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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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  • Kelly
  • United States
  • 09-10-18

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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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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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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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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Sweet, sexy, funny, amazing.

I loved everything about this book. There is even something in it that I'm usually not in love with, but Christina Lauren handled it in such a way that I loved it. Hazel is a one of a kind heroine. Her uniqueness and individuality made this book. Josh is a perfect. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone!

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new author for me

great story. this is a new author for me first time listening to her book. it was excellent, the story and the ending well done

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Angsty and Laugh-out-loud funny

I loooooved the narrators - they truly MADE the story! It's rare to find a book where both narrators add so much more to the story than what lies on the pages, but they do!

This story was perfectly paced, perfectly angsty (without the dramatically cliche friends-to-temporary-enemies-once-they-screw-it-up thing), and I loved everything about it.

Loved Hazel. Loved Josh. Loved them together.

This author duo is truly one of my favorites - their books receive consistent 5-stars from me. They can write the subdued, but confident guy character like no one else; the alternating POV displaying the characters' unfiltered inner dialogue and slow-but-hot build-up make these characters (especially the men) unforgettable.

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Not sure at first

I could not get into the male narrator voice especially when he did female voices I even considered giving up and just buying the paperback book. But I stuck with it and at the end I actually enjoyed it. The story is great! Hazel is a nut, this is what makes you love ❤️ her. She is comfortable being herself

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Full of wit and swoons

Gah, loved this. Hazel is so relatable. Great choice of narrator for Hazel. The narrator for Josh took some getting used to but the voice fit the character well. Loved it witty quirky swoony all the things i love about a romance novel

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Beautiful Funny Story, Imperfect Narration

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is the best effort I habe seen from the Christina Laruen team in awhile. I found its quirky heroine entirely relatable.
The female narrator did a great job. The male narrator was fine with the male voice but his attempt at giving voice to the female character was grating. I wish they would have recorded this as dual narration.
Overall worth a listen. Decide for yourself if the male narration is something you can get past.

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  • Joske
  • 09-05-18

so good

I loved this book so much! finished it in less than a day! I would definitely recommend it!