Published in 2018 by now-acclaimed author Christina Lauren, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is a hilarious and endearing novel that is beloved by many.
Get ready to explore the endearing and humorous tale of two unconventional characters navigating the complexities of relationships in the most unpredictable ways. We’ll discover the charm, wit, and heartfelt moments that make this book an unforgettable romantic adventure. Let’s embark on this captivating ride filled with laughter, friendship, and the joys of not dating!
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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
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?
“The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.”
We follow the eccentric and vivacious Hazel Bradford and her reserved and composed friend, Josh Im. Hazel, known for her quirky personality and bold antics, has always marched to the beat of her own drum, embracing her individuality and living life unapologetically. Josh, on the other hand, is a straightforward and focused guy, determined to keep his life orderly and uncomplicated.
After reconnecting at a college reunion, Hazel and Josh cross paths once again. Hazel’s best friend Emily, who happens to be Josh’s sister, sets them up on a blind double date. The date is an entertaining disaster as Hazel’s unfiltered nature clashes with Josh. However, their night ends with an unexpected friendship forming between them.
As the two continue to spend time together, they find themselves drawn to one another’s quirks and differences. Despite their undeniable chemistry, they are convinced that they are not meant to be romantically involved. To navigate their feelings, they decide to set each other up on a series of terrible dates to prove that they are better off as friends.
Throughout their wild dating escapades, Hazel and Josh witness each other’s vulnerability, strengths, and emotional scars from their pasts. As their friendship deepens, they become a pillar of support for each other, understanding and accepting each other’s flaws without judgment. Their genuine connection grows stronger, leading them to question their initial stance on staying just friends.
As they grapple with their emotions, Hazel and Josh embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Amidst life’s ups and downs, they confront their fears, insecurities, and past heartaches. Along the way, they realize that the line between friendship and romance is blurrier than they ever imagined.
As their bond strengthens, the walls they once built to protect themselves begin to crumble, giving way to profound and passionate love. But fear and doubt linger, threatening to keep them from admitting their true feelings for each other.
Eventually, Hazel and Josh confront their fears, shedding their doubts to embrace the love that has blossomed between them.
Christina Lauren masterfully crafts a story that is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. Hazel’s vibrant personality, unapologetic quirks, and comical mishaps bring an abundance of laughter to the pages. We fell in love with her instantly. Josh, with his stoic demeanor and quiet strength, forms the perfect foil to Hazel’s vivaciousness, and their dynamic sparks with undeniable chemistry.
What sets Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating apart from conventional romance novels is its authentic and refreshing portrayal of love. Instead of adhering to traditional relationship norms, the story embraces the beauty of imperfection and celebrates the value of being true to oneself. You’ll will find yourself rooting for Hazel and Josh, not because they fit the mold of a classic couple, but because they are unapologetically and uniquely themselves. It’s always refreshing to see relationships in books that are imperfect, difficult, and unlikely.
Christina Lauren skillfully navigates the complexities of friendship, vulnerability, and the joy of finding love in unexpected places. The characters’ emotional journeys are beautifully written, delving deep into their pasts and insecurities, making their growth and self-discovery all the more gratifying to witness.
“Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” is a novel that tugs at the heartstrings, delivering moments of laughter, tears, and heartfelt emotions. The seamless blend of humor, wit, and tender moments creates an engrossing reading experience that left us dying to read. We really recommend this to anyone wanting a funny, feel-good romance!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating age rating?
Whilst it isn’t overtly spicy, the ongoing sexual themes, and alcohol use would render it unsuitable for those under 17 years of age.
Is Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating in Dual POV?
It is! The use of Dual POV makes both characters truly feel alive. Having both Hazel and Josh’s POV adds more depth and really gives readers the opportunity to understand both characters and develop a connection to them.