Waiting for Tom Hanks
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 Details

TitleWaiting for Tom Hanks
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984804020
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult

Waiting for Tom Hanks Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.I started out really loving this, but... it just.. yikes, I really disliked the main character. Like, honestly? Chloe and Uncle Don were the only good characters, truly. RTC! <3 Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Alexa, Madalyn, & Amy! ❤
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Annie is a 27 year old who lives at home with her uncle. She’s obsessed with romantic comedies and that’s probably why she’s still single. She has huge expectations for the love of her life (when he comes along). She is waiting for her Tom Hanks and it’s hard to find someone to measure up to that level of greatness. When a filming crew comes to town, Annie gets a job as an assistant to the director. She has a meet-cute with the actor, but for some reason, she can’t see it for what it 3.5 stars Annie is a 27 year old who lives at home with her uncle. She’s obsessed with romantic comedies and that’s probably why she’s still single. She has huge expectations for the love of her life (when he comes along). She is waiting for her Tom Hanks and it’s hard to find someone to measure up to that level of greatness. When a filming crew comes to town, Annie gets a job as an assistant to the director. She has a meet-cute with the actor, but for some reason, she can’t see it for what it is. Annie is a bit oblivious sometimes and is still searching for that one guy (even though it’s pretty obvious he’s standing right in front of her all along). Drew is an actor but he’s much more that that. He’s a great guy and he’s very down to earth. As a reader, I could tell he was falling for Annie. I think everyone except Annie could tell. This book was predictable for me in many ways, but that’s not necessary a bad thing. It was an easy read that I read in one day so it definitely kept my interest. If you are a fan of rom-com movies, you will probably love this book. I like rom-coms, I do, but for some reason when I read romance I don’t want it to read like a rom-com. I want something a little more… realistic I guess? I liked the characters (especially her best friend Chloe- I’ll be reading her book! And her uncle was amazing), but the heroine irked me at times. And the last 20-30% was a little extra for me. Overall, I did enjoy this book. The writing was great and I liked the hero and some of the secondary characters loads. If you are in the mood for a sweet and funny rom-com, I would recommend checking this one out! "Maybe it's time you stopped waiting around for Tom Hanks to show up. Maybe this time you have to be your own Tom Hanks.”
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A very special thanks to Penguin Random House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book. I was under no obligation to read and review this book. Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is an adorable love letter to romantic comedies. While reading this book I realized that I haven't watched a rom-com in a long time. I used to watch movies like While You Were Sleeping, 50 First Dates, How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and Brown Sugar at least once a week. Somewhere along the way I jus A very special thanks to Penguin Random House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book. I was under no obligation to read and review this book. Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is an adorable love letter to romantic comedies. While reading this book I realized that I haven't watched a rom-com in a long time. I used to watch movies like While You Were Sleeping, 50 First Dates, How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and Brown Sugar at least once a week. Somewhere along the way I just stopped being interested in them or Hollywood simply stopped making good ones. I think the last rom-com I watched was probably How to be Single and it was awful. Waiting For Tom Hanks is about Annie Cassidy a die hard rom-com lover who is looking for her perfect man. A man who's sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat. She's looking for a man like a Tom Hanks character. Obviously this man doesn't actually exist but she just might have found her perfect man when she meets Hollywood heartthrob Drew Danforth. This book is just as predictable as those sugary sweet 90's rom -coms but that's the point. It would spoil anything to tell you that of course she gets the guy but the fun is in the chase. I really needed this book! I have been feeling awful all week and I needed to turn my brain off and just escape real life. I got this book in the mail yesterday and I devoured it. Waiting For Tom Hanks is the perfect fun summer beach read!
