EPUB Ì The Friend Zone ó Abby Jimenez

G 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 Kriste I've been crying for the last hour everything hurts and I'm SO glad I chose to pick up this book It's in my top three favorites of the yearI don't even know where to start but this is the exact brand of romance that I'm obsessed with The two main characters are snarky and sarcastic and headstrong but it never comes off as cheesy or unrealistic Their romance is fraught with tension and angst but I was invested in their story Their relationship was SOFT SO SOFT This book follows a woman with uterine fibroids and that representation and seeing how that both affected her having chronic pain and the way that Josh supported her was so so beautifully done I was laughing out loud for most of this book and I cried my entire way through the end There were some spotty lines every now and then with some distasteful possessiveness or jokes but the characters and the angst in this really shone through If you are a fan of The Hating Game or Josh Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or anything similar you HAVE to pick this book up I think it's my new favorite romance book and it's getting a full five stars from meview spoilerI will say that I guessed the ending from a mile away but it was still so beautiful and meaningful and the author's note cleared it up so I ended up not minding it hide spoiler

BOOK The Friend Zone

The Friend ZoneN 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 sa Guys this hurt I'm not going to come at you if you loved this book and I hope you won't come at me for being in the minority in finding The Friend Zone offensive I didn't even want to write a review for this book because it seems like everywhere I see it people are talking about the characters with stars in their eyes and boasting what a strong infertile female is featured within its pages Perhaps that's where I went wrong; I had completely different expectations for this book I went in thinking this would be an anthem for the ladies who struggled with their fertility wherever they fall on that spectrum but instead we end up with another unrealistic cliche of an ending To be fair to the author I've only read one book headlining an infertile woman that didn't end in a similar manner Up until view spoilerthe death of a character to forward the plot hide spoiler

Abby Jimenez ó The Friend Zone MOBI

FREE PDF Î BOOK The Friend Zone ½ HANNAHREDHEAD ´ 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 besKristen 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 weddin 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 TROPE???????????????Honestly 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 RIGHT??????Well 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