Title: Life’s Too Short
Author: Abby Jimenez
Series: The Friend Zone #3
Narrators: Christine Lakin and Zachary Webber
Length: 9 hours (384 pages)
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Content Warnings: terminal disease (ALS), addiction, unwanted pregnancy, hoarding
A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.
Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.
But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.
The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .
So cute! I love the way Abby Jimenez addresses serious life-and-death topics in her romcoms, in this case ALS. This is the third book in her Friend Zone series, and while each focuses on a different couple and acts as a standalone, I recommend reading this series in order to avoid spoiling major events from the first two books that are referenced.
Vanessa and Adrian’s neighbors-to-friends-to-lovers romance was so swoonworthy. I appreciated how the book didn’t just focus on the leads, but also shined a light on Vanessa’s family and their mental health struggles.
I was very frustrated by the miscommunications between Vanessa and Adrian! She made a lot of assumptions about how much he knew about her personal life from her YouTube channel, and he came off as a bit oblivious. But overall this was very funny and heartwarming, and I highly recommend it!