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

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

If I say I enjoyed reading this book, that would be an understatement. I am head over heels in love with this book AND Hazel AND Josh AND I need Christina and Lauren to be my best friends right now and turn my life into a romantic comedy! 💖💖💖

Just when I think their last book is my favorite, I get a new favorite. In this book, we met Josh and Hazel, both of whom briefly knew each other in college. Then seven years down the road with established careers, the two meet and become instant best friends (probably due more to Hazel’s lovable insistence). Hazel’s best friend happens to be Josh sister and from the moment they reunite it’s a roller coaster of setting up blind dates for each other.

This book was totally driven by the characters and the situations they put themselves in. Hazel’s personality is probably one of my favorite that I have had the pleasure to read about in a long time. I don’t think I’ve laughed out loud reading a book in a long time either. I mean tears pouring down my face laughing and re-reading the same sentence over and over (and listening because I also got the audiobook – I love it that much) just to relieve the moment. Her bright and sunny to Josh’s cool and collected was the perfect match and their interactions were priceless. I’ve never read such flawless chemistry between two characters before! How does Christina Lauren make characters so real? It always baffles me.

Ultimately, the book has a beautiful message about accepting your quirks and finding someone who loves you for them too. There are many times in the story when Hazel points out to Josh that guys don’t tend to stick around long because they can’t take all her quirkiness. She isn’t going to change herself because of that though. Josh sees that despite what everyone thinks about Hazel, she is who she is and that is what makes her special. I love that. Dating now in days can seem like a competition and it’s almost like you have to have a filter on in real life in order to be able to make it. Hazel showed me that it’s possible to find someone who will love you as long as you keep being yourself AND love yourself.

All the stars to Josh and Hazel.

P.S. This book got reeeeeeally sexy but it was so darn relatable! 💃

“I have chaos around me, but it’s like he doesn’t care. He doesn’t need me to change or be someone else.”

P.P.S I didn’t say too much about the story and the characters in my review because I have something special up my sleeve with this book and a project I’m working on. STAY TUNED, FRIENDS!

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