Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Date Read: June 8, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
A brand new romantic comedy perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Helen Hoang.

Kristen 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.

"Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez’s debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
My Review

I am so glad that I decided to read this book because I ended up loving it!  I ended up reading the entire book in a single day and found that it was the perfect kind of story to curl up with for a few hours.  I started reading hoping to lose myself in a romance for a few hours and I did but I feel like I also got a whole lot more than that.  I really enjoyed every moment that I spend with this amazing story.

The characters in this story are simply fantastic.  Kristen was awesome.  I loved that she tended to say what she wanted and didn't really worry too much about what others thought of her.  She was funny, smart, and incredibly competent.  Josh was equally awesome.  He wasn't intimidated by Kristen at all and seemed to take everything in stride.  He really seemed to see Kristen even when she was trying to make herself less appealing. 

I love the romance.  Kristen and Josh belonged together.  I mean this pair just had to happen.  They were so comfortable together and their personalities meshed really well.  There was also a whole lot of chemistry to go around.  There were a few obstacles that they needed to work through but I knew that they would both be up to the challenge.

I didn't expect this book to deal with so many difficult issues outside of the romance.  This was a really emotional read and there were parts of this book that just made my heart hurt.  The author did a fantastic job of capturing the emotions of this group of characters as they went through a tragedy.  I also really loved the fact that this deal with painful periods and infertility.  I have read a few books where periods are mentioned but this book didn't shy away from the reality that Kristen had to deal with.  I felt her pain over her current situation and the effect it could have on her future.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This book really had it all.  It was a fun romance filled with wonderful characters that also dealt with some complicated issues.  I am really quite amazed that this is a debut novel and I definitely plan to read more of Abby Jimenez's work in the future. 

I received a digital review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley. 
About the Author

Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to open multiple locations in two states, won numerous Food Network competitions and amassed an international cult following. Abby has since turned her talents to penning novels. She loves a good book, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. a simple yet quite powerful synopsis. must be a struggle for her to make difficult decisions like that . hope it turns out well

  2. I'm putting this as a possibility for a summer read. How can I pass up a book with a dog named Stuntman Mike? And it does sound like it tackles some harder issues as well. Thanks for such a great review!

  3. the name of the dog tells me there will be plenty of laughs. i love when a debut novel hits me as hard as this did you. great review.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Excellent review. I always enjoy romance with a good story in addition to the romance. I think it is great when difficult issues are part of the story as it can help others process their thoughts and feelings about the issue.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. I've head this one gets deeper than it looks. Yay for a one-sitting read, Carole!

  6. Oh great! I always love books like that too!

  7. I added this to my TBR earlier today. It seems to be a hit!

  8. I like finding a book that I end up really enjoying.

  9. This is real drama, not like the fake one some books have. I can see why she would falter

  10. I should be reading more of this genre. It's always fun.

  11. The fact that you were able to lose yourself in this and feel like you got more than you bargained on has sold me. This sounds wonderful.

  12. I had this in my spreadsheet with a July 9th release date!! I have not idea how I messed that up, but I will be reading it shortly (this weekend?). I am excited about this one, and 5 -stars!!!! My question is, will I need tissues?

  13. When you can read through a book in a single day you know it is just so good and so addictive. I think this one sounds perfect for me because I love a good romance and it sounds light, cute and funny from time to time.


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