I thought I would like Waiting for Tom Hanks, a book that follows rom-com moving loving and aspiring screenwriter Annie Cassidy as she searches for love, holding out hope for a meet-cute that rivals the Tom Hanks meet-cutes gone by. After all, I do believe in rom-com love.
The official description:
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?
At first, I wasn’t into it. Annie didn’t grip me as a protagonist. I felt she was a little immature and borderline whiney. I was only reading a few pages at a time before moving on to something else. I would have likely shelved it as a DNR, but it was one of the 12 books I committed to reading this year thanks to a social media challenge so I powered through.
I couldn’t put it down.
I can’t pinpoint when it changed for me, but I hit a place in the book where I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Drew was always the ultimate crush, all movie star and suave but also complex and layered. As I learned more about Annie, I began to like her more as well. The supporting characters – Chloe, Ben, Annie’s uncle and his Dungeons and Dragons friends, the coffee shop crew – were charming and I was rooting for them just as much as I was cheering on Annie and Drew. The final scene had Love Actually vibes and any book that references Sleepless in Seattle is going to win me over in the end.
While Waiting on Tom Hanks started slow, it finished strong. There’s a sequel, Not Like the Movies, that follows Chloe and Ben’s story. I haven’t started it yet – my to-be-read pile is staggering at this point – but it is on my summer reading list.
I give Waiting on Tom Hanks four stars out of five.