Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren @FrancescaBanks @PiatkusBooks @littlebrownuk @ChristinaLauren


8th August Piatkus Books (Imprint of Little Brown)

Book Description

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 taste for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter and tendency to say exactly the wrong thing will.  Their loss.  Not everyone can handle a Hazel.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college.  From the first night they met – when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes – Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectator then 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 dates means there’s nothing between them… right?

My Thoughts

A highly engaging and entertaining read that held my attention from the outset.  Hazel is adoringly quirky, she has no filter, she doesn’t care what others think of her and I loved her!  Josh her best friend is gorgeous and so much, ‘straighter’ than Hazel.  Together they are amazing, they just don’t know it.

As the reader, we know where this story is going from the outset, however the journey getting there was such fun that this really didn’t matter.  Set firmly in the ‘chick-lit genre, this contemporary piece of fiction is told from alternating points of view of Hazel and Josh in the first person narrative.  Both characters are terrific and their very special friendship drives this story.

While generally very light and a quick read, I found myself admiring Hazel.  She doesn’t concern herself too much about what others think of her and because of this she does her thing.  She felt very authentic and true to herself and from someone who worries too much sometimes about what others think, this was an enviable trait.

Strong women characterised this book in a number of different guises and for this reason it felt very empowering.  To be clear, I liked this book a lot and recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.

Thank you to Francesca Banks at Piatkus Books / Little Brown for sending me a copy of this fun read.

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners / besties / soulmates and brain – twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series and various standalone romances.

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