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The Friend ZoneKristen Petersen Doesn T Do Drama, Will Fight To The Death For Her Friends, And Has No Room In Her Life For Guys Who Just Don T Get Her She S Also Keeping A Big Secret Facing A Medically Necessary Procedure That Will Make It Impossible For Her To Have Children.Planning Her Best Friend S Wedding Is Bittersweet For Kristen Especially When She Meets The Best Man, Josh Copeland He S Funny, Sexy, Never Offended By Her Mile Wide Streak Of Sarcasm, And Always One Chicken Enchilada Ahead Of Her Hangry Even Her Dog, Stuntman Mike, Adores Him The Only Catch Josh Wants A Big Family Someday Kristen Knows He D Be Better Off With Someone Else, But As Their Attraction Grows, It S Harder And Harder To Keep Him At Arm S Length The Friend Zone Will Have You Laughing One Moment And Grabbing For Tissues The Next As It Tackles The Realities Of Infertility And Loss With Wit, Heart, And A Lot Of Sass.

Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion and USA Today best selling author with her hit debut novel The Friend Zone She founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007 The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following Abby s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now fa

10 thoughts on “The Friend Zone

  1. says:

    Just what the world needs Another problematic book masquerading as a cute read sigh Admittedly in the early parts of this read I was really enjoying this book for what it was a contemporary romance with a bittersweet core So I laughed, I cried I had a lot of feels Yes I ignored the blatant stereotyping and negative portrayal of the other woman that the leading man dated who wasn t our sassy heroine because Well I liked the hunky leading man And I liked the sassy heroine Even though she was 100% a not like other girls stereotype which is of itself problematic Everyone in this book was so likeable really I cared about the characters, I was rooting for them to get together and was very touched by the storylineBut then that ill advised ending happened And I m unimpressed My review is going to be spoiler filled I do apologise but it s the only way I can discuss this book honestly and to be able to openly draw attention to its problematic nature So the content warnings for this book are illnesses and difficulties surrounding female reproductivity Our leading female character is Kristin One day she has a minor fender bender with hunky fireman Josh and sparks fly Their chemistry is off the charts and much sassy banter and flirting ensues But Kristin has a boyfriend called Tyler He s deployed overseas with the military but she loves him Right Wrong She s settling for him And we quickly learn why Because Kristin suffers with fibroids and extremely heavy menstrual bleeding She has been told that she is infertile and within weeks is planning to have a hysterectomy at age 26 So she can t have children, and Tyler doesn t want kids so he seems like a logical choice for a partner But she has all this chemistry with Josh and despite her best efforts she finds herself falling for him And it s likewise for Josh He s getting over a breakup with his girlfriend Celeste because.she doesn t want to have children and that s a deal breaker for him because apparently he wants a baseball team s worth of kids So understandably Kristin feels that she is not the ideal woman for Josh but she won t reveal to him her reasons, much to Josh s disagreementAnyway the story evolves into a friends with benefit style relationship until we know that both characters are painfully in love with each other but Kristin resists until finally she believes that she is worthy of love That her infertility should not deny her true happiness because to the right person in this case Josh it s not a sacrifice for him to not have kids because of her, because to him his life is incomplete without her.This was great Ah I loved this Struggling with issues about your own fertility and the knowledge that you are possibly responsible for your future partner not becoming a fully genetic father to children is a theme that needs to be explored in books And I was so touched by the storyline I related to it It s difficult to open yourself up to a relationship when you know you are infertile or have fertility struggles However, one of the reasons that Kristin finally accepted that she should be married to Josh and live happily ever after with him is because one of their best friends tragically dies CAN WE NOT HAVE THE PEOPLE DYING SO OTHERS CAN LEARN A LIFE LESSON TROPE Honestly eye roll BUT IT GETS WORSE Remember This is a book that is about infertility and the acceptance of such SO THE LAST THING YOU D WANT IS FOR KRISTIN TO GET PREGNANT RIGHT Well guess who gets pregnant miraculously at the end because apparently her IUD device was pushed out of her system with a heavy flow and the one time they don t use condoms his oh so virile sperm just says screw you literally and figuratively to her tumour infested uterus and boom it s a boy..No No.No.No.No.Look I read the author s note at the end of the book where she proclaimed the following taken from the eARC copy and I get what she was trying to say But I think when you have to spell this out for people in the hopes that your book won t be interpreted a certain waywell then you re on to a losing streak and no author s note is going to make up for your egregious storytelling Kristen s happy ending was never about getting pregnant It was about her allowing herself to be loved, despite what she felt were shortcomings It was about her recognising that she wasn t defined by her ability to have children, and that her worth went beyond the state of her uterus That was her happily ever after.I can t seriously be the only one bothered by this right If discovering true happiness is when Kristin learns to I guess it s almost learns to forgive herself for how her body is, then why would you utterly defeat the purpose of this character arc of growth, self love and happiness by having her fall pregnant in such an unrealistic manner Because therefore you are implying that the happy ever after is only when she has her own child born from her uterus Go away That s insulting This message is problematic because of how it still places that happy emphasis on one method of having children Could our cute couple not have gone through with surrogacy as planned Fostered Adopted I mean it s just such a ridiculous cop out that she gets pregnant at the end Yes I know that these pregnancies can happen and that this is but one interpretation of a woman s struggles with fibroids BUT this is not the commonplace experience Therefore, I think it would be very upsetting to someone who is reading this book who themselves are struggling to conceive and was hoping to find a happy ever after of a realistic sort I know, as a person who was and still is hesitant in relationships due to my own fertility status, I was personally very upset when I read the ending as it felt disingenuous to what I believed was the main theme of the book, that of the overall character arc of happiness through self acceptance and improving one s sense of self worth in the light of fertility problems The ending simply cheapens the whole message of the book and is a slap in the face to the myriad of women for whom this is not possible no matter how much they hope and dream it to be It also is poor in that it tells women with horrific menstruation problems that cause them untoward amounts of pain, possibly damaging levels of anaemia and causes them to live lives 100% dictated by their menstrual cycles that if you hold off and continue putting your body and health at risk by not opting for a surgical option ie hysterectomy in Kristin s case then you ll be rewarded with your bundle of joy and not a life of pain and recurrent hospitalisationsI am baffled by this book s unhealthily romanticised logic I had thought this would be a four star read half way through the book Then it went to three stars with the dead friend but that ending hammered the proverbial nail in the coffin and it s one fat shiny star An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. says:

