The friend zone

Abby Jimenez

Book - 2019

"Kristen Peterson 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 chic...ken 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."--Page 4 of cover

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Forever 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
367 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781538715604
1538715600
Main Author
Abby Jimenez (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Kristen Peterson is having the week from hell. It turns out that Josh Copeland, the sexy wiseacre who tapped the bumper of the brand-new truck Kristen borrowed from her best friend's fiancé, is not only playing best man to Kristen's maid of honor at the wedding, but is also the new station manager at the firehouse where she works. While Kristen can't deny the immediate connection she feels with Josh, the fact is that her boyfriend, Tyler, will soon be coming home and moving in with her after being deployed overseas for the last two years. Obviously, fate has placed Josh in Kristen's path as a way of testing her will power. But this is one test Kristen isn't about to fail, even if she has to use every trick in the book to keep Josh squarely in the friend zone. 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. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

DEBUT There's nothing like a fender bender to get a relationship off to a smashing start, but discovering that the guy who rear-ended your borrowed truck (gently, to be honest), firefighter Josh Copeland, is the best man to your maid of honor at your best friend's wedding makes it worse. Snark flies, but the attraction can't be denied—an attraction that Kristen Petersen is determined to keep at bay for a number of reasons. "Friends only" is the order of the day—until it isn't. A hero who wants a big family and a heroine who probably can't have children struggle to understand what love really means and what they both want in a realistic story that cuts to the quick. VERDICT 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 readers. Jimenez is a baking expert and former Food Network champion; she lives in Minnesota. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking. Kristen Peterson is a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to speak her mind. She meets every situation with sarcastic humor—except the devastating news that she'll never be able to get pregnant. While Kristen is planning her friend Sloan's wedding, she meets the groom's best friend, Josh Copeland. He's sexy, funny, and always on board for her shenanigans, but he is hoping for a large family. Despite her best efforts to keep Josh at arm's length, Kristen can only fight their attraction (and her unresolved feelings around her infertility) for so long, but questions about their future loom large. Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth. Readers who have wrestled with infertility will find Kristen's anxieties and sorrows deeply relatable. Agent: Stacey Graham, Red Sofa Literary. (July) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Planning her best friends wedding is bittersweet for Kristen Peterson as she faces a medical procedure that will make her unable to have children, especially as she finds herself connecting with the best man.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming USA Today bestselling romantic comedy that LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat." Kristen Peterson 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."Your next favorite 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"Your next rom-com to obsess and cry over." ---CosmopolitanGoodreads Choice Awards nominee - Best Romance, Best DebutO, The Oprah Magazine Best Romance Novels of the yearAudie Award FinalistUSA Today bestsellerBookish Best Books of the year SheReads Best Romances of the yearWomen's Health Best Romance Novels of the yearGood Housekeeping Best New Books for Summer PopSugar Best Books of Summer Publishers Weekly Starred Review Booklist Starred ReviewBooklist Top 10 Romance Debuts of 2019