[Review]: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey


*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Waiting for Tom Hanks
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 11, 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.

Romantic-comedy-obsessed Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing internet content, re-watching 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 annoying, 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?

Drew may not be what she imagined, but Annie soon learns that real life doesn’t always go according to script.

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Review: This book was seriously Super Cute in a totally fun melt-your-heart kind of way. If you are obsessed with rom-coms, this book will speak to you! Kerry Winfrey has written an amazing romance which is basically a montage of perfectly timed tropes and cliches and I couldn’t help but squeal with joy when certain movies were mentioned or when actual movie moments happened.

Annie has always been obsessed with romantic comedies, mostly because that’s how she connects to her mom. After her parents died her uncle moved in to take care of her and she never left. She has never really let herself have a full life and has always been concerned with finding her ‘Tom Hanks’. Not in a literal sense, but basically the embodiment of his rom-com personas packed into one man. She goes on so many dates with a sort of checklist in mind, but they all end terribly because she doesn’t really give them a chance.

Enter Drew Danforth. Annie has a total meet-cute with him but is too blinded by her assumptions of him as a total jerk. From the start she thinks he is constantly finding ways to make fun of her and make her miserable. She never notices that her life has become its own rom-com.

There are just so many swoon-worthy moments in this book and I really enjoyed the characters! It’s the perfect summer read with down-to-earth characters and cleverly placed rom-com moments. The ending is also a pretty perfect (all great romantic comedies have one) homage to one of my favourite classics!

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