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Normally I wouldn’t be posting a review so many months in advance of a book’s release (heck, let’s face it – normally I end up failing miserably and reading half of the ARCs I receive after their release date), but there was zero chance I wasn’t going to talk about this one on Valentine’s Day. The story here is about Annie. Ever since she was a little girl she has dreamed of the moment she would meet-cute her one true love. She was al Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Normally I wouldn’t be posting a review so many months in advance of a book’s release (heck, let’s face it – normally I end up failing miserably and reading half of the ARCs I receive after their release date), but there was zero chance I wasn’t going to talk about this one on Valentine’s Day. The story here is about Annie. Ever since she was a little girl she has dreamed of the moment she would meet-cute her one true love. She was always sure it would come in the form of a true “a ha” moment – with a man who may or may not live on a houseboat, possibly with a child, maybe after tragically being widowed. Either that or it would be in love to hate form via e-mail correspondence or some form of social media where she sparred unknowingly with the man who was to be her soulmate. But has Annie become so wrapped up in the fantasy that she won’t be able to recognize the real thing when she sees it???As I told my husband, I have been waiting for Tom Hanks to come for me for the duration of our 22-year marriage (and after going on a .gif hunt for this maybe I’ve been waiting for Meg Ryan too????). There was zero chance I wasn’t going to do whatever was necessary in order to obtain this title. There was also zero chance I wasn’t going to then proceed to crap my pants in fear that I would hate it/it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Luckily there was absolutely nothing to fear. Waiting for Tom Hanks was EXACTLY what I wanted it to be: a classic PG style rom-com, only in print format rather than projected on the silver screen. (However, please note this should immediately be optioned and someone should be calling Chris Pratt’s agent to see how many zeroes he would like at the end of his check in order to play the male lead.) If nothing makes your Grinch heart turn to goo like moments like these . . . . Get your dollars ready come June.Happy Hallmark Holiday everyone!!!!! ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Oh, and Berkley? As you know, this was a two-book deal. No pressure or anything, but if I don’t get the second one as soon as it is available?
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI'm actually surprised I enjoyed this one considering I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedies and that's such a big part of this story. But hey, the clever title reeled me right in. This wasn't a perfect read but I thought it was cute and provided a nice distraction from real life.To say twenty-seven year old Annie likes romantic comedies is putting it mildly. It's more like she is obsessed with them partly because she grew up watching them with her late mother. Annie is convinced 3.5 starsI'm actually surprised I enjoyed this one considering I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedies and that's such a big part of this story. But hey, the clever title reeled me right in. This wasn't a perfect read but I thought it was cute and provided a nice distraction from real life.To say twenty-seven year old Annie likes romantic comedies is putting it mildly. It's more like she is obsessed with them partly because she grew up watching them with her late mother. Annie is convinced there is a Mr. Right out there for her similar to the type of character Tom Hanks plays when he is paired up with Meg Ryan. But when a new man enters her life let's just say things don't go quite how she expected. At times Annie is kinda annoying but overall I did like the chemistry between her and her love interest in the book. The story isn't perfect but it was fun which was all I was really hoping for when I picked up the book. I even found myself having a cheesy grin on my face during the big rom com like scenes near the end. The author set the stage nicely for a second book featuring some of the supporting cast in this one and I would definitely be interested in checking that one out as well. Overall, a decent pick if you like romances and are looking for something you aren't meant to take too seriously.Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Alright y'all, this review is going to be full of You've Got Mail gifs so here we go!Waiting for Tom Hanks is about Annie, a young woman obsessed with romantic comedies and searching for her own "Tom Hanks". Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the metaphorical version of him where he's the perfect man in romantic comedies. When she finds out a romantic comedy is going to be filming in her neighborhood, she gets a job on the set where she meets leading man Drew, the opposite of Tom Hanks.I 4.5 stars! Alright y'all, this review is going to be full of You've Got Mail gifs so here we go!Waiting for Tom Hanks is about Annie, a young woman obsessed with romantic comedies and searching for her own "Tom Hanks". Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the metaphorical version of him where he's the perfect man in romantic comedies. When she finds out a romantic comedy is going to be filming in her neighborhood, she gets a job on the set where she meets leading man Drew, the opposite of Tom Hanks.I loved this book, I actually made myself put it down so I could get enough sleep for work the next day. Had it not been a working day, I would have read this until well into the evening because it was a total page turner. A great enemies to lovers romance, this book was more than just a romance book, it was an ode to rom com films. And obviously I love rom coms more than I knew I did, because I knew Every. Single. Rom. Com. Reference in this book. One of the better books I've read this year, I am now a Kerry Winfrey fan and excited to read more of what she has to come. And even though this book takes place in winter, it is the perfect beach read for this summer! ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book is good but honestly I'm pretty biased.
