Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

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Jumping around, being overtly excited about stuff we care about and ignoring social rules doesn't mean we have no soul, that we're never hurt and that we're superficial or worse, selfish. She also thought she’d signed divorce papers when the graduation caps were tossed, and they both went on their merry ways. and then, and i don't think this is entirely CL's fault because it's hard for ANY author to do, but making the two character discover their feelings together felt rushed. In the end it did not take long dor me to get hooked and wanted nothing more than to keep reading it.

Oh, and even though it has a cover that looks very much like Roomies, these worlds and stories are not connected what so ever. I was absolutely wowed by Autoboyography ( see my review) last year, and then earlier this year I fell for Love and Other Words ( see my review), and that will be one of my favorite books of 2018. Instead of adding non-romantic drama as a curveball near the end, we get really unnecessary romantic drama. A self-proclaimed “hot-mess”, with an admirable sense of self, Hazel has never allowed herself to feel that cringe of embarrassment that inhibits so many of us. I loved seeing them grow into a couple toward the end of the books due to a certain circumstance, which I think could be seen as predictable, but I personally didn’t see coming and sort’ve loved!

However, there were a few times that Hazel would fetishize Koreans because she sexualized Josh's Korean name and the way he sounded when he spoke Korean. Besides being, you know, drop dead gorgeous, he was kind, supportive, stable, loyal, and respectful. The two are thrown together and, strangely, their opposing personalities seem to complement each other and a friendship evolves. Theirs is a love story riddled with enough comedic relief to inspire bouts of couch-shaking laughter, earning side-eye from drowsy felines and leading my husband to question, “are you all right over there? They have so much chemistry throughout and I think it might’ve been more fun to see them move from friends to lovers instead of doing so while going on dates that just aren’t going to end well.

Everyone’s favorite YA writing duo, Christina Lauren, is back with another fun, quirky rom-com of a read. Hazel is one of the most fun protagonists I’ve read about, and she and her animals had me laughing constantly. They are I-wish-I-could-stay-in-this-chair-until-I-finish-this-book readable, and they're utterly heartwarming to boot. It’s so much pressure for me to have to choose my favorite, but I’ll admit tha t Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is definitely a new favorite Christina Lauren read of mine! They have some embarrassing run-ins afterward, but it isn’t until 10 years after college that they are reunited.I plan on ranking the Christina Lauren books that I’ve read, but think I need to read at least two more of their backlist releases before I do so, which includes: Beautiful Bastard, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and Dating You/Hating You. Instead, an unabashed free spirit, prone to bouts of rambling, she has the wherewithal to understand that changing herself to appear more dateable would never work long-term.

Also, this book is 95% light, cute, and heartwarming, and then it just takes a really dark turn during the last tiny bit, and it just felt very disjointed. Josh and Emily are Korean and really cherish their family and culture, while Hazel and her mom have a really fantastic and supportive relationship. These men eventually grow bewildered that we don't settle down into calm, potential-wifey girlfriends. Also, I was really disappointed that they didn't even decide to be together before Hazel got pregnant.

Hazel is a lively elementary school teacher who tries with men, but mostly sees herself as undateable because she can’t stay with anyone who is embarrassed by her, but she can’t change her personality, either. The first chapter is Hazel’s recap of her college years, including her crush and misfortune with Josh, who was her TA. She can’t help but say exactly what’s on her mind the second it pops up and boy does that get her into trouble.

Her chapters had me constantly laughing out loud and exclaiming in shock (the good kind) at all the hilariously awkward things that she’d think, say and do. At first it all starts wonderfully because they both have fun with the partners they end up choosing for each other. I am intrigued enough that I would definitely listen to another one of her rom coms (though I’ll skip those little parts that will be sure to make me blush).

Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I can't express how uplifting and enjoyable of an experience I had reading this hilarious romp, and I found the underlying message to be just as beautiful as the cover art is. His relationship with Umma was sweet, and I loved how he really embraced the Korean traditions—such as how his parents would move in with him once they got older.

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