I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: September 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
“This book made me want to commit murder of a fictional character and that’s just not the feeling I’m looking for.”
~ Under the Covers
Here comes an unpopular opinion. I’ve only seen rave reviews for this book by bloggers before release and I admit I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it so I kept putting it off. After it released, even more amazing reviews popped up so I thought at least I should like it. I only read one other Christina Lauren book before and it was because it was a different genre than their usual. So, I tentatively gave this a try. As soon as I cracked this open I knew it was going to be a struggle. JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING was so irritating and frustrating to read, it actually started to make me angry.
Lets talk about the things that bothered me.
- My biggest issue of this book was the heroine. I see that the authors were going for an awkward, quirky heroine. A lot of authors write this type of character and I can enjoy them. Hazel was way too Hazel-y for me. Not just to the point that I didn’t like her. She annoyed me constantly, almost every time she opened her mouth. I was soooo irritated and so annoyed I wanted to punch her just to make it stop! And that was basically my feeling throughout reading this whole book because she doesn’t have an off button.
- Some of the things about her character were portrayed as giving this image of independence and female empowerment and to me she was anything but that.
- I found the hero to be kind of bland, cookie cutter and I don’t think I really got to fall in love with him. His only redeeming quality is the fact he was sweet to Hazel when she was being so outrageous. His actions toward her where the quality that made me like him but there wasn’t much more about him that makes him stand out for me. I also felt bad he had to go through coming out of a cheating relationship and getting Hazel as a prize.
- The romance…. I didn’t buy the jump from friendship to love. Was it a forced proximity thing? Because I can’t see these two working in the long run, no matter how the authors try to make me think that they did.
- The ending was so fast and rushed. I don’t think we got to see them enough as a couple and then all of a sudden that epilogue comes from nowhere after leaving the last chapter hanging. I thought maybe they cut out at least one more chapter there to tie that a bit better.
All that being said, as you can see, this book was just not for me. I’m rating this a 2 instead of lower because there some scenes (very few) I enjoyed so it wasn’t all bad. But this just proves once more that I don’t think this author is right for me. This book made me want to commit murder of a fictional character and that’s just not the feeling I’m looking for. I know this was a lot of people’s favorite, but I guess I’ll just stand by my unpopular opinion on this one. Obviously it’s not you, it’s me.
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