Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

by Christina Lauren

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Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501165863
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 7,469
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and The Unhoneymooners. You can find them online at, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! Josh and Hazel are fantastic together. Aside from being great friends, they are hilarious. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with book characters. This book is a must read for anyone that likes smart, sassy heriones who get great romance without settling.
Anonymous 4 months ago
As always never disappoints. Very entertaining and funny. The epilogue was way fast fwd and threw me for a loop, left me wanting more.
JPozzuto 5 months ago
4.5 Stars I decided to give this a reread, and I can say with confidence that I absolutely adore this book! I feel as though this is one of those feel-good books I'm going to be reading through once a year or so. I really enjoy Christina Lauren as authors. They've pretty much been a must buy/read for me for a couple of years, but this is by far my number 1 by them! Hazel and Josh are reunited by chance years after a string of awkward encounters in college when Hazel takes a new job at her friends school, who just happens to be Josh's sister. A painful breakup and apartment flood later, they conclude that they don't want to date each other (insert sure, Jan gif here!), and so follows a string of double-blind dates (the trivia night was hilarious and the fishing was just wild). Of course they don't realize the people they should be dating are each other, but it is so sweet to watch their friendship, and relationship, take root. Hazel is wild and free spirit to Josh's calm and controlled one, and they are a perfect balance to one another. Luckily, they do finally wise up and it is magical! I'm with Hazel, the hat moment is what did it for me. The writing style works so well with the characters and the story that's being told. The running commentary throughout both perspectives is hilarious and makes them both so relatable. It's almost as if it breaks the fourth wall of reading, and we get to roll our eyes and laugh with them! There are also so many little details also that make this book feel genuine, such as Josh's job as a PT not being super glorified like some books do with that profession (it's great that it's mentioned that he doesn't just work on athletes), Dave loves his job as principle but doesn't always love interacting with parents, and Hazel trying crafts out at home before trying them out in the classroom (and setting up her room before the school year starts). Also, who doesn't have a comfort movie? It made my heart flutter in that sad/awkward scene and was the perfect way to handle it! It's the attention to detail and relatable characters that really make this book stand out! I think what really does it for me (aside from the sexy scenes being absolutely on fire!) is the underlying message that Hazel gives us about being 100% true to ourselves. I don't know a single woman who hasn't changed a bit of themselves on a date or in a relationship, or at least has felt like they needed to. But even if we're not as wild and crazy as Hazel is, we should still be ourselves because the people who love us will do so because of who we truly are. Not only that, she also had her insecurities about her personality despite her confidence; so again, super relatable! The only hangup for me (I even hesitate to call it that because I'm not mad about it) is the ending. Without getting spoilery, I think the story could have ended without the final plot point and still felt well-rounded and complete. I just feel like I've read a lot of book recently with this situation, but I can say that Christina Lauren handled it in a refreshing way, without all the angst and drama! And at the end of the day, it was really sweet! I would have been happy with the ending regardless. I'm definitely looking forward to reading this over and over again in the future!
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
Another 5 star read from the awesome author duo of Christina Lauren. It had barely started and I was already rolling with laughter in my car as I was driving and listening. Now it took me a bit to get used to the male narrator's voice, it didn't really fit the character for me. There were things in the story I didn't see coming, but then there were also times I was yelling at the characters to just tell the other person and save all the drama. In the end I decided I wanted my own Josh some day.
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runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Hazel and Josh meet in college and then reconnect seven years later. Josh is mellow and more serious. Hazel is outgoing, random, lacks a filter and is just off the wall. Hazel was a fun character, just the random stuff she would say or do. It made for an amusing read. It was pretty clear that Hazel and Josh would end up together, however towards the end I was getting bored with the book and just wanted them to get together so I could move on to something else. I was laughing and enjoying the first part of the book, so it just got a little draggy at the end. But overall it was an enjoyable, light read.
