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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

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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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  • Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
    Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
    Release date: Sep 04, 2018
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    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
    Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 be
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
    Shelves: from-publisher
    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
    Cristina | CristiinaReads
    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 retro
    Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 happy. My heart is more or less glowing.

    Sign me up for

    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 frien
    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
    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 and Haze
    Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: overdrive

    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 perso
    Susanne Strong
    Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: audiobooks
    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
    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
    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
    April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, favourites
    this is THE book of my life, plz excuse me while i hug this book to my chest for the next 10 years.
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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 occu
    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!
    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
    Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
    A super fast, sexy, hilarious romp!

    This was my first Christina Lauren book and it was just what I needed - some good old fashioned humor to brighten up my day. I haven’t laughed out loud at a book this hard for a long time. I absolutely flew through this book - there’s nothing like a good romcom to break up all the heavier reads.

    Hazel, a highly eccentric and oh-so-funny woman, is going down as one of my favorite characters of all time. I couldn’t get enough of her and her over the top personali
    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    5 stars

    Such a fantastic story, this story was so addictive and I wish we could have more.I loved Hazel and Josh so much, the make the story special.For one more time Christina Lauren delivers a unique and original story.


    I fall in love with the story and everything about Josh and Hazel, their awkward moments,their cute and sweet moments and the slow burn between them was something else.I laughed with them a lot.

    This book make me have a smile on my face most of the time.If you are looking for a sw
    Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    5 STARS
    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 loved e
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    *****FIVE STARS*****
    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    I know I’m drunk, and I know it’s Josh Im—the blueprint for Perfect, who should never want Hazel Bradford—but when it’s done, and he goes still over me, breathing heavily into my neck, I choose to melt into that sublime blur of pleasure, the way I used to think it might feel to live in a cloud.

    Christina Lauren have once again, created a story that I have fallen head over heels in love with! JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING is a hilario
    Rachel Reads Ravenously
    5 stars!!

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

    Josh and Hazel have known each other since college when she vomited on his shoes. Hazel was the wild child and Josh always liked her but thought she was a bit too much.

    Now years later the two of them meet up again and become the best of friends. Knowing they are both undate-able for each other, they set out on a series of double dates each more unfortun
    This book was cute as shit. Christina Lauren is a favorite author of mine, and I have to say this is my favorite book of theirs since Autoboyography. I loved it so much.

    This is a romance that takes place in Portland, Oregon (which is another thing I loved.) It follows Hazel Bradfurd and Josh Im. They've known each other since college and she's embarrassed herself inf front of him a handful of times over the years. Now it takes place years later when she is an elementary school teacher, and he i
    Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: laugh-out-loud
    Classic Christina Lauren, and a boatload of fun!
    4.5 Stars


    Are you looking for a rom-com?
    Are you looking for a book that makes your face hurt from smiling?
    Are you look for completely unique yet relatable characters?
    Then Christina Lauren are your gals.

    In this ridiculously funny opposites attract story, Hazel and Josh are friends turned sometimes lovers who think it's a great idea to set each other up on blind/double dates, all the while not realizing their scorching attraction to one another.

    “I always thought I caught you in . . . a phase.”
    Theresa Alan
    Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This is an adorable love story about Hazel and Josh, who met in college when Hazel threw up on his shoes. Ten years later, they are both failing in their love lives, so they decide to try setting each other on dates and double dating. All the dates are varying degrees of disaster, but hanging out so much, a mutual attraction develops—but each thinks it’s only in his/her head, and the other person really wants someone else. We know this because the chapters alternate between Hazel and Josh’s poin ...more
    Calling Hazel Bradford a free spirit is an understatement of an understatement. She’s impulsive, lacks verbal filters and reflects her personality in her design choices. When she first met Josh Im in college, she was awed by him but their first encounter was memorable for all the wrong reasons. It’s now ten years later and they meet again in surprising circumstances but this time become fast friends.

    I’m a fan of friends-to-lovers stories and this one is best in class. Hazel is a force and her a
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    This kind of reads like Christina Lauren took the plot of one of Mariana Zapata's friends-to-lovers (or willful-denial-to-lovers, as I think of them) stories and replaced the heroine with a manic pixie dream girl. Josh Im and Hazel Bradford have known each other since college. Josh comes from a close-knit Korean family, is very conservative and down-to-earth. Hazel, on the other hand, sees nothing wrong with dancing in the middle of a field
    Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
    What a great story!
    One of the things that captures a readers interest is something that this writing team does very well. They give you a true to life snapshot into their characters life.

    What do I mean by true to life? They have the ability to write in such a manner as you can feel the uncomfortableness, the shy weirdness that people sometimes exhibit. The quirks and running off at the mouth that just tends to happen when you’re nervous.

    All of this describes Hazel. With h
    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    Smile, happy sigh, heart tug, repeat. This book filled me with undiluted joy from beginning to end. The main source of all the warm fuzzies are the two main characters.

    Hazel is the OG of quirky. Some refer to her as Crazy Hazie because – let’s face it – she is a total weirdo. She’s come to terms with the fact that most people can’t handle her level of eccentricity in the long run – particularly men. She likes who she is, though, and isn’t willing to tone down her wackiness for anyone, to which I
    Samantha Young
    Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating was on my most anticipated reads of 2018 pile and I was very grateful to receive an arc via Gallery. This book was everything I hoped it would be. It's a rare read indeed when the characters are so unbelievably three-dimensional you feel like you've just spent a few hours in the company of real people. I'd want to be friends with Hazel and I'd want to clone Josh for myself! Hazel is such a wonderfully quirky, unfiltered human being that she's the perfect plat ...more
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    Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.) ...more
    “But at the end of the day", she says, and puts her hand outside the open window, letting the wind pass through her fingers, "being myself is enough. I'm enough.” 2 likes
    “He smiles, but it’s not a smile I’ve ever seen before. It’s a dangerous smile; he’s a movie villain, the seductive one, the one who robs you but fucks you real good first.” 0 likes
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