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Not Like the Movies

(Waiting for Tom Hanks #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,459 ratings  ·  936 reviews
What happens when your life is a rom-com...but you don't even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer's, she's pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, wh
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Berkley Jove
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Giving my own book five stars because if I don't believe in me, WHO WILL? ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun Rom-Com follow up to Waiting For Tom Hanks.

This book is primarily focused on Annie’s best friend Chloe Sanderson. Now in her mid twenties she has the weight of the world heaped on her shoulders! With Her father suffering from Alzheimer’s, she’s barely able to find the time to finish her bachelors degree. Her dream…to open her own bakery. Extremely difficult given the fact she has to spend everyday working as a barista at Nicks Coffeehouse.

Speaking of Nick...did I mention that Chloe is hea
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love romcoms! I love their cheesiness, the clichés, the illogical coincidences, awkward positions the characters they find themselves into, misunderstandings, entertaining sidekick characters, so much groveling, tears and finishing with over emotional happy endings with the great gestures one of the characters does to win the other’s heart back.

As I examine this book, it mostly fits the formula I wrote above. Chloe Sanderson, golden-hearted, caregiver, wearing vivid, colorful dresses, always
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars


After reading ‘Waiting for Tom Hanks’, I was looking forward to reading Chloe and Nick’s story.. Chloe was one of my favorite characters of that book. I was in the mood for a rom-com and I flew through this one.

Chloe works in a coffee shop and she and her boss, Nick have a connection. They have the best banter and you can tell something is there between them. So much, that her best friend wrote a screen play that turned into a major motion picture staring ‘Zoe’ who works at a coffe
Susanne  Strong
“Not Like the Movies” is a cute follow up to “Waiting for Tom Hanks” which features Chloe and Nick.

Chloe has never had it easy and has always taken care of everyone and everything, especially her dad. Working at Nick’s isn’t her dream job but she loves what she has accomplished there and she loves sparring with Nick. Nick is secretly in love with Chloe and always has been. Too bad Chloe doesn’t believe in love or relationships.

Annie is Chloe’s best friend and found her true love in “Waiting for
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
tw: Alzheimer’s

This book is a walking contradiction for me. I actively disliked our main character, but I adored the love interest (I don’t get many book boyfriends these days but he makes the list!) It was super easy to read, but I didn’t feel super motivated to pick it up. It was very self aware about it’s rom-com influences (talk of tropes like only sharing one bed or grand gestures) but in a way that overly beat you over the head with it. Some of the characters were way over the top in a wa
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Waiting for Tom Hanks - ★★★★★
Not Like the Movies - ★★★★☆


4.5 stars! Holy moly this was so cuteeeeee



also, whyyy is it not coming out till july



Just finished Waiting for Tom Hanks and I am now quaking in my boots just kidding. i don't have boots. because I am so f**king excited

Larry H
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’d love to see this book as a movie!

Can the love that happens in movies happen in real life? If so, would we want it to? Chloe may be overwhelmed by her life, but she’s not looking for true love. Yet ever since her best friend wrote a movie loosely based on her job at a coffee shop and her playful banter with her boss, it seems that all anyone wants to talk about is whether she and Nick are in love in real life.⁣

The answer to that question is emphatically “no.” Well, isn’t it? I mean, she can’
Well, I definitely enjoyed this one more than the first one.

I loved Chloe and Nick in the other book and even in my review, I mentioned how I was ready for their story. And they were worth the wait. She’s sweet and he’s stoic and I was here for the longing-filled glances that happened. Okay, maybe it didn’t happen that way, but it could have. Instead there was soup and hot toddy’s and lounge pants and yes, they’re all important in context.

Plot wise it was good. It felt realistic and maybe a to
Katie B
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Wow, I thought this one was even better than the first book in the series. Do you absolutely need to read Waiting for Tom Hanks before reading Not Like the Movies? Well no, but I think the reading experience is enhanced quite a bit if you do as Chloe and Nick have somewhat of a role in the first book even if they aren't the featured romance.

Chloe Sanderson is stretched pretty thin. She works at a coffee shop, is attempting to complete her degree, and frequently checks in on her dad who
Helen Power
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Not Like The Movies we finally get to see Chloe and Nick’s love story unfold! Chloe is a waitress at Nick’s Cafe, and she is slowly working towards getting her bachelor’s degree in business while juggling her job, taking care of her father who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, and preparing for her best friend’s wedding.  She’s also dealing with the fact that her best friend wrote a screenplay based on a romanticized version of her relationship with her boss--Nick.  Now that she
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
‘Not believing in love’ is, like, the number one indicator that you’re about to fall in love.

It’s Valentine’s Week. I kind of have to read romance books . . . .

I really enjoyed Waiting for Tom Hanks so I was all over obtaining a copy of this sequel. You met the leads, Chloe and Nick, while they were working at Nick’s coffee shop in the first book – and also having a fictionalized version of their relationship put to the big screen by Chloe’s best friend Annie. A very fictionalized vers
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an easy book to review, as I loved every moment of it! I liked it just as much as Waiting for Tom Hanks, if not more. It was such a sweet and romantic story. Nick Velez is definitely book boyfriend material and swoon-worthy. I liked where the story went and all the little surprises along the way. I felt bad for Chloe with all the stress she was under, but became frustrated with her for always pushing people away and then feeling sorry for herself. However, I wanted to see if she would al ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed this spin-off to Waiting For Tom Hanks diving into the world of Chloe and Nick a little more closely. I feel for Chloe and find that I am a bit like her in some aspects, such as, feeling like I have to do it all including that for others, not having believed in there being a really true love cuz life isn't a Rom Com. In trying to figure it all out, Chloe was true to her stubborn self and I felt it was a little too "woe is me" and was a bit perturbed by her constant denial and
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I received an egalley from Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adored Waiting for Tom Hanks so when I was contacted to review the second book in the series, I jumped at the chance. Waiting for Tom Hanks was definitely a book that fell between you either loved it and it's rom-com goodness or you hated it because it was too dramatic a lot of the times. I fell into the category of loving it but I can't help but feel Not Like the Movies will have the same impact. Unfortuna
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Cute story that is quite YA yet many parts that are soooo relatable!
I ended up with mixed feelings about this book. The beginning first half came off with a definite young adult vibe. Plus I was really looking forward to the connection portion and that did not wind up fast enough for me.

