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Waiting for Tom Hanks

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  322 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Berkley
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ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

“My Tom Hanks is out there, and I’m not going to settle until I find him.”

I’m not going to lie to you all, I have been dreading writing this review. This is probably the book that has disappointed me the most in 2019, so far. I thought it was going to be a cute romcom about a girl, working on a movie set, falling in love. And I suppose it was, but it also has so much bad and infuriating things also in this story.

Waiting for Tom Hanks
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2019
A very special thanks to Penguin Random House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book. I was under no obligation to read and review this book.

Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is an adorable love letter to romantic comedies. While reading this book I realized that I haven't watched a rom-com in a long time. I used to watch movies like While You Were Sleeping, 50 First Dates, How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and Brown Sugar at least once a week. Somewhere along the way I jus
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Normally I wouldn’t be posting a review so many months in advance of a book’s release (heck, let’s face it – normally I end up failing miserably and reading half of the ARCs I receive after their release date), but there was zero chance I wasn’t going to talk about this one on Valentine’s Day.

The story here is about Annie. Ever since she was a little girl she has dreamed of the moment she would meet-cute her
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

Alright y'all, this review is going to be full of You've Got Mail gifs so here we go!

Waiting for Tom Hanks is about Annie, a young woman obsessed with romantic comedies and searching for her own "Tom Hanks". Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the metaphorical version of him where he's the perfect man in romantic comedies. When she finds out a romantic comedy is going to be filming in her neighborhood, she gets a job on the set where she meets leading man Drew, the opposite of Tom Hanks.

Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Tom Hanks what a breathe of fresh air for a new author!!

Ok let me start out by saying I've been getting into romance so much lately and this definitely feeds that romance withdrawal.

I have seen my fair share of movies with Tom Hanks... Big, You've Got Mail, Splash, and Sleepless in Seattle. I was under the impression that Tom Hanks was just the title for this novel. I was a little thrown for a loop how many times "Tom Hanks" was mentioned in this book and all the references for his
Katie B
3.5 stars

I'm actually surprised I enjoyed this one considering I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedies and that's such a big part of this story. But hey, the clever title reeled me right in. This wasn't a perfect read but I thought it was cute and provided a nice distraction from real life.

To say twenty-seven year old Annie likes romantic comedies is putting it mildly. It's more like she is obsessed with them partly because she grew up watching them with her late mother. Annie is convinced
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think this book is good but honestly I'm pretty biased.
Norma * Traveling Sister
Sweet, charming, & a purely lighthearted pleasure!

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by KERRY WINFREY was such an engaging, fun, wonderful, amusing, quick, and endearing rom-com tale that was a pure delight to read. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

KERRY WINFREY delivers a well-written, highly entertaining and enjoyable read here with loveable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly fl
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
And... DNF/NR

I feel like I've been DNF'ing all over the place lately but this one, I fear, is going to give me permanent resting bitch-face if I don't skedattle with a quickness.

Why, you ask?

Two words: Annie Cassidy

Annie is a pill. I can abide a grump but a pill is a whole different ball of wax. Were Annie an actual person she would be one of those people that you duck into an alley or bend quickly to tie to your shoes so she doesn't spot you.

Otherwise you're going to be there for awhile . And
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Unpopular opinion here and I feel kind of sad that I feel this way over this beautifully written romance novel, with such an incredible cover...

I am probably the only one who will be feeling this way over this novel, but I never back down from speaking the truth when it comes down to any romance novels. Don't get me wrong, the writing was surprisingly incredibly well written. What threw me off was the story plot. I am the biggest fan of Tom Hanks and all his cheesy rom-com movies, but to me I
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romcom fans
Shelves: 2019, romancelandia, ppb
Waiting for Tom Hanks is more successful as a love letter to romcoms than a romance, IMO. I wish it did both well.

I can so relate to the author's and her heroine's adoration of romantic comedies! I usually spend pre-Christmas season gorging on everything cute and light I can stream; Nora Ephron's masterpieces are always at top of that list. When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, and then Serendipity, While You Were Sleeping, 27 Dresses, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Working Girl, G
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute for the most part, but the last 30% or so was... questionable. RTC!
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<3 4 STARS <3

This was a lovely,cute and lighthearted story.I liked the premise and the consept, I find it refreshing!The story is about Annie,who is a writer and obsessed with rom coms.Who doesn't like them? I love them!

A romantic comedy is set to film in Annie's hometown and she gets a job as the director’s assistant.Soon she gets to know the lead actor, Drew Danforth and she isn't impressed with him.
Annie was an interesting heroine, I can't say I loved her all the time.She was cute but
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Buddy read with Madalyn & Melanie!

If you’re into romantic comedies (no matter how wacky or wild they get), you will enjoy this one! It’s got a lot of nods to classic romcoms, both on the page and as part of the actual novel and its plot. I did find some parts of it frustrating in the latter third, but it still managed to make me smile and I did get the feels during some of the swoonier bits.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC!!

THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE!!! A literal romantic comedy wrapped up in all the warm fuzzy feelings. This story follows Annie, a writer who is obsessed with rom coms and finding true love, which she finds while working on the set of a romantic comedy with hearthrob Drew. It has all the fun cliches, an awkward hilarious meet-cute, the denying or the feelings, misunderstanding, and a grand gesture that will leave you with a huge smile

Title: Waiting For Tom Hanks
Series: Standalone
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Release date: June 11, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: romance, rom-com

As a huge fan of rom-com movies, and someone who has probably seen almost all of Tom Hanks' classics, I didn't hesitate when I saw this book. I knew I wanted to read it. Of course the bright and adorable cover didn't hurt either. Having never read this author before, I had no idea what to expect when opening this up. This probably sounds strange to say considering
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
4.5 Stars

I’ve been loving/needing cute, quirky rom-coms in my life lately and Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is just perfect! Let me tell you, this is a funny, sweet romantic read that checks all the boxes: hot man, pretty girl, a hysterical meet-cute, and lots of chemistry! So adorable!