    You might be tempted to write Abby Jimenez s new book The Friend Zone off as fluffy chick lit, assuming it s not much different than the countless other books like it out there.You d be wrong Sure, there is romance, humor, talk of soulmates and futures, but there is also an extra layer of emotional complexity in this book It made me want to devour the book even quicker than I did, and now that I m done, I can t believe I have to wait until 2020 for Jimenez s next book Josh and Kristen s meet cute doesn t quite follow the traditional pattern Josh, a recent transplant from South Dakota to Los Angeles, actually rear ends Kristen when she has to stop suddenly in traffic Kristen isn t any damsel in distress either she s covered in coffee from the fender bender and isn t afraid to let Josh know what a crappy driver he is, using every bit of flowery language she has at her disposal.When they realize a little while later that Josh will be the best man at Kristen s best friend s wedding, both reluctantly admit they ll enjoy the prospect of spending time together There s no doubt they re attracted to one another, and Kristen is awaiting the return of her Marine boyfriend, who will be moving in with her anyway, so there s no risk to their friendship.The problem is, Kristen can t get enough of Josh, and the feeling is definitely mutual Having been raised with six older sisters, Josh is sensitive to what a woman wants he knows that she needs to eat before she gets hangry, they have the same sense of humor, and he even loves her little dog, Stuntman Mike And the truth is, Kristen isn t even sure that her boyfriend Tyler is what she wants anyway, and the closer it draws to his discharge from the military, the she starts to panic.For his part, Josh has fallen in love with everything about Kristen He can tell she doesn t seem into her boyfriend s return, and he knows they have serious chemistry So why does she continue to keep him at arm s length Kristen has a debilitating medical condition, and it appears the only answer is a procedure which will make having children impossible Josh has said than once how he can t imagine not having a huge family of kids How could Kristen deprive him of that, force him to choose her and give up his dreams She wants him to have the life he so desperately desires, but she won t tell him why she keeps pushing him away, even when it s obvious how strongly she feels for him.What I loved so much about The Friend Zone is the complexity of its characters and their relationships Even when the book took a surprisingly emotional turn, the characters remained utterly true to themselves and the story, and I became even invested Sure, Kristen s reluctance to share the truth with Josh gets really frustrating, but the way he handles it, and the way the other characters in the book do as well, felt realistic and not part of some glossy romantic fantasy.This is definitely a book I d love to see adapted for a movie or television series, because I loved this story Plus, I wouldn t mind seeing how some casting director envisions firemen ex Marines Josh and Brandon, as well as Kristen and Sloane Especially the firemen, but whatever Jimenez s writing is funny and charming and hooked me from the get go.I ve really been enjoying my forays into this genre over the last year There are some really talented writers out there and while it s easy just to think chick lit is fluffy and meaningless, you might want to adjust that belief And The Friend Zone might be one that can help convince you.Forever provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published June 11, 2019.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

