Waiting for Tom Hanks

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...

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Waiting for Tom Hanks Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    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

    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

    Find all of my reviews at:

    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

    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.

    was

    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!!!!!

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars

    Waiting For Tom Hanks is another book that took me out of my normal and it was one I didn’t really have high hope of controlling my eyes from rolling. Well, let me tell you just how much I loved this one. There might have been some dancing going on after reading this with the way this one wrapped up. I was so pleased by that ending. Maybe there is hope for this unromantic sole.

    Waiting for Tom Hanks is a fresh modern take on a rom com and if I was to sum it up in one word it would be ir

    4.5 stars

    Waiting For Tom Hanks is another book that took me out of my normal and it was one I didn’t really have high hope of controlling my eyes from rolling. Well, let me tell you just how much I loved this one. There might have been some dancing going on after reading this with the way this one wrapped up. I was so pleased by that ending. Maybe there is hope for this unromantic sole.

    Waiting for Tom Hanks is a fresh modern take on a rom com and if I was to sum it up in one word it would be irresistible. However, there is so much more to this one. The story has all the plot elements to a rom com and at times it did feel it was going to go in the direction of those predictable, overused plot lines but nope Kerry Winfrey keeps it fresh, spinning a very interesting, entertaining, hilarious, heartfelt story here.

    I loved the colorful, quirky and very likable characters in this story and the dynamics between them. I really enjoyed following Annie through her conflicts and adventures as she searches for her Tom Hanks.

    I loved the ending, did I mention that already. It was on the super romantic side that is known in rom com but in such a unique comical way. I was at the edge of my seat, rooting for our couple and thoroughly entertained by the dynamics between these characters. I highly recommend!

    I received a complimentary copy from Elisha at Berkley Publishing.

    This was my pick for the prompt Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting) from the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. I read it in one sitting but I did fall asleep halfway through. In the Traveling Friends group, a few of us agreed it still counted. Lol

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  • Kaceey

    I mean come on, who doesn’t love Tom Hanks...or want

    happily ever after! Right!?🤷🏻♀

    Annie is waiting for her

    to sweep her off her feet...just like in the movies. Because Annie’s fantasy world is a Rom-Com.

    Meanwhile she risks watching her whole life slip past, as she assures herself her (Rom-Com) love story is right around the corner.

    A quirky and fun romp. A tad predictable but it still worked. I loved all the

    I mean come on, who doesn’t love Tom Hanks...or want

    happily ever after! Right!?🤷🏻♀️

    Annie is waiting for her

    to sweep her off her feet...just like in the movies. Because Annie’s fantasy world is a Rom-Com.

    Meanwhile she risks watching her whole life slip past, as she assures herself her (Rom-Com) love story is right around the corner.

    A quirky and fun romp. A tad predictable but it still worked. I loved all the references to the ‘90’s Rom-Coms. Some I remembered vividly and fondly and a few I can't wait to watch again.

    If you’re looking for a fun beach read that will keep you smiling...then look no further!

    A buddy read with Susanne!

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Annie is a gal who LOVES romantic comedies. When I say love I mean LOVE. She has watched every romantic comedy ever made and has all of the lines memorized. Tom Hanks is her favorite romantic lead. “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail.. you name it! In fact, she is looking for a guy “just” like him in real life. Her very own Tom Hanks and she believes with all of her might that it’ll happen, that she will find him.

    W

    Annie is a gal who LOVES romantic comedies. When I say love I mean LOVE. She has watched every romantic comedy ever made and has all of the lines memorized. Tom Hanks is her favorite romantic lead. “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail.. you name it! In fact, she is looking for a guy “just” like him in real life. Her very own Tom Hanks and she believes with all of her might that it’ll happen, that she will find him.

    When Annie gets a job on a movie set in her very own hometown, well, the perfect “meet-cute” seems like it’s bound to happen!

    I loved being reminded of my favorite romantic comedies from the 80’s and 90’s (“While You Were Sleeping” and of course, “When Harry Met Sally”). If you are looking for a light, easy read that has several laugh-out-loud moments, I recommend “Waiting for Tom Hanks” - it will definitely make you smile!

    This was a buddy read with Kaceey and we had so much fun reading it!

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Kerry Winfrey for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Goodreads on 6.8.19.

    Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on 6.11.19.

    Excerpt to be published on Instagram.

  • Meredith

    Annie is 27 years old and stuck in her comfortable world in Ohio--she wants to be a screenwriter but is unwilling to leave her childhood home to try her hand at working in the movies. She spends her time freelance writing in her friend’s coffee shop waiting to meet Mr. Right. Annie is obsessed with romantic comedies and compare

    Annie is 27 years old and stuck in her comfortable world in Ohio--she wants to be a screenwriter but is unwilling to leave her childhood home to try her hand at working in the movies. She spends her time freelance writing in her friend’s coffee shop waiting to meet Mr. Right. Annie is obsessed with romantic comedies and compares every man she meets to the heroes in her favorite films, especially those starring Tom Hanks. She is waiting to have her “meet cute” and find her leading man, but it just hasn’t happened yet. When a movie is finally being filmed her town, starring handsome movie star Drew, Annie finally gets the opportunity to experience her “meet cute,” but it turns out that life isn’t always like the movies and Annie struggles to meld reality with her fantasy.

