Book Review: Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 stars
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?
I picked up Josh & Hazel because I was in the mood for a good contemporary and this one had great reviews! I will say that it is was a satisfying read, but for some reason I felt like I was reading it for 2 months. (It was only a little more than a week).
Let’s start with the characters. I loved that Hazel was made out to be a quirky character. It was definitely refreshing from the typical shy, brave, sarcastic, or just plain dumb heroines. Hazel’s words and actions made me laugh out loud and I found her to be super relatable. Now, I would not characterize myself has an extrovert, I’m actually very much introverted. But when I’m with my family, my closest friends, and my boyfriend they always think I’m the weird-o. If I was an extrovert I’d pretty much be Hazel. I did like Josh as the swoon-worthy male lead. He fit the bill quite nicely. I just wish Josh & Hazel got together a little sooner. After awhile, they were still setting each other up on blind dates and I’m like “Come on already! Just be together!”
The storyline moved a bit slow for me. Hence why I stated above that I felt like I was reading this for months. I didn’t not enjoy following the story, I did find myself wanting to sit down and continue reading it, but I think this is just how I feel with all contemporaries. My favored genre is the fast-paced, fantasies and dystopians like Caraval and Three Dark Crowns. I need the action! Following Hazel and Josh’s day-to-day lives ie. going to work, watching tv, dinner dates etc., is a completely different change of pace.
No spoilers, but I didn’t really enjoy the epilogue ending. It was kind of like the story that I’d been following for weeks just abruptly stopped and then all of the sudden it jumped reallyyyyy far into the future. All in all, I’d say this was a pretty average contemporary read. There are many others that I’d recommend over this one.
If you’ve read Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought!