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I can’t believe this has been on my bookshelf for almost a year and I have just finished it now. I love the fact that the story portrays the horrors of women’s health and the effect that it has on women, their relationships and their outlook on life. This story and the way it is written has broadened my understand of the effects of such issues and what my friends are suffering and how they might be feeling which they don’t feel comfortable disclosing.
Beautifully, well written, funny, heartbreaking wonderful story. I loved it ❤️
This book was heartfelt, hilarious and broke my heart. I adored Josh and Kristen as I love the journey that this story takes you on. This will be a book I return to year after year. I highly recommend it for anyone.
When I tell people i love reading romance books, THIS book is what i mean. this book covered everything i loved about books, from their meeting, to the end, it was the greatest book i've read. This definitely made my top 3 books. if anyone know any other books like this, please let me know because i cannot get enough of this. A very great job on this, wow
The Friend Zone is a thrilling debut book filled with witty dialogue, genuinely likable characters and a generic story-line done extremely well.
When Kristen and Josh meet over a misdemeanor, they are yet to realize that their lives are already entwined over mutual friends and wedding duties.
With Kristen already in a long-distance relationship and Josh recovering from the aftermath of a breakup, these two strike up a friendship. Technically perfect for each other, neither can acknowledge what could’ve been...
"I liked that she was herself in front of me. But the implication didn’t thrill me. It meant her feelings towards me were totally platonic. For all intents or purposes, I might as well have been the gay friend, or a brother, or something. I was friend zoned, hard."
When circumstances change, although evident that these two are in love, Kirsten will need to reveal the secret she’s been hiding from Josh. Only then can they be released from the friend zone, because ‘with great risk, comes great rewards.’
Where I have read multiple friends to lover romances, this was standout. I really enjoyed the clever banter, the sarcasm, the valid reason behind the friend zoning, and moments so heart wrenching I had to pause at times. I really wanted to love this story, but it just wasn’t perfect for me. ALTHOUGH it was so worth the read!
‘The Friend Zone’ is the debut contemporary romance novel by US author Abby Jimenez.
Props to Dymocks 234 in Melbourne – their romance section is an absolute delight to browse, and a few weeks ago I did exactly that when I found Jimenez’s debut book! This had previously not been on my radar, which isn’t hard these days; I feel like I’m drowning in a TBR-pile which has resulted in this weird FORO (fear of reading-out) and a little reading-stagnation. So I’ve really tried blocking out chatter of the next “must-read” because much like grocery-shopping when hungry, you shouldn’t book-browse when in a rut because you’ll try to fix the problem buying more books you don’t really want to read. But buy this I did after the blurb intrigued me; I started reading it 2 days ago, and last night I finished it just after midnight and on an absolute high from having my mojo back!
What makes this book stand-out is the heroine’s journey and “obstacle” to her happiness. Kristen has fallen for her best friend’s fiancée’s best-man, and despite some initial relationship hurdles, the main thing stopping her from finding happiness with fireman babe Josh is her inability to give him a family. Josh wants enough kids to fill out a baseball team, but Kirsten suffers from Uterine Fibroid Embolization (non-cancerous growths in the uterus which can affect a woman’s ability to conceive children, results in 19-day periods for Kirsten and excruciating cramps/bleeding). Recent medical acceptance that things like endometriosis are in fact *real* and not female-exaggeration have made for really interesting discussions in the medical field (read Gabrielle Jackson’s Guardian piece ‘Why don't doctors trust women?Because they don't know much about us’ which boils down to; “The medical community have known for a century that women are living in constant pain. They’ve done nothing about it”).
In ‘The Friend Zone’ is the first book I’ve personally read that centres this narrative for the female protagonist – and really confronts the pressures and heartache of chronic pain, as well as the emphasis society places on women’s bodies to function a certain way (and when they don’t, some are left to feel “less than”). I’d love to read more books with this narrative focus; it’s refreshing, modern, complex and important. I’m sure many readers will feel seen via this book and story (which is also why the ending *kind of* fails on the premise – but romance is about wish-fulfillment and self-actualisation so I’ll let it pass).
It helps that ‘The Friend Zone’ is also a really HOT book; Kirsten and Josh are a fab couple to read about with just as much snark and spark as they have hot n’ heaviness – it means the stakes in their ‘happily ever after’ feel real and complex.
That being said – I will warn that the latter-half of the book becomes a REAL blindside gut-punch I was not prepared for. I’d already cried throughout the middle, so to be whammied with that ending was … a shock. I will say it left me *desperate* for the second book (‘The Happy Ever After Playlist’ coming in April 2020) but for a romance it was maybe just a little uneven for the last warm and fuzzy I want to be left with? But I guess that’s where ‘The Friend Zone’ is maybe hedging more into ‘chick lit’ and women’s fiction than straight-up contemporary romance. Fair warning.
Overall; I loved this book. It absolutely pulled me out of my reading-rut by delivering on heat and heartache and having me yo-yo between laughs and tears. I can’t wait to read more from Abby Jimenez; even if I’ll be going into her future books with a little more armour, knowing she’s one to enjoy a reader-blindside.
I really enjoyed this book, it made me laugh and it made me cry ! Which is a first for a book I really liked. Can’t wait to read the second instalment ( just need a day off as once you start you can’t put these books down)