Book Title and Author: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Publication Date and Publisher: June 11, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 320 pages
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Date Read: May 19, 2019 (e-arc)
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 is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.
I’ve been loving/needing cute, quirky rom-coms in my life lately and Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is just perfect! Let me tell you, this is a funny, sweet romantic read that checks all the boxes: hot man, pretty girl, a hysterical meet-cute, and lots of chemistry! So adorable!
Annie, an aspiring screenwriter, has been dreaming of finding Tom Hanks for, well forever! Not the actor, but the Tom Hanks type from all the rom-com movies from the 90s (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) that she watched as a teenager with her mom before she died. Those movies, and her mom’s story of her and her dad’s great love, have made such an impression on Annie that she hasn’t dated anyone in a long time because she’s waiting for the perfect meet-cute moment, the perfect man (preferably with his own houseboat), and for a love affair to play out like the movies.
A movie shoot for a romantic comedy is coming to town and with her uncle’s help, Annie lands the ideal job as personal assistant to the uber-famous director! This could be Annie’s big moment to meet the man of her dreams if only she can stop misinterpreting some of the signals; then there are some crazy (hysterical) obstacles that just might get in the way of true love, some that are pretty wow!
Definitely recommended if you love 90s or early 2000s rom-coms because there are a ton of references that will make you immediately want to sit down for a romantic movie marathon! You can’t help but fall in love with Annie and the “Tom Hanks” of her dreams. This was a light read that was just what I needed to escape from real life, and I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!
**Thank you Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC to read. All opinions are my own.**