating was a refreshingly different take on friends to lovers and I
Em Lost In Books
Third book that I have read from this author duo and now I can safely say that I enjoy reading their stories. Though this story was nowhere near cute as Autoboyography or touching as Love and Other Words but this was light and fun.

Josh and Hazel met first in the college. While Josh was epitome of a perfection for Hazel, Josh can not say the same thing about Hazel. Fast forward a decade and both met again as Hazel is best friends with Josh's sister. While Josh is happily dating someone, Hazel is
The authors behind Christina Lauren write a terrifically zany rom-com, a delight to read, set in Seattle. Hazel is a one-off, a warm personality around whom chaos and mayhem reign supreme, she is wild, eccentric, and has absolutely no filter when it comes to what comes out of her mouth and sees nothing wrong in casual sex. Whilst at college, she meets Josh Im, a Korean-American, a guy she adored and becomes her blueprint for the perfect man. The first time she met him she was drunk and immediate ...more
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