Other Sellers on Amazon
FREE Delivery on first order. Details
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item.
The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy Paperback – 11 June 2019
Enhance your purchase
Frequently bought together
An excellent debut that combines wit, humor, and emotional intensity ― Kirkus Reviews
A deliciously hot, sweet debut. This book is an absolute treat -- LJ Shen, USA Today bestselling author
Your next favourite 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
This romcom novel will have you feeling the falling-in-love autumn vibes ― BuzzFeed
Jimenez's dazzling debut is a brilliantly written romantic comedy that seamlessly toggles back and forth between scenes of laugh-out-loud, snarky wit and serious emotional issues without missing a beat, all the while delivering maximum reading satisfaction ― Booklist (starred review)
The Friend Zone gave me belly laughs, shook me up, and made me feel hopeful about love and the human strength of spirit. A romance for the ages! -- Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of Fix Her Up
You can expect to laugh and cry during this one ― Good Housekeeping
The Friend Zone is heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and emotional. Abby Jimenez wrote a difficult story line with sensitivity, heat, humour, banter and unwavering friendship ― Harlequin Junkie (top pick)
The Friend Zone is a beautiful tale of learning to accept the love you deserve and finding a path to self-acceptance along the way . . . a zippy, instantly recognisable voice and fresh, funny characters ― Entertainment Weekly
This new romance novel will have you both laughing and crying throughout its entirety ― Women.com
Zingy dialog, laugh-out-loud humor, and plenty of sass temper the heartbreak of infertility in this modern, well-grounded debut that is sure to satisfy ― Library Journal
The Friend Zone is a laugh-out-loud, wickedly clever book that sneaks up on you with a cathartic emotional payoff -- Jenny Holiday, author of Three Little Words
This novel doesn't shy away from anything - it's fiercely loving all the way to the HEA ― NPR
A debut novel that has it all-tears, sarcastic humour, romance and the heartbreaking issue of infertility ― Greenville News
I think I've found a new favourite contemporary romance novel with The Friend Zone . . . This book made me laugh and cry, and it filled my heart with so many emotions . . . I'll be recommending this book to everyone ― Bookish
About the Author
Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. 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 has amassed an international cult following. Abby's wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode™ cake.
Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house. Her debut novel, The Friend Zone, is scheduled for release July 2019.
No customer reviews
|5 star (0%)||0%|
|4 star (0%)||0%|
|3 star (0%)||0%|
|2 star (0%)||0%|
|1 star (0%)||0%|
Review this product
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
But, hey, I have this book hanging out on my Kindle and I figure, "well, I can at least read a couple of chapters" because, you know, being supportive and all. So after putting the kids to bed I opened it up to give it a look-see.
WHAM. At 2:30 this morning, wiping a final tear off my face after a last bought of ugly-crying, I finished this book. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. My brain literally refused to let me go to sleep until I finished this book. I'm now a hot mess, running on three and a half hours of sleep and black coffee having to go to work and be a productive adult which due to a haze of exhaustion I'm going to fail at spectacularly.
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.
This book grabs you by the feels and wrestles you onto the emotions roller coaster then laughs maniacally as you hold on for dear life. This book is snort-laugh out loud funny and chock full of sarcasm. The two main characters, though drawn on the more extreme sides of their personality types, are still understandable and relatable so you root for them and get emotionally invested. Then, once you're invested, you want to tear your hair out in exasperation and smack both of them upside their heads to just figure it out already. Then you snort-laugh some more. This repeats until the author sucker-punches you. Hard. And you ugly-cry. Then the author makes it up to you, so you happy cry.
I'm still reeling and a little woozy from this book (though that may be lack of sleep) but...I kind of want to just pick it back up and read it again. For me, there is no greater compliment. To leave an author's world and want to go right back into it is the hallmark of a well-written, beautifully executed piece of work.
So bravo on a wonderfully rendered first book, Abby. This may not be my genre, but you can better believe I'll be buying your next book. Next time, I'll make sure to start it earlier in the day and have a large box of tissues waiting beside me.
I bought this book originally because I saw Abby’s hilarious ex-lax Facebook post. I was even more excited when I saw that the main character of the book was infertile, because I myself am infertile. It’s hard to find books with these types of characters/topics. I liked this book- especially Kristen’s struggle of telling Josh about her infertility because I went through the same thing. I liked this book until the very end when the infertile character miraculously got pregnant the first time she did it with her romantic interest. I had to throw this book away. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the following: “My sister’s boyfriend’s cousin couldn’t have kids but once they started to talk about adoption it happened!” Or, “You just need to relax!” I could go on. Anyway, I don’t think everyone always gets their “happy ending” and I also don’t think your life has to be any less fulfilling if it doesn’t happen. This book is like a slap in the face. It’s not that easy and for a book with this storyline I think that was the “happy ending” way out.
But I just can't like this book very much and I actively dislike the heroine Kristen. She's self-absorbed, self-centered, immature, careless of other people's feelings at times, uncaring and unkind to the two men who love her. She is a selfish witch at times. Yes, she has excuses: (1) Her medical problem, which is quite debilitating and has troubled her for years. And (2) her mother, portrayed here as an OTT awful human being.
But I still refuse to give her a pass about the way she treated the two men in her romantic life. She uses them with little regard for their feelings. Kristen knows she probably can't have kids, so she's involved with handsome, intelligent Tyler, who does not want children and knows about her personal medical issue, and who is overseas in the military. When he returns to civilian life they plan to live together and probably marry.
And then there's Josh, best friend of Brandon, the fiance of Kristen's best friend Sloan. Kristen feels an attraction to Josh but does her darnedest to keep him in the Friend Zone. She works so hard at this that the closer they become the more she shuts him out and treats him coldly and erratically.
So, yeah, we know why she's doing this. It's to protect herself. But all the while she's protecting herself, she's hurting Josh (and Tyler) with her unpredictable, selfish behavior. She rationalizes her horrid behavior by thinking she's doing it to protect Josh, who, not knowing she will not be able to have children, has expressed his desire for a whole baseball team of them when he marries. But, instead of explaining her situation to him, she just shuts him out and treats him poorly. Throughout almost the whole book.
There are several things I did not like in this book:
(1) Kristen's mother was too unrealistically portrayed.
(2) Josh was too perfectly patient and understanding. He seemed to have a "Tread on Me" sign attached to his back.
(3) Author Jimenez does something objectionable to one of the characters towards the end of the book just to facilitate Kristen and Josh's HEA. I wasn't in the proper mood for it to happen.
(4) Tyler is made to look like an undesirable person. All I could see was a man who came from money, was well educated, and was a bit more highbrow than the other characters in the book. He seemed like a very okay guy. So he prefers wine to beer and fine dining to taco trucks. The horror!
(5) Kristen says she has OCD, but it seemed to be just a very reasonable case of compulsive cleaning that she managed to control pretty well.
(6) What's with wanting to have a baseball team of children? How selfish is that anyway to Planet Earth? Reproduce to replace yourself, but don't be a Duggar family member or an Octomom. Since when does being fruitful and multiplying allow you to congest the planet?
This book triggered my emotions in a much different way than the expected one about infertility and the suffering involved for an infertile couple. Instead the characters in this book triggered my annoyance with their superficial, shallow behavior and their petty little lives.