Friday, September 27, 2019

Julie's Review: Waiting For Tom Hanks

Author: Kerry Winfrey
Series: Waiting for Tom Hanks #1
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 288
Obtained: Library
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Smart, Cute and funny 
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Summary: Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching 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-fail, 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? 

Review: Ah Rom-Coms. They really don't get the credit they should in either book or movie form. Although in book form they have been on the rise and Waiting for Tom Hanks is a great reason why. This novel is light and fun but it also touches on some serious issues as well. Annie is a hopeless romantic thanks to her mom and her love of those great 90s rom-coms starting a lot of Tom Hanks. Annie herself is working on her own movie script when she gets the opportunity to work for a famous director as his assistant. Right then you knew what you were in for because she gets her "meet cute" before her first day, even if she doesn't see it. I mean you don't always see what is right in front of you.

Annie is a great character, she's funny, she's smart and talented. She's also pretty lonely even though she's surrounded herself with good friends and family. Her best friend Chloe is the comic relief but also the inspiration for Annie's screenplay, except she doesn't know it.

It's not that you don't know the outcome of how the book will turnout because honestly why read a book like this if you don't want the happy ending but it's the journey along the way that is what I read it for. There are no huge plot twists but one subplot that I didn't think was totally necessary to move the book or Annie along.

What I really want to do is to curl up on the couch and watch a bunch of Rom-Coms and the weather this weekend looks like that's exactly what it wants me to do. 👍 This is a fun read that is a good palate cleaner if you are reading some heavy subject novels.



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