For the second half we really started to see some lessening of the young adult vibe as we started to get to know Chloe a little bit more. Always doing for others but never allowing anyone to he
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
I enjoyed listening to this book. It is my first read by this author.
Except for Chloe taking care of her father, who has Alzheimer's, this book is light and cute!
If you are in the mood for a light romance, where the hero is pinning for a heroine and being such a great guy, this is a book for you.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

Review : Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey ⁣
This was my first book by Kerry Winfrey, when I requested it I didn't realize that it's the sequel to Waiting for Tom Hanks....oops! I have it on my bookshelf but haven't read it yet. But even without reading book one, I was able to enjoy Not Like the Movies. Chloe's best friend wrote a movie script inspired by Chloe and her boss, who she despises. As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many lists about why Nick is the perfect man, an
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, romance, adult-reads
I love romcoms and I loved Kerry Winfrey's first book, Waiting for Tom Hanks, so I had high hopes for this one. I’m happy to report that it did NOT disappoint! Dare I admit I loved this sequel even more than the first book? I did!

I loved Chloe and Nick. Their playful banter and chemistry kept me rooting for them to get together (𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘯!). There was no leave you star struck Hollywood leading man here. Nick was a real life hottie - 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘺’𝘢𝘭𝘭! He was hardworking, dependabl
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

This was a cute story and I definitely appreciated a lot more than the first book in this companion series. I think it's because I preferred this main couple here to the other one. I liked the slow-burn romance, even though it was clear that Chloe and Nick both liked each other very much. The playful banter between them was cute and often made me laugh, especially when they were ta
Kari Ann Sweeney
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Berkley Jove for the ARC.

I absolutely adored Kerry Winfrey's WAITING FOR TOM HANKS. It was exactly what I want a rom-com to be: a couple to root for with a balance of witty humor and sweet romance. Her follow up, NOT LIKE THE MOVIES once again delivers on all those components. I just felt happy when I was reading it. Plus- I found myself laughing out loud (LOUDLY) on more than one occasion.

Chloe and Nick's journey from frenemies-to-more was positively delightful but not without strugg
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
What a fun book for rom-com lovers. It was chock full of romantic movie tropes: optimistic female lead who tries to take care of everyone on her own, gruff boss with a heart of gold, workplace romance, strong female friendship, quirky side characters, etc. I was here for all of it. Was it predictable? Yes. Did I care? No! I loved it. This book was adorable and heartwarming and oh so sweet. Great read!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher for review. All opinions are my
Bruna Oliveira
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one is a kind of spin off/sequence for Waiting for Tom Hanks (which I liked but didn't love) since in here we have Chloe's story, who is Annie's best friend in the previous book, but you don't necessarily have to read it in order to read this one.

Chloe works in a coffee shop while also studying to get a degree and help her sick father. She barely has time to herself, but also loves working at Nick's, e
Bree Hill
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay here's the thing; I was Not a fan of Waiting For Tom Hanks-the book prior to Not Like The Movies, so I was a little nervous for this one, but also really anxious and excited to give this author another go..and one of my girlfriend's agreed to read it with me. That being said, I really liked this book.

Chloe is complex as hell. She is kind of annoying at times. I didn't always agree with what she did, or how she treated people or decisions she made; but I got 'it' with her. After finishing th
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not Like the Movies is the sequel to Waiting for Tom Hanks, and weirdly, I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I think Chloe is an all-around better character than Annie, and I liked getting to read from her POV.

This story was really cute, but Chloe's self-sabotaging bothered me sometimes. I would have liked to be able to root for her a little more, but I also like that there was balance with her good qualities and flaws. If you need a sweet rom-com right now, check out Not Like the
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The way he’s staring at me makes me feel hot and tingly.

What an excellent follow-up! Not Like the Movies is the follow up to the fabulous, Waiting for Tom Hanks. I loved getting to know Chloe and Nick in the first book, so I was beyond excited to know we were going to get more of them. I loved seeing Chloe go through so many emotions and how they change. Kerry Winfrey is fast becoming a go-to author for romantic comedies...her books leave you staying up through the night laughing and crying
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not Like the Movies
Kerry Winfrey
Release date 07/07/2020
Publisher Berkley

Blurb :

What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chloe is dealing with a mess of a life. She has been caring for her father who has Alzheimer's all on her own. She is trying to make her way through college working at a class a semester. Her best friend wrote a movie script "loosely based" on her real life situation - which is the point of this book - Chloe is in love with her boss.

Chloe is a charismatic woman in her twenties that works at the local cafe. Her manager, Nick Velez, is aloof and brooding and that's just what the doctor ordered. T
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one a lot! I enjoyed the easy going read that I enjoyed picking up especially during these stressful times to just get lost in Nick’s and Chloe’s world, the coffee shop and their long winded love story.

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Kerry Winfrey is the author of the adult romantic comedies WAITING FOR TOM HANKS and NOT LIKE THE MOVIES and 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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