Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | ARC Review
Publication: Gallery Books
Release date: September 4, 2018
How I got the copy: Simon & Schuster Canada
In the editors note, it mentions that the duo Christina Lauren pays homage to old-school romance with a splash of Girls Trip, a little Jojo Moyes, and something sexy La Perla (a lingerie store. I'm not sure if it's an American only company but I had never heard of it before and had to look it up). Basically, it's a fun modern-day romance and I absolutely love it!
There's a fun essence of independence, search for love without the desperation and Hazel Bradford carries this high vibration energy that is contagious to other characters and I'd say to readers as well.
I love the tone of this book, I was hooked right from the beginning because it's conversational, honest, and funny. Hazel's just also a blast. She's the type of person everyone loves, she's genuinely a nice person and even though she's confident she has her insecurities. Making her feel like a real person and not only a character.
Josh Im, Hazel's best friends brother, is the responsible, sensitive, boy next door type. Hazel and Josh knew of each other in College and bump into each other about 10 years later... hence meeting because Hazel's now BFF's with his sister. A friendship builds between Hazel and Josh and they become closer when Josh's girlfriend cheats on him. This is when Hazel decides to help Josh get over his ex by going on double dates together because dating each other is out of the question... Right?
I enjoyed that Hazel knows that she's too much for some people and that's okay. She's seen as loud and energetic and those traits are seen as "faults" or quirks from other people and regardless she still stays true to herself. Hazel's mom is the same way, Hazel's the way she is because it's in her nature and I love that. If her mother had not been similar I might have questioned Hazel's traits and seen them as gimmicky.
These's a good amounts of different types of characters who have very different personalities and issues they're struggling with and there's diversity in this book.
I honestly found hazel authentic and I just absolutely love her! I even wish this book was a series of some sort. I would have loved to see how Hazel and Josh's relationship progressed instead of having the ending we get in this book but that's honestly only because I'd read so many more books with Hazel in this world.
It's realistic, there's enough elements making this feel as it can happen to anyone, and a believable love story that I live for. It's a complete rom-com and they're my fave, which makes this book a new fave!
This is the most adorable book I've probably read all year and I finished it in SEPTEMBER. I can't say this enough, I absolutely love this book, I consider this a new favourite, and I will definitely be picking up more Christina Lauren books! Did I mention this was my first read by this duo author? It clearly won't be my last.
*A copy of this book was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*