Annie, an aspiring screenwriter, has been dreaming of finding Tom Hanks for, well forever! Not the actor, but the Tom Hanks type from all the rom-com movies from the 90s (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my early ebook copy! I really enjoyed this romcom. I have really been in the mood lately for a light read as I was burned out on thrillers I think. This book was so fun. It definitely had me laughing at parts. I would definitely recommend this book to all the romcom fans who need a light read. Fun and enjoyable
Amy Risner

ARC provided by Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I really, really wanted to give this book a higher rating. It started as a 5-star read for me, then went down to four… but now I’m sitting at three. I was truly loving it up until the main character did some things that made me so uncomfortable and annoyed.

This book takes place in Columbus, Ohio. More specifically, it takes place in a little part of the city called German Village. I’m a local, so seeing my city represented meant so
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
3-3.5 STARS!
This was a cute debut from Kerry Winfrey and I would most definitely read more from her.

Waiting for Tom Hanks follows 27 year old rom-com obsessed Annie as she works as an assistant to the director of a movie filming in her small town in Ohio. Annie has a meet-cute with actor Drew Danforth and they share some banter that in my eyes showed a connection between them while Annie was SO NOT IMPRESSED. LOL

I loved their interactions, I loved her friends at the coffee shop, and I loved her
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved this premise and was excited to get a copy of it.

I liked Annie well enough. She's beyond obsessed with rom-coms and I feel like that was her entire personality. She is a good person and she has drive, but literally everything in her life is set around finding a Tom Hanks. Drew had a lot of potential. For me, it seemed like we didn't get to know too much about him as Annie had made an early decision that he wasn't Her Tom. I loved her BFF Chloe and Uncle Don so much and their
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fun, but it definitely didn't live up to the expectations that I had for it :c sad life.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny-reads, 2019, romance
If I had to compare Waiting for Tom Hanks to another romcom in the universe, I think I would go with Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. While the endings of both these stories are completely different, Waiting for Tom Hanks does hold a lot of similarities to Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.

The story is about a young woman named Annie who lives and breathes romcoms. She especially loves the Nora Ephron/Tom Hanks movies and chalked up the love of her life to the character Tom Hanks played, thus the name o
Leslie Ann
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness this is the cutest book! In fact, it's my favorite book of 2019 so far. I loved the writing and all the witty banter between the two main characters. I'm now off to watch all the romantic comedies that were mentioned throughout this story. I cannot WAIT for Chloe and Nick's adventure! I highly highly recommend this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC
The main word I have for this book is cute. The story is cute, the romance is cute, and the writing is cute. Its right in the middle of everything, which is why it deserves three stars and not more. It was entertaining and I read it in less than 3 hours so it was a fast read as well.
What I enjoyed about the book is that Kerry Winfrey knows her romcoms (especially Nora Ephron's) and wove a ton of those references throughout the book. I en
Kayla Brunson
Apr 30, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
DNF 64 pages.
So I’m just going to call it quits on this one. I can tell from early on that I’m not going to like this book so there’s really no need to push myself. All my issues deal with the main character. Annie bothered me so much in such few pages.

Her need to compare everything and everyone to a romcom killed it for me. I like romcoms as much as the next girl, but it felt like overkill. This just wasn’t for me.

I received an ARC via Goodreads giveway.

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Randi (randi_reads)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Annie is waiting for Tom Hanks to appear in her life. Not the actual Tom Hanks, but the Tom Hanks of romantic comedies—the man she was meant to be with. She is an avid romantic comedy fan and is waiting for her “meet-cute” to happen. A romantic comedy is set to film in her hometown and she gets a job as the director’s assistant. Before her first day even starts, she runs into the actor, Drew, and spills her coffee all over him. Is this their “meet-cute”?

This was an enjoyable, sweet romantic come
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 Stars

This is a story of a woman who's heart lives in a fictional world. As the title suggests, she is convinced that the knight in shining armor will resemble a character from a Nora Ephron movie, like Tom Hanks. No, she isn't obsessed with the man himself, but the type of characters he portrays in the movies - think Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail.

Tom Hanks isn't a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my told me over and over. "Don't settle for
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Waiting for Tom Hanks is a really cute, incredibly fluffy romantic comedy, and I devoured it in one evening. It's a really fun read, especially if you are a rom-com afficianado and will understand all the references.

The heroine of the book, Annie, is obsessed with romantic comedy films, and she's waiting for her own romance to begin. She expects the whole thing: the meet cute, the tragic backstories, the playful banter, the hijinks, the misunderstanding, and the grand gesture to cement an HEA. I
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could gush about this book for a very long time. It is full of perfectly placed pop culture references and careful rom com analysis. The book just sparkles, particularly in the group scenes at Annie’s house or Nick’s Coffee Shop. I laughed out loud, I sighed in delight, and I tried to talk to/advise Annie as if she could hear me. I could live in this book.

The supporting characters are delightful and I’m so excited there will be a book about them too.
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Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.

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