Waiting for Tom Hanks – Published 2019
“Can a romcom-obsessed 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?” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Holy cannoli this book is so, so, so cute! I seriously couldn’t put it down and cruised through it in two sittings. It’s really a rom-com about rom-coms, and I adored every second. The characters are super endearing, and it brings you through a full range of emotions from sad to stressed and everything in between. I even laughed out loud a few times (I seriously loved Tobin, what a great minor character).
Annie’s uncle, Don, is another great character. He lives with his adult niece in his late sister’s home. He hosts a weekly Dungeons & Dragons night and loves Star Wars. He’s sweet, awkward, and a little mysterious. In another words, a lovable nerd.
All of the romantic-comedy references, and Annie’s obsession with Tom Hanks. I get it. Tom Hanks, the actor and his characters? Equally awesome. Annie wants so badly to have her own romantic-comedy in real life, and it’s unfolding before her without her even realizing it. Her and her mother watched rom-coms when she was young, and she’s had an obsession with them ever since. Who can blame her? I loved all of the Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, and You’ve Got Mail references.
Let it be known that I love my job (teaching), but when I read a book about anyone with a career that allows them to walk to a coffee shop every.single.day or to work remotely, I have some serious FOMO. Annie’s best friend, Chloe, works in a coffee shop and has constant witty banter with the owner, regular customers, and other employee (Tobin <3), and it’s delightful. There’s a sample of Winfrey’s next book at the end, and it is focused around Chloe and the coffee shop, and I cannot wait!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
The reviews! People either love or hate it, but those who hate it hate it for such ridiculous reasons. “It’s so cliche”…yes, it’s a rom-com. “It used the Tom Hanks metaphor too many times”…I’m sorry, did you not see the title?
Personally, I read this type of book when I want a break from reality, when I want something “low stress” and maybe a little cheesy. If you know that going in, and you SHOULD, as it’s literally about romantic comedies, which have extreme cheese-factor, you won’t be disappointed.
One critique I found myself guilty of was the unbelievability of a famous actor with a heart of gold and bad reputation falling for a local girl. It’s not super believable for us everyday common folk, but it happens! Celebrities fall in love, too, and not all of them fall in love with other celebrities. So, for some lucky people in this world, that IS truly a real possibility. Once I made that shift in thinking, it made me enjoy the book much more.
I’m giving it 5 stars. It’s cute. I read it fast. And I want to read her next book with the same characters. To me, that’s a successful read.
Do ya’ll think Tom Hanks has read it?