I had read good things about The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez on Instagram and jumped at the opportunity to read this novel with others. I dug into it quickly when I need some lighthearted reading.
Genre: Contemporary. Romance
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.
I enjoyed this story so much more than I thought I would – and it was a relief to see that the many women on Instagram who had recommended it to me had got it right! A bonus for me is that The Friend Zone is more than just a romance. The story explores the experience of a woman who is struggling with a uterine disease that impacts her life and her ability to have children.
Having said that, Kristen’s story is more than her inability to have children. Her story is about her accepting herself for who she is, inadequacies included. In the novel, we see her starting to believe that she does deserve to be happy – and that someone can love her for who she is despite her sterility. I enjoyed reading the story of her self-acceptance, and the acceptance by others of who she truly is.
I read the debut novel by Abby Jimenez in one sitting – which tells you how invested I was in the story. I could not put the novel down and needed to know whether Kristen would find the happiness she deserves. I enjoyed this romance with a thread of seriousness running through it and will certainly pick up the author’s next novel.
I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020
(This novel was the 35th novel in my book pledge for 2020)