Review by Veronica

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Series Name: Waiting for Tom Hanks series # 1

“The Tom Hanks I thought I’d meet is the Tom Hanks of romantic comedies. The Tom Hanks who starred in Nora Ephron films. The one who wrote about bouquets of sharpened pencils or told call-in radio show hosts how much he missed his wife. The one who lived on an unbelievably luxurious houseboat or called Meg Ryan “Shopgirl.” The man with a heart of gold, the one I was meant to be with even if we lived on opposite coasts or owned competing bookstores.” 

If you are looking for a cute, fun, fast read, you need to check out Kerry Winfrey’s Waiting for Tom Hanks; it is the perfect weekend read for any rom-com fan. 

Annie Cassidy is a 27-year-old who dreams of being the next Nora Ephron and meeting her own Tom Hanks. The only problem is Annie is stuck in her comfortable world where she hangs out at her friend’s coffee shop while working as a freelance writer (not as exciting as it seems unless you like writing about hemorrhoid cream). Annie is obsessed with 90’s rom-com movies and is waiting (not so patiently) for her own meet-cute moment.  

Annie starts working on the set of a rom-com movie that is filming in her neighbourhood. It’s there that she meets the lead actor, the sexy Drew Danforth, who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks. She starts to experience her own meet-cute moments but quickly realizes that life isn’t always like the movies, and sometimes you have to be willing to take a chance to get the happily ever after that you have always wanted.  

This book is super-cute! I adored the characters; they were fun, quirky, and just so likable. The relationships between these characters (romantic, friendship, and family) are well thought out and have lots of witty banter that will entertain you. Kerry also managed to create a lot of depth to these relationships, which I wasn’t expecting for such a short read. I couldn’t help rooting for Annie as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants in her life. I love reading the meet-cutes and meet-fails that happened between Annie and Drew; their interactions put a smile on my face. The relationship between these two characters is a perfect mixture of sweet and swoon-worthy moments. Fans of 90’s rom-com movies will love all the movie references, and when you are done reading this book, you will be pulling out your DVDs of While You Will Sleeping, Sleepless in Seattle, or other 90’s rom-com favourites and settling down for a movie marathon. I was excited to find out Kerry wrote a sequel to this book called, Not Like the Movies. I can’t wait to see what is in store for these characters in the next book.  

 If you are looking for a quick read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over then Waiting for Tom Hanks is the perfect book for you.