Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 11, 2019 by Berkley Books
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My experience with this book/deciding to pick it up was kind of weird. When I saw it available for review I jumped at the chance to review it because the cover and the premise sounded so fun. Once I was received my eARC, I was a little wary to pick it up because I read so many meh reviews about it. For a while I was on the fence about when to pick this book up, but then I listened to Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club episode on Waiting for Tom Hanks, and I had to pick it up immediately because they really talked it up.
“‘I mean, I don’t let what I watch affect my life.’ ‘That’s because you mostly watch documentaries about murder'”
Y’all, this book is funny! I laughed out loud so much while reading this novel, people were looking at me strangely when I was reading this in public. I have so many highlighted sentences and paragraphs that I loved throughout the novel.
I really enjoyed seeing Drew and Annie’s relationship progress. At the beginning of the novel Annie is waiting for her Tom Hanks, but she’s so closed off and not open to meeting anyone, but the more time she and Drew spend together, she starts to enjoy spending time with him and their feelings progress from there.
“That’s not the point, okay?…It doesn’t matter how someone in a romantic comedy affords their absurdly nice house, or whether or not their profession makes sense, or if technically they’re sort of stalking someone they heard on a call-in radio show. What matters is that they have hope.”
Before starting the book I read a lot of meh reviews about this novel, mostly about how people were frustrated with Annie. I totally get where they’re coming from, but I think her being so closed off and not open to getting to know Drew is intentional and part of her personality, and something she has to learn to work on.
This was an upbeat fluffy read, and overall I really enjoyed it. I’m definitely planning on picking up the second book in this series because I loved seeing Nick and Chloe interact, and the fact that Annie’s script is about them is gold.