ONE LAST STOP - CASEY MCQUISTON
Title: One Last Stop
Author: Casey McQuiston
Published: June 2021
Genres: Romance, LGBTQIA+
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.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Coming off the back of Red, White & Royal Blue, expectations were high for Casey McQuiston. I gave that one 3 stars, and her newest has also found itself in the same “good, but not great” category for me. At times, the writing felt juvenile, and the whole concept a little too far – fetched, which was exacerbated by the pace not seeming to match it and everything taking so long to come to fruition. I had to make a conscious effort to try and not over think the logistics and blatant conveniences afforded to August and Jane. The representation of diverse characters was commendable, their portrayal felt genuine and well researched and between them, they had solid qualities. I think this is one of those novels which you should just take for what it is: a complex, frustrating young love narrative, but ultimately a wholesome story.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️
This book was not it for me, clearly. If I had to wrap it up in one word it would be BIZZARE. The whole plot is based on a sci fi time travel romance which took me very much by surprise (probably should’ve read the blurb to be fair). The lengthy chapters killed me; there was so much pointless dialogue that added a gigantic nothing to the narrative. Both Jane & August felt two dimensional and underdeveloped denying me from forming any attachment to their “love story”. Everything seemed very ~convenient~ with questionable issues either not being addressed at all, or coincidentally falling into place. McQuiston really pushed the boundaries of what they expected their readers to believe. I’d say it’s targeted at a very YA audience, but there’s also a sex scene on a public underground subway?? The only reason it’s a 2 star instead of a 1, is character diversity representation.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending us an advanced review copy of this book.
You can find more information about the book and purchase a copy here.
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