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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Book Review


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Book Review

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Publication Date July 9th, 2019

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. 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Book Review

This book has it all. Countless pop culture references, reluctant friends to lovers, laughs & tears. Oh my gosh, I love every second of it!

Drunks & Leggings Always Tell The Truth

Let’s get one thing straight, Abby Jimenez is hilarious. Whether she’s trademarking the term Vageode or posting hilarious encounters on Instagram she cracks me up! She also speaks to my heart with her Twitter feed dedicated to The Princess Bride. I may have responded with an Andre the Giant GIF. Did I mention she’s a hugely talented baker & owner of Nadia Cakes? She even won Cupcake Wars! Seriously, can I be her new best friend?

Lovers & Friends (In Usher’s Voice Obviously!)

Truly, there is nothing like falling in love with your best friend. Josh & Kristen meet under hilarious circumstances. Talk about a different kind of meet-cute! Quickly, their friendship begins to bloom. Kristen’s acerbic wit matches well with Josh’s easy-going demeanor. Their banter & their chemistry can set the world on fire. It sure keeps me turning the pages.

Read It With Your Friends!

The Friend Zone isn’t your typical romance. First, we’ve established Abby is hysterical. I found myself laughing time and time again & smiling throughout the story. Second, there are so many pop culture references in the book. I ate all of them up with a spoon. The Friend Zone is definitely a book you want to buddy read so you can laugh your way through it with someone. So many times I wanted to look up & say, “Ahhhh. Love that part!” Truthfully, I also squealed audibly a few times. This book is just precious. I want to clutch it to my chest & never let it go.

Did You Say Romance?

I’m going to say this loud & clear for the people in the back. (clears throat) Read this book even if you don’t read romance! The Friend Zone is filled with love, friendship, loyalty, second chances & who doesn’t love that?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all fluff. Abby goes deep with the emotion. I’m not spoiling anything for anyone, but I sure cried some ugly & happy tears. As soon as I finished reading, I wanted to jump back into the story. Anyone who thinks they don’t like romance needs to read The Friend Zone. It’s a game-changer.


I am Really Into This book! The Friend Zone is sweet & memorable. Abby also makes you rethink where your partner sits on an airplane. This book even has a Casino reference! The Friend Zone is a touching love story. It doesn’t hurt that it’s funny as hell. I can’t wait for everyone to read it so we can chat all about it!

Check out my review Abby’s The Happy Ever After Playlist.

Special thanks to Abby Jimenez & Read Forever for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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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.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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