REVIEW: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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“My Tom Hanks is out there, and I’m not going to settle until I find him.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984804020

My rating:

            First and foremost, thank you Netgalley and Berkley Romance for sending me an advanced review copy!

            With a cover like that, I was stoked to dive into this one. I was coming off of my Valentine’s Day high and Waiting for Tom Hanks was the perfect way to finish it out. A woman obsessed with rom-coms finds herself smack dab in the middle of a rom-com. What could be better?!

“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.”

            Waiting for Tom Hanks is the perfect blend of humor and romance, as any rom-com should be. The witty banter between all the characters—especially Annie and Chloe—felt so authentic. I absolutely felt like the characters were my best friends and I was in the snow-y streets of downtown Columbus.

            Speaking of Columbus—I actually live in Ohio, so to read about places I’ve been to before was so fun! I loved to get a little taste of one of my favorite cities in print form. Like The Book Loft? One of my all-time favorite places.

“Life’s a big ball of shit sometimes.”

            Like any good rom-com, there’s always the angst (but never too much)! I thought Kerry did an incredible job of adding heart to the story, bringing her characters and her story even more to life than before. It truly felt like I was sitting on my couch and watching this book on my screen. I love when an author can bring a story to life like that.

“Chloe might be right. I might actually, finally be in my romantic comedy.”

            My only, only problem with Waiting for Tom Hanks is kind of a dumb one. The story is centered around romantic comedies and I understand that. It’s just… it felt suffocating with how much romantic comedies are mentioned. I was waiting for the moment where Annie stops caring about romantic comedies so much and just lives her life, but it never came. It was just constant talk about romantic comedies and it really took away from the story. It was very distracting!

            The beginning was also quite slow, but I got over that pretty quickly.

            Overall, Waiting for Tom Hanks is a romantic comedy full of heart, humor, and a delicious dose of reality. I would love to see this novel make it on to the big screen!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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