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The Friend Zone

Written by: Abby Jimenez
Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Erin Mallon
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming USA Today best-selling romantic comedy that LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat".

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.

"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." (Cosmopolitan)

Goodreads Choice Awards nominee - Best Romance, Best Debut 

O, The Oprah Magazine Best Romance Novels of the year

Audie Award Finalist

USA Today best seller

Bookish Best Books of the year 

SheReads Best Romances of the year

Women's Health Best Romance Novels of the year

Good Housekeeping Best New Books for Summer 

PopSugar Best Books of Summer 

Publishers Weekly Starred Review 

Booklist Starred Review 

Booklist Top 10 Romance Debuts of 2019 

©2019 Abby Jimenez (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The Friend Zone is a deliciously hot, sweet debut full of banter I couldn't get enough of. I loved all the characters, from Kristen and Josh, to the supporting cast, and even Stuntman Mike. This book is an absolute treat." (L.J. Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

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- The female narrator is distracting. A lot of vocal fry and a strange inflection at the end of sentences that makes everything sound overly sarcastic
- Main female character is tiresome. Too much of the same obsessive theme
- Main male character was okay but it was disappointing how the author painted firefighters as such jaded professionals, which had almost no relevance to the storyline
- The story held promise initially but felt pretty over the main themes by the end. Didn’t see the twist coming so I guess I’ll give it that

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A Wonderful Journey

I laughed and I cried along with each chapter. The characters were relatable, and the story felt real. What a wonderful journey!

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Frustrating Romance Novel

Struggled to finish. unbelievable characters, frustrating premise, and stupid ending hurtful to couples with infertility.

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loved it!

This book was awesome. So sweet, real, and hilarious. I can't wait for more from this Author.

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  • Nova
  • 2019-06-14

Teddy and Erin

What an awesome story, so full of happiness and heartache. I really enjoyed the narration of course, it was Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon. I was surprised how fast this story flowed, I didn't cry but, I laughed a lot. There were definitely a few surprises thrown into the mix, it was a deep and touching audiobook. Well worth the Credit or the money to buy it.... I'll for sure go back to this story for relistening...⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Susan
  • 2019-08-16

Good Story

I liked everything about this book except the woman who read the part of Kristin. I have returned other audiobooks that she has narrated because of her voice. It might just be me, but I find her voice to be snarky, sarcastic, condescending, and, at times, whiny. At first I thought she might be narrating in this way because the character’s personality is snarky. I’ve heard enough of her work to now know that it’s just the way her voice sounds. I kept the book because the story was intriguing enough to make me want to keep listening, even though I had to suffer through Kristin’s narration.

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  • Brooke Chapman
  • 2019-09-22

Disappointed

Every review I'd read here was five stars, loved it. I had high hopes for this book. The first half was fantastic. I couldn't wait to know what happened next and I stayed up until early morning hours to find out. Later, about 3/4 of the way through, my heart hurt and it never got much better. I figured this had a level of predictability and some things would go a certain way, but it was ultimately disappointing and sad to me. I hate to give three stars or less to anything because I know the authors put their souls into books and I don't like to critique it, but I so wish this book had ended differently. The first half reminded me of The Hating Game, it was so attracting and fun. The second half just made me cry more than I wanted to and almost made me wish I hadn't read it.

Teddy Hamilton was a fantastic narrator. The three stars is for Erin Mallon, whose voice grated on my nerves. She talked with this attitude I didn't connect with and held the ends of words too long. "Chapter __, Kristennnn," every single time. I cared less as the story progressed, but it continuously bothered me. I'll definitely look out for Teddy's voice in the future, though.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2020-06-05

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really liked all of the characters, I found them relatable and loved how different they all were and I truly loved how Kristen was so far from perfect. And Josh might be the perfect me! I think that what I liked the most was that the story felt original, after thousands of contemporary romance books they all start to feel exactly the same and this one didn't. The subject matter really was hard and I know a lot of people feel like it should have been handled different but honestly I don't think there is a right way to handle this from the characters perspective, everyone is different and everyone has a different threshold for how much they can handle and how they handle it. I will say that I would have liked it even more if Kristen would have just talked to him instead of keeping it bottled up for sooooo long, that felt a little like drama added to the book for the sake of drama. I loved that it had a happy ending, while probably not very realistic, this is fiction and romance so I expect that.

The narration was perfect! I actually bought this book because of the narration team, they are my favorites!!

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  • Tbellz
  • 2019-06-15

Couldn’t stop listening

It was so easy to read and connect with these characters. Kristen’s struggles aren’t just about infertility, but about accepting true love into her life and believing that she deserves it. I laughed, and cried, and laughed more. I yelled at them and cried with them. My first thought when I finished the book was I want more, when does the next one get released?

The only thing I didn’t enjoy about the experience of listening to this book was Erin Mallon’s over-emphasis of the end of the word at the end of each sentence.

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  • Mandi
  • 2019-06-19

Love Love Love

I loved this book so much! So very heart breaking but so real and just everything! I love Teddy and Erin together, they make every story come to life and they capture the character so well its amazing. This book will deliver on every single feel and you wont be disappointed,

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  • Cassie
  • 2019-06-25

Sweet and funny and heartbreaking

Loved this book and it had me hooked from the first few minutes - from the strong female characters to the humor found around every corner. The dialogue was witty and i found myself laughing aloud. The story kept me guessing and I loved the ending. My only complaint was the female narrator, how she seemed to overemphasize the last syllable of every sentence. I was able to get passed it because I fell in love with these characters and the story so quickly.

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  • John
  • 2019-06-17

What a great first audiobook

I really really liked this book. I rarely listen to new authors and I’m so glad I did. Thanks Erin Mallon and Erin and Teddy did a great job narrating. I’m a new fan Abby 😊 thanks for the book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-21

Clichéd

I feel like every other line of this book that Kristen would use to describe a scenario or personal trait was ripped from a basic girl's Facebook repost or early 2000's t-shirt. Not original or clever writing.
I wanted to like it but honestly, she was whiny and pathetic and everyone seemed to think she was so great. Even the narrator made her sound whiny. Thanks I was over it halfway through but forced my self to finish it. It tried to tackle tough real life issues- infertility, organ donation and rights of loved ones after death but it fell horribly flat of the real emotional depth and pain involved with those topics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-20

Terrific book!

This book is absolutely wonderful! It grabs you from the beginning and has a few unexpected turns that keep you interested. It is a great story!
Also, the narration on the audiobook is great - both actors did a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

I will be keeping an eye out for more books from Abby Jimenez!

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