July 16, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews | 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 11, 2019 by Forever
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Friend Zone came out at the beginning of June, with so much hype surrounding it. I do think the hype was warranted, this is a fast-paced book that deals with infertility which isn’t discussed much in books, and it sucked me in and made me emotionally invested in the characters and the story.

I really enjoyed the writing style of the novel. It was well written, and I flew though it way quicker than I thought I would. I literally started and then thirty minutes later looked at the page number and was like “how did I get this far already?”

Like I mentioned above, there was a lot of hype surrounding this book, with lots of people talking about certain parts of the story. I heard early on that this book was going to be sad. I’m not a huge fan of sad books (life is already so hard, let me read something happy), but I can usually deal with it and move on. I’ve been so busy the last few months counseling, that I’m at the point where I don’t like reading sad things or watching sad things because I get enough of that from real life, so I was wary going into this novel. I was enjoying the story, but was on edge the whole first half because while I didn’t know when the sad thing was going to happen, I just knew it was going to happen. I flew through through the first half, but was also low-key anxious the whole time. Eventually I decided that if I wanted to continue reading the book I’d have to spoil myself for what was going to happen. This definitely helped put me somewhat at ease with continuing the story.

While reading, the only issue I had with the book was how “not like other girls” Kristen was. This really wasn’t a problem after the first few chapters, but at the beginning I rolled my eyes a few times at how she described herself, or how Josh described her. I was also frustrated that the two wouldn’t communicate. I don’t want to minimize what infertility and what Kristen was going through, but so much could have been prevented if Kristen and Josh just talked to each other.

I know this review seems like I’m pointing out more negatives than positives, but I did enjoy this book. I loved the banter between the two characters. They genuinely seemed to care for each other a lot. I loved reading about their friend group, and how everyone cared for each other and looked out for each other.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but know I would have enjoyed it more if I read it at a different point in time.

If you’ve read the book, what were your thoughts?
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  1. I loved this book. I laughed until the sad part. Then I ugly cried, but then it got super wonderful and I was warm and fuzzy, and the ending!! I just really enjoyed it, and there is always some “issue” the hero and heroine have to tackle. That thing that that have to overcome so that the relationship can move forward, and I usually just roll with it. I felt these characters were worth that bit of aggravation, at least for me

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