WVBoo More than 1 year ago
If it's pure, unadulterated fun you're looking've found your book. I was already relating to Hazel after reading the first page, laughing out loud on the second page, and totally engrossed by the third. I started Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating after dinner tonight...around 7 PM...and finished up around 10:30 PM. At one point, I was laughing so hard, my 16 year old son poked his head out of his bedroom and asked me what was wrong. It's a quick read--quirky and lighthearted. I enjoyed every single lovable character Christina Lauren threw our way, and the dialogue was positively hysterical. There are elements to this novel to which are so very important and to which I believe every single person can relate at some point in their lives: -Learning to love who you are, just as you are -Being confident in the belief that you are, indeed, good enough -Allowing others to love everything that is innately you I recommend this book to virtually everyone (unless you aren't a fan of graphic sexual situations). It's such a sweet little love story...
mtz1101 More than 1 year ago
In Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, Christina Lauren have given us two characters you're going to fall in love with, and a story that will have you smiling throughout. This was my first ever read of Christina Lauren's. I must say, I think I picked a good one to start because I've now read more by them. Josh and Hazel couldn't be more opposite but they each give one another something that completes them. Of course, they take their time realizing this. The dates they would set each other up with weren't ever right and you begin to wonder if they're doing it subconsciously because what they really want is each other. I also loved the family dynamics in this story. Josh and his family are very close and so is Hazel with her mom. I always like seeing great relationships between a mother and daughter. I'm positive you'll end up falling in love with these characters and their story. I have not read such down to earth but special characters in a while. Fans of contemporary romance should highly consider going out and getting a copy of this ASAP!
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bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable read! I could feel myself cheering on Josh and Hazel to get together. The writing is so smooth that you cannot tell that there are actually two writers. Once I began reading this book, I did not want to stop! The story flows so smoothly over the pages. I could relate to Hazel being a 'hot mess' as I can feel that I can be at times as well. A truly enjoyable beach read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book it was a cute, funny and entertaining read. I would recommend it to anyone that wants a enjoyable, quick read.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Every so often, I need to step away from the murder and mayhem that populates most of my reading. I found my latest light, fun escapist listen in Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. Hazel. Well, Hazel could be easily (and accurately) described as 'over the top'. She says what she thinks, does what she wants - most often without a filter. Josh. Calm, thoughtful and the complete opposite of Hazel. The two meet at college and surprisingly become friends. And life moves on. Could their relationship move to a different level as well? The yes, no, maybe so of this possible relationship is filled with quirky situations, humorous moments, fun dialogue - and yes, romance. Do opposites really attract? Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is told through both Josh and Hazel's viewpoint. It was fun to be a fly on the wall, privy to what both were thinking, often about the same situation. Now, here's the thing - as much fun as Hazel is, I did find her a bit overwhelming as the book progressed. I was more enamoured (okay reader crush) of Josh. Yup, he's everything you would want in a boyfriend. We also get to know the families of Josh and Hazel. I found these relationships and characters charming and heartwarming. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is narrated by two readers - Todd Haberkorn and Jayme Mattler. Both readers were excellent. Mattler's voice has a young, fresh tone with a nice little gravelly undertone. She's very expressive, interpreting the character perfectly and creating a vivid mental image of Hazel for me. Haberkorn's voice also has a tone that suits the character. It's easy to listen to and again painted a vivid mental picture of Josh. His voice has a lot of movement and brings the story to life. It has a soft, mellow tone that suits Josh's pace. I can absolutely see this one as a rom com movie. This was a first read/listen of Christina Lauren for me, but it certainly won't be the last.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Josh and Hazel tell themselves they are best friends but it’s really more than that. Josh is serious-minded and sedate while Hazel is the complete opposite. They try blind double dating but end up with each other as their blind dates turn out to be duds. He knows she is flaky but loves her in spite of this. She loves him but doesn’t think she’s his type. Should they continue with their disastrous double dating when they really just want to be with each other? Disappointing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and entertaining
FS_Meurinne More than 1 year ago
This story was just amazing, it was so funny to read, Hazel’s unfiltered mouth had me laughing all the book. Josh is just awkward but really cute. I just loved everything from this book. I couldn’t put it down. Reading how she faces her crush wrapped me in that moment and wished I was inside the story as a fly in the wall to see it all. Just a perfect modern romcom that needs to be read.
