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The Friend Zone

(The Friend Zone #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  93,036 ratings  ·  10,850 reviews
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 Cope
ebook, 372 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
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Abby Jimenez Hi Haley, it's about medium steam. Maybe a level 4 out of 10. The sex scenes aren't closed door, but the bits aren't described and it's definitely not…moreHi Haley, it's about medium steam. Maybe a level 4 out of 10. The sex scenes aren't closed door, but the bits aren't described and it's definitely not an erotic novel. Slightly less steamy than a Christina Lauren novel. Enjoy!(less)
BookstagramETC Apparently she wrote the one about Sloan first and her publisher/editor asked her to go back and write one about Kristen, setting up the other one! So…moreApparently she wrote the one about Sloan first and her publisher/editor asked her to go back and write one about Kristen, setting up the other one! So the events that happen in this one were actually backstory for The Happy Ever After Playlist.(less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Originally rated this 3 stars, but lowered it to a 2 upon further reflection. I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters, but I really and truly hated the way this book ended. I can't really talk about why without going into spoilers, so: (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book made me uncomfortable on so many levels. I'm going to try to unpack it all here, and put my thoughts into words.

The Friend Zone starts off likable enough. Kristen is your all-around cool girl with a medical condition that will make it hard for her to have children. She meets Josh in the midst of planning her best friend's wedding, and they hit it off instantly. But the problem is that Josh wants at least five biological children, but really nine is the ideal number (yep, you read
chan ☆
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
there’s plenty of issues with this book and many people who have pointed them out, so i won’t.

instead i’ll ask why Josh is such a sexy name to romance authors.
Larry H
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
You might be tempted to write Abby Jimenez's new book The Friend Zone off as fluffy "chick-lit," assuming it's not much different than the countless other books like it out there.

You'd be wrong. Sure, there is romance, humor, talk of soulmates and futures, but there is also an extra layer of emotional complexity in this book. It made me want to devour the book even quicker than I did, and now that I'm done, I can't believe I have to wait until 2020 for Jimenez's next book!!

Josh and Kristen's
Nilufer Ozmekik
Desperately seeking a sweet, soft, swoony romance with likable characters. It could include a sufficient amount of angst, groveling, crying, cuddling at the end. Butttt the book I wanted to read CANNOT BE FOUND AT THIS BLOODY MOMENT 😡😡😡

I HATED THIS MORON HEROINE SOOOOO MUCH! I want to write a script named “Ten Million Things I Hate About Her” and cast Anne Hathaway as Kristen or play the cover of Ugly Kid Joe’s “ I hate everything about you” song!
Oh boy! My hate for her is more than my total hat
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

I haven't been this mad at a book since Toil & Trouble . And I'm angry. Not irritated. Not disappointed. I. am. forking. angry. Furious, in fact.

I want to start out by saying that, as always, this isn't a bash on the author. I'm sure she's a lovely person and she does have talent but in this... this ain't it.

As I've said before, I save the powerful 1 star for only the worst books. The only books that get one star from me are books that are not only unenjoyable but are also dangerous. (On the
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

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The Friend Zone is one of the best debut novels I’ve read this year. This one got me right in the feels and I loved it so much. It’s one of those books I picked up and could not put down. I laughed, smiled, and sobbed my way through it and by the end, I couldn’t have loved it more.

Kristen and Josh have an interesting meet-cute. It starts with a fender bender, then they realize they’re in the same wedding. Kristen’s best friend is marrying Josh’s best friend.
“You and I might
Whitney Atkinson
I've been crying for the last hour, everything hurts, and I'm SO glad I chose to pick up this book. It's in my top three favorites of the year.

I don't even know where to start but this is the exact brand of romance that I'm obsessed with. The two main characters are snarky and sarcastic and headstrong, but it never comes off as cheesy or unrealistic. Their romance is fraught with tension and angst, but I was invested in their story. Their relationship was SOFT!!!! SO SOFT!!!!!!

This book follows
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Too Damn Sad!

