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READ Þ The Friend Zone Æ [BOOKS] ✯ The Friend Zone By Abby Jimenez – 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 proce Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama will fight to thIend'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. JOSHUA AND TYLER DESERVED BETTER WOMEN WITH INFERTILITY DERSERVED BETTER BRANDON DERSERVED BETTERSo plus points first before I get carried away in incandescent rage1 This was mostly well written and the writing seemed to flow uite well throughout the book2 The start wasn't bad I liked Josh Kristin was funny and the book spoke about periods and infertility which isn't really ever addressed in other contemporary romancesNowFirstly KristenOMG when will authors realise that we don't want to read about 'the cool girl' Kristen was described as an amazing girl who doesn't like drama doesn't wear make up ate cheeseburgers drank beer and was actually labelled a unicorn four times in the book An honest no drama woman who didn't bullshit and drank beer and cussed and didn't care about what people thought about her She was a unicorn tucked in the body of an attractive woman with a great assLets just address that first because OMFG I'm sick of reading about these so called perfect women and then seeing the author compare them to other women who are exhausting or crazy Why do we need to put down other women in order to boost the heroine Next she wasn't honest and she did indeed care about what people think about her She lied to her boyfriend and to Josh repeatedly She was selfish self absorbed and manipulative She was such a bitch to the men in her lifeWhich leads me to Tyler Kristen's long term boyfriend in the military The author looked down on him because he was intelligent highly educated career driven liked nice clothes and fancy restaurants I mean how dare he🤣 Kristen did not technically cheat on Tyler BUT she was constantly thinking about another man instead of him she didn't answer his calls so that she could hang out with another man and within minutes of their relationship ending she jumped into bed with that other manEven after all of that he was nice to her and he ended up getting hurt He deserved betterThen there was Joshua why are so many love interests called Josh btw Kristen lead him on repeatedly Yes she had medical issues yes he wanted kids but she was dishonest with him didn't communicate with him ran hot and cold with him and was just basically a bitch She would have sex with him but then say no kissing hand holding or hugging but then want to be friends with him and hang out She kept stringing him along He was seriously some kind of saint Kristen should have just been honest with him and then let him make his own decision He was an adult and he deserved better The lack of communication between the two main characters really wound me upOk now to the unnecessary death of Josh's best friend and Kristen's best friend Sloan's fiancé I HATE IT WHEN AUTHORS USE THE DEATH OF A CHARACTER AS A PLOT DEVICE FOR THE NEXT BOOK I was reading and thought I saw it coming but thought no surely not she wouldn'tShe did Brandon was killed off to bring the two main characters together but also the next book is about Sloan getting over his death stares into the distance It also really triggered me as I lost a relative at the end of last year after they were placed in a medically induced coma I shed many tears and felt the whole scenario could have been avoidedNext the fucking surprise pregnancy A pretty much infertile woman with an IUD has unprotected sex once with a man after 8 years of having unprotected sex and boom she's preggo And it's just explained that he has some super fucking strong sperm What a slap in the face for all of the women reading who have struggled with infertility Honestly fuck the author's note at the end The fact that she has written that to try to justify the ending tells me that she was probably aware of what she was doing This book has already upset women who are struggling with their fertility I can see that in the reviews It isn't how most cases end up and most people won't be able to relate to that fairy tale ending Why couldn't they have used a surrogate or fosteredadopted a childI feel like the ending of the book undermined everything that happened before it What was the point of all of that conflict Why did we see a character suffer but grow to accept her situation and to start to think she was worthy to then cancel out that arc and undermine the important messageOther issues I had was the gushing about the man buying the tampons I mean really In this day and age surely most men would IDK I know my husband wouldn't be bothered its not like the cashier would think he's on his period🙄 The book felt like it was judging women who didn't want to have kids and women who wore make up This goes back to the author trying to make the heroine look good a the expense of other womenInstead of a funny heart warming story this book made me feel really angry I think I have actually talked myself into changing my rating to a one star


