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

Posted September 4, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 21 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on September 4, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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A romantic comedy that has a quirky young woman and a total opposite kind of guy trying to be matchmakers for each other was a fun filled read and a good time for any adult reader. Best friends to lovers at its best!


Hazel has a memorable meeting with Josh back in college. The kind that will embarrass a person no matter who you are. Their second meeting is even worse. Hazel decides she wants Josh for her best friend and then doesn’t see him for almost ten years. In those years, she has graduated from college two years after Josh and has become an elementary school teacher. Her best friends are Emily and her husband Dave, who both adore her. But Hazel has never found love-not for real love anyway. The main reason she thinks is her quirkyness. She has no filter so she says what she thinks-no matter how weird or embarrassing it is. She’s pretty much a free spirit and not adverse to dancing or singing at the strangest times. She burns everything she tries to cook pretty much and keeps an assortment of pets. She’s also beautiful, charming and actually a very good person. She takes after her mother who doesn’t look like Hazel, but is also a free spirit. Her father left them after telling her mother that she was an embarrassment. When Josh and Hazel meet again, she decides once again to make him her best friend. And she is successful, which kinda shocks her-and the reader.

When Josh and Hazel decide to set up friends of theirs with the other and double date, the results are fun at some points and disastrous at others. So a lot more characters enter the book at frequent intervals. For me, that kept the story moving and kept it fun at the same time. Many times, Josh and Hazel would rather it just be them together, but neither will admit it. Hazel has a huge insecurity problem due to all of her problems in her past with other relationships. Josh is getting over a pretty major break up. I can’t forget to mention how gorgeous Josh is and that may also be part of her friend zoning him.

I’ve read a few books by these two authors and have loved all of them. There’s many more of them for me to indulge myself in so that’s my plan. I even have an audio one from the publisher that I can’t get open for the life of me. But that’s another story. This book was different than the other ones that were all part of the same series(Wild Seasons, if anyone is wondering)as it is a standalone. Personally, I had so much fun with the characters that even though there is an epilogue, I could see another book with them in it. But since that’s unlikely to happen, I’ll just be happy to have read such a well plotted and paced book. A novella maybe? It continues to amaze me how two authors can write a book together so seamlessly without the reader being able to tell. But they do a beautiful job and I hope to read many more by this writing duo.

Highly recommended to adult(due to steamy scenes)contemporary romance and romantic comedy readers.



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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • I definitely need to read this. It looks just so cute. I’ve only read one book by these two – Roomies. I loved it too.

    • I read Roomies after I read this one and loved it. I don’t know which one was better, probably equal.

  • Karen

    This sounds so cute!
    I wasn’t sure if it was something I would like but I’m going to give it a go.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Karen, I don’t think you will be sorry. I just really enjoyed the whole thing.

  • Northwomn

    Everyone seems to love this. I already put it on my library list although if I love it and the narrators are good I’m likely to buy it later. Nice review Lorna! Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Hmm Now you have wondering who is going to narrate it. If it’s somebody good, I might buy the audio.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Sounds good Lorna and I’ve seen other of my friends that are either reading it or will. Thanks

    • It was so good Debbie if you like a good romance with a quirky heroine.

  • Oh I really loved this one! I even bougth it to have it in paper

    • I do that too sometimes. You need to have favorites in paper!

  • This sounds good. I loved Roomies.I might try listening

    • I read Roomies right after I read this one and loved it as well. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite of the two.

  • Oh no embarrassing? Why would she want to see him again??? If it was me, I would run away and avoid the person for life. haha

    • I know, me too. I did some stupid stuff in college too and sometimes I cringe when I think about it. But it was also the best time of my life.

  • Fun times! Some groan out loud humor and a light romance. One of these days I must try out this writing pair.

    • Oh you really need to Sophia. They are wonderful writers.

  • Like Sophia I sometimes groan with the humor in light romance, but this sounds really good.

    • It was more embarrassingly gross. And over very quickly. It is really good!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    This sounds like such a fun read, Lorna! I’ve only read a few from Christina Lauren but I have more than a few on my shelves. 😉 I’ll be adding this one! Haha!

    • I have really enjoyed the books I’ve read by them Brandee. I read Roomies after I read this one and loved that one as well.

  • I really enjoy the books I have read by them Brandee. I read Roomies after this one and loved it also.