I liked the Quirky Manic Pixie Dream Girl | Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]

Posted March 15, 2019 by Zeee in Reviews7 Comments


I liked the Quirky Manic Pixie Dream Girl | Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating written by Christina Lauren
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook, Trade Paperback
Narrated by Todd Haberkorn, Jayme Mattler
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
ISBN: 1508259143
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: two-half-flames
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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?

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My Thoughts

Probably one of the most hyped and recommended books is Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and I was hesitant to start it. This is one of the cases where I was wrong! The HYPE is real! Josh and Hazel is charming and sweet and everything everyone said and more!

But let’s be honest. I seriously had a hard time getting into Josh and Hazel. I mean, she was a pretty unusual character. In fact, it took me a while to realize that Hazel is actually a “manic pixie dream girl.” She is indeed an unusual character and probably one that took a while for me to like. I ended up feeling for her as the story went on, though. But you must admit, she was very endearing!

There were also a few cringe-worthy moments that had me laugh out loud. This helped me come into terms with her personality. She really is quirky but, in the end, she endeared herself to me which made me like her!

Josh was a character that I could relate to. He is the stuffy stereotypical Asian guy (and I know a few) who was perfect for Hazel’s weird and quirky character.

In fact, I liked that their relationship developed really slowly and started as a friendship. Now that I think about it, Josh and Hazel do follow the typical “manic pixie dream girl” trope to a T. But despite that, I absolutely enjoyed it.

It probably helped that I listened to the audiobook version. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have finished it. I do have thoughts on the audiobook narrators. I absolutely LOATHED the narrator reading Josh’s POV. Todd Haberkorn is a horrible male narrator! I mean, he uses the typical “high pitched” annoying female voice that I absolutely LOATHED! I mean, can’t male narrators just use their normal voice like how others do?!

The female narrator Jayme Mattler, is really a good narrator. And if this wasn’t read by two narrators, I would have DNF’d this book and sadly, not appreciate the quirkiness that is Hazel.

I would also want to note that after listening to the audiobook, I seriously HAD to have Korean food! In fact, I drove to Koreatown in Los Angeles to have some K food! It was absolutely delish!

Unfortunately, this book follows the new Christina Lauren trend of being a little woman’s fiction and does not have the steaminess of the previous Beautiful Bastard books. I seriously miss this, by the way.

I recommend Josh and Hazel but unfortunately, I can’t recommend the audiobook version. If you’re like me who cringe at awful narrators, you will avoid the audiobook like the plague. I’m even surprised that I was able to finish the whole audio!


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Overall: 4




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About Christina Lauren

Author Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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7 responses to “I liked the Quirky Manic Pixie Dream Girl | Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]

  1. Ellen

    I was awarding that web for reviews of the audio book just to make sure someone else was talking about how awful Todd Haberkorn’s “female” voice is. It definitely affects the enjoyment of books. I am trying to make it through because I was in need of a good rom com book.

    I hope he works on his female voices.

    • Yeah. There are just narrators that don’t do a good job with the female voice. It makes me cringe when they do high-pitched tone for the female voice.

    • Yes! I’m iffy about narrators but lately I’ve been pretty tolerant and have finished books even though I didn’t care for the narrator!

  2. Sharlene Wegner

    I read this book & also reread it. I loved this book so much! I also loved their book Roomies. Sometimes, it’s refreshing not to be reading a series & be done with the one book. Speaking as someone with TBR anxiety! I never listen to audio books, so this won’t be a problem for me. LOL

  3. I absolutely loved this one! I was a little hesitant because like you mentioned it was sooo hyped but I found it actually lived up to the hype! Hazel was certainly quirky but I felt like there was a lot more to her than just her quirks and I never viewed her as just a trope. Glad I read it instead of listening… sounds like the narrator was a big fail!
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