  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
    January 1, 1970
    And... DNF/NRI feel like I've been DNF'ing all over the place lately but this one, I fear, is going to give me permanent resting bitch-face if I don't skedattle with a quickness.Why, you ask?Two words: Annie Cassidy Annie is a pill. I can abide a grump but a pill is a whole different ball of wax. Were Annie an actual person she would be one of those people that you duck into an alley or bend quickly to tie to your shoes so she doesn't spot you.Otherwise you're going to be there for awhile . And And... DNF/NRI feel like I've been DNF'ing all over the place lately but this one, I fear, is going to give me permanent resting bitch-face if I don't skedattle with a quickness.Why, you ask?Two words: Annie Cassidy Annie is a pill. I can abide a grump but a pill is a whole different ball of wax. Were Annie an actual person she would be one of those people that you duck into an alley or bend quickly to tie to your shoes so she doesn't spot you.Otherwise you're going to be there for awhile . And you can bet she's going to roll out the 'poor me' because ALL THE REASONS card.I don't want to harsh on her any harder than I already have but she clearly was rubbing me the wrong way from the "meet cute" with actor Drew Danforth where she spills her hot coffee all over him then sits there gawping at him like a starstruck groupie rather than apologizing!!! like a decent person. Instead she runs away then begins to somehow twist everything around in her head that he's to blame presumably because he's a movie star who threw a monkey wrench into her delicate equilibrium. He's a jerk, he's constantly "berating" her, he's got some sort of clandestine ulterior motive that involves humiliating her and every single word he utters is disingenuous and cause for ire and rudeness.Were she just a bitch I could accept this behavior but she's supposedly the "good girl" who's friendly to everyone, can always be counted on to do the right thing and gets along with virtually everyone else.Maybe it gets better. Maybe love turns her into a likable person worthy of Drew's love. Maybe I'm really depriving myself of something here. But I cannot deal with these sorts of contrivances that are meant to give her some sort of hidden depth in the form of vulnerability but read as clichéd and trite.If I could skip Annie's parts and just read Drew or all the secondary characters this probably would've gone better but the whole thing seems to be from Annie's POV. Which is too bad since I was liking Drew and the rest of them a helluva lot more than Annie. I'd even go so far as to say if Chloe gets her own book I would try that, especially if Nick is the love interest.However, this one is not recommended but my opinions are my own and YMMV.An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute for the most part, but the last 30% or so was... questionable. RTC!
  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Waiting for Tom Hanks is more successful as a love letter to romcoms than a romance, IMO. I wish it did both well.I can so relate to the author's and her heroine's adoration of romantic comedies! I usually spend pre-Christmas season gorging on everything cute and light I can stream; Nora Ephron's masterpieces are always at top of that list. When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, and then Serendipity, While You Were Sleeping, 27 Dresses, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Working Girl, G Waiting for Tom Hanks is more successful as a love letter to romcoms than a romance, IMO. I wish it did both well.I can so relate to the author's and her heroine's adoration of romantic comedies! I usually spend pre-Christmas season gorging on everything cute and light I can stream; Nora Ephron's masterpieces are always at top of that list. When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, and then Serendipity, While You Were Sleeping, 27 Dresses, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Working Girl, Groundhog Day, Sabrina, etc., etc., etc. – they fill my heart with warmth! Being submerged into in-depth conversations about my holiday faves was very soothing.The main romance though, between lonely Annie and a swoony movie actor Drew didn't quite hit the right notes. I enjoyed the banter, but the relationship between the two just didn't flow well. I felt it was antagonistic for too long