Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 11, 2019
Format: ARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I’ve been sitting on my review for The Friend Zone so long that I’m actually ashamed. I delayed writing it originally because I read it so far in advance of release, but then release day came and went and still no review. Now I’ve waited so long I’m afraid I’m not going to do it any justice. When I really love a book, I have a hard time putting my thoughts into words. Especially when it’s one that made me feel as many things as The Friend Zone did. Because boy did it make me feel. (Also smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.)
After all the hype, my expectations for The Friend Zone were sky high. It surpassed every single one of them, too. It’s one of my favorite books of 2019 now and I suspect the same will be true at the end of the year. I fell in love with every single thing about this book. With characters I fell in love with almost immediately, friendships that were enviable and a friends-first romance that made me swoon all over the place, it was the total package.
I adored Kristen. She and I would be friends IRL. Without getting too personal, I can honestly say her health struggles made me think a whole lot about some of my own choices in life. I think that’s part of the reason I connected with her so much and it’s absolutely one of the reasons this book spoke to me as much as it did. I explored all those emotions while I was reading, I’m not going to do it again here. ?
What is it about heroes named Josh? I mean, for real. This isn’t the first book I’ve read with a totally swoony hero named Josh and I expect it won’t be the last. Note to self: seek out Joshes IRL and see if they live up. (Even though I’m sure they won’t.) Anywho, Josh was amazing. He was so sweet and thoughtful. I started shipping him and Kristen almost immediately. Their chemistry, banter and the way they so obviously cared for each other as friends won me over early on. Theirs was a slow burn romance and it was the opposite of simple, but I couldn’t get enough.
The Friend Zone was basically the ultimate emotional roller coaster book. I can’t tell you the last time a book put me through it like this one did. I’m not going to get down into the nitty gritty because everything you need to know going in is in the blurb. (Seriously, just experience this one.) I found the light moments and the heavier ones balanced out pretty perfectly here. I giggled and cheesy-grinned like a fool and I also sobbed my eyes out. There was one scene near the end where I was laughing through my sobs because I swear I just felt every single emotion.
The Friend Zone was a gorgeous, heartfelt debut. I’ve chatted with Abby some about the follow-up book and I have ALL THE GRABBY HANDS for it. It can’t get here soon enough. While I wait, I figure I’ll read this one again… and again. So much love for this book.
Josh was the human version of ice cream in the freezer when you’re on a diet.
“Welcome to my brain. Strap in and keep your arms inside the ride at all times.”
Food was my currency. Hungry was an emotion for me. I felt that shit in my soul.
“I am not drunk. I’m just talking in cursive.”
“Why won’t you just let me love you?”
“And what does love have to do with it? Love is completely impractical, Josh. It’s stupid. And you should never use it to make decisions.”
Have you read The Friend Zone?
Did you love it as much as I did?