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 The Friend Kindle for her to have children Planning her best fr. Just what the world needs Another problematic book masuerading as a cute read sigh Admittedly in the early parts of this read I was really enjoying this book for what it was; a contemporary romance with a bittersweet core So I laughed I cried I had a lot of feels Yes I ignored the blatant stereotyping and negative portrayal of the other woman that the leading man dated who wasn't our sassy heroine because Well I liked the hunky leading man And I liked the sassy heroine Even though she was 100% a not like other girls stereotype which is of itself problematicEveryone in this book was so likeable really I cared about the characters I was rooting for them to get together and was very touched by the storylineBut then that ill advised ending happened And I'm unimpressed My review is going to be spoiler filled I do apologise but it's the only way I can discuss this book honestly and to be able to openly draw attention to its problematic nature So the content warnings for this book are illnesses and difficulties surrounding female reproductivity Our leading female character is Kristin One day she has a minor fender bender with hunky fireman Josh and sparks fly Their chemistry is off the charts and much sassy banter and flirting ensues But Kristin has a boyfriend called Tyler He's deployed overseas with the military but she loves him Right Wrong She's settling for him And we uickly learn why Because Kristin suffers with fibroids and extremely heavy menstrual bleeding She has been told that she is infertile and within weeks is planning to have a hysterectomy at age 26 So she can't have children and Tyler doesn't want kids so he seems like a logical choice for a partner But she has all this chemistry with Josh and despite her best efforts she finds herself falling for him And it's likewise for Josh He's getting over a breakup with his girlfriend Celeste becauseshe doesn't want to have children and that's a deal breaker for him because apparently he wants a baseball team's worth of kids So understandably Kristin feels that she is not the ideal woman for Josh but she won't reveal to him her reasons much to Josh's disagreementAnyway the story evolves into a friends with benefit style relationship until we know that both characters are painfully in love with each other but Kristin resists until finally she believes that she is worthy of love That her infertility should not deny her true happiness because to the right person in this case Josh it's not a sacrifice for him to not have kids because of her because to him his life is incomplete without herThis was great Ah I loved this Struggling with issues about your own fertility and the knowledge that you are possibly responsible for your future partner not becoming a fully genetic father to children is a theme that needs to be explored in books And I was so touched by the storyline I related to it It's difficult to open yourself up to a relationship when you know you are infertile or have fertility struggles However one of the reasons that Kristin finally accepted that she should be married to Josh and live happily ever after with him is because one of their best friends tragically dies CAN WE NOT HAVE THE PEOPLE DYING SO OTHERS CAN LEARN A LIFE LESSON TROPEHonestly eye rollBUT IT GETS WORSERemember This is a book that is about infertility and the acceptance of such SO THE LAST THING YOU'D WANT IS FOR KRISTIN TO GET PREGNANT RIGHTWell guess who gets pregnant miraculously at the end because apparently her IUD device was pushed out of her system with a heavy flow and the one time they don't use condoms his oh so virile sperm just says screw you literally and figuratively to her tumour infested uterus and boom it's a boyNo NoNoNoNoLook I read the author's note at the end of the book where she proclaimed the following taken from the eARC copy and I get what she was trying to say But I think when you have to spell this out for people in the hopes that your book won't be interpreted a certain waywell then you're on to a losing streak and no author's note is going to make up for your egregious storytelling Kristen's happy ending was never about getting pregnant It was about her allowing herself to be loved despite what she felt were shortcomings It was about her recognising that she wasn't defined by her ability to have children and that her worth went beyond the state of her uterus That was her happily ever afterI can't seriously be the only one bothered by this right If discovering true happiness is when Kristin learns to I guess it's almost learns to forgive herself for how her body is then why would you utterly defeat the purpose of this character arc of growth self love and happiness by having her fall pregnant in such an unrealistic manner Because therefore you are implying that the happy ever after is only when she has her own child born from her uterus Go away That's insulting This message is problematic because of how it still places that happy emphasis on one method of having children Could our cute couple not have gone through with surrogacy as planned Fostered Adopted I mean it's just such a ridiculous cop out that she gets pregnant at the end Yes I know that these pregnancies can happen and that this is but one interpretation of a woman's struggles with fibroids BUT this is not the commonplace experience Therefore I think it would be very upsetting to someone who is reading this book who themselves are struggling to conceive and was hoping to find a happy ever after of a realistic sort I know as a person who was and still is hesitant in relationships due to my own fertility status I was personally very upset when I read the ending as it felt disingenuous to what I believed was the main theme of the book that of the overall character arc of happiness through self acceptance and improving one's sense of self worth in the light of fertility problems The ending simply cheapens the whole message of the book and is a slap in the face to the myriad of women for whom this is not possible no matter how much they hope and dream it to be It also is poor in that it tells women with horrific menstruation problems that cause them untoward amounts of pain possibly damaging levels of anaemia and causes them to live lives 100% dictated by their menstrual cycles that if you hold off and continue putting your body and health at risk by not opting for a surgical option ie hysterectomy in Kristin's case then you'll be rewarded with your bundle of joy and not a life of pain and recurrent hospitalisationsI am baffled by this book's unhealthily romanticised logic I had thought this would be a four star read half way through the book Then it went to three stars with the dead friend but that ending hammered the proverbial nail in the coffin and it's one fat shiny star An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

CHARACTERS The Friend Zone

The Friend ZoneKristen 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 sas. Too Damn Sad Kristen meets her soulmate Josh but she has a secret that makes her a less than perfect match for him so she does her best to keep him in “the friend zone” Things don’t go as planned and she finds herself falling for the man she needs to keep at bay She can either keep him as a friend or reveal her secret and risk losing him foreverAs a result of Kristen’s secret there is a lot of back and forthwill they won’t they which was fun for a while but at a certain point I couldn’t take it any I was ready to give up but then the storyline had a major shift and I was happy for that but then it was just sad and awfulAfter seeing amazing reviews and ratings on my GR friends’ feeds The Friend Zone became a must read I read bits and pieces about the plot but went in mostly blind I was thinking that this was going to be a typical light hearted chick lit novel so I wasn’t expecting to go on an emotional rollercoaster ride I felt everything from wanting to throttle the main character I just wanted her to tell him already to getting annoyed over some of the narrative tropes to feeling happy back to annoyed to shifting to an intense level of sadness back to happy sadness to happiness to annoyance I am not sure I am over the sadness I did not like the ending the author’s note did help explain her choice for having THAT happen but it took away from the message of what this book could have been about I am spent I need a nap While I didn’t wholly the love the plot or the ending and found parts of The Friend Zone to be problematic I did love Abby Jimenez's writing style She has created sharp uick witted characters with strong voices I do look forward to her next book featuring Kristen’s best friend Sloan