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One Last Stop

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I love the bisexual main character and that she's not represented as a lesbian even as she's falling for another woman. The diversity in this book was lovely to see especially when it's such a small part of the greater story, in my opinion it was the perfect way to include diversity.
Overall the characters were definitely the best part of this novel, they are absolutely fabulous and feel realistic in the best way possible. Almost every single character felt like a person that I could know in real life while simultaneously wanting them to be my best friend. My favorite character changed a lot in this story because everyone had their moment to shine while helping August.
The magic was the second part of this novel that made it the 5 star that it is. One Last Stop has real magic but also teaches the lesson that magic is in the world and people around you. I saw the magic and beauty in the world around me more clearly as I read this book and that's really one of the best things that I could hope for while reading.
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What can I say about this novel in order to convey the depth of my love for it? I don’t know that there are words. Obviously, with Red, White & Royal Blue being the smash hit it was, the expectation for Casey McQuiston’s second novel were beyond high for me—and it surpassed them all.

One Last Stop combines so many of my favourite things to create an amazing novel I’ll be re-reading again and again: a complicated sapphic relationship portrayed with such realism it left me feeling seen, a messy and wonderful protagonist in August (who I will die for, thank you), speculative elements to enhance the contemporary romance plotline, a wonderful queer found family with side characters I would ALSO die for, a swoon worthy love interest, and clear love for the city of New York in which its set.

Seriously. This will be on my auto-recommend list to anyone looking for a romance read, and in my possibly controversial opinion, I liked One Last Stop even more than RW&RB, which is hard to beat. McQuiston has turned me into a lifelong fan and I will be purchasing all their books for as long as they continue to write them.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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I loved this book and would love to say thank you to Netgalley and the people at St.Martin's Press for giving me a chance to read an advance copy of my most anticipated book of 2021. I feel so lucky I got to do that. 

One Last Stop is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Not only does Casey McQuiston made me fall in love with August and Jane, they also made me fall for their friends: Myla, Niko, Wes, Isaiah... They made me fall in love with New York. Billy's pancakes. Drag's shows you go see with your besties at night. The subway. The Q train. 

I felt pulled in the story as soon I read the first page. I loved August and saw a lot of myself in her. I found her relatable and loved the whole 'detective gilmore girl' thing she and her mom had, although it might nt have been easy growing up. 

I don't want to say too much, but if you, whoever you are, are reading this, I want you to know that this is the  book. It's worth reading.
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This book was at its heart an incredibly sweet, interesting, and touching romance. I really loved the cast of characters and the way everyone looked out for each other. My only issue was with the pacing. Sometimes, this book felt fast-paced and othertimes very slow. I will say this book is truly worth it for the last 40% alone.
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WOW. This book is INCREDIBlE! I honestly didn't want it to end but I also wanted to know what happens. Word of advice, go into this book knowing as little as possible. I didn't know anything about it except it was by Casey McQuiston and I adored Red, White and Royal Blue. Going into this story knowing nothing made for the most magical reading experience! I was genuinely shocked and awed with this adorable book. The characters are quirky and charming. The setting was perfect. Honestly might be my new favorite book! Sorry in advance for how much I'm going to be talking about this book for the next few months! Read it! You'll love it!
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A huge thank you to DJ DeSmyter, Meghan Harrington, and NetGalley for this ARC. I emailed many times and I’m lucky it paid off. 

Casey McQuiston’s sophomore novel does a complete 180 from her fluffy, dreamy debut, “Red, White & Royal Blue,” and transports readers to the dirty subways of New York, but manages to keep the same themes of hope, family, and queer love prominent to create a show stopper out of “One Last Stop.” 

“One Last Stop” centers around August, a 23-year-old trying to find her place in the world who has just recently moved to New York and finds herself ready to attend college for a third time, working at a 24-hour pancake diner, and taking the Q train regularly. But that’s not all life has in store for August. Enter Jane, a Chinese-American heartstopper who seems to always be on the Q train with August, until she finds out Jane is stuck in time. It’s up to August, with the help of her friends, to find out how to get her subway crush back to the real world before she’s stuck in time, possibly forever. 

McQuiston showcases major growth in her writing but maintains the same identity. Her writing remains to be this poetic commentary on the characters, their identities, and the bigger themes the book revolves around. For “One Last Stop,” she manages to capture the desire, want, and need of belonging and a sense of family beautifully and in a number of ways. 

