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Life's Too Short

(The Friend Zone #3)

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  331 reviews
A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist. 
When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn't expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn't just a motto. Her
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Forever
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wooooooww! I’m truly deeply and madly in love with this book! Can a person smile from ear to ear and cry like mad woman who was at the edge of ugly nervous breakdown!

This book is not only the best book of Friend Zone series or the most perfectly written Abby Jimenez book, this also deserves a place at my all time favorite romance books list : a book which should be read more than once, a book which makes you feel everything: making you laugh so hard, pushing you think more about incurable disea
Kris Reads Romance
Okay, so I just finished this one late last night instead of sleeping, because that’s what Abby’s books do to me.

Her books have this way of melting together the heavy and the humor, and Life’s Too Short is no exception. It has all the classic Abby sass and sarcasm I crave in her stories, while also tackling real and serious issues that people face every single day.

Heavy topics are dealt with in here (ALS, addiction, mental health), but the laughs are woven in exactly when you need them, and not
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This booooooooooook. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Jimenez's sense of humor, her way with language, and the nuance of her characters were clear from page one. The book just SPARKLES. I will be honest, I'm a person who generally avoids books with strong plotlines about terminal illness, and Vanessa, one of LTS's main characters, has spent most of her life reckoning with the 50% chance that she will develop hereditary ALS.

I'm not sure anyone but Jimenez could have guided me through a book with
Andrew Brandt
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, thank you Abby for the advanced copy of this book to read and review.

One thing that Abby Jimenez has proven over the course of three novels is her ability to write heartbreaking, heartwarming, believable and hilarious romances. She is also incredible at grounding her stories in real, life-altering issues that people face on a daily basis. Whether it's infertility like in "The Friend Zone" or grief after losing a loved one in "The Happy Ever After Playlist," Jimenez takes the
Larry H
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Life's Too Short , Abby Jimenez's upcomiing third novel, is fun, sexy, moving, romantic, thought-provoking—boy, did I love it!!

Vanessa is a wildly famous travel YouTuber who has to put her career on hold when her sister decides to leave her infant daughter in her care. For an adventure lover and adrenaline junkie like Vanessa, however, instant motherhood is a challenge like none other.

When she finally meets Adrian, her brooding, ridiculously sexy next-door neighbor, it’s 4:00 am, the baby has
Abby Jimenez
Dec 02, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Trigger/CW warnings for Life's Too Short: ALS, mental health (OCD/hoarding), parental abandonment, addiction, grief and loss

"Jimenez masterfully blends heavy issues and humor, lacing the tear-jerking heartache with sass and sarcasm. Series fans and newcomers alike will be moved by this emotional rom-com." —Starred review, Publishers Weekly

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I’m a big believer of living life to the fullest. Enjoying life. Doing the things that bring me happiness. Being passionate about life, friends and family. And not living in the past.

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez had everything I love about a romance. It was adorable, fun and enjoyable. Especially the first three quarters of the book were wonderfully romantic, passionate, and heartwarming. The last quarter struck deep and was much more emotional than I was prepared for.

All the things I loved:
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Dawn Cooper
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I mean seriously wow! I am consistently astounded at Abby’s ability to tackle hard subject with grace and humor.
Every time she sucks you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story. Like you are living in their world.

Life is crazy hard and we all deal with so much. No two stories are the same but finding similarities in the struggle and identifying with someone inside of a romance novel while giggling at the same time is simply amazing.

She has done it again with Life’s too Shor
Emer (A Little Haze)
May 23, 2020 marked it as to-read-if-i-m-feeling-masochistic  ·  review of another edition
From a Goodreads interview with the author: (
AJ: I just turned in the first draft of my third book. It’s called Life’s Too Short and it’s about prestigious St. Paul attorney Adrian Copeland and the woman from next door, Vanessa Price. Vanessa is a famous inspirational YouTuber with a family history of ALS and the early onset symptoms of the fatal disease. It’s hilarious, and beautiful, and sad and I think it’s my best work yet. And yes, we get cameos f
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My GOSH, this chick just CAN’T write a bad book! I have loved every single minute of every single one of the books in this series!

In Life’s Too Short, we meet Vanessa - A famous traveling YouTuber who has no idea whether or not she shares the same fatal genetic condition ALS as mother and sister. She lives life to the fullest, day by day. When her drug addicted half sister abandons her infant daughter on Vanessa’s doorstep, it throws her life into a tailspin.

Enter Adrian, he
Therese L.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Abby Jimenez does it again!

Life’s Too Short has an extended family storyline from The Friend Zone and Happy Ever After Playlist. I loved briefly “seeing” the characters from TFZ and HEAPL in Life’s Too Short. Her ability to close the chapters from TFZ and HEAPL allows the reader to readily jump into this book with no reservations!

