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If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that I am now Thebibliotheque’s audio reviewer! Needless to say, when Elena asked me I was overjoyed! Audiobooks are a mean of reading that I only just learned to enjoy and being able to work with her on this project can’t be anything but fun!
So what did I do when I got my hands on her libro.fm account?! Well, I went and looked for some of the titles that I’m waiting for the most and found one of them right away!
Waiting for Tom Hanks sounded exactly the perfect book for me and Elena, for ThoseClassicHues and TheBibliotheque! From the synopsis it seemed to packs all the cheese, wrapped in a bow of romantic comedies and tied up in meet-cute and cliches. I felt myself relaxing on my flight to Spain with the most perfect mix of everything I love about the books that I love. and make this book the perfect addition, the cherry on top of that cake that was my holiday. Turned out it was the top of Mother’s cake since she bent herself over laughing to tears at my absolute frustration while listening to it!
Let’s put to the record that I write this review weeks from the book and while listening to the soundtrack for Notting Hill because otherwise, I would be waaaaay too salty and, believe me, I was. I still am!
Am I regretting choosing this book for my holiday and for my first audiobook with Libro.Fm?! Yes. But let me tell you why!
There is to say that, in its form is not a bad book per se. If you scrape the super long and repetitive and whiny inner monologues that fills a good 70% of the book and forget about the main character It actually has potential! I liked how at the time the other character would recognise how the heroine would space out during one of her stream of consciousness and how they interacted within each other. I really liked the love interest and the other people around her but most of everything I LOVED her best friend. I wish the book was actually about her and her budding romance with her boss but, alas. no luck.
Now that I took away the good, let me tell you about the bad.
Anne Cassidy is a bore. She is a whiny, illuded, self-centred, egotistical person who lives her non-existent life in a perfectly self satisfactory way. She lives in her own mind and, honestly? I think she’s perfectly content about it. She has no character growth for as much as I can see the effort of the author of making her have one, it just doesn’t deliver! And the romance? I honestly have been sent to fuck myself for way less! There are a couple of good moments? Sure! But you can’t see how he would fall for her. You can see how there could be interest, maybe, but that much? Nah. Half of it happens in her head! The good and, even more, the bad! And she just takes it on the poor bastard without passing through stops or voicing any logic!
“You know what you’ve done! You should apologise” [non-cit] When the poor bastard has no idea and, honestly, has done nothing! And when she fucks up even more?! He’s the one yet again apologising? Mah boi, pass, run away, this isn’t healthy! She’s nuts!
I honestly gave Anne a strong possibility, told myself that maybe was the tone the reader took that made me dislike her, told myself that maybe if I was the one reading it that would have changed! But chapter after chapter her action speaks for themselves! The tone of the writer can’t be blamed, not when added to the actions and… she’s just a dreadful person!
I’ve read reviews where she’s called and defined Naive. She’s not. She’s childish! Naiveness means when you don’t know better, an innocence, not knowing how the world works! She’s Illuded! She knows how the world works, she just doesn’t care! She wants to be childish and cares about no one, about nothing around her, trampling over other people times and duty over her childish reason to be upset and taking centre stage when she’s got no reason to stand there. She’s not a plain Jane, she’s an empty -plant-pot character with the inability to walk on a straight line and she sends feminism back 1000 years. Also, honestly, how is it possible that EVERYONE is nice to her? Even the awful people, I just read her and want to punch her straight in the face! I wouldn’t want to be her friend, let alone her girlfriend! Seriously, RUN
She’s a sorry excuse for a romance heroine, clumsy to impossible levels entitled and knowingly passive unless we talk about going bitch mode from 1 to 100.
She’s honestly childish and entitled. RUN DREW RUN!
Would I recomend? Naaaaaaaaah
So yeah, this is my somewhat not really coherent review of this post. I had a way more tidy one written down but apparently, I can’t read my own handwriting and I’m still too mad about this book to think straight. I’m also mad because I still see the potential. I’m mad because I loved certain characters, certain chapters, certain interactions. I’m mad the chorus part of this book doesn’t let me put it anywhere but In the 3 peaches tier. But here you have it. Hugs as big as my bum!
And you? Have you read Waiting for Tom Hanks? What do you think of it?
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