"Don't wait to read this delightful rom-com!"
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel
Posted June 6, 2019
Ever since her mother died, Annie had a to-do list that focused on
achieving the next step, until she graduated from college. Ever since
she's been living her life standing still. She lives in her childhood home
with her Uncle Don. She writes articles for Buzzfeed by day, by night
she writes a screenplay.
She would love to be the next Nora Ephron, especially if that means
finding her own Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks represents
the ideal man -- he's charming, sweet, kind, and potentially lives on a
When her uncle calls in a favor, Annie finds herself working on a movie
set for an Oscar-winning director. She can hardly believe her good
fortune until she meets the star of the movie. She and the lead actor
get off on the wrong foot. Drew's never even watched the classic rom-
Reading WAITING FOR TOM
HANKS is like watching one last Nora Ephron movie complete with
a great meet-cute, a quirky best friend, a nerdy uncle, and a love
triangle. You can't help but root for the heroine to realize that she has
met her Tom Hanks -- that he's standing in front of her. The banter
between the heroine and the hero about rom-coms adds charm to the
book. As they discuss her favorite movies, Drew doesn't understand
why these movies are so important to Annie. To Annie, rom-coms
connect her to her mother and hopefully to her future.
This book is perfect for fans of romantic comedies; it will make your
A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading
man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a
script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.
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?
ExcerptNONEXCLUSIVE EXCERPT (Chapter 4)
I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s
face. It’s like
when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the
like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your
there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class)
who can’t stop
In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew
Danforth is the
“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even
more as if
me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I
flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t
you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it
pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge
it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that
hangs over his
“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”
“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only
“I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and
swivel to look at me.
“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward
Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her
not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you
Drew Danforth? Really?”
“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout,
curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the
melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.
“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You
weren’t talking, so
I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”
I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”
“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is
cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and
something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an
destroying his probably very expensive coat.”
Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in
“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as
delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his
the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a
Everyone stares at her blankly.
“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be
“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.
Chloe thinks about it. “I don’t know that I would
necessarily call that
one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”
“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.
I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”
“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.
Nick rolls his eyes.
“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew
and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is,
like, the cutest of
“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically,
scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”
“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head
“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.
“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment
“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks
the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t
embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast
at your wedding
I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you,
but I don’t think
he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a
degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is
going to be
super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead
actor with a
Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and
her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to God,
I told Nick
not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their
Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and
As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if
embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set,
now I have
to deal with this.
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1 comment posted.
Re: Don't wait to read this delightful rom-com!
What a fun premise! I also love meet cute and this sounds
great! Thank you.
(Kathleen Bylsma 7:15pm June 11)
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