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review 2019-06-14 06:46
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The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

I was given the option to have a 'FREE PREVIEW' of this new book.  I loved it so much and could not put it down, so I ran to the library as soon as I finished my preview, so I could finish the story.  So worth it.  God Bless my local county library!

 

Josh meets Kristen in a less than stellar way.  Then when they meet officially later, they already have to work harder to impress one another.  They are mutual friends of a couple who is getting married so there is a lot going on.

 

Kristen is involved with someone else when she meets Josh, so they are just friends.  For now.  If ever a chance arises to to take it to another level?  Well lets just say there are enough sparks between them to light up Las Vegas.

 

This was such a witty and fun story.  I really could not put it down.  I found the characters to be deliciously complex.  The heat and heart in the book made it a great read.  The pace was steady, and there was plenty of humor too.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

 

***Thanks to Netgalley, and the publisher for the free preview.

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review 2019-06-11 12:19
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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. 

Initial Thoughts
I loved this book! I read the entire book cover to cover in a single day because I didn't want to put it down. Kristen and Josh were great. I loved that the story hit on topics you don't usually see in romance like periods. This one will stick with me for a while.

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review 2019-06-05 19:37
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

The Friend Zone is a debut with chapter switching povs between the heroine and hero, laughs, serious life issues, and a easy paced flow. Kristen suffers from uterine fibroids that cause her to have long heavy periods with extremely painful cramps and other intensified pms symptoms. Even though she feels she would eventually want children, her medical condition makes it implausible, so she is considering a hysterectomy. She's currently dating Tyler, a Marine overseas who is not planning on re-enlisting and coming home to live with her. Tyler doesn't want kids, so even though Kristen isn't sure she loves him, she thinks they are a good match.

Josh just broke up with his girlfriend and is moving from South Dakota to California to work with his bestfriend Brandon, they're fireman. He comes from a large family, six sisters, and has always wanted kids. He's not looking to get into a relationship until he feels settled in but Brandon's fiancee's maid-of-honor captures his attention.

 

Fine. Stay. But don’t go catching feelings. I mean it. We are not a thing. Got it?”

Using me for sex. Got it.” He pulled me closer and kissed my shoulder.

Stop!”

Good night.”

I could tell he was smiling.

 

Kristen and Josh definitely have chemistry on the pages, they have similar tastes, attitudes, and sense of humor; I enjoyed the playfulness between the two. There's a little bit of love triangle with Kristen dating Tyler but being extremely attracted to Josh. At first I liked how the author didn't immediately demonize Tyler, but about halfway through Kristen gets an easy out solution and the love triangle conflict lost a lot of its umph.

 

The main conflict of the story is Kristen knowing that she probably will never be able to have children, knowing Josh wants them, and so feeling she isn't good enough to be with him. Kristen is a sassy, tell it like it is character, easily discussing or mentioning her period issues but clams up and refuses to tell Josh that it could lead to her never having children. This creates a situation where Kristen is constantly pulling Josh in, because she is incredibly attracted to him and doesn't want to admit to herself that she loves him, but then harshly emotionally pushing him away, it started to get a bit exhausting and annoying. Lack of communication becomes part of the premise of the story and with two leads who otherwise have no problem communicating, it felt somewhat forced.

 

Josh for his part, plays a pretty understanding sensitive guy. He constantly bends and makes way for Kristen's needs, so often and completely that while he is definitely sweet, I didn't feel they had an equal relationship, how was Kristen meeting Josh's needs? Kristen is twenty-four and Josh twenty-nine, I felt this had a bit of a New Adult feel to it, Kristen came off young and immature at times and Josh felt a bit stand-in for Fairy Tale Submit To All Your Wants and Desires placeholder hero.

 

But being with her wasn’t even something I had to think about. I did want kids. But I wanted her first. Everything else was just everything else.

 

I thought it was great that the author showcased Kristen dealing with the health issues she did, we don't often get to read heroines with these issues but the ending had a bit of a surprise to it that I know will leave some readers feeling betrayed, it almost felt like a bait and switch to me.

Kristen ends up getting magically pregnant to their surprise

(spoiler show)

There was also an ending heavy emotional situation that came off feeling somewhat manipulated, it was shocking but I wasn't completely invested in the secondary character because they weren't fully fleshed out and it ended up feeling more set-up for the second in the series than adding to the emotional fabric of this story.

 

Overall, this author has a very easy reading style that does keep you reading the pages. There was some “cool girl” vibes going on with Kristen that I could have done without, women who eat cheeseburgers aren't necessarily cooler than those who don't; comes to close to the manic pixie girl vibe promoting for me. The main conflict of the story ended up feeling bait and switch, Kristen's push and pull with Josh started to drag, and there was some layers and depth to characters I was missing that kept me from fully sinking into the story. This is an author I'm going to keep an eye on though, there's some charisma to her writing.

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text 2019-06-04 00:23
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The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

He was like that puppy that you swear will never sleep in the bed.

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text 2019-06-02 01:19
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The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy of 2019 - Abby Jimenez

So, the author of this has a cupcake shop, Nadia’s Cupcakes, near me. I bought a cupcake and a pupcake to take a picture with the book but Raiden (he starts humping when I walk in the door with their pupcakes) and I were so excited to eat them, that it wasn’t until an hour later that I realized I’d forgotten to take the picture.

 

Enjoy this fiesta chicken instead. And yes, I did eat dessert before my supper.

 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez pre-order (June 11) link 

 

Fiesta Chicken Casserole recipe

 

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