WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by Kerry Winfrey

From the Back Cover

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron.  She spends her days writing screenplays, re-watching 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?

My Thoughts

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS is exactly what I was hoping for: a cute, easy-to-read story that made me want to re-watch so many rom-coms!  When school or life in general gets too hectic and tough, I find myself turning to lighthearted romantic comedies for quick, fun reads.  Kerry Winfrey’s WAITING FOR TOM HANKS is not the best romance I’ve read and was certainly problematic at times, but I was still happy to tear through its pages to find out if Annie and Drew ended up together.

“The things that suck still suck, but they’re allowed to be happy.  And maybe it means so much more that they’re happy, knowing that they still carry that sadness with them.”

Winfrey’s novel, though fun to read for the most part, did suffer from a few minor problems–which, when considered altogether, made for a very problematic novel.  For instance, the plot is extremely repetitive, and Winfrey’s sentences were poorly-worded at times, which made bits and pieces difficult to comprehend.  Additionally, our narrator, Annie, was incredibly whiny.  I wanted to like her but after a few chapters, I got so sick of her thinking she was so much better than everyone around her and complaining about Drew (the poor guy!).  I thought Annie’s obsession with Nora Ephron rom-coms and the Tom Hanks ideal was sweet and endearing at first, given her past with her mom, but by 50 pages in I was so sick of reading the name Tom Hanks.  Annie and her obsessive personality made her seem ten years younger; WAITING FOR TOM HANKS may have fared better as a young adult romance, since 27 year-old Annie and her whininess read like a teenager to me (and the lack of steamy content makes the novel strictly PG).

Kerry Winfrey’s WAITING FOR TOM HANKS is a sweet romance to lose yourself in, but I have definitely read better-written novels in the romance genre (see: Helen Hoang).  I would only recommend Winfrey’s book to those who love Nora Ephron’s rom-coms, or someone looking for a non-explicit romance novel.

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