These feelings are best captured in the ensemble of characters that accompany August and Jane which include August’s roommates (Niko, Myla, Wes, and Noodles the poodle); Isaiah, the drag queen who lives across the hall; and Lucie, one of August’s coworkers at Pancake Billy’s House of Pancakes. These characters are very diverse and represent many parts of the LGBT+ community which gives readers a multitude of emotions to relate to and stories to find themselves in. In all honesty, these characters make the novel and it wouldn’t be the same without them. Readers are guaranteed to fall in love with them just as much as they will August and Jane. 

August and Jane are much more complex than their friends, given that they are the leads of the book, but give themselves away in pieces throughout it. At first, neither come off with much to them, but as they find themselves (August in a more metaphorical way, Jane in a more literal way), they grow into more well rounded, complex characters. August is not perfect by any means and is a great example of a disaster bi (in the nicest way possible), but that’s what makes her such an amazing main character. Jane is the character readers will easily fall for, with her badass attitude that breaks occasionally, showcasing the more emotional and insecure side to her. They complement each other perfectly and their (eventual) relationship creates a timeless love story that’s easy to fall for. 

What is perhaps the best part of this book, though, is McQuiston’s ability to encapsulate New York which defines the novel all around. She did this in “Red, White & Royal Blue,” where the settings (Washington D.C. and the U.K.) reflect the feel of the book quite well, with its perfect, storybook tone and ending. The same applies to this book. “One Last Stop” captures the greasy yet magical grind of the trains and everyday life of New Yorkers. August is a messy character, often put in messy settings, which reflect McQuiston’s personal experiences, from what she has spoken on the novel. It creates an experience that feels authentic and real, whether readers have lived in New York their whole life or never been at all. 

The only part where “One Last Stop” falls flat is its slow beginning and fast-paced ending. Compared to “Red, White & Royal Blue,” it takes significantly longer for much of anything to happen with August and Jane, as it is a lot of scene-setting and character introduction. On the opposite hand though, the ending feels a little rushed and abrupt. Luckily though, almost all loose ends are tied up and the book ends hopeful for all characters. 

The Verdict

“One Last Stop” is another masterpiece by McQuiston and offers fans a new kind of magic for readers to fall in love with. It is a story about what defines family, the numerous forms they come in, and the heart-aching love that comes with finding it. It is a love letter to New York, the magic of the small things in life, and, perhaps the most heartwarming, a love letter to her fans. McQuiston’s sophomore novel showcases her talents as an author and shows she has a bright future in the genre for years to come.
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This book has given me the most beautiful book hangover. I will be able to think of nothing else but this book and these characters and this story for the foreseeable future. Every single character is vivid and colourful, and the author weaves in queer culture beautifully. You can tell it is written by a queer author because the representation is there, but that's not the focus. It made me want to live in a New York like this that is so full of life. It deals with aspect of the queer experience and talks about the history there, which feels often ignored. And, of course, the two main characters. Their story is epic, one for the ages. It is the kind of relationship that people wish they had, and yet it feels attainable. I didn't know how it would end, which I loved, but the ending was perfection. This book is another triumph from the author, and I will recommend it to everyone I can.
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This book was...odd? I was not expecting all of the supernatural elements, which admittedly threw me off a little. But I love that McQuiston creates these little alternate realities that show the potential for a shinier, better and kinder version of the world.
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While I gave this book 3.5 stars I did like this book, but there are some things to keep in mind. I think it’s for a very specific audience not because of the female/female relationship but because of the way the story is developed in the beginning. All of the little details of the apartment and Niko and Myla and Wes, the way they talked and acted, and their lives.

The story begins with the main character August Landry moving into a new apartment in New York. August’s new roommates Myla, Niko and Wes have such a good feeling to them. They talk and act like twenty-three year olds do in real life today. Which kind of threw me for a loop if I’m being honest. The characters at first don’t seem to really fit together but as the story develops and August becomes less of a stranger the friendships begin to make a lot more sense.

There’s a lot of cliches in this book, but I mean that’s kind of what I expected. Niko is a psychic  and while I found him very strange at the beginning of the book I really started to love him as the story went on and by the end I wished I had my own Niko in my life. Myla is an artist and she’s got some interesting art pieces throughout the apartment. She’s very funny. Wes is not necessarily mysterious but you don’t know that much about him and his relationship with Isaiah across the hall is a nice change of pace. 

