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One Last Stop

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I thought I read the blurb for this, but really must not have, since the sci-fi element took me by surprise. While the premise is interesting, it doesn't quite work.
The cast of characters definitely had more going for the side characters rather than the main ones. I felt little to no connection to August and Jane. Their whole relationship felt very false and stilted to me. I had much more interest in the roommates.
The pacing was also very off and I found much of the story dragging or repetitive.
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Oh where to begin with this book. . . I finished it almost a week ago now and I’ve just been staring into the void, wondering when another book will fill the empty hole in my chest that this book has left. It. Was. That. Good. Okay but enough dramatics. . . for now.

One Last Stop follows August as she arrives in New York City for a fresh start. She’s just transferred colleges and changed her major again and she’s sure that this time it will be the right fit for her. Surely cold, impersonal New York City will be the perfect place for her to not have to get attached to anyone, for her to stick to her mother’s number one rule: Us versus Everyone. But then she moves into an apartment with three chaotic roommates and meets a mysterious girl on the subway and everything changes.

Although this book starts off a little slow, I began to feel more settled into its atmosphere as August herself got into her routine. Part of what I appreciated about this book was that August starts out feeling like so many early twenty somethings feel right now. Suffocating under a mountain of student loan debt and terrified that they won’t even end up using their degree for their job after it’s all over. She felt so relatable in that way and I really appreciate how McQuiston is writing these 23 – 25 year olds and giving us that representation.

And let me tell you, I loved this group of 23 – 25 year olds. August, her roommates, and Jane are officially my favorite found family. Myla, Niko and Wes were all so different but fit together perfectly. And it made for so much fun banter as well as heartfelt moments where they showed up and cared for August and Jane. I thought they were all just really well written and fleshed out characters and most of the crying that I did at the end was over how much I loved them all.

Speaking of crying. . . August and Jane were just *chef’s kiss*. I think after this book and Red, White and Royal Blue, we can clearly tell that McQuiston just knows how to write two characters in love. The initial spark of attraction, the flirty banter and the idiotic denial of their feelings are all just something I love to see in a romance. And August and Jane’s romance had it all and then some.

So to sum it up because otherwise I’ll just be here gushing all day: One Last Stop is a beautiful romcom about a love that defies the laws of time. With a cast of characters who are almost all queer, this book was funny, heart wrenching, exciting and incredibly romantic. I would highly recommend picking this one up. . . I already want to read it again.

Content Warnings:
Loss of a loved one. Anxiety. Alcohol consumption. Talk of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Talk of past homophobia, including hate crimes toward the queer community. Mention of blood and violence.

– August: bisexual. Jane: lesbian, Chinese. Niko: trans, Latino. Myla: queer, Black. Wes: queer, Jewish
– There is Black, Chinese, pansexual & queer rep in other side characters. Two prominent side characters are also drag queens.

I Would Recommend This Book To:
– Anyone who likes their New Adult romance with a touch of sci-fi and mystery.
– People longing for a found family trope that will make them feel like they belong to that family.
– Literally anyone.

My Rating: ★★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I cant begin to thank #NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

So while I am not the biggest fan of romances, I tend to really enjoy Casey McQuiston's books and this one was no differed.  I love reading her books because they are an escape from reality for me and allow me to just sit back and enjoy the story, the character and the plot. I loved the LGBT theme and the mixture of characters and personalities through out this book! 

Another grand slam for Casey McQuiston
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This book is one of the best reads I have read in a long time. The main character August just moved to New York City in an apartment in Brooklyn. As coffee spills on her during a train ride on the Q train, a young woman assists her and August starts to form a crush on her. Soon this young woman rides on the train with August regularly, and they start to form a connection with each other. Problem is the young woman named Jane has been the same age since 1976. With the help of August eccentric roommates, they try to piece together Jane's past on why Jane had never left the Q train since that time. 

This book is a well diverse with its characters in race, culture, and sexuality. Every character reminds you of someone you knew growing up, a family member, and a best friend. The authenticity of the New York City train line and areas in Brooklyn is spot on. This is hands down one of the best books for 2021.
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Wow. I absolutely loved this book. Casey McQuiston has done it again. After Red, White & Royal Blue, my epectations for One Last Stop were sky-high. Somehow, this book managed to fulfill my expectations and go beyond. There is something so timeless about this book. I love the aesthetic that surrounds it—how the Q train passes by everyday, and with it, so does Jane Su. Jane and August's relationship is my favorite thing ever. It truly feels like they are soulmates. I love the subplot of found family that is woven in. One Last Stop was incredible and I can't wait to get my hands on another one of Casey's books.
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Ultimately I wanted to love this book more than I actually did. I love that it’s becoming easier and easier to find LGBTQ+ romance in the general romance section but it can’t all be great. I love Red White and Royal Blue but unfortunately this just didn’t have the same spark and charm and I found myself more annoyed with the characters than rooting for them. It’s still a solid read just not a hit like RWARB.
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I simply ADORED this book. I loved every single one of the characters with my whole heart. 

