My rating: 2 ½ out of 5 stars
Pacing: Slow to normal
Published: June 11th, 2019
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. – synopsis from Goodreads
“Maybe it’s time you stop waiting around for Tom Hanks to show up. Maybe this time you be your own Tom Hanks.”
I am a huge fan of the Nora Ephron rom-coms from the 90s, so when I first saw this book the title alone had me excited. I mean come on how perfect is it? It’s the kind of title that makes you mad you didn’t think about it sooner. I was really happy to grab an earc but… well let’s just say my enthusiasm towards it went down the more I read.
Annie Cassidy is obsessed with rom-coms and is still waiting for her Tom Hanks. Meaning that perfect quirky, funny guy who will sweep her off her feet and with whom she’ll live the rest of her life in perfect bliss – simple really. When a Hollywood movie is set to start production in Columbus, by some unforeseen events, Annie will see one of her biggest dream come true: working on a rom-com. On the set, she might just find what she has been looking for all her life, but first, she will have to learn to open up and let her walls fall down.
What can I say about Annie? I didn’t really like her, I mean she was fine in the beginning but as the story unfolds I just thought she was entitled and came off bratty at times. She does some pretty shitty things and I didn’t find her very apologetic afterward; on the contrary, she seemed to wait for other people to apologize to her. I also felt that Waiting for Tom Hanks verges on a certain trope I really dislike, the character must fall in love at all cost to be validated trope. I know this is a romance novel and the main character should want to be in love but I think we could’ve seen Annie a little bit less focused on finding love and a little bit more focused on finding herself. She does that a little but only when other people help her through it, she never seems to come up with her own conclusions. I was much more invested in the love life of her best friend than hers if I’m being honest.
Waiting for Tom Hanks was long, even if it was only 320 pages. There were so many twists and most of them didn’t fit the story. It was a lot of filler. I kept thinking the book would end, there were lots of opportunities for it but it just kept going and going. For a book that I thought was a play on the 90s rom-com, it wasn’t what I was expecting or what I wanted.
Though this was an anticipated book for me, it didn’t meet my expectations. It started off good but by the end I just wanted it to be over. I really wanted to enjoy this one but turned out to be a 2.5 out of 5 stars.