Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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Synopsis

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.

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This was so cute! An ensemble of queer characters, the chosen family trope, epic sapphic romance with a dash of magic, and friends figuring out life together, it’s really all I ask for in a book so thank you Casey. I had a great time reading One Last Stop and I wanted Myla and Niko to adopt me into their friend group just like they did August.

Going into this book, I didn’t really know what it was about. I picked it up because I liked Red, White and Royal Blue. One Last Stop surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it to be a sci-fi/fantasy romance but it works really well with the plot and characters.

Speaking of characters, they’re awesome and wholesome and lively and I fell in love with all of them. I would say though the romance was good, as the book progressed, I was in it for August’s friends more than anything. I loved the banter and camaraderie and you could really see the love between these characters pour out of the pages.

!! spoiler zone !!

I was definitely bothered by the fact that the MCs kept having sex on the train and they dismissed other people’s disapproving looks like they didn’t matter. I understand that for the sake of the story, it was necessary since Jane literally could not leave the train but I’m not a fan.

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