Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
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.
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. Could he be her Tom Hanks after all?
11 June 2019 publication date
One word that comes to mind is cheesy!! It’s fun, but definitely cheesy.
We have a wannabe writer who spends her whole life in a daydream. She’s watched so many Rom-coms, that she sees her life as one. (Almost like “The Truman Show” with Jim Carey) She knows what her ideal man will look like, what he will say and do once they meet, but real life keeps interrupting her.
Dating is a nightmare too, life is not like a screenplay, it’s not like in the movies.
The romance between Drew and Annie is fun to read. Annie was expecting the star of the movie she’s working on to be more!! And he wasn’t, he’s definitely sadly lacking that something, it doesn’t help that she spilt coffee all over him. Albeit not her fault, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And now she’s saddled with the nickname “coffee girl”
They butt heads constantly, they always argue when they see each other on the film set she’s working on. But a slip (literally) sees Annie looking at Drew in a different light. Drew reveals to her why he always acts the idiot, why he shouldn’t be taken seriously.
I loved Chloe, Annie’s best friend, her take on life was totally different from Annie’s, and I did wonder how they became friends?!
The barista and her boss Nick for me was the highlight in this book. The banter, the sarcasm, their connection I totally got.
Loved Uncle Don too, so laid back, never fazed with the antics of his niece. He’d moved in after her parents had died. He played Dungeons&Dragons and always had a smile for his niece.
The constant referrals to films and actors did get a little wearing. But I did find myself making a list of films to watch😉so maybe not all bad.
But In a strange way, by the time I finished the book, I liked it. I got flashes of “Bridget Jones Diary” the internal dialogue, the moments where I had to chuckle, or eye roll.
So does Annie get her happy ending? Your only going to find out if you read the book.
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