for no good reason, and then rushed with the Big Misunderstanding resolved instantaneously. That the whole thing was a wish fulfillment fantasy, I didn't mind. Winfrey did capture and replicate many romcom tropes that I like - the comradery and warmth of a friendly workplace of the bookshop in You've Got Mail (in this novel it's a coffee shop), or Annie's sense of loneliness and desire for companionship a la Lucy from While You Were Sleeping. So, overall, this was an often delightful, low-on-drama experience. The romance stayed rather tame throughout, and all sexy action remained behind closed doors (not my kind of thing).The publishers should have totally scheduled this book for a winter release. The story takes place in winter, and it would capture more attention with a similarly cute cover with some snow and hot cocoa.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy read with Madalyn & Melanie!If you’re into romantic comedies (no matter how wacky or wild they get), you will enjoy this one! It’s got a lot of nods to classic romcoms, both on the page and as part of the actual novel and its plot. I did find some parts of it frustrating in the latter third, but it still managed to make me smile and I did get the feels during some of the swoonier bits.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC!! THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE!!! A literal romantic comedy wrapped up in all the warm fuzzy feelings. This story follows Annie, a writer who is obsessed with rom coms and finding true love, which she finds while working on the set of a romantic comedy with hearthrob Drew. It has all the fun cliches, an awkward hilarious meet-cute, the denying or the feelings, misunderstanding, and a grand gesture that will leave you with a huge smile Thank you Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC!! THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE!!! A literal romantic comedy wrapped up in all the warm fuzzy feelings. This story follows Annie, a writer who is obsessed with rom coms and finding true love, which she finds while working on the set of a romantic comedy with hearthrob Drew. It has all the fun cliches, an awkward hilarious meet-cute, the denying or the feelings, misunderstanding, and a grand gesture that will leave you with a huge smile on your face.I loved following Annie as she tries to get her life together and figure out where she wants to go. At 26, I related so much to her and her story of self discovery. That being said, I really really wish we had some more romantic moments with Drew and Annie. It’s very PG13, fade to black and I wanted more for the epilogue!! It’s such a slow burn that it takes FOREVER for them to finally get together and when they do, I felt it kind of rushed right into the misunderstanding and we didn’t get to fully enjoy them being together. Don’t get me wrong, we did have some really adorable moments and I really liked them getting to know eachother as friends first, but I expected a bit more steaminess when they finally got together.I also really loved Drew and how funny he was. I really enjoyed the banter when they first met. I liked how such a GOOD GUY he was. And he said all the perfect things!! I liked how they would talk about romantic comedies and how tv shows and how much movies and television affect both of them. I loved how they were able to connect in that way. Although I do things at times the constant talk of romantic comdies and Tom Hanks was a bit excessive. It felt like it was on literally every page and in the beginning it was fun but towards the middle part, Annie got a tad bit frustrating. But I really appreciated the fun twist at the end!! IT WAS SO SO SO CUTE!!!!! Ahhhh!! I loved how she had friends and family too! I LOVED the side characters and everything at Nicks. It reminded me a bit of Lukes from Gilmore Girls. So much fun and I would get excited every time Annie would go there. So many hilarious moments in that cafe and I’m dying for Chloe and Nicks story! I SHIP IT SO SO HARD!!! They were already making my heart ache!! I’m ready for that book and I need it ASAP! Anyways I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something light, sweet, and with a lot of heart! It’s the perfect book to cozy up with and read in between some Tom Hanks movies! Can’t wait to read more from Kerry!
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    Excited!!    
