I adored Red, White and Royal Blue so much when I read it in 2019 (my review is available here) so obviously the second I heard about Casey McQuiston’s sapphic book coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. When I got a physical proof of it, I might have screamed a little as this is one of my most anticipated reads, and it absolutely stood up to the hype.
Rating: 5 stars!
Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for the ARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review.
About the book:
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.
What did I think?
Okay. We all know that I’m a romance skeptic, and extremely fussy about romance books. So let me get this out of the way right off the bat. This was so, so, so good that it made me want to read more romance. That bar is unbelievably high. Unsurprisingly, it also made me want to reread Red, White and Royal Blue. Casey McQuiston is such a good character writer. I honestly don’t know how they do it. I fell in love with Jane and August within the first few pages, and only loved them more with every passing moment.
August is a gorgeous protagonist and I am screaming from the rafters at getting to read about a fat sapphic girl living her best life and falling in love. Jane is mysterious and lovable and it’s easy to see how August fell for her instantly (I think we all get it, August, we do). I loved their dynamic and the awkward uncertainty of falling in love, compounded by the time trap. It wasn’t just August and Jane that made this book so flawless. The whole character cast was perfect. August’s roommates were perfection wrapped in… weird parcels. Wes in particular might be one of my favourite characters in 2021. He’s relatable and I love him. He’s also a bit of a disaster. I got such huge found family vibes off this book and that’s one of my favourite things in the world. I think a lot of queer people will see themselves in this book, it’s full of so much love and heart for queer friendship groups.
The atmosphere throughout this book is just wonderful. It felt like I was reading a love letter to New York, and while I’ve never been there, a lot of it resonated with me. As someone who moved away from home, found my own town and fell completely in love with my new home, I loved reading about August finding her feet in the city. Predictably a lot of this book takes place on the subway and it absolutely felt like a character in its own right. I’ll be the first to admit that initially I was skeptical of the time plot. I have been known to be excessively critical of any plots that tangle with time travel, time jumps or any kind of time chaos (it just….. ruins timelines! don’t mess with time!) but I think that it’s done really well in One Last Stop. I won’t go too much into it because I don’t want to spoil any of the reveals but it plays out in a way that stopped it feeling ridiculous. I really liked it, and the way that August’s investigative skills came into play was really fun.
I already know that this book is going to be the perfect comfort read and I’ll come back to it time and time again when I need a soothing, happy, lovey dovey read. And that’s 90% because of the characters and 10% because time heist at a drag party.
Release Date: 1st June 2021