Now for Jane. Jane is the girl on the train! And as the book goes on you learn that she cannot get off the train and that she is from the 1970’s. She’s loud and confident and has so many layers to her.

It’s really important to mention that August’s mother spent August’s childhood looking for her brother that disappeared and she raised her daughter to be not only very smart but also very cautious and not too trustworthy. The relationship August has with her mother and her past are continually interesting throughout the entire story. You see the way that August was raised actually affects her present, it isn’t just there to further the plot along (and while it DOES do that) you can see her actively make decisions based on how she was raised throughout the entire book.

The plots’ good, background characters are good and pretty well developed, it’s a fun read. But just a warning there are some really raunchy parts so if that’s not your cup of tea you’ll be skipping a little bit of the book. 

As for the ending, I absolutely loved it. I really liked how it turned out with Billy’s, with Jane appearing after 3 months and with her seamlessly blending in with August and her roommates. 

I still liked her other title Red White & Royal Blue better, it felt more natural and organic, but I had a lot of fun with this one. I think if Jane had been a normal 2000s girl on the train instead of one stick from the 1970s I would have liked it more but it was a fun idea to explore and read about.

(I was given an early eBook version of this story by Netgalley in exchange for honest reviews).
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I was so looking forward to this book because I LOVED Red, White & Royal Blue so much! I enjoyed this book very much but it is very different from her first book. It was a bit slow to start but the characters are so endearing you want to live with them!
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I am in shock that this sophomore novel lived up to my expectations. How does McQuiston do it?? A romance not only between the leads, but also for/within the queer community. I can't express how grateful I am for this book.
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I cannot even begin to express how thoroughly impressed I am by this book or just how much I love the entirety of this story. This felt like a complete and utter love letter to the queer community and I am living for it! This had everything I could have asked for; love, romance, friendship, family, drag queens, snark, mystery, steamy sex, and an epic adventure between friends that left me feeling nostalgic for times gone by and heartbroken that I never quite had an adventure like theirs.

The utter diversity of this book was just beyond amazing. Fat, trans, queer, bisexual, Latinx, Jewish, Black, Chinese.  The only group not represented, that I could tell, was the disabled community, but I have to sing high praises for just how inclusive Casey was with her characters. Not only was the representation there but each character had a distinctive personality and a fleshed out storyline arc that was shown on the page. None of it felt forced or shoe horned in either. Each and every bit felt flawless and effortless.

I honestly just can't say how much I loved this book. It was so well written, so well thought out and executed, and I felt such joy at riding along with August as she found a family, opened up, and grew as a person not just individually but within this group and with her partner. I laughed so much reading the snark and humor included. It had just enough modern day vernacular to keep it relevant but not so much that this book will become dated.

I read this thing in less than a day and even though I just finished it, I already want to reread this story. I want to return to the apartment in New York and play a round of Rolly Bangs, ride the Q, eat a stack of pancakes at Billy's, and get a hug from every character there. I just want to be apart of this story forever.
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One Last Stop is the book version of  Psych mixed with Veronica Mars. This book follows the secretly soft-hearted August as she moves and tries to make a place for herself in New York; we watch as she (against her better judgment) makes friends and connections and gets involved in the mystery surrounding the girl in the subway. I have to thank Casey McQuiston because they never fail to write beautiful, realistic, and compelling love stories. The thing I adore the most about this book is the found family aspects and just how "full" every single character feels. They all have their own fears and things they need to work towards, and I loved watching August build a family. One Last Stop is hilarious and full of pure honesty. This book reminded me that not only is being queer beautiful, but it is something to be embraced. It broke me in the best way possible, and I cannot wait for it to be published so I can talk about it non-stop,
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This is not a good book. Everything I loved about Red, White and Royal Blue - witty dialogue that made me laugh out loud, a flawed but fascinating protagonist and a love story to root for - is missing from this book. It’s hard to imagine this is written by the same author. So disappointing. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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It's a love story about New York and public transit, chosen families and drag shows, pancakes and cold cases. I could read McQuiston all day. Her representation is fantastic, her writing so damned clever. 

Each of the characters' growth arcs was so well done - Jane moving from just this side of a manic pixie dream girl to a fully fleshed character, August navigating the early 20s drift, Wes and Isaiah's relationship, which I stan intensely (am I slanging that right?). Jane and August's historical contexts were such an interesting juxtaposition, highlighting how far rights for the LGBTQIA+ community have come since the 70s. The scenes in which Jane got to experience and enjoy what she had worked so hard to achieve were delightful. 

