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The Happy Ever After Playlist (The Friend Zone Book 2) Kindle Edition
- USA Today bestseller
- Publishers Weekly bestseller
- Featured on NBC, NPR, PopSugar, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, Business Insider, Bustle, Oprah.com
- Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Best Romance
- SheReads Award Best Romance of the year
- Frolic’s Best Books of the year
"Jimenez combines sentimentality, sexiness, and humor in this remarkable rom-com about finding the courage to take a second chance on love. ... Sparking wit and vulnerable characters bring this story to life. Jimenez tackles deep emotions without ever losing sight of fun."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review"A perfect blend of smart, heart-wrenching, and fun."
- Kirkus, starred review"Readers will enjoy this enchanting and unabashed romantic fantasy, complete with the perfect playlist."
- BookPage"A powerfully life-affirming love story that walks the line between romantic heartbreak and hope with great finesse, while also delivering exceptional character development...and a dangerously addictive sense of humor."
- Booklist, starred review
"The Happy Ever After Playlist tackles love after loss with fierce humor and fiercer heart."
- Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue"Sweet and achingly romantic -- a truly wonderful love story."
- Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare"Delightfully adorable."
- Library Journal
"The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez has all of the makings of a perfect spring read: a cute dog, romance, and music."
"The Happy Ever After Playlist shines...it's as carefully curated and crafted as the playlist of the title -- one built with hard work, thoughtfulness, and above all, love."
- Entertainment Weekly"Emotional and exceptionally swoon-worthy. You won't be able to stop grinning and gushing as you read this masterpiece."
- SheReads.com"One of the most captivating romances of the year."
"Sweet and funny, yet with vulnerable depths, The Happy Ever After Playlist is a delightful romance."
- Shelf Awareness"Warm and captivating."
"The Friend Zone phenom Abby Jimenez is back with this love story that will tug on your heartstrings."
- Business Insider"This was just the book for me. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the relationship between Jason and Sloan. The characters are compelling, veering on downright adorable."
- Debbie Macomber"Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking....Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth."
- Publishers Weekly on The Friend Zone"Jimenez's dazzling debut is a brilliantly written romantic comedy that seamlessly toggles back and forth between scenes of laugh-out-loud, snarky wit and serious emotional issues without missing a beat, all the while delivering maximum reading satisfaction."
- Booklist on The Friend Zone"Jimenez tackles a myriad of issues in her debut and hits each one with depth and sensitivity. Kristen's take-no-prisoners attitude is smart and sassy and perfectly balanced by Josh's easygoing resourcefulness...An excellent debut that combines wit, humor, and emotional intensity."
- Booklist on The Friend Zone
"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 bestselling author"You can expect to laugh and cry during this one."
- Good Housekeeping on The Friend Zone
Editors' pick: Abby Jimenez hits another one out of the ballpark with this tender and unexpected romance."—Adrian Liang, Amazon Editor --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07W54QG2X
- Publisher : Forever (April 14, 2020)
- Publication date : April 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 767 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,466 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Happy Ever After Playlist takes place 2 years after the event in The Friend Zone that left Sloan devastated and alone. Ever since her fiancé died Sloan has lived in a bubble unable to crawl out from under her grief to get her life to some semblance of normal. But one day, on her way to the cemetery, a dog jumps through her sunroof and changes everything. Being the good person she is, Sloan finds the owner, who is overseas, and ends up watching the dog for him. Text messages are exchanged, phone calls are had, flirting takes place. Soon Sloan finds herself in an unexpected situation, the situation of moving on. Realizing she has a connection with Jason, Tucker’s owner, Sloan had to figure out if she can chance getting a broken heart again when it just maybe had started to mend.
I seriously was in love with this book 15% in. It was everything I wanted for Sloan’s story. My heart had been crushed when her fiancé died in The Friend Zone. It was so unexpected and she was on the verge of having everything she wanted in life. But the more I got to enjoy Sloan and Jason the more I realized that Brandon wasn’t the guy for her. He didn’t push her like Jason did. He didn’t take her out of her comfort zone. He was just a good guy that was there for her. But she needed more and Jason, and his crazy dog Tucker, where that more. Seeing the three of them together and Sloan put her life back in order was exactly what I needed.
The Happy Ever After Playlist hit on all the marks for me. I devoured the pages in one day and had no regrets at all in doing so. I laughed and I cried while being wrapped up in Sloan’s journey and I would have done it for longer if the book had more pages. I thought The Friend Zone was lovely, but The Happy Ever Playlist was perfection! This is one you CAN NOT MISS!
If you’ve read Jimenez’s debut, The Friend Zone (not required reading for this but helpful), you already know how divisive her writing can be. I’m not sure that anyone questions the quality of her writing – the first half of this book is one of the best things I’ve read this year – but the tonal shift is jarring and, frankly, unnecessary. These two already have enough hurdles in their path to happiness; it didn’t need to devolve into such a hot mess. While the back half certainly elicited an emotional response from me, I cannot say that I am at all happy with the way things played out.
If you want storyline details, you can look elsewhere. I will say that this is half rom com, with an adorably original meet cute, fantastic banter, chemistry that sparks off the page, and a hero who will melt your heart. I didn’t even mind the insta-love connection; I just wanted more, more of Sloan and Jason. He is such a loving, understanding, marshmallow of a man that I loved him right away… which made the second half that much more devastating. All I’ll say about the back half is that it focuses on the perils of being a rock star and the strain it puts on a relationship. I didn’t love the people either Sloan or Jason became by the end, and my heart hurt for what they once had.
