The Friend Zone

The Friend Zone

by Abby Jimenez


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Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that USA Today bestselling author LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat."

Instant USA Today bestseller!

Kristen Peterson 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.

"Your next favorite romantic comedy...The Friend Zone is that rare beach read with tons of heart that will make you laugh and cry in equal parts." —PopSugar

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538715604
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 6,331
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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The Friend Zone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
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Terrific beach read. A funny, sad, and unputdownable love story.
Anonymous 6 months ago
If you follow Abby you know her sense of humor and this book is so like her. She tells the story with great humor but she has a way of writing so you feel all of Kristen, Josh and Sloan’s pain. I didn’t want to read it to fast because I didn’t want the book to end. I liked the way she told the story so you understood what each of them were thinking and feel in each situation. This is a must read book but make sure you have tissues because your going to need them.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Couldn’t put this down. Finished it in a day. Can’t wait to read her next books!
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Such a great book. Heart wrenching and heart warming. A MUST READ
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bookbruin 6 months ago
5 stars isn’t enough for this laugh out loud, beautifully honest, and sometimes heartbreaking novel. This book consumed me in the best way possible right from the start and I’m confident it will be one of my favorite reads ever. The Friend Zone was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it was more captivating and moving than I ever could have imagined. It’s hard to believe that this is Abby Jimenez’s debut novel! I absolutely loved Josh and Kristen! They were both such perfectly imperfect people. Their struggles (individually and together) were so relatable and honest. They had the best witty banter and their playful barbs were so much fun. I loved how they each gave as good as they got. Things start off on the wrong foot for them, but as they spend more time together, that spark they felt ignites and they recognize that their attraction is more than just physical. They truly see the other and that feeling of being known is so powerful. The build up between these two was delicious and their chemistry was off the charts. I felt all the longing and every stolen moment between them. It was all worth the wait though because when things come to a head, they aren’t just hot, they’re nuclear! Without a doubt, Josh is a shoo-in for my book boyfriend hall of fame. He was everything I love in a hero - loving, considerate, loyal, understanding, funny, protective, intelligent, and an all around good guy. His thoughtfulness and unwavering patience only made him more endearing. Kristen was a fantastically complex heroine. I loved her blunt honesty and take no prisoners sarcasm, even though she mainly used it as armor to protect herself. She was fiercely loyal and cared so deeply and wholly for those that she loved. Her friendship with Sloan was unparalleled and I loved how they complemented each other so well. Yes, Kristen did frustrate me at times with the push and pull with Josh, but given her history and mindset, it made so much sense. One of the things I appreciated most about this book, is that the story was as much a love story between Kristen and Josh, as it was between Kristen and herself. The author’s sense of humor really shines and there are some truly hilarious moments and dialogue that had me cackling like a mad woman. (I’m looking at you Shawn! LOL ) The humor balanced the poignant and heartwrenching scenes so well and readers will definitely want to have some tissues handy for the last quarter or so of the book. Through the tears though, there is also a wonderful message of hope and unwavering love. I don’t think I will ever be able to adequately express how much I loved this book. It resonated and touched me in a way that few books have. It was like the author opened my chest and held my heart in her hands. I felt every emotion while reading this one. Jimenez tackled infertility in such a compassionate and truthful way. It was gut wrenching and painful, but to those that have had their lives touched in this way or are a part of this club that no one ever wants membership to, it’s also unflinchingly honest. Kristen’s feelings of worthlessness and not being good enough will sadly hit home for many, but that’s what makes this book so compelling. I highly recommend reading the author’s note at the end as well since it gives greater insight into the story and characters. The epilogue brought everything together so wonderfully and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book! Truly an incredible book and one that will stay with me.
MaimeosAngelsEL 6 months ago
5 Star Review of The Friend Zone by Abby Jiminez I find it so hard to believe that The Friend Zone is Abby Jiminez debut novel. What an emotional roller coaster of a read this book was. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down as I laughed and cried. Fate works in mysterious ways as Josh and Kristen meet over a car accident, shocked even more to discover that they are both in the same wedding party. The friendship they strike up is deep and meaningful; despite their attraction to one another, they focus on being friends first. Josh longs to settle down and have a big family and Kristen knows that is something she cannot give him, children. She loves him to much to stand in the way of his dreams. There were times I ugly cried while reading this book, times when I laughed out loud and times when I just sat there feeling Kristen’s pain. The banter between Josh and Kristen was fabulous and I loved their friendship. This story was well written and real. The situation that they find themselves is one millions of couples face every day and Abby Jiminez handled it with respect and realism. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Anonymous 16 days ago
couldn't put it down! Real laugh out loud moments, tears rolling down your face the next. You can literally feel every emotion. Can't wait for more!!!
JW88 24 days ago
