Published by Berkley on June 11, 2019
Series: Waiting for Tom Hanks #1
Genres: adult, Romantic Comedy, Romance, contemporary
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Not Like the Movies
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.
Waiting for Tom Hanks is a romantic comedy and is the first book in a series of interconnected standalone by the same name from author Kerry Winfrey. I read this book last year before it was releases and I never got around to reviewing it for some reason. When I received a copy of book two, I went back to look at my review of book one and found myself completely drawing a blank. I knew I read book one and I knew that I enjoyed it, but I couldn’t pull any memorable emotions or scenes, so I decided to re-read the book before I read book two in the series. And I am so glad that I did! Waiting for Tom Hanks is an adorable rom com featuring heartfelt characters that put a big smile on my face.
In Waiting for Tom Hanks, we meet our main character Annie, who is a total romantic at heart, but who is so swept up in her idea of an adorable meet cute that she fails to see one playing out right in front of her eyes. Our romantic interest is none other than movie star Tom Hanks. No! Just kidding, but it is a movie heartthrob in his own right. Drew is a popular actor and is a total goof ball with a ton of confidence. I loved watching him clash with Annie. Their story had all the charm and smiles of a true rom com, and I can certainly see it play out on the small or big screen. There is a bit of Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail in Annie, which I loved.
Annie and Drew each had their own annoyances that popped up time and time again, but overall I was totally charmed by them and their story. And moreover, I loved seeing some of the supporting characters again like Chloe, because I know book two is about her and Nick. And I have to say I am totally down for that pairing! I think I might even be more excited for their story than I was for Annie and Drew’s. (I am reading books one and two back to back but I took a quick binge read break to write this review so I can keep my thoughts separate between the two). If you are a romantic comedy movie fanatic like I am, I think you would really enjoy all of the little movie references as you watch this rom com come to life. This book was a lot of fun. Now Bring on book two- Not Like the Movies!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020