moohnshine More than 1 year ago
Hazel Bradford is unique.  At least that is one way to put it.  Hazel is a lot to take in and frankly most men just don't know what to do with her bag of crazy.  If her mouth doesn't scare them off then her love of animals and crazy antics surely will.  But what they don't stick around to find out, is that Hazel is kind, caring and has a heart of gold.  So Hazel does what Hazel does best.......have fun. Josh Im is Hazel's best friend Katie's brother.  Also as Hazel describes him to be, her college crush.  But as luck would have it in college, all he knows her as is the girl who threw up on his shoes at a party, caught having sex with his room-mate and the girl who wrote him an email while on painkillers.  Yep Crazy Hazel.  So when ten years later they bump into each other, Hazel is determined to make him her best friend.   When Josh is in a slump after finding out his girlfriend has been cheating on him, Hazel is determined to get him off the couch and out of his sweats. "If my life were a movie, I would (1) be much better grounded, and (2) co-star in a montage of scenes in which Josh sits on the couch in his sweatpants and I dance around in front of him trying to get him to laugh." So Hazel comes up with a crazy scheme for her and Josh to go on a series of double dates.  Not to find a serious relationship, but to have fun.  "Seriously.  No games, no expectations.  Double blind date.  Just for a laugh." But what happens when it becomes more?  This is the second book by this duo set of authors that I have read, and it did not disappoint.  This book didn't only have enjoyable characters, but it had a very fun and energetic story line.   This book was hard to put down.  With its uniqueness and originality, this book is sure to impress you.  Josh and Hazel are perfect for each other, even if they claim disinterest.  Their friendship is an unusual one at that.  Their romance is the perfect blend of humor and hot steaminess.  Oh la la! Right!?    I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in quite a while.  I was laughing from the very beginning of this book, all the way up to the end.  I absolutely loved this story.  If I could give this book  a 10 I would.  A fun read no doubt.  So if you are looking for some fun, then this book is for you.  Follow along on Josh and Hazel's dating disasters....I mean adventures.  I bet you will enjoy every last page. *ARC provided by NetGalley & Gallery Books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the first page! Everything about it had me flipping the pages. I love Hazel! Everything about her that makes her different is what makes her perfect! I loved her mom! I hated Tyler and everyone who made her feel weird. I loved Josh! I hated Tabby! I loved the horrible double dates. You want Josh and Hazel to end up together but could it work? Would they even try it and risk their friendship. Some points in this book had me laughing so hard I could barley breathe. These two authors create magic with every book they write!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick delightful fun read
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read something so genuinely heartwarming that you can't help but smile the entire time? Well, that was J&HGtND for me. I found myself smiling fondly throughout the story and it all had to do with Hazel and Josh. Both of these characters were so amazingly well-written and felt so real, that it was hard not to become smitten with them. But first let me back up a second. The whole story is this adorable whirlwind of will they/won't they between Hazel and Josh. We get a little history lesson on these two and how Hazel knew Josh from college when she was dating his roommate. She also sort of had a crush on him towards the end but he graduated college and moved off to bigger things. Fast forward almost a decade later and Hazel is meeting her best-friend's brother... who just so happens to be Josh. Small world, right? Anyway, these two strike up an unlikely friendship, and pretty soon try to help each other out by setting up blind dates for the other person. A blind date that they plan to do via a double date. We sit back and watch as these two go on one disastrous double date after another, meanwhile trying desperately to keep their feelings for each other at bay. I'm sure one thing everyone is going to walk away with from this book is how awesome Hazel is. She's over the top, crazy, fun, light-hearted, and optimistic. