Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

6 CDs. S. & S. Audio. Sept. 2018. 7:20 hrs. ISBN 9781508263760. $39.99. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarThis romantic comedy by best-selling duo Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) is a laugh-out-loud listen that also delivers when it comes to more serious emotions. Best friends Josh and Hazel find themselves single at the same time and undertake a series of blind double dates to get themselves back into the game. Their relationship includes secret crushes, friends to lovers, and second chances with past lovers, yet their journey feels fresh. Hazel is a delightfully unique character, and Josh happily plays her straight man, making the odd situations they find themselves in even funnier. Their hilarious friends and relatives help center the characters and provide depth to their story. Narrators Jayme Mattler and Todd Haberkorn switch off based on whose point of view a chapter is told from, but each does such a good job at both protagonists' voices that the tandem effort elevates rather than detracts from the listening experience.
VERDICT This novel is sure to be a hit; recommended for all public library collections.
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