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Waiting for Tom Hanks

(Waiting for Tom Hanks #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  23,705 ratings  ·  4,267 reviews
Can a romcom-obsessed 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 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
Paperback, 259 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Berkley
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it

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 To
Miranda Reads
May 21, 2020 rated it did not like it

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The Written Review
This book was a solid 3 stars...There were fun bits but gosh, the main character grated my nerves.

- and now I can't really rate it above 1-star.

Normally I don't mention stuff that happens in the end of a book in a review - cause hello spoiler.

But when that stuff completly eclipses the rest of the book, I thi
Super cute! The rom-com nostalgia in Waiting for Tom Hanks is strong so don’t be surprised when you get the urge to watch all your favorite romantic comedies from the past few decades to keep the feel-good vibes flowing. Not a bad way to spend a weekend...or a sick day. Just sayin’.

My favorite quote:
“It doesn’t matter how someone in a romantic comedy affords their absurdly nice house, or whether or not their profession makes sense, or if technically they’re sort of stalking someone they heard o
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 stars
Easy, Breezy, and a little Cheesy!

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a sweet story about a woman who is waiting to find true love and experience her own romantic comedy.

Annie is 27 years old and stuck in her comfortable world in Ohio--she wants to be a screenwriter but is unwilling to leave her childhood home to try her hand at working in the movies. She spends her time freelance writing in her friend’s coffee shop waiting to meet Mr. Right. Annie is obsessed with romantic comedies and compare
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is a 2019 Berkley publication.

An adorable ode to classic Rom-Coms!

I am pleased to see this book was so well received! Rom-Coms were considered circumspect back in their prime, but after a while they became the 'Barry Manilow' of movies, eliciting all manner of hand waving and eye rolls from the super intelligent, who are too smart to indulge in something so sentimental and sweet, playing the tired old 'unrealistic' card. Blah, Blah, Blah! I don't care! I
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
Maybe your problem is you spent so much time thinking about your past that you didn't spend any time thinking about your future.

Ahh, this was so good. I’m really relieved that I loved because I think Berkley would officially ex-communicate me if I didn’t. I think the key selling point for me was not only the hilarious moments but the meta-ness of the whole book.

Annie - We follow Annie, a romcom addict lov
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the moment I set eyes on the title, I knew I had to read this one.

I mean come on, who doesn’t love Tom Hanks...or want their happily ever after! Right!?🤷🏻♀️

Annie is waiting for her Tom Hanks to sweep her off her feet...just like in the movies. Because Annie’s fantasy world is a Rom-Com.
Meanwhile she risks watching her whole life slip past, as she assures herself her (Rom-Com) love story is right around the corner.

A quirky and fun romp. A tad predictable but it still worked. I loved all the
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Adorable, Rom-Com Dream Come True Stars!

You guys, I devoured this book in 1 sitting in the span of a few hours! Was it predictable and full of rom-com cliches - Yes! Yes it was! AND that's why I totally loved it. It was a perfect light-hearted, escape from reality. Is life anything like a rom-com? Absolutely not, which is why so many of us love them so much. Isn't it nice to gush over a meet-cute, know the banter between the main characters is obviously flirting before they know it, survive t
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Adorable Stars for “Waiting for Tom Hanks!”

The Perfect Feel Good Rom-Com!

Annie is a gal who LOVES romantic comedies. When I say love I mean LOVE. She has watched every romantic comedy ever made and has all of the lines memorized. Tom Hanks is her favorite romantic lead. “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail.. you name it! In fact, she is looking for a guy “just” like him in real life. Her very own Tom Hanks and she believes with all of her might that it’ll happen, that she will find him.

Larry H
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"...I'm starting to think that the movies I've dedicated my life to may have lied to me. Nora Ephron herself may have indirectly lied to me. Tom Hanks, as much as I've trusted him, may have lied to me. Because I have it all: the sympathetic backstory, the montage of humiliations minor and major, unrealized career aspirations, the untamed pre-makeover hair. But still, I wait. Single, lonely, Hanks-less."

Annie Cassidy believes in love. Or more accurately, she believes i
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was pure fun!

Annie is twenty-seven years old and loves a romantic comedy. These movies are especially important to her for their nostalgia as she watched them with her late mother before she passed away.

Annie’s dating expectations have been influenced by these movies. She’s literally waiting for her own Tom Hanks to send her an email or arrive at her front door.

