The Friend Zone
By: Abby Jimenez
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.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Bookish Tip: Have tissues on hand!
Quote: Relationship Status: It’s Complicated
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez may be listed as a romantic comedy but it is so much more. Is it a story about two people falling in love? Yes. However, it’s complicated and so freaking emotional as it covers not only infertility but loss too.
Kristen, due to her infertility issues, puts Josh in the friend zone. Josh wants a big family and although the two slowly fall in love, their dreams in life are different not by choice but by chance. This causes a lot of angst between our beloved main characters. Kristen, who at one point of the story has a boyfriend (don’t worry – no cheating), never really tells Josh about her issues so Josh believes his feelings are one-sided.
Kristen and Josh’s romance is a slow burn. Their attraction is instantaneous. They even enter a friends-with-benefits situation. But it’s not enough. Their unrequited love for each other slowly burns in the background. When the two finally hit their breaking point, the emotion just oozes off the pages. It is both gut wrenching and brutal.
Then….Abby Jimenez throws a wrench into the entire plot and I cried. And cried. And cried. But I cannot reveal as to why, Reader. It is a spoiler and I am afraid the story won’t be that same if you don’t experience it for yourself.
Abby Jimenez’s writing is so witty. Both Kristen and Josh have the most awesome banter. It is funny and sarcastic. A few times I busted out laughing. Kristen is a firecracker!
Recommendation: A Must Read. Five brilliant stars.
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