Monday, April 13, 2020

My Thoughts: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (Audiobook)
The Friend Zone
by Abby Jimenez
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Publication Date: June 11th 2019
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781538715604
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez has been on my TBR for a while now, and with The Happy Ever After Playlist coming out this month, I decided to finally push it up on my reading list and read them both together!

If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you know that I’m all about happy books at the moment. I went into The Friend Zone thinking that it was a feel good, fluffy romance, and that's not really what it was at all. It has quite a few serious topics, some I was expecting, and some that completely caught me off guard.

So, one thing I liked most about The Friend Zone was that it has a lot of interesting characters. I found myself relating to Kristen a lot as the story went along, from her snarky attitude to being hangry all the time. Josh was sweet and pretty darn adorable, and I enjoyed the chemistry between the two. I very much enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the course of the book, and the only thing I wish was that Kristen was honest with Josh from the beginning about her condition. (Though, yes, I totally realize that if that had happened, then there wouldn’t be much of a book to read. Lol) But I thought they were pretty great together, which was awesome. Also, there are some interesting secondary characters in the book as well, including Kristen’s best friend, Sloan, who gets her own story in Abby’s next book, The Happy Ever After Playlist!

The book also has a really interesting storyline as well, though, as I mentioned above, it has a bit of serious stuff in it that I really didn’t expect. (I will not spoil it by saying what happens, but it was something pretty massive.) It almost felt a bit like reading two different books in one. The first half of the book starts off cute and sweet, and then you’re thrown a loop in the second half of the book, and it feels like a completely different story. And it’s totally fine for the story to have this, I just didn’t expect it at all, and it brought me down a bit, which was the exact opposite of how I wanted to feel when reading the book. Not that it made me enjoy it any less, it just wasn’t expected. Also, the ending of the book was a bit of a shock as well! I knew a lot of people had mixed thoughts about the ending, and I’m glad I finally got to read it for myself to see what happened.

Also, while I have both the print and ebook version of the book, I decided to listen to the audiobook, because, to be quite honest, it’s about the only type of book I can focus on at the moment. The narrators for the story, Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon did an excellent job of telling Kristen and Josh’s story. (Fun fact: Erin will also be narrating Sloan’s story in the audio for The Happy Ever After Playlist, alongside Zachary Webber!)

Overall; While the book was not all that I expected, I very much enjoyed reading The Friend Zone! And now that I have finally read the book, I am very much looking forward to starting The Happy Ever After Playlist next so I can read Sloan’s story, which is out in stores and online as of April 14th!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't love the ending to The Friend Zone, but I absolutely LOVED The Happy Ever After Playlist!!!


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