  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    Unpopular opinion here and I feel kind of sad that I feel this way over this beautifully written romance novel, with such an incredible cover... I am probably the only one who will be feeling this way over this novel, but I never back down from speaking the truth when it comes down to any romance novels. Don't get me wrong, the writing was surprisingly incredibly well written. What threw me off was the story plot. I am the biggest fan of Tom Hanks and all his cheesy rom-com movies, but to me I Unpopular opinion here and I feel kind of sad that I feel this way over this beautifully written romance novel, with such an incredible cover... I am probably the only one who will be feeling this way over this novel, but I never back down from speaking the truth when it comes down to any romance novels. Don't get me wrong, the writing was surprisingly incredibly well written. What threw me off was the story plot. I am the biggest fan of Tom Hanks and all his cheesy rom-com movies, but to me I did not see this story appealing once I got into it. I actually feel really bad about it, but I cannot be denied from stating my opinion. I feel bad because this is a new author for me and I wanted to give her a chance, but no way am I a true fan. I really don't want to get involved about the story plot because I don't want to expand too much on my opinion, but I will say this; for those who are looking for an up beat and original romance novel with lots of excitement and great characters? This is not the romance for you. For those who are seeking a simple romance that has no story plot and just focuses on these bland characters, then I suppose this is it? Congrats to Kerry for this novel. I will probably not be reading anything more from this author, but I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else may think of this story.ARC galley kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review...Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my early ebook copy! I really enjoyed this romcom. I have really been in the mood lately for a light read as I was burned out on thrillers I think. This book was so fun. It definitely had me laughing at parts. I would definitely recommend this book to all the romcom fans who need a light read. Fun and enjoyable
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  • Amy Risner
    January 1, 1970
    I’m soft for a sweet romcom. Even though the last bits were... not my fave. Lmao. I’m sitting at 3.5 stars for now? RTC. Buddy read with Melanie, Alexa, and Madalyn!
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to compare Waiting for Tom Hanks to another romcom in the universe, I think I would go with Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. While the endings of both these stories are completely different, Waiting for Tom Hanks does hold a lot of similarities to Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.The story is about a young woman named Annie who lives and breathes romcoms. She especially loves the Nora Ephron/Tom Hanks movies and chalked up the love of her life to the character Tom Hanks played, thus the name o If I had to compare Waiting for Tom Hanks to another romcom in the universe, I think I would go with Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. While the endings of both these stories are completely different, Waiting for Tom Hanks does hold a lot of similarities to Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.The story is about a young woman named Annie who lives and breathes romcoms. She especially loves the Nora Ephron/Tom Hanks movies and chalked up the love of her life to the character Tom Hanks played, thus the name of the book. Funnily enough, her life does turn into a romantic comedy as a new movie comes to Cincinnati to film starring one of the most romantic leads ever, Drew Danforth. While the movie crew is in town filming, Annie lands a job with the director as his assistant, which gets her closer to Drew despite not actually wanting to be there. Drew is your typical male protagonist in a romance novel. He's a little arrogant and uses humor and meanness to win him points with friends. But he's also got a soft side and of course you see that unfold while he's with Annie. While I'm a huge fan of romcoms, I was hoping this book would reference more than what it did. There's a lot of reference to You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and When Harry Met Sally, but I was hoping for some more obscure references. If you're a big romcom fan, I would think there would be more mentioned than those big three. But at the same time, when you find out why she watches romcoms, you start to understand why it's only those three.But let's get to the big topic at hand; unrealistic relationship goals. The reason why this book is called "Waiting for Tom Hanks" is not because Annie is hoping Tom Hanks will leave his beautiful wife for her. It's because she's envisioned her perfect boyfriend as someone Tom Hanks would play in a romcom. I'm not a huge fan of unrealistic boyfriend goals. I think people who play into those roles are not looking at themselves or what they want. They're just hoping these folks will be exactly how the movies portray them to be, which I guess is the reason why Annie gets into so much trouble with men throughout the novel.I think my favorite character in this novel was Chloe, Annie's best friend. She seemed the most realistic with a good head on her shoulders. I love the "no bullshit" love she gives Annie. She's the stronger character of the two and I hope to explore more of her story in the future.But overall, if you're looking for something super cute with an obvious happy ending (there was an airport scene), then you'll be into this book. Don't expect it to change your life or make you consider romcoms in a different light. Just think of it as an homage to the girl you used to be before reality set in.
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  • Leslie Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness this is the cutest book! In fact, it's my favorite book of 2019 so far. I loved the writing and all the witty banter between the two main characters. I'm now off to watch all the romantic comedies that were mentioned throughout this story. I cannot WAIT for Chloe and Nick's adventure! I highly highly recommend this book.
