Book Review: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Overall rating: 2/5
Readability rating: 3/5
Character rating: 1/5
Plot rating: 3/5
Cover rating: 5/5
Would I recommend: I wouldn’t even recommend this book to people who love cheesy dumb stories. It’s so disappointing.

Goodread Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Perfect for: I didn’t like it enough to even say who it’s perfect for.

Book Synopsis: “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. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight.

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. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days…can he? ” – Goodreads Synopsis

Spoiler-free review:

I am a fan of cheesy romances. Hallmark and Lifetime movies are my jam. I love every love story involved in games and movies and books and suddenly this book? This book made me hate every love story ever. Her favorite romance movies are the stalkery ones and even though she mentions yeah they aren’t great she clings to them. Obsessively. She’s a horribly match for Drew. And everything feels like a white feminists wet dream when not talking about how bad classic romance stories are creepy.

Spoiler review:

Oof Annie Cassidy is annoying. She is her own worse enemy and a horribly protagonist. Now, not all stories need to have a relatable protagonist or one that you root for, but in romances…it’s hard to have a story with a unlikeable protagonist. She quotes romcoms like she never learned the rest of the English language. She drops every idea of dating if it isn’t the perfect romcom boy and her obsession with a boat house. Kills. Me.

No one is good enough unless they can create a romcom movie scenerio and even when they do she finds something small and meaningless to kill the idea of them. There is a half-assed love triangle. Every guy has to be “Tom Hanks” but half the time she names off films that aren’t Tom Hanks romances. And when people bring up the cringy things that happen in old 90s romances, she flips out on them.

The side characters are the most interesting part. Annie as a friend that 100% is too good of a friend for Annie. And guess what? Annie is writing a screenplay based on her friend and her friend’s boss. It’s creepy that she basically “ships” them together (without ever saying shipped, thank goodness. I would have never finished this novel if she had). And when her friend finds out the anger defuses so fast. I would be pissed and would never let her use my likeness in a screenplay.

She’s a horrible friend, a horrible character. I didn’t like the relationship. The writing is okay, but the story is just…disappointing.

And there’s another noveling coming out. Oof.

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