Book Review: Waiting For Tom Hanks

Waiting For Tom Hanks

By: Kerry Winfrey


Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight.

When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days…can he?


Review

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

Steam Rating: 🔥 (Closed door)

Bookish tip: May get the sudden urge to watch a bunch of Tom Hank movies.

Waiting for Tom Hanks is such a super cute and adorable rom-com. Really, the entire book is super serendipitous and I love that.

I love how Annie is completely delusional about finding her Tom Hanks because it totally works with the entire plot. I love all of the Nora Ephron movie references and that every single one of the characters are 100% lovable.

I also really love how Annie and Drew’s meet cute is a complete disaster. Winfrey basically pays homage to several pivotal rom-com plot points: the meet cute, the attraction, the fall out and the grand gesture.

But…..yes, BUT….I find Annie and Drew’s relationship to be lacking. LACKING?!?!?!?! Yes, lacking. Annie and Drew did not have enough scenes together to make me feel as if they were falling in love. Attracted? Yes. Mutual likeness? Yes. Love? Nope. And no, it isn’t love at first sight either, at least not for Annie. I feel like I missed watching them fall in love which is just not OK for a rom-com.

Recommendation: I jumped right into the next book in the series, Not Like The Movies, so obviously I recommend reading Waiting For Tom Hanks. It’s a good summer read.


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