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her character and wish I had a Hazel in my life. She was so much fun and I just wish I could experience life the way she does. So, I could totally see how Josh fell head-over-heels in love with her. I could also understand how upset he'd get when blind date after blind date was turned off by Hazel's personality. So what if she likes themed clothing? He found her knack for dressing for the occasion adorable, sometimes odd... but adorable. But Hazel wasn't the only amazing character in this story. I adored Josh, too. He was so supportive of Hazel. He called her crazy, but then encouraged her to be her. He'd do things that would make her smile and lift her spirits, and I'm not talking about just buying her a bouquet of flowers and calling it a day. Even though he was this straight-laced guy, he embraced Hazel's quirkiness and allowed her to be her without making her feel like she was being weird. Josh got a lot of props from me. Plus, I loved that during all of these blind dates, he never gave any of the women a second glance. He was always focused on Hazel throughout it all, and I really liked that the author's didn't add any unnecessary drama for these two. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is an adorable read. I loved the characters, loved the story's progression, and I just wish that these two were real so that I could be friend's with them. Whenever I see a new Christina Lauren book coming out, I always get excited because I know that I'm in for a good time. However
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
~4.5 stars~ This book was a delight to read. The two main characters, Hazel and Josh, are incredibly entertaining. I was so upset when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer last night--that is how hard it was to put this book down. It’s one of the most fun, light, cute reads I’ve read thus far in 2018. If you're a fan of humor, love, friendship, and fantastic characters then you should check out this book. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is a rom-com in book form. Netflix needs to get on it and make this a movie because it would be a HUGE success. Characters: Hazel is by far the most original, unique, and authentic character I have ever come across. She is so authentically herself every single second of every day. I love how vibrant she is, you simply can’t resist falling in love with her. She was the perfect heroine. I aspire to be like her. Josh is such a sweet guy. He definitely never expected to become friends with Hazel let alone best friends with her which is what makes this book so much fun. Josh thinks Hazel is a hot mess, which she definitely can be, but he soon learns that he actually likes how crazy she can be. Josh is the opposite of Hazel; he’s extremely organized, quiet, and guarded. So, you can only imagine how entertaining their encounters are with each other. Plot: Hazel has always seen Josh Im as the blueprint of a perfect specimen. So, naturally, she embarrasses herself in front of him several times in college to the point where he thinks she is crazy. Fast forward 7 years and these two meet again. But, this time Hazel is determined to make Josh her best friend. After many many terrible double-blind dates, Hazel and Josh start to wonder if they like each other as more than friends. Josh is scared to open his heart up again while Hazel is scared of Josh realizing she is too much and embarrassing one day. Will they overcome their fears and profess their love? Will love conquer all? I don’t know ;) you’ll have to find out for yourself. Overall: This book was such a fun, summer read. I enjoyed every single second! I haven’t laughed this much while reading a book in a long time!! My only complaint would be the ending felt a tad rushed. I think there should have been one more chapter before the epilogue. I was honestly shocked when I finished the last chapter and flipped the page to see the word epilogue. Other than that, I adored this book and definitely definitely recommend it.
Catherine1979 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin with how sweet this book was and the so many laugh out loud moments were amazing. I really loved Hazel, she was wild and crazy and so dang lovable. Josh was adorable and lovable, he was also very sweet. This was a really good book and highly recommend it.
