The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Reviewed by Ginny!
(We received an early copy from Bookcon. We’d like to thank Abby and Forever Romance for the opportunity to review. This book came out on June 11th and you can get it here)
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: Im at a wedding as a plus one and tonight was the reheaesal dinner. Lots of pinot grigio. Tonorrow will be champange. Turns out I didnt dinish this tomorrow. Now its a lot of beer
Spoiler-free Overview: man, I so wanted to like this book. Kristin and Josh meet and have every reason not to come together. Hes just moved to the area. She has a boyfriend in tbe military. And theyre helping their friends prepare for the wedding. They have crazy chemistry which Kristen tries to avoid because of her SO, firmly putting Josh in the friend zone. Surprise surprise the SO doesnt last and they fall into bed togetjer althoogh Kristen doesnt think it will last because her Uterus is a war zone and Josh want kids. Cue drama? Drama of the soap opera variety.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: man, I so wanted to like this book. The relationship between Kristen and Josh isnfun and quippy and exactly what I like in a romance. But this book went in both expected and unepxtwcted directions. Honestly i found myself frustrayef bt everything that happened. It felt more like a soap opera than anything else.
Characters: well. I super didnt understand these guys. Starting with the fact that everything was military mor military adjancent l. Im not the sort of person who find guns, camping, etc particularly attractove.
Plot: kristen is tryong to help her friend prep for the wedding while not falling for the best man Josh because of reasons. This kind of fails. Her ex proposes too late and Josh kind of sweeps her off her feet ajd then theres a hige fucking crash that was unexpected and suddenly things are more complicated. I was really worried about a few things happening and then THEY FUCKING HAPPENED. Like god fucking dammit going tmfor the most fucking cliche thing… and there is another section for this.
Writing Style: I really did like the wriying style. There was a lot of quips and it waw obcious why the charactets liked each other. There was still a lot of telling rather than showing.
World Building: eh. Its the real worlf
I think my exact words when reading this included “fuck all the way off and when you think youve fucked off enough fuck off another four steps.” Out of nowhere the groom has a horrible accident and ends up in the bospital anf fucking dies. That I dont have a problem with. It was a horrific thing bit honestly that can happrn in life. I actually reallynenjoyed the way it was handled as there was a surprising amoint of depth. What I had a problem with was the fact that the main character who soent the entire goddamn book talking abouy her issues with fertility and mentioned she had never used birth control without an avcident ended up getting pregnant the firat fucking time she slept with Josh. It felt like such a cheap move after he had done all the research into alternative options etc.
What to pair it with: this is a sour beer. The kind that seems okay untilnyou get this horrible aftertaste that you cant get out of your mouth.