Kristen is the best friend all of us want. She really would do anything for her friends. So when Kristen falls for Jake, she doesn’t want him to settle for her. After all, she can’t give him what he really wants in life. The story is one of personal growth and finding love. Kristen lives daily with a medical issue which hampers her ability to enjoy life to its fullest and so has chosen to have a significant medical intervention. But Kristen isn’t just about her medical problem. She is a lovable, sharp-witted young woman who you cannot help but admire. The book is filled with humour, love and respect. It discusses the difficult matters of infertility and loss in a dignified manner. I don’t want to say to much more here as to give this wonderful story away. I absolutely loved this book. I listened to the audiobook version and appreciated the choice of narrators, which for me even takes the story up another notch. i cannot wait to read the next book in the series due out in 2020.
Twink 26 days ago
It's no secret that my favorite genres are mysteries and thrillers. But to temper all that mayhem, I really enjoy a good chick lit, romantic kinda read. I had been seeing lots of positive reviews about Abby Jimenez's debut novel - The Friend Zone, so I made it my next 'light' read. Kristen's fiancee is deployed in the Middle East. He's on one last tour and then coming home. The plan is to move in together and see what the future will bring. They've both agreed on one thing though - no children. But in Kristen's case, it's a medical impossibility. She's come to terms with it......kinda. Sorta. But then she meets Josh, the best man in her friend Sloan's wedding. And initially there's no love lost between the two of them. Until about fifty pages in and yes, you got it - there's definitely some attraction there. This back and forth carries on as the two become friends. Only friends, 'cause you know there's a fiancee. But, the reader just knows that that attraction is only going to grow.... I applaud Jimenez for her plotting. Giving Kristen this medical issue allows Jimenez to explore the emotional issues that accompany infertility and the journey to self-love and acceptance. The dialogue is sharp and snappy. The characters were okay and I only wished them the best. But. Yes, there's a but. I had a hard time connecting with Kristen. IMO she was overwritten - too sassy, too rude, too irritating, just too much all round. I wish we knew more of Josh than the 'hunky guy hopelessly in love from first meeting with cute lead character with issues." And while the back and forth builds the romantic tension and the hope that love will triumph in the end, I grew tired of the repetitiveness after awhile and wanted things to just move along a little faster. For gosh sakes, just tell him the truth. When I got to the ending? Sorry, it just left me flat after focusing so much on infertility. And the ending for friend Sloan? Didn't like it either - but it opens the door for 2020's release - The Happily Ever After Playlist. The Friend Zone was just okay for this reader. I am in the minority on this one though - The Friend Zone has made the USA Today Bestseller list.
Anonymous 29 days ago
This was a great book. Very funny and an easy read!
AmberH8705 3 months ago
Loved this book! Many laugh out loud moments and some tears for sure! I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait for her next book!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was a quick read, lots of laughter and even shed some tears. Kristin reminded me a lot of Hazel in Josh & Hazels guide to not dating. Quirky and fun. She’s full on smart ass. Josh is also a smart ass. They fall in love but Kristin has a boyfriend who is in the military. Although she wants a josh so bad she does all this stuff as in not get dressed in decent clothing, her hair in curlers all day. She’s trying to be unattractive to josh but he doesn’t care. He loves her personality. He loves being with her and their routine. There is some other characters and their part is just as fun. There is a trigger of a car wreck and motorcycle. It turns the book for a plot twist that was unpredictable. Great, fast read. I’d recommend to anyone who loves a good quirky love story with just a touch of sexy scenes.
ReadUrHeartOut 5 months ago
OH MY GAWD!!!! This book is so great!!! I need more books from the author. I wasnt able to put it down. I never leave reviews for books so if u read this..... BUY THIS BOOK NOW
Anonymous 5 months ago
I almost stopped reading this book because this felt trite, a woman with a thing for a man in uniform. I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T STOP. The book grabbed my attention because the blurb made a comparison to Christina Lauren, which feels accurate with the alternating chapters between Kristen and Josh. But it had way more substance. I cried for the last quarter of the book. They are dealing with real big things not imagined problems. The only part I didn't like was when she wore a g-string, she is far to practical for that. Just saying. Read it if you are looking for a good cry and a happy ending.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It started off a little rocky for me, choppy writing style. But then I found myself smiling or chuckling as I continued to read. Kristen and Josh first meet when they get into a minor fender bender. Snarky banter flies as neither think they will ever see each other again. Except it turns out that Josh is the guy Kristen's best couple friends wanted her to meet, the best man to her maid of honor. As the story unfolds (Kristen's boyfriend is returning from the marines after 2 years of long distance relationship, Josh just got out of a serious relationship), I found myself rooting for the sparks to fly and the relationship to progress. It's so unusual for me to be affected this deeply by a seemingly typical romcom. Without giving away too much, this novel had everything u could've expected and everything u couldn't have. Witty sarcastic banter ☑️ Sexual tension☑️ Heartbreak☑️ All the feels☑️ Was it a little repetitive at times? Sure, but that's pretty much the only reason it gets 4.5 stars out of 5. You'll want to grab this one!
Amy_Elle 5 months ago
I did not expect to love this book. Hell, I didn't even expect to LIKE it. I get such a kick out of following Abby on Instagram and I thought her book would be similar - full of hilarious brain candy. That's fine and all, but not usually the kind of book I go for. I read The Friend Zone after reading a book that gave me a hangover, thinking I'd be clear when I finished. And let me tell you...I have another hangover. The book was fantastic. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up late reading it and was late for work because I had to finish it. It's honest and thought-provoking and packs some serious emotional punches. I can't wait to read more from Abby! (Also I really need to get to her cupcake shop!)