Kerry Winfrey comes to the blog today with an absolutely adorable romantic comedy in
Waiting for Tom Hanks
We all know the genre- romantic comedy with a boy meets girl (or vice-versa), hi-jinks and hilarity ensue, and everyone BUT the couple (at first) knows that they are meant to be together. We’ve seen it in the movies, and with Tom Hanks in every rom-com he ever did, you know there’s that prototype – kind, sweet, you name it. And Annie names it. Not only is she utterly (and I mean utterly) addicted to the genre in film – there is no shortage of those archetypal dreams and scenarios in her own life. It’s how she keeps such a positive attitude about her life, and connects back to her mother who died when she was younger. The two would watch endless hours of rom coms, her mother always being sure to explain that Annie should never settle for less. Unfortunately, all of the losses she had suffered have served to stifle her somewhat – still in her childhood home with her Uncle Don and his motley crew of D & D friends and com-obsessed gamers, never really had a relationship of any true length or meaning, and always searching for “Tom Hanks-Like” moments and signs to tell her that “this guy” is the one.
And this story was ADORABLE – you don’t have to be a hopeless romantic (I kind of am) but it helps – and if you’re a fan of rom com movies and books – all the better. Because you will see frequent references to many classics in the genre from Pillow Talk through Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail…. All great movies for a quiet retreat when you just want to smile. Sure, some of the older ones are monochromatic and are ‘of their day’ but it’s entertainment and escape: unlike Annie’s use of them to guide her relationship choices. And what choices she does have with a renowned director arriving in her Cincinnati neighborhood to film, of all things, a romantic comedy. And, it just so happens that this director and her uncle were college roommates, and he’s made one phone call and she’s the assistant to said director, sight unseen, Of course, Annie has her moments from spilling a cup of coffee on the leading actor, being caught out googling him, and utterly convinced he’s up to no good. And that she’s got no reason to think otherwise.
Except for Drew – who is adorable and loves to tease, from a big family, loyal and utterly enchanted by Annie’s life, her outlook and even her prickles. Living with and clutching on to her memories of time with her mother, her rose-tinted view of the time, and the struggles since have Annie a bit difficult, and she does wear on patience, but when her world crashes around her with a stupid mistake and a discovery – things really start to turn around. It’s her best friend Chloe, Nick – the owner of the coffee shop, and her Uncle that encourage that climax – when Annie has to let go of the childish things and took a chance at her own future as a screenwriter and in love. It’s cute, with funny characters, entertaining and engaging, and clever for the messages, hidden and blatant. And it never hurts to have a bit of amusement and happiness in your reading life.
Title: Waiting for Tom Hanks
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Berkley
Published on: 11 June, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 33 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.