JOSH AND HAZEL'S GUIDE TO NOT DATING by Christina Lauren
Updated: Apr 10
★★★★ / 5 (Standard)
★★★ / 5 (Mama Scale)
A Romantic Comedy about a friendship turned something more.
Recently I’ve been craving easy to read lighthearted romances. But – here’s the problem, I don’t do “steam.” I found that most modern romances have a generally large amount of detail in them. Which some people dig, but for me is a whole eye rolling “ugh come on! do you have to go there” affair. That all being said, I loved Josh and Hazel. But… With a few conditions. WHAT I LOVED:
1) I loved Josh and Hazel’s characters. Especially Hazel’s. She was so real but so quirky and so unashamedly herself that it was almost inspiring. 2) I appreciated how Josh and Hazel were almost ignorant of their attraction to one another throughout the book. I think it’s very true to our human emotions and experience. 3) I loved the way that Josh saw Hazel. He really, sweetly, appreciated her for all her quirks. WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: 1) The steamy details and crude language associated with sex. Analysis on this topic to be saved for another time. In short: Just not my cup of tea. 2) The ending. I won’t post any spoilers here but I feel like it was a cop out. It was too clean of a wrap up of Josh and Hazel’s relationship. The way that they got to the ending deserved way more time and attention to the narrative than was given in the last chapter and epilogue.
Overall, Josh and Hazel was a great Christina Lauren debut for me.
I’d suggest if you need a quick and flirty summer read but only if sex scenes (or skipping over them) doesn’t bother you.
Language & some explicit sexual content.
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