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    I ve been crying for the last hour, everything hurts, and I m SO glad I chose to pick up this book It s in my top three favorites of the year.I don t even know where to start but this is the exact brand of romance that I m obsessed with The two main characters are snarky and sarcastic and headstrong, but it never comes off as cheesy or unrealistic Their romance is fraught with tension and angst, but I was invested in their story Their relationship was SOFT SO SOFT This book follows a woman with uterine fibroids, and that representation and seeing how that both affected her having chronic pain and the way that Josh supported her was so, so beautifully done I was laughing out loud for most of this book, and I cried my entire way through the end There were some spotty lines every now and then with some distasteful possessiveness or jokes, but the characters and the angst in this really shone through If you are a fan of The Hating Game or Josh Hazel s Guide to Not Dating or anything similar, you HAVE to pick this book up I think it s my new favorite romance book, and it s getting a full five stars from me view spoiler I will say that I guessed the ending from a mile away, but it was still so beautiful and meaningful and the author s note cleared it up so I ended up not minding it hide spoiler

  4. says:

    Originally rated this 3 stars, but lowered it to a 2 upon further reflection I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters, but I really and truly hated the way this book ended I can t really talk about why without going into spoilers, so view spoiler I think it is EXTREMELY harmful to market a book as having a strong infertile woman as the lead character, only to have her miraculously fall naturally pregnant at the end of the book As much as I should have seen it coming, I was absolutely floored when it happened because I couldn t believe that the author would include something so completely insensitive after spending the ENTIRE book developing such a strong character that didn t let herself be defined by her infertility hide spoiler

  5. says:

    5 stars The Friend Zone is one of the best debut novels I ve read this year This one got me right in the feels and I loved it so much It s one of those books I picked up and could not put down I laughed, smiled, and sobbed my way through it and by the end, I couldn t have loved it Kristen and Josh have an interesting meet cute It starts with a fender bender, then they realize they re in the same wedding Kristen s best friend is marrying Josh s best friend You and I might just be the perfect best man maid of honor match ever Things have a rough start for them, but they actually end up becoming super close friends You know when you meet someone and putting romantic feelings aside, they just become your person That is the relationship they have Of course, they are insanely attracted to each other, but they are friends first and I love that Though it seems friends is all they ll ever be Josh broke up with his last girlfriend because she didn t want children He s from a big family and he wants nothing than to have a ton of little ones running around Kristen would love that too, but it s not in the cards for her And she loves Josh too much to hold him back Cue the sobs This book It really did have me bawling my eyes out I know, I m extra emotional when it comes to stuff like this but it really got me all in my feels These two belonged together, Josh could see it, I just wanted Kristen to see that she was good enough That she was everything to Josh even if she couldn t give him the one thing she thought he wanted above all I d found my person She was the foundation She was the thing that all other things are built on Everything was secondary to being with her I loved both Josh and Kristen so much Their banter was fantastic, I loved Josh with her little dog, and Kristen s sarcasm and fun loving attitude I think there will be some people that read this book and maybe they won t understand Kristen and will be frustrated with her, but I got her She never bothered or frustrated me personally Reading books about infertility is hit or miss for me As someone who has dealt with it for 7 years, I have to be in the right mind set to read it and it has to be written right This was written perfectly I love romances that have real life problems in them and aren t all fluff Abby Jimenez wrote this perfectly There were many obstacles this couple faced, and I love the way she wrote it and resolved it That last 20 30% was rough in than one way, but by the end I had a big smile on my face, even if it was a tad bittersweet in some regards The writing in this book was outstanding and the story was equal parts emotional, funny, heartbreaking, angsty, and romantic I can t remember another time a book that had me laughing out loud and bawling my eyes out equally It was a book I fell in love with and can t recommend it enough

