Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop

Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin (June 1, 2021)
Paperback, 432 pages


Audiobook, 12 hours and 10 minutes
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Publisher: Macmillan Audio


Romance, Contemporary Romance
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Summary

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.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book sucked me right in and gripped me, and I found it hard to stop reading because I needed to know what would happen next. There’s a bit of unnecessary third act drama, and I couldn’t keep Wes and Niko straight in my head for half the time.

I love the casual diversity in this book. As a plus sized cis bi white woman, I can’t really speak to how well the rep is written or if there are any problematic issues with it. Nothing jumped out at me as cringey, which I hope is because it’s written well and not because my vision is too narrow. I can say that I love the casual descriptors that code August as plus-sized without her weight ever being a problem or her feeling like she needs to lose weight. How refreshing! And then August’s roommates and coworkers are just this bright rainbow of wacky diversity, and it’s great.

I am IN LOVE with Jane. *swoon* I love the chemistry between Jane and August, it’s GLORIOUS. It’s also really cool how they teach each other about the different viewpoints and events and media of their times. This book is like a love song to the 70’s, breakfast foods, and found family.

I listened to this on audiobook, narrated by Natalie Naudus, and it was quite an enjoyable ride. Her voice is pleasant and the pacing is good. The only thing that annoyed me is apparently August is southern and the narrator is very NOT, so every time August said “y’all” it had a very jarring effect and pulled me right out of the story. Besides that, though, I loved how she gave everyone their own distinct voice, and I felt like she was really spot on with how I expected Jane to sound.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley/Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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