Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming USA Today bestselling romantic comedy that LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat."
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
"Your next rom-com to obsess and cry over." ---Cosmopolitan
Goodreads Choice Awards nominee - Best Romance, Best Debut O, The Oprah Magazine Best Romance Novels of the yearAudie Award FinalistUSA Today bestsellerBookish Best Books of the year SheReads Best Romances of the yearWomen's Health Best Romance Novels of the yearGood Housekeeping Best New Books for Summer PopSugar Best Books of Summer Publishers Weekly Starred Review Booklist Starred Review Booklist Top 10 Romance Debuts of 2019
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re confident you’ll find The Friend Zone as delightful as we did, whether it’s your first romance novel or your 107th. Kristen and Josh’s first meeting can’t quite be called auspicious, but the more they get to know each other, the harder it becomes to stay away. Despite how much they like each other, there’s a problem—or, actually, many problems. Abby Jimenez’s emotionally complex story doesn’t shy away from the complicated realities of life, diving into infertility, family expectations, and relationship obligations. As Kristen and Josh attempt to sort out their issues, Jimenez’s witty and acerbic writing kept us laughing even when we were holding back tears.
Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking. Kristen Peterson is a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to speak her mind. She meets every situation with sarcastic humor except the devastating news that she'll never be able to get pregnant. While Kristen is planning her friend Sloan's wedding, she meets the groom's best friend, Josh Copeland. He's sexy, funny, and always on board for her shenanigans, but he is hoping for a large family. Despite her best efforts to keep Josh at arm's length, Kristen can only fight their attraction (and her unresolved feelings around her infertility) for so long, but questions about their future loom large. Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth. Readers who have wrestled with infertility will find Kristen's anxieties and sorrows deeply relatable.
I enjoyed these characters, and I was moved by the emotions of the story.
This book was so relatable on so many levels, and a quick easy read (if staying up all night because you cane put it down is considered easy). I completely fell in love with the story, the characters, and the Mid West references!
Fun but this is not how LA works.
Look, this was lovely, but I grew up and currently live literally where this book takes place, like in these characters’ neighborhood. DTLA is not 15 minutes from Canoga Park, even at 2am (~30 minutes at *best*, and I’m looking at about 5am on a Sunday). You cannot run from Roscoe to the donut shop on Vanowen conveniently or in a reasonable amount of time to make that your meetup spot after light vandalism (it’s not close and the lights here are roughly twenty hours long, and it’s not pedestrian friendly).
The Simi Valley parts really killed me, though. Simi Valley does not have avenues with boutiques, salons, and certainly not restaurants with ice sculptures. The average Simi Valley street is lined with strip malls, and there are about four nice-ish restaurants no fancy Angeleno would actually consider fancy. Sutter’s Mill has great fried cheesecake but your average bougie person is going to Westlake, maybe Thousand Oaks, if she’s leaving Los Angeles County for a nice meal. But honestly, no bougie people I know here go much past Agoura Hills unless they’re going all the way up to Santa Barbara or Ojai for a weekend. Don’t get me wrong, Ventura County has great food, but it’s thoroughly and historically disregarded by LA.