Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks

eBook - 2019
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A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn't always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

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?
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781984804037
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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WarriorofMartok
Aug 07, 2019

Sweet, fun story. Probably would be a fantastic read for those that like quick romance reads with closed doors, especially if the reader really enjoys 90's romcoms. A little improbable, but still lots of fun.
One thing that did bother me was the treatment of the geeky uncle and his D&D crew. They were played off as jokes and stereotypes, that as a D&D player myself, I found annoying. Had the uncle and his friends been made less cardboard, I would have given this book a much higher rating.

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "A cute but not too cute romantic comedy about a woman who longs to be in her own rom-com but can’t recognize it when it happens. It’s also a lovely meditation on loss and healing. This book might be too PG for some readers and too cute for others, but I enjoyed it because of its well developed romance, great friendships, respect for the rom-com genre, and treatment of grief."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/waiting-for-tom-hanks-by-kerry-winfrey/

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lissa125
Jul 22, 2019

A delightful fun book! If you love all the Meg Ryan/ Tom Hanks movies you will adore this book!

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tjdickey
Jul 13, 2019

A self-reflective romantic comedy about a young woman immersed in romantic comedies, but real life means we might need to take risks and be hurt. The heroine who is waiting for a mythical Tom Hanks to sweep her off her feet might even have to *become* Tom Hanks herself... A very pleasant read!

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jac523
Jul 08, 2019

A very cute homage to the rom-coms of the 90s. Light and funny, this is the perfect summer read!

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iloveseaotters
Jul 04, 2019

** spoiler alert ** There are a lot of things to love about this book; the mentions of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Sleepless In Seattle, Bill Pullman, Sandra Bullock, You've Got Mail, Meg Ryan, Frasier (My favorite TV Show-that was a wonderfully unexpected surprise!), Niles Crane (My favorite TV character-another unexpected but wonderful surprise!), Selena Gomez, While You Were Sleeping, The Wedding Singer... The list goes on. I was starting to think that Kerry Winfrey and I were long lost sisters! However that's where my love affair with this book began and ended. While there are a lot of things to love about this book there are a lot of things to hate/dislike as well.
Case in point, in the first few pages, Tom Hanks is mentioned at least twenty times. I mean, I love Tom Hanks and honestly that's what made me want to read this so badly, but seeing his name a hundred times over was overkill.
Like I said before, the Frasier references were an unexpected surprise and the highlight of the book for me. The storyline, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
I am drawn to books that mention places I've been, books I've read, movies I've seen, songs I love, or celebrities that I love, but I'm still waiting for someone to write a meaningful storyline to go with all of the references to the things I love. I've read a bunch of these (Audrey Hepburn comes to mind frequently) and I can't think of one of them that was memorable. If anyone does write a book that fits my 'order', I would love to hear about it.
Now for the storyline. If I were rating this book only on the mentions of the above, I would probably give it four or five stars but I'm giving it two, because this is one of the most far fetched books I've ever read.

...MAJOR SPOILERS COMING-Sorry, I have to do this...

Long story short, girl is obsessed with romantic comedies and has been since childhood. She finds out a movie is being filmed on her street, staring a famous actor. Her uncle is old friends with the director who hires her as an assistant. BIG Surprise, right? She meets said famous actor and starts hanging out with him. Okay, I won't spoil the ending but you can probably guess what happens which is why it's so far fetched. I mean something more realistic would have made this book so much better.
And I should say that I am 99.9 1/2 % sure that Tom Hanks had nothing to do with this book and may not know anything about it. I hope that he doesn't because with the occasional bad language, references to sex, etc, I would think that he would be embarrassed to be associated with it.
Hmm... what else can I say? Well, it's mildly boring, which had me thinking about ditching it once or twice and the closer I got to the ending, the more I found myself skimming the book. It was very predictable but not. When I finally DID finish, it felt like a weight off my shoulders; a weight that I was tempted to throw across the restaurant when I read the ending but I restrained myself since it was a library book. And I wouldn't throw a book across a restaurant in frustration anyway. My house, yes.
I was tempted to read the next book by this writer which seems from the preview at the back of "Waiting" to be a similar type of story, but I think I'm going to pass. I'll go watch "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You've Got Mail" instead. At least those aren't nearly as farfetched as this book.

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aberlau
Jul 03, 2019

What a fun read! I loved all the references to some of my favorite rom-com movies. I would have liked a little more character development of Annie's love interest, to help build up their love story, but I can overlook that just because the book was so fun.

DCLadults Jun 25, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Annie is a fan of all things movies, especially romantic comedies. She can’t believe her luck when she lands a job on a movie set filming in her home town. If you’re a fan of true love and “happily ever after,” this is the book for you!

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darladoodles
Jun 06, 2019

You had me at "Tom Hanks." This is such a delightful read! It does help that Kerry Winfrey features three of my favorite romcoms of all time. How did she know I was waxing nostalgic last Christmas and put all three of them on my Amazon wish list? This book just came along at the right time for me. I also appreciate the fact that the s-e-x is left up to our imagination. I am not a big fan of the explicit sex scenes in books. The bantering, flirting and ratcheting up of the sexual tension is much more fun to read about in my opinion. Stick this book in your pool or beach bag. Or just read it on your day off. It makes for a fulfilling escape.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 18, 2019

Am I totally delighted by the recent resurgence of romcoms? Yes. Did I think this one was necessarily the absolute best example of this trend? No. Did I enjoy it nonetheless? Yes. Did I buy the romance between the two leads as much as I might have perhaps wished to? No. Am I absolutely going to read the next book this author writes? Still yes. It's not perfect, but it's fun!

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