Life’s Too Short will take you on a wonderful journey through so many emotions. The meet cute is hilarious. In true Jimenez style, you feel like you KNOW these pe
Abby has done it again!! I went through all the emotions with this one. Even this being a "romcom"...this covered the serious and deadly disease ALS! Vanessa's family has a history of ALS. Vanessa wants to live her life to the fullest, because she doesn't know if she caries the same gene that gave her mother the disease. She's also a YouTuber that travels the world and films it all. Suddenly, Vanessa is left custody of her half sisters newborn baby, and everything is turned upside down. What she ...more
book bruin
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forever
I am continually impressed by Abby Jimenez’s ability to create the perfect balance of emotions in her novels. There are moments in Life’s Too Short that are painful and will have you clutching your heart and then the next minute, you’ll be laughing hysterically until your sides hurt. Readers are introduced to such wonderfully relatable characters that you can’t help but root for them to find their way to happily ever after. This is book 3 in The Friend Zone series, but it can definitely be read ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-fuck-yeahs
Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

What happens when a super hot attorney falls for the girl next door? The only problem is that the girl next door comes with a lot of baggage, and the super hot attorney isn’t sure that he can handle it...

I would read Abby Jimenez’s to-do list at this point. She is just SO GOOD. She handles difficult topics such as addiction, mental illness, fostering babies AND dogs, and disability right
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read Abby's two previous books, I loved TFZ and was mad about HEAP. Life's Too Short was firmly in the middle, a mehish read for me. Abby writes books that are very "readable" for me. They are fast paced and I am interested in what is happening. I started this book on a Saturday and finished on Sunday. I was very interested in Vanessa and Adrian. I enjoyed their friendship development and then as lovers. They really seemed to balance each other out. I also liked that he stepped in and was a ...more
Meagan (Meagansbookclub)
SO FREAKING GOOD!!! More in depth review to come...

Thank you ForeverPub for the advanced copy!
h o l l i s
So we're three books into this series (though this one I think is more like a companion where books one and two were definitely more connected) and I think we all know the drill by now : pack the damn tissues. Though, out of all three books, this was probably the one I cried the least over. And yes we're all ignoring the fact that a strong wind can make me cry, so, why even bother mentioning the cry factor. Like it means anything. Moving on.

I think LIFE'S TOO SHORT did right all the things (all?
Jamie Rosenblit
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Each book Abby Jimenez writes has a unique ability to make me simultaneously laugh and cry, and also feel every other emotion there is. Abby's debut, The Friend Zone, is one of my favorite books of all time and I was unsure how she could ever write something as good - enter, The Happy Ever After Playlist. But, could she do it a third time? Oh Jamie, don't ever doubt Abby - Life's Too Short certainly seals a three-peat for Abby.

Vanessa & Adrian were such loveable characters and Abby's exploration
Ginger at GReadsBooks
There is always something so hypnotic about Abby Jimenez’s writing. I’ve come to realize that once I start reading one of her books, it will instantly pull me in & I won’t be able to stop until I reach that last page.

Life’s Too Short is every bit swoony & heartfelt. I found myself rereading line after line of such rich, emotional words. I felt myself connecting with these characters on such a deep level. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I felt their sorrow. Yes, this story tackles
May 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I knew this cover was going to be yellow. I felt it in my bones!
Leigh Kramer
I was a sensitivity reader for this manuscript so I will not be rating or reviewing this. Plus, the author is a friend so I’m totally biased. This one hit me right in the feels, just like Abby’s first two books.

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Twice Upon A Book
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Laura • lauralovestoread
As with each of the stories in The Friend Zone series before, I am blown away and left searching for words after finishing. I think Life’s Too Short is now my fave from author Abby Jimenez.

I just loved and devoured this heartwarming book! Vanessa is our strong leading lady, determined not to let the life that she has been dealt bring her down. As a successful lifestyle blogger, things grind to a halt when she is left to care for the newborn baby that her sister left her with.

Sexy neighbor Adria
Courtney Walsh
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes a lot to make me laugh, especially out loud, but Abby Jimenez does it every time.

Just like with her previous two books, the author has managed to weave that humor through genuine, raw, difficult topics in a way that keeps it from becoming depressing or too heavy.

I loved Vanessa's outlook on life, the way she embraced each day and refused to be sad, but I also appreciated that there were moments of realism in all that she was dealing with. These characters felt like people I wanted to
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made my heart smile, shatter, and then put it all back together again.

Didn’t think it would be possible but it think this is the best one yet.

Absolutely loved it.

Full review to follow shortly.
Readaholic Book Reviews
There's something amazing about Abby's writing style. Every time I pick up one of her books it plays out like a movie. Life's Too Short was no different and I literally could not stop reading this book once I picked it up.

Vanessa is a famous YouTuber. She has a huge following and lives by one motto - life's too short - so get out there and live your very best life. Vanessa hasn't had an easy life, she lost her mother at a young age and then her sister to ALS. Her younger sister leaves her newbo
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
Let's set the scene here for review sake.
I went to bed last night and flipped through my kindle books to simply see what grabbed my attention.
I came upon this book and knew that even though it wasn't out until April, this was the one for me.
I started reading it, and lost a little sleep. I got about 40% in when I fell asleep even though I wanted to keep on.

I woke up mentally demanding to finish it but knew I had other things that had to be done. I calculated that if I did my run on the treadmill
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Jamie (jamie.bookworm)
Meet my first read and my first 5⭐️ book of 2021!! I can almost guarantee this will be on my favourites of the year list, so don’t be surprised if you see it again then! This will be a tough one to beat - Swipe to see the synopsis

This is the author’s third book, and a spin off from The Friend Zone. The main characters from the previous two books make a couple cameos in this one, it’s just enough to bring all the nostalgia and warm, fuzzy feelings evoked from those books come flying right back.
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