Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 3/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, LGBTQ and Science Fiction

Warnings: Discussion of grief of loved one, anxiety, homophobia and racism

Review: August is as cynical as can be and moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: love doesn’t exist and she is destined to be alone. But could all of that change with some unique roommates, a job at a 24-hour pancake house and her subway commute? Enter in Jane, a charming and quite mysterious girl on the Q train. Jane with her rough edges and leather jacket saves August’s day when she needs it most. Soon, August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day…then she discovers that Jane displaced in time from the 1970s. Of course, August has to figure out why and how…it might just connect back to her own childhood.

First off, I actually screamed when I got this ARC…Red, White and Royal Blue is one of my favorite fiction books. I was READY for Casey McQuiston’s next book but also slightly worried I would not love it as much…and I was right. This was cute and unique story, I loved the time travel add-in. But I was a little disappointed that I didn’t love it and I kept thinking it would get better. What I loved about RWARB was the banter and the clear connection between the main characters. This was missing for me for me in Jane and August. I got lost in a lot of context information, not enough plot and then bam we are at the end…cool, which the end by the way was great! It was a solid “okay” book for me. If you are going into this expecting RWARB, this is vastly different book and that’s okay! I probably would have had a better appreciation if I weren’t going in thinking about that.

Things I loved: The side characters were gold, queer representation and the New York setting. It was not your typical rom-com book and those are my favorite!

Things I didn’t care for: The lack of connection between the characters and overall execution of the plot…it really dragged on and it took me a week to finish it.

One Last Stop is released on June 1st. Thank you NetGalley for providing this ARC for my honest opinion.

Love,

A

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