Going to do both a full review for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and a mini-review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ! (I’ve still got to come back and write another review for White Hot Kiss and Sanctuary/ Containment , so I’ll be back at least a couple more times this week!
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Guys, I don’t read as much contemporary as I would like, but when I come across one that calls out to me, I always give it a go. This was one I just had a really good feeling about, and thanks to the positive things my BBF Ashley had to say about it, I grabbed it from the library as soon as I could. I’m so glad I did. This played out in my head like a movie and I legitimately can picture everything in my head as if I actually watched it. It’s insane, but that’s how realistic this book was.
I started and finished this book in the same day (not quite one sitting because I had to stop to make dinner and stuff) because I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know how things ended. I had to know what happened with the characters.
Hazel was the absolute best MC ever. She’s a 3rd grade teacher with a flair for all things quirky. Think Ms. Frizzle meets Luna Lovegood and you’ve got Hazel. She was so true to herself after having watched her mother do the same as an equally quirky woman and I admired that greatly. Watching her as she interacted with others and just the way she held herself overall, I absolutely adored her. Not only was she strong and independent, she was a warm, caring, thoughtful person who also had her faults and wasn’t afraid to address them.
And then we have Josh. I loved Josh so much and watching his character develop was amazing. He really came out of his shell when he started hanging out with Hazel and I loved how he came back into her life. I loved watching their dynamic change as Hazel wormed her way into his life. Her friend Emily said that Hazel has a habit of latching onto people until they love her and watching that in action with Josh was awesome.
Both Josh and Hazel had great relationships with their parents and getting to witness that was really cool because that doesn’t happen in too many books. Her mother was a nurturing, caring, and quite quirky woman, and she took such good care of Hazel through everything and was so good at listening to her daughter and respecting her daughter’s opinion when she shared it. And Josh’s parents were traditional Korean parents and getting to see some of their culture and traditions was awesome as well.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I’m so glad that I read it. If you guys are looking for a great, funny rom-comy book, but one that does things just a little differently, check this book out. Give it a shot, because it’s a fantastic read.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Ughhh. I do love this book and the whole concept of the Chamber of Secrets legend was super interesting as well- I mean, a secret chamber hidden in the school for more than 1000 years? How cool would it be to find that? As always with the first couple books especially, I think Harry, and the series itself, is still a little juvenile and more whimsical than intense. But, that sense of nostalgia hits so hard with them. My sister read the first 3 books to me before the 4th was released, we went to the midnight book release starting with the 4th and that’s when I got my own copy and read the rest on my own.
With this book, I honestly feel so bad for Ginny. Poor girl writes in a diary like any 11 year old girl would and all hell breaks loose. I loved getting to meet Dobby and really start learning even more about wizard culture.
Definitely not my favorite of the books, but I love it all the same.