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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Written by: Christina Lauren
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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The New York Times best-selling “romance It Girls” (Kirkus) bring you a hilarious, sexy romance about love perpetually unrequited (and denied), in the vein of their Roomies and Beautiful Bastard.

Foul-mouthed, quirky, sharp-as-a-whip Hazel never thought she would win the heart of her gorgeous college TA, Josh. And, in fact, she didn’t. But what a difference 10 years can make. Well...10 years, and a lot of legwork.

©2018 Christina Lauren (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Love the story

I loved the story, loved the female performance but the males voice was a little annoying when he portrayed Hazels voice. Otherwise loved everything about this book.

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Enjoyable book

The only thing I didn’t like was the voice of Josh. Especially when he spoke like a woman.

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Another great book from this duo!

I literally was snort laughing at some parts! It had a great story about friendship and how it became something more. Both characters are fantastic and made me want even more of them!!

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  • Kelly
  • 2018-09-10

Didn’t hate it.... but also didn’t love it.

This book was not bad. I want to say that right off. I’m a huge fan of Christina Lauren books.

There was certainly a great amount of their true to form humor and the beginnings of wonderful main characters. But, throughout the book, I felt like there was a “distance” from those characters. Usually their characters jump off the page and by the end of the book I know them. But after listening to this book I don’t have a clear mental image of any of the characters.

The male reader, his female voice grated on me. It distracted from the story for me. I don’t usually have to concentrate too hard to keep myself in the story, but his voice caused my mind to wander while I was listening so I had to go back and listen to several parts over and over.

Also, without giving too much away, I found the ending abrupt. Almost as though they ran out of things to write or they didn’t want it to sound too similar to any of their other book endings. I don’t know, it want just odd for me. Left me feel wanting for more but not in a good way. Sort of like I totally missed listening to a few chapters, like there should have been more between the last chapter and the epilogue. Unfulfilling.

I see many great reviews for this book and I’m happy so many others enjoyed the book. I really wish I could have enjoyed it as much.

I still love Christina Lauren and will continue to buy their books. As I said, I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. Which makes me a little sad.

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  • Susan
  • 2018-09-15

Not what I've come to expect from Christina Lauren

I always look forward to new Christina Lauren books because they never disappoint...until this one. It's possible I would have liked it better if I had read it instead of listened, because Hazel was such a different character than the typical female leads. Lauren has always written about independent, but flawed and real females, but Hazel was too over the top for me. To me, her eccentricities and quirkiness bordered on obnoxious, and I just couldn't relate. It didn't help that the male narrator's "Hazel voice" was horrendous. I just cringed whenever he had to speak as her character and made me like Hazel even less because she sounded like a pre-pubescent spaz, rather than a free-spirited and unique 27 year old. I will say, I think the female narrator did a fabulous job, but I could not reconcile the drastic difference between how the narrators portrayed Hazel with their voices.
It was a sweet story, but in the end I wasn't really invested in either character and didn't feel any real build-up between them to really care, even though the story was built around their growing friendship. As much as I had wanted to love it, I just couldn't get into this one.

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  • andy
  • 2018-09-10

Love love female narrator not so excited by the male narrator.

Jayme Mattler is an awesome narrator. First time I’ve heard her, but she is able to make the character seem quirky but smart. He make narrator made the the character Hazel sound like a teenager with no sense. It really threw me off. The story as always from these authors is as always good. The humor and build up to the relationship is perfect. Could’ve done with out the little twist at the end that I won’t ruin.

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  • MMP
  • 2019-02-12

The male narrator was just terrible

The story was sweet. Hazel is a little immature, but likable. The male narrator was just awful. His voice was not very masculine and his rendition of Hazel’s voice was terrible.

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  • Lisa Foster
  • 2018-10-05

Terrible male voice

It was hard to listen to the male voice if Josh, whoever did the reading was terrible. He sounded like an 80 year old man. When he tried to read the female voice of other characters it was cringe worthy!