    This is a fun and quick read with some charming, quirky characters and witty banter. It had more depth than I thought it would (based on the title). I found Annie’s character endearing. I was a little nervous for her at first, but once I was able to peel back the layers to learn more about why she is obsessed with rom-coms, I began to root for her. Similar to rom-coms, there are some embarrassing, over-the-top moments when the characters confront and express their true feelings. Other moments were a little too sappy and cheesy for my taste, and I had to partially cover my eyes and look away from the words!

    I am looking forward to Kerry Winfrey’s next book featuring Nick and Chloe (Annie's friends).

    I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Annie is twenty-seven years old and loves a romantic comedy. These movies are especially important to her for their nostalgia as she watched them with her late mother before she passed away.

    Annie’s dating expectations have been influenced by these movies. She’s literally waiting for her own Tom Hanks to send her an email or arrive at her front door.

    Annie meets her perfect match, but she may have to figure out how to be his perfect match, too, with all the defenses she’s built

    Annie is twenty-seven years old and loves a romantic comedy. These movies are especially important to her for their nostalgia as she watched them with her late mother before she passed away.

    Annie’s dating expectations have been influenced by these movies. She’s literally waiting for her own Tom Hanks to send her an email or arrive at her front door.

    Annie meets her perfect match, but she may have to figure out how to be his perfect match, too, with all the defenses she’s built up.

    I loved the wave of rom com movies that came out in the 90s! So much fun and so endearing! Waiting for Tom Hanks could fit right in among those movies. It’s charming, sweet, and oodles of fun. I also get the feeling there may be a second book in the works based on the amazing supporting key players here.

    Overall, this was a quick, warmhearted, charming read, perfect for summer, and an especially good match for rom com fans!

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Sweet, charming, & a purely lighthearted pleasure!

    WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by KERRY WINFREY was such an engaging, fun, wonderful, amusing, quick, and endearing rom-com tale that was a pure delight to read. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

    KERRY WINFREY delivers a well-written, highly entertaining and enjoyable read here with lovable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly fli

    Sweet, charming, & a purely lighthearted pleasure!

    WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by KERRY WINFREY was such an engaging, fun, wonderful, amusing, quick, and endearing rom-com tale that was a pure delight to read. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

    KERRY WINFREY delivers a well-written, highly entertaining and enjoyable read here with lovable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly flipping those pages as fast as I could.

    This was more than your classic rom-com tale as it’s written in such a way that felt so refreshing and new. I thought it was such an ingenious and interesting angle using Tom Hanks references from those beloved romantic comedies throughout this novel. What Tom Hanks represents and stands for in this story is absolutely swoon-worthy and so perfectly meaningful. I think we can all attest to wanting our very own “Tom Hanks” love story!

    I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of this feel-good story and quirky characters.

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Fun, quirky, charming, and an effective representation to storyline. Love the cover art!

    Title: Intriguing, adorable, clever, and a fabulous representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, humorous, fluid and charming.

    Plot: Refreshing, fun, delightful, adorable, lighthearted, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.

    Ending: A swoon-worthy ending that left me feeling quite content, happy and satisfied with.

    Overall: 4.5 Stars! I adored this extremely engrossing, enjoyable & entertaining book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times. Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and to Kerry Winfrey for gifting me a copy of this absolutely adorable and enjoyable book. It was an absolute pleasure spending time with this book!!!

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  • Jennifer

    Super cute! The rom-com nostalgia in

    is strong so don’t be surprised when you get the urge to watch all your favorite romantic comedies from the past few decades to keep the feel-good vibes flowing. Not a bad way to spend a weekend...or a sick day. Just sayin’.

    Super cute! The rom-com nostalgia in

    is strong so don’t be surprised when you get the urge to watch all your favorite romantic comedies from the past few decades to keep the feel-good vibes flowing. Not a bad way to spend a weekend...or a sick day. Just sayin’.

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  • Larry H

    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

    "...I'm starting to think that the movies I've dedicated my life to may have lied to me. Nora Ephron herself may have indirectly lied to me. Tom Hanks, as much as I've trusted him, may have lied to me. 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, Hanks-less."

    Annie Cassidy believes in love. Or more accurately, she believes i

    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

    "...I'm starting to think that the movies I've dedicated my life to may have lied to me. Nora Ephron herself may have indirectly lied to me. Tom Hanks, as much as I've trusted him, may have lied to me. 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, Hanks-less."

