Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Title: One Last Stop
Author: Casey McQuiston
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Wibbley wobbley timey wimey
Explicit? NSFW, but I wouldn’t worry too much.
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.

I just want you to know, if I were not diabetic, and Casey McQuiston required an organ. I would happily hand one of mine over. Seriously. The writing in this book is that good.

To say I fell in love with each and every character in this novel would be putting it mildly. From August who smells like pancakes, to Jane who is a fighter, to Wes who needs to learn to be a little more bold and all the other characters that lined the pages of this novel.

In reading this book I felt like I was walking alongside the characters within it, experiencing more than just their lives but their emotions and love for each other. It has found family vibes, which I can tell you is one of my fave tropes of all time.

The queerness of this book is what made it special to me though, because I remember the first time I found people who would get me, and how warm and welcoming it found to be around them. This book brought back those feelings for me and for that reason it will remain on my shelf and in my recommendations for a long time to come. I wanted to eat a pancake breakfast with them (even though I only like them in theory). I wanted to walk through their apartment, and sing in the halls during a drag brunch.


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