A thousand BFF charms to the roommate crew and their amateur heist, but also a slight caveat - the book is set in 2020 but doesn't address any of... well... this. The ARC doesn't include McQuiston's acknowledgement section, which was fabulous in RW&RB, but knowing that she's previously written an alternate timeline made me curious whether or not this was a conscious choice.
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Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

One Last Stop is the story of August, a bisexual college student who has transferred from school to school in hopes of finally finding something that feels right. When she moves to New York as another attempt to finish her degree in a place that feels like home, she finds some lovable yet slightly odd roommates, a charming pancake diner, and notably, a drop-dead girl on the subway. Speaking of drop-dead...August has the feeling that there might be something up with the ethereal Subway Girl Jane. Is she dead? A ghost? Lost in time? It's a mystery she's set on solving. For research purposes, of course. Totally not because Jane is the most beautiful, intriguing, lovely person that August has ever met. Yeah. 

I had high hopes for One Last Stop from the beginning and I can confidently state that those were met. Casey McQuiston has such a distinctly descriptive, emotional, whimsical way of writing. I haven't read a book with such unique characters and vivid descriptions in awhile--who knew someone could make New York sound so charming? I was impressed by the incredible diversity within the cast of characters along with the creative plot elements. McQuiston has truly mastered plotting detailed, layered stories that wrap up so nicely. There are so many subplots to this novel and yet McQuiston is able to make them all connect and make sense.

The relationship between August and Jane was fantastic. McQuiston uses such a great blend of humor, awkward moments, and tenderness to make their relationship feel so genuine and right. The ups and downs August and Jane experienced were equally interesting to read. Their fights seemed emotional and real without feeling toxic or over-the-top just for some extra drama. I also appreciated the even balance between Jane's romantic life, family connections, and friendships. 

Overall, One Last Stop is a beautiful sapphic novel with wonderfully diverse characters and an impressively multi-layered plot. I think my only complaint was that there were some parts in the beginning and maybe the middle that felt a bit slow, but other than that, I would highly recommend this novel.
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“Subway Girl is a smile lost along the tracks. She showed up, saved the day, and blinked out of existence the second August stepped off at Avenue H.” 

Anyone who knows me at all knows that Red, White, and Royal Blue is one of my all-time favorites. I picked it up from the library on a whim, and fell in love. It was one of the most joyful, ecstatic queer romances I’d ever read, and there was zero doubt I would run to anything Casey McQuiston writes.

One Last Stop is a very different story than RWaRB, but at its core, it’s a similar story—about found family, destiny, and the power of love. One Last Stop gives us August Landry, a recent transplant to Brooklyn, in many ways running away from her history. She meets Jane, a butch dream, on the train, and starts to realize at the same time that she’s falling for her that something about Jane just isn’t…right. 

This is a very different story from RWaRB, but not in a bad way. I felt like RWaRb grabbed me right away and sent me careening down a steep drop. One Last Stop is a few gentle hills up for a while, but it picks up momentum all the way until the end. The characters here are real, expertly drawn, and you want to root for them. And the central relationship between August and Jane has chemistry that sizzles right off the page. And this, more so, is a fundamentally queer story, that draws in queer past and present, and celebrates and centers the queer experience. And it’s an unabashed love letter to New York which makes you feel really grounded in the place. 

What was the same for me as my experience reading RWaRB is how much I wanted to lose myself in Casey’s writing. There were so many passages that I went back and re-read right away, just so I could revel in them. I know that people could want to throw away these stories based on just the descriptions, but the writing reminds you that you’re reading something vastly elevated by a writer who can make you feel, and make you step back and marvel at what they can do. 

This is a perfect book not just for RWaRB fans, but for anyone who wants a well-written, queer, complicated, sweet love story, full of flawed, real characters you can fall in love with too. 

“She felt like everything. She felt like a long winter, then a nervous spring, then a sticky summer, and then those last four days you never thought you’d get to, the ones that spread themselves out, out, out until they feel like they go on forever. So, August is a person.”
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I had very high expectations of this book, having absolutely adored McQuiston's first book, Red White and Royal Blue. One Last Stop was cute, though not as good as its predecessor (which I think I enjoyed for the higher stakes elements of the romance). I did enjoy this book, and I liked the undercurrent about your found family. As for the story, the romance between August and Jane was believable, and I was anxious to see how their story would end. I'll be recommending this to my friends who are looking for a NA or romance novel. Also,  like one of the characters in the book, I will definitely be making a cross stitch ASAP that says "Big Dick Energy is Gender Neutral".

