So You Want to Read Romance?//Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Romance novels are for everyone! The romance genre covers suspense, historical, paranormal, regency, and contemporary. There’s something for everyone and no room for “guilt” in this genre! “So You Want To Read Romance” reviews romance novels for readers who are new to the genre. 

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Title: Waiting for Tom Hanks

Author: Kerry Winfrey

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Summary:  “Can a romcom-obssessed 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 is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.” -Goodreads synopsis

Plot

Annie is obsessed with romantic comedies and she looks to them to be her guiding force for all things in her life. This book is so fun because it’s full of rom-com references and funny plots just like in your favorite rom-com! Annie meets a handsome hollywood hunk of her own when a movie starts filming in her hometown. Annie and Drew, the star of the movie, have an instant connection but in classic rom-com form they don’t quite get along. Annie is on a quest to find a perfect man (like her beloved Tom Hanks) but she doesn’t realize that he’s been in front of her the whole time. This plot isn’t suspenseful or full of surprises but it’s a super cute love story that will make you happy.

Characters

In addition to Annie’s passion for rom-com movies, she also has big dreams of being a writer. She wants to write her own movies and works on her writing throughout the novel. Annie lives with her Uncle Don who stepped up to take care of her after her mom passed away. She also has a best friend named Chloe and a daily coffee spot that she spends a lot of time in. The people who know her best worry that she hides behind her favorite movies because she’s afraid of where her real life might take her. Rom-coms are more to her than just movies–they represent memories, her mom, and possibility. I love the way that Annie connects to movies.

Annie and Drew’s meet-cute includes spilling hot coffee and being too starstruck to speak. Drew immediately laughs off the clumsy things Annie does and sparks instantly fly! Annie can definitely be grumpy and dramatic but that’s why I liked her. She’s realistic, funny, and sensitive.

Tropes

Enemies to lovers- Drew would definitely not classify Annie as his enemy and is often confused by Annie’s reactions to him. Annie, however, is sure that Drew thinks she’s just some silly small town girl. I loved seeing them develop a relationship

For fans of…

Rom-com fans! It’s obvious that fans of Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail will adore this book but it’s absolutely packed full of rom-com references that will make any lover of the genre feel seen

Kerry Winfrey’s YA books! Readers of Kerry’s YA books will find a similar writing style here that they’ll adore

Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Emily Giffin, this book is a great intro to the romance genre for readers who are already fans of women’s fiction.


Add Waiting for Tom Hanks to your Goodreads shelf and check out Kerry Winfrey’s website. Thank you to Berkley Books for a free review copy.

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