I really loved Red, White, and Royal Blue so I requested this without reading the description. Which is something I do way too often, probably. But it was really fun with this book because I had no idea it dealt with time travel (kinda) and magic realism (kinda). It was a very nice surprise. 

I think this means Casey McQuiston is being added to my auto-buy (auto-request) list!
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August moves to New York to prove that she doesn’t need anyone. When she runs into a woman on the Q train, there is an immediate connection. Jane is mysterious and always seems to be on the Q when August takes it. Over time, August realizes that Jane is stuck on the train. And not just stuck, but stuck from 1970. August is determined to help release Jane from this prison.

This was not what I was expecting from the author of Red White and Royal Blue, but I really enjoyed it! The storyline was great, and the characters really drew me in and made me wish I lived in their apartment with them. This book was so quirky and fun, I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!
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A beautiful ode to queerness with all of my favorite tropes rolled into one well-written bundle. I just want to have pancakes with August, Jane, and the fam! A wonderful sophomore novel that put Casey McQuiston on my must-purchase list.
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Cleverly crafted and so far one of my favorite books of this year.  This book has an unforgettable cast of diverse characters that you want to be friends with.  The writing style was smooth and gave striking details on settings and characters without intruding on the flow of the story and was beautiful in all the right moments. From the beginning I couldn’t put it down.  This story stayed with me long after I had read the last chapter.  A must read!

I want to thank NetGalley, the author and publisher for the e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are honest, my own and left voluntarily.
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Rated: PG-13
Sub-genre: Time-travel/Sci-fi
Trope: Soul mates
Pro: Original story; interesting characters
Con: Ending was just okay
Verdict: Picked up and became more interesting at the end of chapter 4
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This was a lot of book. Quirky characters, unique situations, found family... it's a lot of story all tied up in one romance novel. I love the diversity of characters -- their pronouns, their queerness, their absolute acceptance of each other. It was a great love story, not just of romantic love, but family love, friend love and self love. I very much enjoyed my time with this book and the world the author created.
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August has finally settled in Brooklyn to finish her degree after a lifetime of moving from place to place. She's surprised by how quickly she finds a home with with a random band of roommates who quickly become family, but she's even more unprepared for the woman she meets on the subway. Jane is the definition of cool, with her leather jacket and retro taste in 70's punk rock, but she's also kind of mysterious: she never leaves the Q train. Since there's little August loves more than a mystery, she leaps into an investigation of how where (or when?) Jane is really from, how she got stuck, and how to fix it. Except that last one comes with a pretty big risk. If they're able to get Jane off the train, she might just go back to where she came from and be out of August's life forever. Is saving this woman she thinks she loves worth her heartbreak if their plan actually works?

I LOVED Red, White and Royal Blue, so I had high hopes for this second novel from McQuiston. Unfortunately, it was a little bit of a letdown for me. The plot and pacing was really disjointed and awkward, with some scenes stretching out forever and then time passing in a blink where we have no idea what happened in between. There were way too many metaphors and other grammatical techniques used to the point where it felt forced, like someone told the author to show and not tell and they really took that to heart. I absolutely loved the supporting cast (August's roommates were all the best, and the drag queens were FABULOUS), but August, herself, was pretty underwhelming. Jane, too, was a little flat in comparison to the others, though she certainly had more attitude and a more interesting backstory than August. 

For me, this read as a very early draft, where the story didn't quite work yet and the writing wasn't as sharp or polished as I'd expect. And maybe some of these issues will be worked out before the finished product goes to press. There were still characters that charmed the heck out of me, just like in McQuiston's first book, so it's not like I didn't like anything in this book. There was a lot to work with, I just felt like I couldn't root for the main characters enough to love it. But the representation and acceptance and "finding your chosen family" message was completely beautiful, and I'm glad I read it. And no matter what, after that complete knockout of a first book, I will always look forward to seeing what McQuiston does next. :)

**Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!**
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I felt like I waited 1000 years for another Casey McQuiston book...and boy was this worth the wait! Funny, so sweet, such an interesting story! McQuiston's writing style feels very fresh and distinct. Side characters are perfect, and I loved the resolution at the end!
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One Last Stop is at its core a story of found family. It was such a delightful read and will appeal to readers of both contemporary romcoms, as well as those who love a little magic or sci-fi! I was absolutely obsessed with the side characters and found August to be such a relief of a character. She is firmly in that “new adult” range, trying to find her place in the world with the impending end of her schooling. New York City felt so authentic, as did the 24-hour pancake diner and the amazingly well-crafted characters. The mystery behind it all kept me guessing the whole way through and was so well tied up by the end. Also I dare you to NOT fall in love with Jane, August, and the whole crew. HIGHLY recommend.
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Quirky, cute & charming. Everything you need in a book. Casey McQuiston outperformed herself with the writing of this book. I could not put it down! All of the eccentric characters were well developed, I absolutely devoured this! Thank you so much for my advanced copy,
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CASEY MCQUISTON STRIKES AGAIN. I don't even know where to begin - this story was so heartwarmingly original and left me with all the feels. The NYC vibes + quirky characters + quippy banter = an amazing journey I just didn't want to end.  If you buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Casey McQuiston for providing a digital galley in exchange for a review.

In Casey McQuiston’s new book One Last Stop, bisexual August has just moved to New York City and is settling into a new apartment with new roommates, a new job as a waitress in a 24-hour pancake diner, a new college, and a daily subway commute with a cute girl who always seems to be on the same train. No matter when August catches the Q line, there, improbably, is Jane, a gorgeous, friendly Chinese-American woman who makes catching the subway the highlight of August’s day. But August’s subway crush becomes more complicated than simply figuring out whether Jane is interested when she realizes that Jane’s old school taste in music, the fact that she always seems to be wearing the same thing, and the way she never leaves the subway car are more than just quirks – Jane has been displaced in time from the 1970s, lost all her memories, and can’t physically leave the Q line. As August tries to track down clues from Jane’s life, help her recover her memories, and free her from the subway, their growing feelings and a looming deadline complicate August’s motivations until she doesn’t know whether she’ll be able send Jane back to her own time and move on without her. 

I sincerely loved the premise of this book and I have been excitedly waiting for it to come out since I first heard a description of it. I actually held off on starting it for at least a week after I was approved for the galley because I was worried I had built it up to much and it wouldn’t hold up to my expectations. If anything, it exceeded them. McQuiston has a talent for bringing characters to vivid life and, as fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue might expect, the banter in this book is top notch. Even the side characters feel like real people you will want to get to know. On top of that, August is a fantastic protagonist. She’s prickly and suspicious, carrying a lot of baggage from a childhood spent as her mother’s sidekick in pursuing a missing persons case, and watching her slowly build relationships (both romantic and platonic) is incredibly emotionally satisfying. I also just love McQuiston’s writing. Frequently I would find a line that hit me so strongly I had to stop, reread it a few times, take a picture of the line, and then remember that this is an ARC and I can’t use the photo to convince anyone to read the book yet because it isn’t out. So consider this review a continuation of that urge - go read this book!

In a letter at the beginning of the galley, McQuiston describes the story as about “being broke and lost in your twenties, finding family in more ways than one, and queer communities past and present,” and that really comes through. Although this is a romantic comedy, it’s just as much about August finding her place and figuring out who she wants to be and the life she wants to have, in the middle of a found family of queer characters, and the history Jane brings in of queer communities in the 70s, as it is about whether or not Jane and August will get together. I have a special place in my heart for found-family stories and this one is perfection. For those curious about the time-displacement element of the plot, it works best when you don’t examine it too closely. It’s explained in a way that makes just enough sense to keep the story moving, but the novel isn’t really here to tell a hard time travel story. The time-displacement is there to serve the romance plot, bring Jane and August together, and add the tension of August needing to help Jane get back to her own time, but wanting her to stay in the present so they can be together. There’s also a great subplot of August working with her found family of roommates, neighbors, and coworkers to fight gentrification and save the diner where she works from being bought out by a developer. The end felt a little rushed, in that I kept looking at the remaining page count and worrying about how it could possibly wrap up all the plot lines still in the air at that point, but it did so admirably. In general, this novel makes you want to hug the characters and spend more time with them and without giving any spoilers, I was very happy with the ending. I can’t wait for it to come out so I can start shoving it at everyone I can convince to read it.
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This was on of my most anticipated books of 2021. I loved red, white and royal blue. The beginning was slow for me and took a bit to get into it. Once we got more info the story and the characters I did enjoy it. Overall a great read and will definitely recommend it.
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I give it a 4.5 of 5 stars! Readers be warned - this started off slow for me in the first quarter of the book, but once we hit the big plot hook (no spoilers), I was enthralled. The realistic, modern novel took on a magical, fantastical air and I needed to know what happened next. The twists and turns were great fun, and the characters were all vibrant and real. There were a handful of moments that made me raise an eyebrow, such as a certain line that was VERY similar to a famous John Green book quote, but overall, this read was great fun. I actually enjoyed it better than Red, White, and Royal Blue, by a decent margin! Knowing how popular that read was, I hope all who enjoyed it will pick up this one next.
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