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARCThe main word I have for this book is cute. The story is cute, the romance is cute, and the writing is cute. Its right in the middle of everything, which is why it deserves three stars and not more. It was entertaining and I read it in less than 3 hours so it was a fast read as well. What I enjoyed about the book is that Kerry Winfrey knows her romcoms (especially Nora Ephron's) and wove a ton of those references throughout the book. I en Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARCThe main word I have for this book is cute. The story is cute, the romance is cute, and the writing is cute. Its right in the middle of everything, which is why it deserves three stars and not more. It was entertaining and I read it in less than 3 hours so it was a fast read as well. What I enjoyed about the book is that Kerry Winfrey knows her romcoms (especially Nora Ephron's) and wove a ton of those references throughout the book. I enjoyed reading about her journey from being a fan of movies and a writer to actually getting the chance to work on a movie set. The banter between Annie and Drew is fun and you can feel the slow sizzle between them even if she's in denial for much of the time. I liked her best friend and her uncle. It's a simple story with fun elements. The issues with the book are that Annie spends too much time focusing on the Tom Hanks list and the author brings that up just a few too many times. Life is not a movie and I get that she was trying to be meta but after a while, it felt like I was being hit over the head with it. Annie is more obsessed with Tom Hanks than seeing what's right in front of her and the opportunities that she's given. There needs to be more development to the plot and the characters so it feels relatively superficial. It also felt a bit rushed but I feel that was done on purpose because most times, the characters Tom Hanks plays and Nora Ephron wrote fell in love pretty quickly. I think the chemistry needed to be amped up a bit and I was a little disappointed that, like with most romcoms, the bedroom scenes are built up only to fade to black.As a whole, some things could have been better but overall, it's cute and fun. I would still recommend it to anybody looking for a beach read or a palate cleanser.
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 64 pages. So I’m just going to call it quits on this one. I can tell from early on that I’m not going to like this book so there’s really no need to push myself. All my issues deal with the main character. Annie bothered me so much in such few pages. Her need to compare everything and everyone to a romcom killed it for me. I like romcoms as much as the next girl, but it felt like overkill. This just wasn’t for me. ✨I received an ARC via Goodreads giveway.✨Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 StarsThis is a story of a woman who's heart lives in a fictional world. As the title suggests, she is convinced that the knight in shining armor will resemble a character from a Nora Ephron movie, like Tom Hanks. No, she isn't obsessed with the man himself, but the type of characters he portrays in the movies - think Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail.Tom Hanks isn't a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my told me over and over. "Don't settle for 3.25 StarsThis is a story of a woman who's heart lives in a fictional world. As the title suggests, she is convinced that the knight in shining armor will resemble a character from a Nora Ephron movie, like Tom Hanks. No, she isn't obsessed with the man himself, but the type of characters he portrays in the movies - think Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail.Tom Hanks isn't a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my told me over and over. "Don't settle for someone who doesn't adore you," she told me. "My favorite thing about your dad was that he worshiped the ground I walked on."Annie Cassidy is an aspiring writer, who's life changes in a multitude of ways when a Hollywood film crew comes to her town to film a romantic comedy. With help from her Uncle Dan, her gets a job on set, and has the opportunity of a lifetime to make her dreams a reality- get her screenplay noticed and find her own Tom Hanks.At first, I thought Annie's fixation on this fictional world was cute, but it did wear thin quickly. Her BBF, Chloe tries to knock some sense into her, but without much luck. Eventually it becomes clear to everyone in the story and the reader, who is her "Tom Hanks", Annie just has to come to grips with the idea that the plot might not follow her favorite movies. She may have to "flip the script".What I liked most about this story was actually the secondary characters and their interactions with Annie. From Uncle Dan and his Dungeons & Dragons group (People still play this game?? Who knew?) to the wacky group of workers at Nick's coffee shop. These characters brought humor and showed another side of Annie, from her obsessed Rom Com one.Annie is a frustrating character, but when she wakes up for her fictional world and finds her reality may be even better than her dreams, is when she finally gets her act together. This was an unrealistic but fun read, if you are looking for a break from angsty or darker romances.*An ARC was received from the publisher for an honest review.For more reviews, visit
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  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and quirky, a quick fun read! Definitely recommended if you love early 90s rom-coms because there are a ton of references. Full review to come.