  6. says:

    Too Damn Sad Kristen meets her soulmate, Josh, but she has a secret that makes her a less than perfect match for him, so she does her best to keep him in the friend zone Things don t go as planned and she finds herself falling for the man she needs to keep at bay She can either keep him as a friend or reveal her secret and risk losing him forever.As a result of Kristen s secret, there is a lot of back and forth will they won t they, which was fun for a while, but at a certain point, I couldn t take it any I was ready to give up but then the storyline had a major shift and I was happy for that, but then it was just sad and awful.After seeing amazing reviews and ratings on my GR friends feeds, The Friend Zone became a must read I read bits and pieces about the plot but went in mostly blind I was thinking that this was going to be a typical, light hearted chick lit novel, so I wasn t expecting to go on an emotional rollercoaster ride I felt everything from wanting to throttle the main character I just wanted her to tell him already , to getting annoyed over some of the narrative tropes, to feeling happy, back to annoyed, to shifting to an intense level of sadness, back to happy sadness, to happiness, to annoyance I am not sure I am over the sadness I did not like the ending the author s note did help explain her choice for having THAT happen, but it took away from the message of what this book could have been about I am spent I need a nap While I didn t wholly the love the plot or the ending and found parts of The Friend Zone to be problematic, I did love Abby Jimenez s writing style She has created sharp, quick witted characters with strong voices I do look forward to her next book featuring Kristen s best friend, Sloan

  7. says:

    JOSHUA AND TYLER DESERVED BETTER WOMEN WITH INFERTILITY DERSERVED BETTER BRANDON DERSERVED BETTER So plus points first, before I get carried away in incandescent rage.1 This was mostly well written, and the writing seemed to flow quite well throughout the book.2 The start wasn t bad I liked Josh, Kristin was funny, and the book spoke about periods and infertility, which isn t really ever addressed in other contemporary romances.NowFirstly Kristen..OMG when will authors realise that we don t want to read about the cool girl Kristen was described as an amazing girl who doesn t like drama, doesn t wear make up, ate cheeseburgers, drank beer, and was actually labelled a unicorn four times in the book An honest, no drama woman who didn t bullshit and drank beer and cussed and didn t care about what people thought about her She was a unicorn, tucked in the body of an attractive woman with a great ass Lets just address that first because OMFG I m sick of reading about these so called perfect women, and then seeing the author compare them to other women who are exhausting or crazy Why do we need to put down other women in order to boost the heroine Next she wasn t honest, and she did indeed care about what people think about her She lied to her boyfriend, and to Josh repeatedly She was selfish, self absorbed and manipulative She was such a bitch to the men in her life.Which leads me to Tyler Kristen s long term boyfriend in the military The author looked down on him because he was intelligent, highly educated, career driven, liked nice clothes and fancy restaurants I mean how dare he Kristen did not technically cheat on Tyler, BUT she was constantly thinking about another man instead of him, she didn t answer his calls so that she could hang out with another man, and within minutes of their relationship ending, she jumped into bed with that other manEven after all of that, he was nice to her, and he ended up getting hurt He deserved better.Then there was Joshua why are so many love interests called Josh btw Kristen lead him on repeatedly Yes she had medical issues, yes he wanted kids, but she was dishonest with him, didn t communicate with him, ran hot and cold with him and was just basically a bitch She would have sex with him but then say no kissing, hand holding or hugging, but then want to be friends with him and hang out She kept stringing him along He was seriously some kind of saint Kristen should have just been honest with him, and then let him make his own decision He was an adult and he deserved better The lack of communication between the two main characters really wound me up Ok now to the unnecessary death of Josh s best friend and Kristen s best friend Sloan s fianc I HATE IT WHEN AUTHORS USE THE DEATH OF A CHARACTER AS A PLOT DEVICE FOR THE NEXT BOOK I was reading, and thought I saw it coming, but thought no surely not, she wouldn tShe did Brandon was killed off to bring the two main characters together, but also, the next book is about Sloan getting over his death stares into the distance It also really triggered me, as I lost a relative at the end of last year after they were placed in a medically induced coma I shed many tears, and felt the whole scenario could have been avoided.Next, the fucking surprise pregnancy A pretty much infertile woman, with an IUD has unprotected sex once with a man, after 8 years of having unprotected sex, and boom she s preggo And it s just explained that he has some super fucking strong sperm What a slap in the face for all of the women reading who have struggled with infertility Honestly fuck the author s note at the end The fact that she has written that to try to justify the ending tells me that she was probably aware of what she was doing This book has already upset women who are struggling with their fertility, I can see that in the reviews It isn t how most cases end up, and most people won t be able to relate to that fairy tale ending Why couldn t they have used a surrogate, or fostered adopted a child I feel like the ending of the book undermined everything that happened before it What was the point of all of that conflict Why did we see a character suffer, but grow to accept her situation, and to start to think she was worthy, to then cancel out that arc, and undermine the important message Other issues I had was the gushing about the man buying the tampons, I mean really In this day and age, surely most men would IDK I know my husband wouldn t be bothered, its not like the cashier would think he s on his period The book felt like it was judging women who didn t want to have kids, and women who wore make up This goes back to the author trying to make the heroine look good a the expense of other women.Instead of a funny, heart warming story, this book made me feel really angry I think I have actually talked myself into changing my rating to a one star