    Annie Cassidy believes in love. Or more accurately, she believes in the love she has seen in the romantic comedies she grew up watching. She and her mother used to watch all those movies, from the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s to the holy grail, the movies written by Nora Ephron which starred Tom Hanks—

    and

    .

    Annie knows that her parents, who are both deceased, had a storybook romance, and she believes one is waiting out there for her, too. All she needs to do is to find her Tom Hanks, the steadfast, kind, romantic man from the movies, maybe one who even owns a houseboat. She's even ready for their meet-cute.

    When Annie gets a job on a movie being filmed in her town, as an aspiring screenwriter of rom-coms, she feels like this may be the break she needs. She meets the film's handsome leading man, Drew Danforth, but isn't impressed by his prankster ways, or that he always seems to be around to witness her most embarrassing moments. She discovers that he's a far more sensitive, complex man than she imagined, but no matter how much she may be attracted to him, he is

    her Tom Hanks, especially since he'll be leaving town as soon as filming is complete.

    Are Annie's expectations unrealistic, or can she find the man she's been waiting her whole life for? Have the movies she loves so much given her false hope, and caused her to pass over the right person? Annie makes some surprising and painful discoveries, and she wonders whether it's even worth wanting romance, or whether she should just give up waiting for it.

    is absolutely adorable and it reads just like a romantic comedy. You can pretty much tell what's going to happen from the very start, but the characters are goofy and charming (including several of the supporting characters) that you may find yourself completely hooked, like I did. Kerry Winfrey knows her rom-coms, and honestly, this book would make the perfect movie.

    Sure, the book is a little hokey, but it was such a fun read that I devoured it in the course of a plane ride. I'm definitely looking forward to Winfrey's next book, because I just enjoyed this so much! If you're a rom-com fan, or just a fan of romance,

    may be for you!

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  • Melanie

    I’m not going to lie to you all, I have been dreading writing this review. This is probably the book that has disappointed me the most in 2019, so far. I thought it was going to be a cute romcom about a girl, working on a movie set, falling in love. And I suppose it was, but it also has so much bad and infuriating things also in this story.

    I’m not going to lie to you all, I have been dreading writing this review. This is probably the book that has disappointed me the most in 2019, so far. I thought it was going to be a cute romcom about a girl, working on a movie set, falling in love. And I suppose it was, but it also has so much bad and infuriating things also in this story.

    is about a girl named Annie who (you guessed it) is in search of her life’s romcom hero, who she thinks she deserves to be swept off her feet by. And what better way to look for prospects, than to work on a movie that your uncle pulls strings for you to be the director’s new assistant. And on her first day at set, she meets Drew, the star of this romcom that is being filmed.

    The best character was easily Annie’s uncle, Don, who was probably pansexual, but the author didn’t put it on page. But he also runs a weekly D&D group, and you all know that is very much something I am passionate about. Also, he was just kind hearted, and showed unconditional love, and I truly always wanted the best for him.

    The second best character was Chloe, who is Annie’s best friend, and who is on page bisexual. I have no idea why she would be friends with Annie, but I am happy she was part of the story, and I’m happy the author is going to write about her in the next book.

    Annie was just the worst, and being in her head was so unpleasant to read from. From fake *wokeness* to white feminism, to just being dramatic and jumping to so many ridiculous conclusions, from pity party to just doing so many hurtful and dumb things, she is easily the worst main character I’ve read about in 2019. Annie needs to learn boundaries, and respect, and *plot twist* at the end of this book was so horrible, that I can’t even believe that beta readers would not say how horrible it felt to read.

    I suppose I should talk more about the white feminism in this book. The white director wanting to film a movie about an interracial relationship, because he is now in an interracial relationship felt really bad. You should want to promote diversity all the time, in all walks of life, not just went it mirrors your life and impacts you and your white-self. Every single time Drew talked about being a feminist because of his feminist mom and how he opened doors and walked girls home made me want to die. Even though I did feel bad for Drew through most of this, because Annie was so insufferable. Also, all the main characters in this book are white! To keep bringing up how *woke* you are, when your entire book is about two heterosexual people, who are white, with all white friends, it doesn’t feel good to read. Especially when the only person of color is a very minor side character (yet, the star of the very movie) who was only written to help the main character very awkwardly at the end of this book. Telling and showing are two very different things, and when you put such an emphasis on telling, while never showing, it makes for a really horrible reading experience. Bringing up how whitewashed media is constantly is just going to make your whitewashed book more obvious.

    Overall, this just wasn’t for me. I should have known by the 100th Tom Hanks metaphor by page 50 to just DNF this, but I didn’t. There are so many other amazing romcoms out there, many of which are also being published through Berkley. I just really wouldn’t waste your time on this one, unless you like hurtful main characters, who think they deserve the world, and Tom Hanks movies getting brought up every page.

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