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    January 1, 1970
  • Randi
    January 1, 1970
    Annie is waiting for Tom Hanks to appear in her life. Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the Tom Hanks of romantic comedies—the man she was meant to be with. She is an avid romantic comedy fan and is waiting for her “meet-cute” to happen. A romantic comedy is set to film in her hometown and she gets a job as the director’s assistant. Before her first day even starts, she runs into the actor, Drew, and spills her coffee all over him. Is this their “meet-cute”?This was an enjoyable, sweet romantic come Annie is waiting for Tom Hanks to appear in her life. Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the Tom Hanks of romantic comedies—the man she was meant to be with. She is an avid romantic comedy fan and is waiting for her “meet-cute” to happen. A romantic comedy is set to film in her hometown and she gets a job as the director’s assistant. Before her first day even starts, she runs into the actor, Drew, and spills her coffee all over him. Is this their “meet-cute”?This was an enjoyable, sweet romantic comedy. It followed all the formulas and had many mentions to the 90s movies that are so well-loved. The supporting cast of characters were all great—especially Annie’s best friend, Chloe. Looking forward to her book next!Thanks to Penguin Random House First to Read, Berkley Publishing House, and Kerry Winfrey for a digital arc in exchange for my honest review. Waiting for Tom Hanks release June 11, 2019.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I could gush about this book for a very long time. It is full of perfectly placed pop culture references and careful rom com analysis. The book just sparkles, particularly in the group scenes at Annie’s house or Nick’s Coffee Shop. I laughed out loud, I sighed in delight, and I tried to talk to/advise Annie as if she could hear me. I could live in this book. The supporting characters are delightful and I’m so excited there will be a book about them too.
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  • Kara Gemian
    January 1, 1970
    So this book was most definitely written for me. Thanks Kerry for burrowing into my brain and writing this! All of my friends know that I am obsessed with Tom Hanks, he is literally my favorite human being, and I know really random facts about him so as soon as I saw the title of this book I jumped on it. I then read the synopsis and got so giddy then I read it and couldn't stop smiling!If I didn't have to work the next day I would have finished this in one sitting. Damn was it cute! I love rom- So this book was most definitely written for me. Thanks Kerry for burrowing into my brain and writing this! All of my friends know that I am obsessed with Tom Hanks, he is literally my favorite human being, and I know really random facts about him so as soon as I saw the title of this book I jumped on it. I then read the synopsis and got so giddy then I read it and couldn't stop smiling!If I didn't have to work the next day I would have finished this in one sitting. Damn was it cute! I love rom-coms and Tom Hanks as mentioned before, though not as much as Annie, and it was so adorable I couldn't help but love it.What made this book extra special to me though was that I went to THE Ohio State University and this book takes place in Columbus, OH. All of the places mentioned in the book I have been to and that is just so cool to me! It made the book REAL even though rom-coms aren't real life, because I knew what these places looked like (German Village, Thurman's, and The Book Loft, my second favorite bookstore ever!) and since I knew all of these places it made it feel like this book, this rom-com, can actually happen which put an even bigger smile on my face!*Thank you to netgalley for the opportunity to read this e-arc!*
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, quick, easy read with lots of classic rom-com references. Full review to follow shortly.
