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My attempt of not feeding into the hype from The Friend Zone goes something like this, *ahem* “Say hello to one of your favourite reads of the year!”
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.
At first I wasn’t sure because the main character seemed a bit too “cool girl”, priding herself on her sarcastic wit and love of meat. While Josh was a bit too much of a fantasy: manly (fireman) yet sensitive and prepared to be walked over by a woman he’s in love with. Plus of course, the evil overbearing snobbish mother that is a staple of rom-coms made this all very stereotype city. 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. SPOILER... 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.
It's been three days since I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about it, perhaps because I am yet to catch up on the sleep I missed reading it. One of the most impactive, honest and blindsiding books I've ever read. It will break your heart, but it will also teach you that it can be mended. Book some time of work, find yourself a quiet corner, grab a hanky and get stuck in.
A dry, sarcastic heroine who doesn’t shy away from talking periods?! What’s not to love?! I haven’t laughed and cried at the same time to a book since Eleanor Olliphant is completely fine, so this book is in fine company! Read it now!