  8. says:

    RTC, but I highkey hated the entire end of this book

  9. says:

    I was really expecting to LOVE this book It had everything you d want in a contemporary romance romance, humor and emotion so much emotion This isn t your typical light hearted romance It deals with the issue of infertility and all the feelings of sadness and inadequacy that plague so many women who are not able to conceive naturally I was all in from the first page right up until that ending Wham, you broke me with that ending Abby Jimenez and not in a good way. I just can t see the reason behind it It felt like too much I won t spoil things for those of you who haven t read it by being specific What really got me was that this was absolutely a solid read for me until that ending I didn t agree with it and it took some of the enjoyment out of the book for me I have to be honest and say that I m a sucker for heartbreak and emotion, just not when it seems to be done for a big wow factor or at the expense of other characters just to have some supposed life altering impact on the main character It just didn t sit well with me and truthfully undid most of the feeling behind the book for me So 3 because I did enjoy most of the book but that ending I d give it 1 star if I could judge it on it s own.

  10. says:

    I m amazed by Abby Jimenez s ability to write a romance dealing with the main topic of infertility.I was pulled into The Friend Zone from the very first chapter There were some gut wrenching moments when I couldn t stop myself from spilling tears but also so many moments where the sarcastic humor was freaking awesome.The first time we meet the main characters Kristen Peterson and Josh Copeland is when they were involved in a fender bender Their first interaction didn t go that great Their second one was a little bit better.Kristen runs her own business Her company makes products for dogs including ladders to help small dogs climb, she makes cute little shirts too In regards to her personal life, she s dating a marine Tyler who s overseas , has a cute little dog who hates the marine , doesn t have a close relationship with her mother and she s dealing with a medical condition that will end up in infertility.The moment she meets Josh, she knows she s in trouble He s handsome, super nice and available as her new carpenter on his days off She has never cheated and she won t start now Making Josh believe she has no interest in him is a priority She will wear unattractive clothes, no makeup, and even rulers to prevent him from getting any ideas.Josh has recently moved to California to be closer to his best friend Brandon who s getting married soon He s joining the same firehouse as him but his new status as probie is not a fun one He s frustrated with some of the calls they get Some are completely and truly unnecessary As for his personal life, his last relationship ended on a bad note He wanted kids and his girlfriend didn t He let her have everything they had but his credit card balance is still quite high He needs cash fast to pay his debts and when an offer to be Kristen s new carpenter presents, he has no other choice but to take it He discovers that he likes Kristen He likes her sense of humor, her honesty, and her loyalty He realizes she s not a cheater but he wants her in his life.Kristen and Josh are both very creative characters I love both Kristen was funny, sarcastic and a true friend to Sloan Yes, I got annoyed at Kristen than once for pushing Josh away but I understood why she did it Josh was perfect He had my heart He was understanding and dedicated to Kristen and his best friend Brandon He fell for Kristen s dog too which is a bonus in my book.The last third of The Friend Zone was hard to read Plenty of sadness I was devastated for Josh but even though the ending had some bittersweetness to it, the sweet overcame the bitter.I was excited to see that Abby Jimenez is writing a second book with a secondary character I d love to see where she takes her story.Cliffhanger No5 5 FangsMrsLeif s Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter Instagram

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