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.
–from the blurb about One Last Stop
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.
Red, White, and Royal Blue is one of my favorite books; I absolutely loved it. So, of course, I was thrilled when I found out that Casey McQuiston was going to release another book. And today, I have my review for One Last Stop.
Put simply, this book definitely lived up to my expectations. Once again, McQuiston blew me away with her perfect balance of hysterical humor, heartfelt moments, and gut-wrenching angst.
So, keep reading to find out exactly what I loved about One Last Stop!
The characters are undoubtedly the heart of this book. And I won’t lie; each and every one of them immediately stole my heart. McQuiston really wrote an incomparably amazing cast for this book. I loved all their different passions and quirks. I also had a love-to-hate relationship with their different struggles. Because, obviously, it was painful to read about the difficulties they’d each faced, but at the same time, McQuiston did an amazing job showing how those things made each of them into the person they turned out to be.
Plus, I enjoyed their development over the course of the book. We obviously see the most change with August, and then with Jane, but I also enjoyed reading about Wes’ growth. And, to be completely honest, I also really liked that a number of the other characters, like Myla and Niko and Isaiah, didn’t change. Sure, they changed in our eyes as August discovered new things about them and their pasts, but they actually remained mostly the same.
As for the plot, I, in short, loved it. There really wasn’t a single boring moment; One Last Stop had my full attention and rapture from start to finish. And McQuiston did an excellent job weaving together the romance with the “solving the case” part of the plot. It all tied together perfectly and nothing really felt like a subplot; it all just rolled together into one big, complicated main plot.
And as I said before, the story had the perfect balance of every emotion possible. It had the absolute funniest scenes imaginable alongside sequences filled with heartbreak and anger. It just…it made me feel a lot of things, okay?
In the end, it just comes down to this: You absolutely must read this book. It has everything you could ever ask for in a contemporary romance; I loved it, and I don’t even particularly like or seek out this genre. But seriously; this book will blow you out of the water and leave you wishing you could move to Brooklyn and meet all these incredible people.
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