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The Friend Zone: the most hilarious and heartbreaking romantic comedy Paperback – 11 June 2019
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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.
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I know, I know, I failed miserably, but I can’t be blamed because I had the best time reading this and feel it’s my duty to shout it from the rooftops. The characters were fantastic, and the humour hit the spot. From Kristen with her snarky, craggy ways to her adorable one of a kind dog, Stuntman Mike.
Kristen’s health concerns brought a more serious element to the story, and the first cracks in the relationship with Josh. Throughout it all Josh was consistent and caring and there wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about him.
The romance tentative and fraught, and the tension served so well in heightening the push and pull between Kristen and Josh. There were casualties along the way but so great was my bias I easily overlooked it.
Although The Friend Zone is Abby’s debut I found myself asking where she has been all my life. I love her voice and humour and am very excited about what Ms Jimenez will deliver to us next.
But then I got into it and found the characters to be more likeable and the dialogue well-written. I really liked Sloan and was pleased to find that the sequel centres her.
But then, just as I was thinking what a realistic and sensitive handling of the topic of infertility it was... bam! comes the ending which undermined the whole premise of the book.
In her afterword the author said that it didn’t matter that Kristen got pregnant at the end because the important bit was about accepting that you are lovable despite being infertile. Well if the getting pregnant part wasn’t important why end it with her getting pregnant?
But all us all it was worth the read and I’ll definitely be buying the sequel about Sloan as she was a very likeable character.
But the book is dragged out a little too much, the story could have ended a lot quicker which resulted in me getting slightly irritated as I waited for the end, that seemed to never end.
But it is an excellent read!!