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 OMG, I seriously love Hazel, she is who I aspire to be even down to the quirky outfits for each theme in middle grade. I utterly, utterly adore her and want to be her bestie.  Hazel is wonderfully vibrant, a ray of sunshine to all of those around her but for some, it bothers them that Hazel doesn't come with an off switch. Completely content in her idiosyncrasies, for the most part, Hazel adheres to live her best life every second of every day. The only thing that dims Hazel's sparkle is not having anyone apart from her mum and animal family to share moments with. Despite Hazel generally giving zero ducks in the conformity department she does have an emotional barrier where her personality and relationships are concerned. Especially after witnessing the collapse of her parent's marriage because of her father's inability to embrace his wife's whimsies.  Hazel and Josh first met in college, with a very memorable first encounter whereby Josh became Hazel's 'blueprint for perfect'. She idolized him from day one although they never really crossed paths very often throughout their time in college. However, in a strange twist of fate, years later when Hazel is an elementary school teacher and celebrating her new job with her best friend, Emily, does Hazel reunite with Josh, who just happens to be Emily's brother!!!! Hazel has a fabulous way of forcing people into friendship with her, although she believes herself and Josh are never destined to be more than friends because of their polar opposite personalities. Embarking on a 'make Josh her bestie' quest along with a series of dating experiments brings Josh and Hazel closer together.  Although Josh and Hazel have their differences, they balance each other perfectly. the entire story set a delicious warmth in my chest. It's one of those relationships that make your heart go pitter-patter even if it does take Josh and Hazel a long time to figure out their business. Both have been badly burned before and reluctant to put themselves on the line for fear of rejection and the devastation it would cause them if that were the case, But we all know good things have to be fought for - and Josh and Hazel have each other as the top prize 
Angela Vittengl More than 1 year ago
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was phenomenal! I absolutely loved every hilarious, eccentric part of it!! ❝I swear my mouth and my brain are siblings who hate each other and give each other wedgies in the form of mortifying moments like this.❞ Josh and Hazel haven’t seen each other since college where it was one awkward encounter after another. The two weren’t exactly friends, I mean throwing up on someone’s shoes isn’t exactly a friendly maneuver. Now, years later, Hazel is a teacher at Josh’s sister’s school and is standing in her backyard. When Hazel’s apartment floods and she needs a place to stay, Josh’s sister volunteers his home. It’s only temporary and what could possibly go wrong? When Josh breaks up with his long-time girlfriend, Hazel cannot stand watching him mope around his house. She’s on summer vacation and wants to have fun. When she challenges Josh to get back into the dating game he returns the challenge and the result is each other setting the other up on blind dates — terrible blind dates — double blind dates — but they are just roommates and there’s nothing between them…right? You guys, Hazel is the best! She’s a fun, (and hilarious) carefree woman who loves herself and life. She isn’t willing to change who she is for anyone, including or especially a man. I love that these authors celebrated her eccentric behavior. Characters like Hazel are usually the “weird best friend” that no one wants to spend much time with or no one understands except the best friend. They aren’t main characters. Josh was sexy, funny and charming. His quiet reserve was the perfect balance to the wild, quirky and funny Hazel. He was at times reticent and guarded, but when he loved, he loved without reservations. He was all in. I can’t recommend this book enough! It was quirky, charming, sexy, funny, and so well written! Not only were there laugh-out-loud moments, there were moments that made me pause, and had my chin quivering. Seriously, if you’re looking for a feel good, laugh-out-loud book this summer, grab ‘Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren’!
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
Josh comes from a pretty close knit Korean family and has more of a traditional background. He’s pretty even-keeled, a little reserved/serious, but also has a dry sense of humor. He is also a physical therapist and has a business there in Portland. His personality, loyalty, and easy friendship with Hazel had me falling in love with him right alongside Hazel. Hazel, a third grade school teacher is not what you might expect when you first meet her. She has absolutely no filter and is pretty straight-forward. She usually says the first thing that comes to her mind, but isn’t rude about it. She has the biggest heart, sweet, super easy-going, loves to be happy and make friends. Essentially she is a giant social butterfly. And I loved her to pieces! This book took me by surprise. I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately. Sometimes it’s taken me awhile to get really into a book. So when I started this one, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. Actually I didn’t just like it, I kind of fell in love with it. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was a great story about friendship, love, and not changing who you are to suite others around you. I loved Hazel and Josh. I want to have friends like these two! I’ve always enjoyed reading, but this book…I had so much fun getting to know Hazel and Josh and watching their friendship grow and develop. The other characters like Dave, Emily, Hazel’s mom and Josh and Emily’s mother all added to the story and made it that more special. I lost count of the number of times I laughed. I ended the book with a big smile on my face. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about it. In short, go check out Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating! **Though I received this book from the Publisher, the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.**