by Casey McQuiston
Published by St. Martin's Press
Release Date: June 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Diverse, F/F, LGBTQ+, M/M, Romance
Format Read: ARC
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.
Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
So badly I wanted to love this book. The premise was so amazing and the ensemble of characters was great!
Going into this I was hoping for something similar to Casey’s previous novel. With this one I found it hard to connect with August. While I loved the idea of her, I found the way she was brought up and what she endured as a child would change the way she made some choices throughout this book.
August is essentially a detective, which is super awesome and I love that. As a person who digs for fun on certain things, I loved the way her mind worked. The way it was constantly piecing things together and noticing the small details. But with that being said, when it comes to her meeting Jane I feel that she just abandoned those traits a bit. While of course she’s helping Jane figure things out and using her detective like skills. The way she describes her childhood and how she’s quite apprehensive of people and is a bit of a skeptic, all of that sort of flies out the subway window when she meets Jane. To me it doesn’t make sense. As someone who is very similar to August I would never jump head first into something like that and I know I am sounding like a broken record, but to me it just felt out of character for her.
I found myself becoming more invested in the side characters than the actual main ones. Niko was definitely the most interesting character and for me he is what held a lot of my attention.
I, of course, will be reading everything Casey creates, just this one didn’t do it for me.
I’m Diane, I suffer from wanderlust and am from Toronto, Ontario.
Since I was a wee bairn I was obsessed with reading and the fantastical worlds books would sweep my away in. Flash forward 28 years, I can now be seen running through the trees in hopes of being carried to a world far far away, but mostly just tripping over tree roots.
When I’m not reading or watching What We Do In The Shadows on repeat, I can be found tracing my lineage to the ancient Vikings and Scots. Oh! And making organic dog treats for my high-maintenance pets.