Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I have been reading Christina Lauren’s book for years now. Their written has evolved greatly after the last couple years and I was hesitant as to whether I would like their newest novel but I pleasantly surprised after I listen to the audio book.
Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Hazel Bradford has always had a complicated relationship with Josh Im. First, he was the boy at the party she lusted after then he was the TA she sent the inappropriate email and now he is her best friend’s brother who is slowly becoming her best friend, too. The only problem is the more time they spend together the quicker Hazel’s feelings stop being friendly and are becoming so much more. Is it possible for the straight-laced boy to fall in love with the quirky girl?
Review: I have been reading Christina Lauren since all the way back in 2013. Their books have always been a sizzling good time however I feel like they have really turned a corner with the substance in their novels since the release of Autoboyograhy (read the review here) and Roomies (read the review here). They are no longer just write romance books but instead creating character driven love stories. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating definitely felt as if it falls into the love story category instead of the the sizzling romance category. Josh is the perfect leading man with his kindness and caring for his family and his want to be in love. He is swoony and perfect and the type of character you expect to see in a classic romantic film. Hazel, on the other hand, is one of the most original characters I have come across in awhile. She is daring and quirky and literally made me laugh aloud but, yet, still so believably real. Their romance is perfectly timed with just the right amount of sizzley moments peppered in among a very sweet friends to lovers story that makes you root for them to end up together. The entire book comes together to make an entirely enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5