Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

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"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?"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Incorporated,, 2018
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501165856
Branch Call Number: FIC LAURE C

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JessicaGma May 30, 2019

I got a kick out of this story because Hazel could have been the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl she was set up to be, but she was more fleshed out, and thumbs up for having the male counterpart be Korean - really lovely to have some non white leads! It was a fun slow burn of a romance.

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Suellen1111
May 23, 2019

Pure fun! Six stars! Sparkling dialogue, some of the scenes are laugh out loud funny, 2 lovable mains, no tension, no angst, just beautifully written pure romantic fun. CL writes some of the best sex scenes in contemporary romance -- super sexy and yet they positively glow with love. Another CL winner!

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StoryAddict
Apr 25, 2019

Best contemporary romance novel I've read in a long time - funny, touching, and sexy. Fabulous dialogue and characters so real it's easy to become very invested. Josh seemed unattainable, but an irresistible draw to Hazel when they were in college. Six years later he's suddenly back in her life, and in her usual brash way, she's determined to become best friends since she's positive the difference in their temperaments would likely make any romantic entanglement a humongous disaster. Determined to coax him out of the funk he's in following a humiliating break-up, she offers to set him up on a series of blind dates, which he will only agree to if she comes along with guys he selects for her. Hilarity ensues.

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alisonyu
Mar 31, 2019

This is a humourous contemporary adult romance. Most of the humor comes from the heroine Hazel, her inappropriate language and actions. I did get turned off by her in the first chapter. Hazel has a heart of gold, and her actions win me over later. The story is sweet. I like that Josh and Hazel's relationship develop organically over a few months, not suddenly over a week. Okay, it is a love at first sight on Hazel's part, but it is more of a friend and lover development on Josh's part. I recommend it. It is one of the better romance novels.

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 22, 2019

What a politically incorrect trainwreak novel for us rubbernecking fans.

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Sydney2014
Jan 07, 2019

My best friend suggested I read this book. She said I’d understand why soon enough. And she was not wrong! Absolutely LOVED this book!!! Could not put it down and finished it the same night I started it!!!! Once I opened it I did not close it until I finished it. I missed sleep and stayed up all night reading it. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading it and being so excited about what’s around the corner that I was peeking at the next page!!! I also found that I’ve never related to a character more than I relate with Hazel. Which is exactly what my best friend knew!! She said I am Hazel, without a shadow of doubt. I want more of Hazel and Josh!!!!

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy pick. This book is just plain fun! Two friends from college set each other up on progressively worse double blind dates. Because they are definitely not dating! Until they are.

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kufsnmace
Oct 12, 2018

Loved, loved, loved this book. The title obviously gives the ending away, but the journey is so much fun!

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RosaReads2
Sep 26, 2018

After loving CL's previous book (Love and Other Words,) I was ready for another experience like that one. Although this wasn't of the same vein or caliber, I still enjoyed it quite a bit and found it compulsively readable. After the first chapter or two, I was concerned that Hazel's initial manic behavior would wear on me over the course of the book, but she was ultimately refreshing with a strong sense of self as well as imperceptible vulnerabilities. I also loved Josh's character and together they were golden. Josh was the chocolate to Hazel's peanut butter and their slow burn romance was entertainingly written with poignant and lol moments. The biggest flaws to me were some of the romantic cliches within the story, but with exceptional characters and terrific banter I'm able to overlook them and simply enjoy the story.

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