Ultimately, if you loved The Friend Zone (which the vast majority of people did), then I don’t see any reason why you won’t love this. For me, the two books are equally frustrating reads. I would’ve rated each of Jimenez’s books as 5 stars without hesitation if the back halves hadn’t obliterated the relationships I had come to love. I so appreciated receiving an ARC via NetGalley since I was eagerly anticipating this release (and am voluntarily leaving a review), but I’m left with a lot of conflicting thoughts on this one. While I love Jimenez’s writing, I don’t love the beatings her couples have to take in order to find their happy ever after.
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: #fiction #romance #contemporary
𝐂𝗪/𝐓𝗪: self harm, alcohol/drug abuse, bereavement
𝟏-𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: phenomenal /fəˈnämənəl/
1. very remarkable; extraordinary.
2. perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.
Y’all... say hello to my 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 5 STAR READ IN 2020! For lovers of The Friend Zone, Abby Jimenez has done it again. I laughed, cried, cheered, audibly groaned and ultimately fell in love with The HEA Playlist. This book finds our character(s) two years “post Friend Zone” with a focus on Sloan.
Jimenez, once again, delivers the most relatable characters in the midst of a heartfelt tale of romance that is 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘺 vivid and real. The narrative and banter is witty, hilarious, and will leave you wishing these characters were your best friends. (𝘕𝘰 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴- 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 😘.)
Yes, this is a romance, but it is also a story of loss, friendship, personal growth and selflessness.
Thanks to @readforeverpub @netgalley for providing me with this ARC.
𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Everyone. Preorder this NOW, thank me later. 💕
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I like that a good portion of The Happy Ever After Playlist actually focuses on a romantic relationship. There's no unnecessarily lengthy build up only for the book to run out of pages. Funnily, the first 50% of the book is actually my favourite part and I was sure from early on it was going to be a 5-star read. It's really well-timed, which keeps the chapters and developments exciting. I pick up romance novels to read about people falling in love, and this is exactly what happens in this book. It has its clichés and predictability, but is so charming that it doesn’t take away from the plot.
Abby Jimenez’s writing is full of vivacity. And that alluring quality is displayed in her characters, both human and pedigree. I wasn’t overly fond of Kristen in The Friend Zone but loved her in this book, her persona was truly redeemed. Fortunately, I have always adored Sloan and she continued to be a favourite in The Happy Ever After Playlist. Jimenez handled this character’s grief with care, depicting realistic anxieties and insecurities surrounding the loss of a loved one. And like many of the other voices in the book, Sloan is easy to get to know and sympathise with.
Sadly, for me, the profanity was way overused. Some phrases were too brash and harsh, even in the book’s most emotional moments. It felt unnecessary and occasionally distracted me from the plot. Still, I really enjoyed getting lost in the ups and downs. There are plenty! Jimenez has the perfect tone for light-hearted fiction mixed with dramatic angst. There was a slight shift in tone in the second half which I wasn't as enamoured by, but doesn’t dampen my restored love for this series. Not when there’s an awesome playlist to match each scene.
This swoon-worthy, fairy-tale, rock star love story is ideal for hopeless romantic readers. It has humour, tenderness, and enjoyable character development. Bring on the third book!
I really enjoyed Sloan and Jason's first interactions and their conversation. I was falling in love with them as they were falling in love.
I also loved all the side characters. I haven't read Abby's first book which I know is the story of Kirsten and Josh.
I think this is going to be a book I will read again and again because O am just so in love with it. I might even get the Audible version because I know Zachary Webber narrates for Jason and he has the most dreamers voice! 😍
Honestly?l After reading The Friend Zone, I kept delaying reading this book. Not because I thought it might be inferior, but because I loved Sloan and Brandon so much, that, frankly? I was still mourning.
But I needn't have waited. Within a couple of chapters I'd fallen as head over heels in love with Jason (and Tucker) as Sloan.
It was such a wonderful progression of not only Sloan's story, but Kristen and Josh's. (Loved the epilogue!)
In particular, chapter 40 broke me. Like completely and utterly shattered my heart. And then again in chapter 45. I've rarely stopped mid-chapter in a book and literally sobbed my heart out for a solid ten minutes. Yet I've done it four times while reading two books, both of which were written by the talented Abby Jimenez! She's going to have to start supplying tissues and rehydration drinks with her stories if this continues. Wonderful. Just wonderful.
The characters were lovable. Though at some points I wasn’t a fan of the “impulsivity” portrayed, I know this is something that happens often in real life.
I was hesitant to pick up the book at first because I wasn’t too keen on the premise but I’m so glad I went with it. It gripped at my heart (perhaps I may be biased because I had a similar experience of loss). I loved the dialogue between the characters especially at the beginning when Sloan and Jason were getting to know each other. Overall, I thought the story played out nicely.
I loved the character of Sloan who appeared in the first book and I experienced her pain as it was described on the page and Tucker the dog, who doesn't love a dog in a book?! The dialogue between her and Jason the love interest was amusing and fun and the struggles they went through felt true to life.
The book didn't just brush those aside which was good and I think dealt with grief in a sensitive way.
I raced to the end of this book to find out what would happen, but at the same time didn't want it to end.