‘Waiting for Tom Hanks’ by Kerry Winfrey – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

Rom-coms are my favourite type of film, but in particular I adore those starring Tom Hanks. I mean I named my dog after the dog in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ because that film is just everything; Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan as warring book shop owners who are involved in an online relationship without actually realising that the other person is their nemesis…pure Nora Ephron rom-com gold. *happy sigh*

So basically when I saw the name of this book I knew I had to read it and instantly put it on reserve in my local library. Honestly, I didn’t even bother to read the blurb!!!

Anywho…
The MC in the book is Annie Cassidy and she’s even more obsessed with rom coms than I am (although I’m proud to say I’ve seen all bar two of the name checked rom coms in this book!). She is spending her life waiting for Tom Hanks… Obvs not the actual Tom Hanks because he’s married to Rita Wilson and it would be both weird and stalkery, but waiting on a man that is like the fictionalised rom com heroes that Tom Hanks plays.

So the book plays out like a stereotypical rom com film with Annie’s quest for love and basically you know the ending before you get there but that’s really the whole point of rom coms isn’t it? Just escapism from the dreariness of everyday life.

And I enjoyed it.
It was cute.
I liked how the book didn’t take itself too seriously and was quite obvious about what the next plot developments were going to be.

But something was missing for me.
I thought the build up of the relationship between Annie and Drew was under-cooked. In many regards this book suffered from focusing too much on the supporting characters…I know. Not every day you hear me say that lol!
But basically Drew needed more page time. I didn’t ever believe that Annie liked him not to mind love him. To me Drew was nothing more than his abs and movie-star good looks i.e. there was very little depth to his character and background story-line so I just didn’t really feel the feels with him and Annie.

And the ending…

I turned the page and was utterly befuddled to discover the remaining pages were a sneak preview of the author’s next book and not the actual finishing flourish the book needed! Yeah it was just too quick.

This was a perfectly nice book but I did come away from it feeling slightly disappointed. Somewhere around a three star rating.

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4 thoughts on “‘Waiting for Tom Hanks’ by Kerry Winfrey – Book Review

  1. I think I need to pick this book up asap. I’ve been seeing it everywhere and tbh, I love some good (maybe mindless) romcom every now and then! Sorry it just didn’t quite work out for you though. That’s always so disappointing, especially when a book has been receiving so much love!

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