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the goodreads giveaway. "Waiting for Tom Hanks" is a romantic fiction about Annie, a young woman who has grown up loving the "rom-com" movies. She yearns to find a guy like the characters that Tom Hanks has played in the movies. Sleepless in Seattle and You've got Mail. She grew up loving these movies and imagines ending up with a Mr. Right like the Romance movies she loves. When she gets hired to me an assisstant in a movie that is being filmed in her home st I received a copy of this book from the goodreads giveaway. "Waiting for Tom Hanks" is a romantic fiction about Annie, a young woman who has grown up loving the "rom-com" movies. She yearns to find a guy like the characters that Tom Hanks has played in the movies. Sleepless in Seattle and You've got Mail. She grew up loving these movies and imagines ending up with a Mr. Right like the Romance movies she loves. When she gets hired to me an assisstant in a movie that is being filmed in her home state of Ohio.she is excited to work on the set. Soon she gets to know the lead actor, Drew Danforth. Drew is nothing like Tom Hanks so she is not impressed with him; at least at first. But as rom-com movies go, can there be changes for Annie and maybe Drew? could her own life end up like the rom-coms {romantic comedies} that she loves so well? Cute book. I would give a 3.5.
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  • Seema Rao
    January 1, 1970
    Charming ~ Funny ~ Readabletl; dr: "Your destiny can be your doom" or completely doableThis book was so incredibly well-done. I've never been an acolyte of Ephron. The majority of the Meg Ryan movies came out before I knew about Romance. But, I do love Tom Hanks, for his love of Cleveland, where he got his equity card. So, I was already in with the title. But, This charming book really sold it. It has the banter quality of the better Jennifer Crusie books (or I guess those RomComs). I also loved Charming ~ Funny ~ Readabletl; dr: "Your destiny can be your doom" or completely doableThis book was so incredibly well-done. I've never been an acolyte of Ephron. The majority of the Meg Ryan movies came out before I knew about Romance. But, I do love Tom Hanks, for his love of Cleveland, where he got his equity card. So, I was already in with the title. But, This charming book really sold it. It has the banter quality of the better Jennifer Crusie books (or I guess those RomComs). I also loved that it did Columbus, Ohio, well. Overall, super well-done Romance novel. Worth all the praise and press it's getting. Thanks to Penguin and First to Read for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARSI received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. I wanted to give a fair warning to those who are interested in this novel to not really take this one seriously. What I mean by this is that there are two ways to interpret this one and if you interpret one way the other, your rating can range from a 2 or a solid 4. My interpretation is that this book is loosely based on the formula of a romantic comedy. Therefore, we see themes of prejudice, MY RATING: 4/5 STARSI received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. I wanted to give a fair warning to those who are interested in this novel to not really take this one seriously. What I mean by this is that there are two ways to interpret this one and if you interpret one way the other, your rating can range from a 2 or a solid 4. My interpretation is that this book is loosely based on the formula of a romantic comedy. Therefore, we see themes of prejudice, miscommunication, and a female lead who isn't so confident in herself so there's a lot of self-doubt which can be annoying. Waiting for Tom Hanks is a romantic comedy featuring a small hometown girl named Annie, and a big Hollywood star named Drew. Annie has bias and prejudice against Drew simply because she does a lot of 'research' (reading tabloids) that prove that Drew is dumb, a womanizer, and definitely does not meet her unrealistic goals of a romantic partner. So when Drew, who is working on a romantic comedy film in her hometown and Annie suddenly gets a job as the director's assistant, pays more attention to her, she can't bring herself to trust him. Annie fights her attraction against Drew to the best of her ability, listing out reasons why they could never work. Drew travels around the world while Annie is perfectly okay with staying in her hometown with her two best friends and her uncle. In the end of the novel, I'm glad Annie came to the realization that she was being SILLY all these years for trying to follow fabricated plots with perfect heroes. Once I started to realize Annie was being judgmental solely based on her low-esteem and that Kerry could have possibly purposely written this novel to mimic a typical romantic comedy, I let go of the idea that this was supposed to be a book featuring realistic characters. Under this impression, this book was cute, entertaining, and something that is worth reading unlike the reviews you might have read before or after this. Instead of missing the mark, this book is dedicated to all romantic comedy fans out there!Anyways, I think I couldn't give this one a 5/5 because I was in a reading slump and I just really wanted them to get together but of course, they had to go through a lot before they could live happily ever after. MY RECOMMENDATION Read with perspective and try to think of how there are different ways to interpret this one and you may enjoy it! 
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