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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: Book Review

This is a spoiler-free review.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Published June 1st, 2021

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

Thank you to the publisher, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of this audiobook. All thoughts are my own.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston has quickly become one of my favorite books. I am… completely obsessed with this novel. The romance was just perfect. Throughout each page of August and Jane’s story, I was reminded that this, this is what falling in love feels like.

I told my fiancée before picking this book up that I already knew I was going to love it because it’s a story about us. (A joke, since the main characters look very similar to me and her). After starting the story I quickly found out that neither August nor Jane were very much like me and my partner at all. In fact, they were fully realized characters all on their own.

One thing romance novels can sometimes lack is unique, well-developed characters that jump off the page. That was never an issue here. From the instant her narrative started, August had a very distinct perspective. And even when Jane didn’t fully know who she was, she never felt half-baked.

The supporting cast was so also eccentric and fun. Getting to read how they rifted off each other was great. The banter in this book was top-tier. I loved their little found family. 💖

Another thing that can make or break a romance for me is its plot. What makes a good novel great is a compelling storyline outside of the actual romance itself, and One Last Stop had that in spades. While I can’t go into details without spoiling, I can assuredly say that this book never felt like it dragged. Not even once.

Have you read One Last Stop?

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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