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 2018-10-02

Loved it

I laughed from the beginning all the way through to the end. Hazel was awesome, funny, and quirky. The dynamic of her and Josh's relationship was great. The two personalities are polar opposites. They met in college, she was always attracted to him, and always saying or doing something odd, or funny when in his presence, 10 years later she finds out that Josh is the brother of her best friend. Just her telling the story of how she met Josh before his character even started his narration was hilarious and then the chance re-encounter with him and the laughs continued. These two deserved the happy ending they got in this book. Definitely a must read again type of book. As far as narration this was my first time with both narrators, the male narration took some getting used too but he eventually grew on me.

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  • Claudia Fosca Stahl
  • 2018-09-08

I’m in love with Josh and Hazel

OMG!!! This is my first Christina Lauren book ever, but it won’t be the last. I loved, loved, loved it. It is hilarious. And so freaking sweet! I loved Josh and could picture him so clearly in my mind. And Hazel! OMG, Hazel! She’s so refreshing, and sweet, and ridiculous, and adorable, and completely lovable. They couldn’t have been more imperfectly perfect for each other.

I loved the story, the characters, the pace, how their friendship develops and grows. I love everything about this book. It is definitely one of the best books I have read this year, and I will probably read it over and over and over again. It is magnificent!

I loved the narration. The audiobook is awesome. The only thing I didn’t love was the male narrator doing Hazel’s voice, but I got over it. The story is amazing, and Jayme Mattler does a fantastic job as Hazel. I love her voice, it was perfect.

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  • Book Addict
  • 2018-09-05

Awful Korean Pronunciation

Fun story (love it!) but terrible narration.

Gaaah: making sure the narrator knows how to pronounce Korean words like “mother” and “father” is basic!!!

Aside from that, the male narrator is fine when narrating the male parts but his female vocal cadence is awful.

#korean #romance #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Lorilie1288
  • 2019-02-20

Loved It!!

The relationship between Josh and Hazel was wonderful! I liked how Hazel wasn’t ashamed of who she was and Josh loved her because of it. There were no expectations on either of them changing. I wish that instead of them being married with babies in epilogue that the results of her doctors appointment would have been in the last chapter. I still though loved ever second of this book!

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  • SusieQ4487
  • 2019-02-14

I'm Having Mixed Feelings...

I picked this book because of Jayme Mattler, who I really liked when listening to The Elizas by Sara Shepard. I had honestly never heard of Christina Lauren (sorry, gals), but my chick-lit knowledge is pretty limited. I liked Hazel a lot from the beginning - her hot-mess-ness started out really relatable and Jayme did a great job. I also think Todd Haberkorn is very talented overall - his guy voices (imo) were very realistic and distinguishable. I thought his voice for Josh was cute and he is SO expressive. I recently just got done listening to The Selection by Kiera Cass and I hate to say this, but Amy Rubinate sounds like the book is being read by Siri. Flat as a pancake. Todd has great delivery and I literally laughed out loud at the trivia night part (when talking about the prizes) and there was one line (the last thing Josh says to Dax) that for some reason really won me over. It was so "real" and I could see the pissed-yet-chill expression on Josh's face in my mind's eye. But man, oh man. Todd's Hazel voice about killed me. It legit sounds like a combination of Michael Scott imitating Kelly Kapoor, the Wayans brothers in White Chicks, and Courtney from Bob's Burgers (if you know even ONE of those references, you can pretty much get the gist). This really kinda killed Hazel for me. I could not think of her as a quirky-but-sexy woman anymore.

Aside from the reading, though, I don't know... I saw some people have said that the ending is abrupt, but that didn't bother me much. I still think it wrapped up nicely. For me, it was more that by the end, I was feeling kinda bummed out. It felt oddly heavy. Earlier in the book it was a little more lighthearted, even with some seriousness weaved in. It started to transition into what I thought was just me feeling the lovesick ache along with them, but by the last four or so chapters, I almost just switched to something else because I was really kinda over it!

I didn't hate it by any means, but I didn't really love it.