Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

By Christina Lauren

I have read and enjoyed many of Christina Lauren’s books and my only regret about Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is that it took me this long to read.

From her first words on the page, I fell in love with Hazel. Sometimes I related to her and other times I was amused by her, but she is a special heroine that I will remember fondly. She’s quirky and self aware and self confident in most ways.

“[W]hen I meet someone I love, I become an octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart, tighter and tighter until they can’t deny they love me just the same.”

Josh is the perfect man – the Blueprint for Perfect as Hazel calls him. His patience and bemusement for Hazel is heart melting. I wish he had more of the confidence to be open with his feelings for her. But the fun of them going on multiple blind double dates and always enjoying each other’s company best was sweet and hilarious.

“I look at him like I’m seeing a new person in front of me. The two syllables of his name are like a sensual exhale, something I might say immediately preorgasm when words fail me.”

I broke my toe this week and this book was the perfect distraction – I put my feet up and did not put the book down.

“Half of his mouth turns up. “I can say without question I’ve honestly never known anyone else like you.”


Review by Michele W.

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