Kristen meets her soulmate, Josh, but she has a secret that makes her a less than perfect match for him, so she does her best to keep him in “the friend zone.” Things don’t go as planned and she finds herself falling for the man she needs to keep at bay. She can either keep him as a friend or reveal her secret and risk losing him forever.

As a result of Kristen’s secret, there is a lot of back and forth/will they won’t they, which was fun for a while, but at a certain point, I c
Chelsea Humphrey
Guys, this hurt. I'm not going to come at you if you loved this book, and I hope you won't come at me for being in the minority in finding The Friend Zone offensive. I didn't even want to write a review for this book, because it seems like everywhere I see it, people are talking about the characters with stars in their eyes and boasting what a strong infertile female is featured within its pages. Perhaps that's where I went wrong; I had completely different expectations for this book. I went in ...more
I personally just really didn't like how the sensitive subject was handled in this book, and I think it could be very hurtful to people living with infertility. Also, the friend was done so dirty. I don't know, this was just a miss for me.

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an ending can make or break a book for me and, in this case, the last 1/5 of this completely deflated my opinion of the story. it kind of feels like it was straw that broke the camels back, as they say.

normally, i can overlook an annoyance or two. no one book is going to meet all of my exact personal preferences and ideals, so im flexible. but there were multiple times when i was questioning the authors reasoning for including certain things or writing a character a certain way.

thing that annoy
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rom_com

You’ve read the synopsis.

The book alternates between the two very distinct voices of Josh and Kristen.

For 212 pages, I wanted to grab Kristen, shake her and yell: TELL HIM!!

After, that, I spent much of the rest of the book crying. 😭

Big, fat ugly tears.

This is a sweet and sassy, sexy and steamy Rom-Com that delves a bit deeper than most, taking on the theme of infertility .

I highly recommend this if you read these types of books...And, maybe even if you don’t-since they
ETA: I really bounced around the idea of how to rate this book because the ending really messed up a good thing, but I decided to forgive it and rate it high. However, after discussion with my friend, Emer, I realized that I shouldn't have been so forgiving because the messed-up part of things is really personal to many people. So, I've decided to change my rating out of respect for those women. You can read Emer's review here .

Original review:

First, I'm going to give you the warnings that I w
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
I was really expecting to LOVE this book. It had everything you'd want in a contemporary romance - romance, humor and emotion - so much emotion! This isn't your typical light-hearted romance. It deals with the issue of infertility and all the feelings of sadness and inadequacy that plague so many women who are not able to conceive naturally. I was all in - from the first page right up until that ending! Wham, you broke me with that ending Abby Jimenez and not in a good way. I just can't see ...more
Closer to a 2.5 but rounding down for this one

UGH I am so upset about this book. The first half of this book started off so cute and it was probably looking to be a 4/5 stars for me, until the last 20% of this book ruined it. The last 20% was really unrealistic and convenient and obnoxious and offensive to anyone who has actually experienced infertility and I'm upset about it.

Let's start with the positives: I love the romance between Kristen and Josh. They have great chemistry, it's very banter-
Mar 14, 2021 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 57%.

Too messy, too much drama, don’t have the patience for it.
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

It was about her allowing herself to be loved, despite what she felt were shortcomings. It was about her recognizing that she wasn't defined by her ability to have children, and that her worth went beyond the state of her uterus. That was her happily ever after.

The hype is REAL for this book. How do I like my romantic comedies? I like them to be laugh out loud funny, heart-warming and ultimately realistic. This book is that and then some.

Kristen is planning her best friends wedding a
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

This is one of the best books I have read so far!I devour it, it was fast paced and mostly I have a smile in my face!I fall in love with the characters and their relationship through the story.It has everything I wanted and even more!It was fun,sweet,emotional,intense and romantic.


I find it addictive and in the end I wanted more.It has great dialogues and the relationship between Kristen and Josh was unique.I fall hard for both of them.Kristen is the best, I loved her, she was sassy and I
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
What a sweet, romantic comedy! It’ll have you coming and going...with both smiles and tears!!

