Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop
Casey McQuiston
Release: June 1, 2021
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks...

Cynical twenty-three-year old August doesn’t believe in much. She doesn’t believe in psychics, or easily forged friendships, or finding the kind of love they make movies about. And she certainly doesn’t believe her ragtag band of new roommates, her night shifts at a 24-hour pancake diner, or her daily subway commute full of electrical outages are going to change that.

But then, there’s Jane. Beautiful, impossible Jane.

All hard edges with a soft smile and swoopy hair and saving August’s day when she needed it most. The person August looks forward to seeing on the train every day. The one who makes her forget about the cities she lived in that never seemed to fit, and her fear of what happens when she finally graduates, and even her cold-case obsessed mother who won’t quite let her go. And when August realizes her subway crush is impossible in more ways than one—namely, displaced in time from the 1970s—she thinks maybe it’s time to start believing.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

Have you ever read a book and immediately known that it will be one you’re going to be obsessed with? Just like with Red, White and Royal Blue, I knew within a couple chapters of One Last Stop that I was reading a new favorite book. To be honest, I heard the phrases "time traveling lesbians" and "stuck on the subway" and knew that I was going to love this story.

And this book was perfection! Absolute perfection! It was everything my little queer bisexual heart wanted and needed it to be plus so much more! This review could be pages and pages of me raving about how much I loved this book but I will limit myself to five reasons why I loved it so much and why you should go out and immediately buy it.

Reason one is the characters! This book would make an excellent case study on how to write fully formed queer characters that feel so real you want to go get dinner with them. They are diverse in race, gender, and sexuality. I fell in love quickly with prickly, reformed girl detective, August. She was a character that I immediately saw pieces of myself in. And her queer found family is serious friendship goals and I found myself wanting to move into Apartment 6F so I could be part of it. And let’s not forget about Jane. Glorious, soft, riot girl Jane stole my heart as quickly as August did.

Reason two is that this book is compulsively readable. You hit a point in the story where putting the book down is actually painful because you need to know what happens next. I stayed up reading until 1:30am and finished the book with a huge grin and tears on my face and my heart feeling like it grew three sizes too big. And despite it being after midnight, I immediately wanted to reread it after finishing and that is the highest praise I can give a book.

Reason three is because it is a story of finding your people and your place in the world. For me, reading it felt like coming home and getting wrapped in a hug. It was also highly nostalgic for me because it made me miss my own found family I gathered while I was living away from home. And rolly bangs would have totally been something we would have played in our apartments.

Reason four is the romance! Casey McQuiston is a master of writing longing between love interests and this book had all of the longing in not just one romance but two! I'll be honest. If you told me that I would be getting hot and bothered by a subway sex scene before this book, I would have laughed. There were some seriously hot and steamy scenes and they were glorious!

Reason five was the setting in New York City. In this book, the city was almost a character of its own and it made me miss that huge, smelly, and glorious place! McQuiston's description of the magicalness of the subway totally captured me and took me there without me leaving my living room. And the food descriptions in this book made me hungry! I miss being close to diners that have been there decades before you were ever born and where they remember your order when you become a regular. It also made me want a real New York bagel and smear so badly and is something I can't even get close to here in Idaho.

Overall, this book will make you keep turning the pages while you feel all the emotions. I'll be raving about it for months to come and seriously can't recommend it enough already. I absolutely can't wait to read what Casey McQuiston puts out next! I need all of the queer rom-coms they'll write in my life!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

   5 / 5 Stars!

My reviews of other books by this author:
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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