Annie meets her perfect match, but she may have to figure out how to be his perfect match, too, with all the defenses she’s built
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think this book is good but honestly I'm pretty biased. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 lovable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly flippin
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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 h
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars

Waiting For Tom Hanks is another book that took me out of my normal and it was one I didn’t really have high hope of controlling my eyes from rolling. Well, let me tell you just how much I loved this one. There might have been some dancing going on after reading this with the way this one wrapped up. I was so pleased by that ending. Maybe there is hope for this unromantic sole.

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a fresh modern take on a rom com and if I was to sum it up in one word it would be ir
Cliche as hell. Annie is one of the most annoying protagonists I’ve read from so far this year. She is 100% convinced that her life is a romantic comedy and that her “Tom Hanks” will fall into her lap one day and they’ll have a “meet cute” like in the movies. I’m a huge fan of romantic comedies too, but I’m not delusional.

This romance had absolutely no passion and it has one of my least favorite qualities in a male love interest: a rich super famous actor who is so wild and crazy in the media b
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fun, but it definitely didn't live up to the expectations that I had for it :c sad life. ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When I saw this title I almost peed myself. I have TOTALLY been waiting for Tom Hanks.

Don't tell my husband...oh wait. He would totally dump my hateful self for Jennifer Aniston so I am not feeling too bad.

This book sounds like pure fun. Annie spends her days dreaming about finding her "Tom Hanks" since she loves rom-coms and he is totally one of the most lovable characters in them. She also has the sads because she lost her mom who taught her the loving of the Cult of Nora Ephron movies.
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
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

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Annie is a 27 year old who lives at home with her uncle. She’s obsessed with romantic comedies and that’s probably why she’s still single. She has huge expectations for the love of her life (when he comes along). She is waiting for her Tom Hanks and it’s hard to find someone to measure up to that level of greatness.

When a filming crew comes to town, Annie gets a job as an assistant to the director. She has a meet-cute with the actor, but for some reason, she can’t see it for what it
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 . A
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.

Diana | Book of Secrets
WAITING FOR TOM HANKS is a light & cute story about a young woman so obsessed with romantic comedies that she's holding out on love until she meets her perfect Tom Hanks. Annie is an aspiring screenwriter living in Ohio with her quirky uncle. When a film crew comes to town to shoot an upcoming romcom, her uncle uses his connections to get her a job as director's assistant. Will she find her perfect match in Drew Danforth, the film's leading man? Of course, like any true romcom, the road to HEA c ...more
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
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
Berit Talks Books
SO cute and fun! These lighthearted feel good romcoms are my comfort food. Sometimes it’s just nice to read a book filled with charming characters, doing silly things. A little over the top, a little cheesy, but a lot of fun! Annie is the ultimate romcom lover. She is consumed with having a meet cute and meeting her very own Tom Hanks, Houseboat and all. When a romcom movie is being filmed in her town she just knows that this is her big chance. What ensues is a delightful story filled with charm ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rom-com, standalone
I loved the idea of the book, not so much the execution.

If you obsess about rom-coms as much as Annie, the heroine does, this book might be the right one for you. She lives and breathes rom-coms, and wants her life to be one. She actually thinks she is living the life of a rom-com heroine, just waiting to ran into her own "Tom Hanks".

That's where the issues are piling up.

Besides the book being overly predictable, the amount of movie comparisons and references are staggering. Annie's unhealthy fi
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story relies too heavily on 90s rom-com movies. The characters and situations from those movies are constantly referenced and applied to the various scenarios in this story. As a result, the plot feels repetitive and lacks originality.

Annie is so obsessed with living her life as if in a rom-com, that she comes across as self-absorbed and immature. The supporting characters were ok, but couldn't do much to help the story. I wish they'd been more well developed, instead of merely playing role
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay, Waiting for Tom Hanks somewhat redeemed itself in the last 50 pages!

I was planning on going with 2 stars on this because I had serious issues with the main character, Annie Cassidy. But because she kind of *air quotes* gets less annoying at the end and all the other characters in this were fun and charming, I’m going with 2.5 stars!

Honestly, I might be in the minority on this one. Romantic comedies aren’t my thang. This book is based on that concept too. I will watch a few when I’m bored o

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
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Kerry Winfrey is the author of the adult romantic comedies WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, NOT LIKE THE MOVIES, VERY SINCERELY YOURS, and JUST ANOTHER LOVE SONG, as well as the teen romantic comedies LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family. You can find her on Instagram @kerrywinfrey.

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