Josh has re-located to LA to be near his good buddy Brandon and his fiance. The boys will also be teaming up working at the same fire station.
When Josh literally runs into Kristen, sparks fly! Both drawn to the other like nothing they’ve ever experienced before. They also share a fierce stubborn streak and there’s no way they’ll admit it to themselves never mind to each other. Will love conquer all? Com
Isabella. R
4 You’re My Person Stars ⭐️

The Friend Zone was a great debut book filled with witty dialogue, genuinely likable characters and a generic storyline done extremely well.

When Kristen and Josh meet over a misdemeanour, 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, neithe
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
A bad summary based on the book’s blurb: When Kristen and Josh accidentally get into a fender bender, they have no idea that they are already connected through their best friends. As the maid of honor and the best man, they’re going to have a lot of events to do…and there is no denying their chemistry. But when Josh tells her that he dreams of having a large family, it hits Kristen right in her womb…because she is infertile. Determined not to lead Josh on, she tries her best to keep him at a dis ...more
Oct 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021
edit 2022: after much thought, i have decided that this is the worst romance novel i read in 2021.

that's saying a lot if you know about the amount of cringey, awful romance novels i went through, desperately and despairingly, in order to find a tiny moment of escapism and happiness.

thus, every night before i go to bed i ask myself: when will i ever find a romance book i enjoy after beach read?

if i can stop even one person from reading this book, i've done my job.

SPOILERS AHEAD (but read it beca
emily • emilybookedup
Aug 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022-books
excuse me why isn’t this overall goodreads average rating HIGHER????? this book was AWESOME! (coming from a girl who hates on romcoms bc they’re predictable and cheesy and never have second chance tropes 😂😏)

i went into this with low expectations but i knew it was a fan favorite. i read PART OF YOUR WORLD earlier this year and i wasn’t *obsessed* so i was kind of confused about the Abby Jimenez hype but my IG babes were right—her backlist is where it’s at 🙌🏼

Josh is the ultimate book boyfriend and
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
I’ll orbit around you and be your universe, because you’ve always been my sun.”

Have you ever started a book and knew, you just knew, from the first few pages that it's THE book. One of those books that you'll never want to end. A book that you'll be thinking about all year. A book that you'll want to be shouting about from the rooftops. Well, my friends, this was THAT book for me. This was everything. It was romcom perfection unlike any I've read. And it is an absolute must re
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Every year, the romance community has that one book they spend months hyping up and everywhere you look, somebody is talking about it. You go on Twitter, and there it is. You go on Instagram, and there it is. You log on to Goodreads, and there’s that promo banner at the top of the site. You open your email, and right there in your inbox there’s a message all about the new, exciting upcoming release th
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2 stars

Have you ever read a book that you actually somewhat enjoyed, but made a list of all the shit in it that bugged you and messaged your friends about how much it bugged you? That was this book for me.

I thought about this a long time, overall there was too much about this book that pissed me off and took me out of the story. But I also don’t want to sit here and nitpick every little thing that bothered me. There were some really great things about this story and I think it tells a romance
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW this debut BLEW my expectations out of this world you guys! I kept hearing raving reviews about this book and was thinking "well see about that... most likely I'll be on my outlier island again."

Oh my goodness was I completely wrong... I LOVED everything about this book. This is not your typical light and fluffy romance read. It's so much more then that.. it has depth and emotions that will rock you to your core.

I'm wondering what else does Abby Jimenez have up her sleeve? Abby truly write
h o l l i s

I had been prepared (warned?) by mutuals that this story was a funny bit of fun but that it would be as equally heartbreaking as it was joyful. And I'm here to confirm that for you.

"I am not drunk. I'm just talking in cursive."

THE FRIEND ZONE starts off fairly lighthearted. A snarky first-meeting between our protagonists sets the tone for their association; Kristen is in a long-distance relationship with a deployed boyfriend and Josh is recently single, and recently relocated, and, despite
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Abby Jimenez is a Food Network winner, New York Times best selling author, and recipient of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for her novel Life's Too Short. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and, like her books, has amassed an international following.

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