By: Cait Marie
Releases June 1, 2021
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 received a free advanced audiobook through Libro.fm’s influencer program*, but it does not affect my review.
First, I would like to state that I had no idea what this book was about going in. It was one of my most anticipated books of the year purely because Casey McQuiston wrote it and I may or may not be low-key obsessed with Red, White & Royal Blue. I assumed it was another contemporary romantic comedy, which it was… but it was so much more!
I was not expecting any sort of speculative fiction when I began reading, so when they started trying to figure out if Jane was a ghost or time traveler or something, it threw me off for a brief second. I love speculative fiction; I just wasn’t expecting it. This is why we read blurbs first, friends (haha).
This book… it was so, so good. It was hilarious to the point of literally laughing out loud. It was emotional and made me tear up more than once. The romance was fantastic and steamy without being overly graphic. The story kept me so intrigue that I couldn’t stop listening; I had to know what happened.
If you’ve read my past reviews, you know that my love of a book relies heavily on characters. McQuiston brings such life to August and Jane, much like she did with her debut release that made me fall in love with her writing. They are relatable and real. The development is done so well and naturally, and it wasn’t just for the main characters. Her side characters are just as amazing. I could read a whole series on August’s roommates and their shenanigans.
If you like romantic comedies with a bit of mystery, chalked full of lovable, sarcastic characters, One Last Stop is the book for you!
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