Tuesday 5 April 2022

Book ~ "Waiting for Tom Hanks" (2019) Kerry Winfrey

From Goodreads ~ 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 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?

Annie has dreams of being a screenwriter … she is in the process of writing one and does this at the coffee shop where her best friend works. Annie knows the plotlines of every romcom and looking for her Tom Hanks … the kind of hero character who was in “Sleepless in Seattle”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “You’ve Got Mail”, etc. To earn a living while she is writing her screenplay, she picks up freelance writing contracts writing about obscure topics.

A movie is being shot in town and her Uncle Don knows the director. He manages to get Annie a job as the director’s assistant … being an assistant involves getting a lot of coffee so she’s back and forth to the coffee shop a lot. Annie meets the star, Drew, and takes an instant dislike to him, assuming he is arrogant and pompous. But has they start hanging out together, she gets to know the real Drew and she wonders if he could be her Tom Hanks.

This was a cute light story and is the first in the Waiting for Tom Hanks series. I’ve seen the movies that Annie talks about hundreds of times so knew what she was talking about. It’s written in first person perspective in Annie’s voice. I like the writing style … it was a fun read and I look forward to reading others by this author.

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