Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Rom-Com Standalone, First in a Related Series.
I love romantic comedies, be it movies or books, so when I saw Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey I was so excited to read it! I love the cover and the blurb is right up my alley.
Annie is a 27-year-old rom-com obsessed girl who lives with her uncle in Ohio. She is literally obsessed with romantic comedies and Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle…) is her hero. She is forever writing her own screenplay, and has a lot of problems dating because the guys never live up to her rom-com standards. In other words, they aren’t Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks isn’t a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my mom 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 was fixated. It’s not only that the guys didn’t live up to Tom Hanks, she actually thought she was living in a rom-com.
“Because I have it all: the sympathetic backstory, the montage of humiliations minor and major, unrealized career aspirations, the untamed pre-makeover hair. But still, I wait. Single, lonely, Hanksless.”
When a big-budget romantic comedy is being shot in her small Ohio town, her uncle just happens to have been college roommates with the director (and that never came up before with the girl obsessed with movies????) and he got her a job on set. Then she has the perfect meet-cute with the star of the movie, but she is too blinded by the movie in her head to see it in person.
“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.”
I really liked all the supporting characters including BOTH of her potential love interests. Drew was awesome and real despite being a movie star, but that was the problem too, he was REAL, and she wanted fiction.
“I always think you’re exaggerating, but you’re literally in love with a fictional man. You know those movies aren’t real, right?
Waiting for Tom Hanks was a cute concept, one I may have enjoyed more if I hadn’t JUST read Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton. Though the story is totally different, the heroine also thought she was living in a romance.
- The cover.
- All the side characters.
- It’s a cute concept (but taken a bit too far).
- I really liked her friend Chloe.
- Drew was a great book boyfriend.
- Though it was fade-to-black in sex, it never felt like it was missing.
- A light, sweet, quick beach read.
- Annie is immature and thinks she is living in a movie. While I liked being in her head sometimes, others I really couldn’t stand her, I just wanted to smack some sense into her.
- She has been sitting around not going after anything she wants.
- Her uncle is close with a famous director and he doesn’t tell the movie-obsessed niece he lives with?
The Down and Dirty:
Rating: 2.5 Stars, 0 Heat