I’ve been horrible about posting lately and fell a bit behind on posting my NetGalley reviews! So without further ado, here’s my review of One Last Stop. I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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 had a lot of fun reading this latest book from Casey McQuiston! The characters, setting, and writing style all combined to make a relatable read that never stopped making me feel secondhand embarrassment, joy, and all the emotions in between.
By far, my favorite thing about this book was the cast of characters in August’s apartment. Every single roommate was hilarious in their own dialogue, their interactions with the other roommates, and their role in August’s character arc. I couldn’t get enough of the group’s dynamic and loved the situations they found themselves in. The diverse cast of secondary characters added so much to the story and really made this book feel like it’s own little world.
August herself was the type of main character that I found myself really rooting for despite the fact that we outwardly don’t have a lot in common and she isn’t the typical kind of MC that I usually really love. Jane was a delightful character all on her own and I loved the romance with August. I felt the most emotional when it came to Jane and her story, partially because she was a very well-written character but mostly because of the historical LGBTQ+ elements incorporated into the story.
One of the things I love most about fiction is its ability to make really big issues feel so much smaller and personal, even when you can’t always relate to the issues yourself. That’s what McQuiston did when it came to 70s Pride and LGBTQ+ representation. I really admire McQuiston for the amount of research that must have been put into this part of the book. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear about members of the LGBTQ+ community being targeted, feeling ostracized, and being cut off from their families. It’s one of those things that I know has happened and still happens but often have a difficult time thinking about in a smaller-scoped perspective. This book really drove a lot of that history right into my heart and it was intense but so wonderfully written and incorporated into the book.
The magic/sci-fi genre blending was a really fun element to this book. The author did a great job of explaining Jane’s predicament while still leaving a lot to the imagination and open to interpretation. This aspect of the book added a good amount of mystery, romance, and action to the plot as August was drawn close to Jane while she tried to determine what happened to her and how to fix it. Learning about Jane’s history, family, and seeing her develop throughout this part of the book was fantastic.
This book really feels like a love story to growing up as well as to the LGBTQ+ community’s movements toward being accepted by society. I couldn’t find myself relating to the specifics of any character’s story in this book but the spirit of growing up, learning about the world, and facing challenges with friends, family, and all by yourself really resonated with me. I would definitely recommend reading this book- I think it may challenge you to think from different perspectives while also making you laugh, cry, and just feel.