However, as a lifelong New Yorker, I had a few silly qualms with the book (perhaps that can be edited before publication?) First, no one moves to New York to attend Brooklyn College - you only go there if you're already living in Brooklyn. Second, as the daughter of a Brooklyn College alumna, no one calls it BC. Any time it is referred to as BC in the book, please change it back to Brooklyn College if this is a change that can be made. Third, one small plot point that I think should have been addressed if the author was trying for consistency with NY history - the characters ride the Q train to 96th street, but at the time that Jane got stuck on the subway, the Q did not go to the Upper East Side. The 2nd Avenue extension only opened a few years ago! This took me out of the story, that there was no acknowledgement that she used to be able to ride the line all the way to Astoria in Queens. Also, parts of the line were definitely shut down for a few weeks after Lower Manhattan lost power after Hurricane Sandy, so I kept wondering what would have happened to Jane during those times, too (I realize this story is fictional and I'm just harping on these details because I am from Brooklyn).
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Casey McQuiston has written something really special here with "One Last Stop". This is a book full of queer joy and love and loneliness and the result is something beautiful. The plot is clever, the setting is beautifully illustrated and the characters are all fantastic. The main character of August is absolutely lovely, and I loved the way her character evolved over the course of the book as she grew into herself in new ways and as her relationship with Jane and with her new friends grew. Her internal fears about the future, about herself and about love were so incredibly real. Jane was also such a brilliant character and I absolutely loved learning more about her past and seeing her connection with August grow throughout the story. August's other friends consisted some of my favorite ensemble of characters ever. All of them were absolutely amazing. This story is such a testament to love and found family, but also to New York itself and the energy of this city. I also loved the edge of science-fiction added in & it certainly adds more magic to my own commute as I look around at all the people I encounter each day on the New York subway. One can only wish to find someone as wonderful as Jane. I can't recommend this book enough.
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"August doesn’t believe in most things, but it’s hard to argue that Jane wasn’t put on the Q to fuck up her whole life."

Red, White & Royal Blue was one of my favorite books of 2019. I was able to get a very early ARC of it, and I fell so deeply in love with this alternate reality I so desperately wanted to live in as a queer biracial with a hopeless romantic heart. Casey’s prose, characters, romance, banter, and (obviously) themes were everything to me, and I knew that they would take the book world by storm with their expectation-shattering debut. But then when they announced their next book would be sapphic Kate & Leopold, with an Asian love interest? Be still, my entire heart and soul. So when I tell you that I ignored every single ARC I needed to read and review before this one for the next eight months, I say that with my whole chest because there was no way I could stop myself once it hit my kindle.

One Last Stop is a story about a twenty-three-year-old bi girl named August who has moved from university to university, state to state, looking for a place that will feel like a home she has never known. Her whole life, her mother has expected her to assist in solving a missing person case from the 70s, but August just wants to find herself, her own way, and wants to feel like she finally belongs somewhere. At the start of this story, she has made it to New York where is she going to finish her degree, and thanks to a questionably placed looking-for-roommates advertisement in a Popeyes she starts to feel like maybe she could eventually call this city and these roommates home.

The Roommates:
➽ Niko – trans Latino psychic (good) bartender (not so good)
➽ Myla – queer Black electrical engineer turned artist (has an adoptive Chinese mom, who really added to the story so beautifully to me, so I am mentioning it here too!)
➽ Wes – queer Jewish tattoo artist

Oh, and I am fully in love with all three of them and the found family depicted in this book is so heartwarmingly perfect, I promise you! There are even more side characters who will easily steal your heart, too, and there is also a big emphasis on New York’s drag scene, and how queer people of color are still paving the way in 2020. This book has a very diverse cast, and we see so many different cultures, sexualities, genders, religions, and more. (There is for sure bigger body representation with August, but I’m not sure that I would say it is fat representation. I will edit this and quote an ownvoices reviewer mutual once they read and review! Also, it is brought up a couple times that August’s mom conceived her via in vitro fertilization, and I just feel like we don’t really get to see that a lot in books and I really loved that too!)

But on August’s very first day’s commute to school, where she takes the Q train subway line, she is having a bit of bad luck and an exceptionally large coffee stain. But all that luck seems to change right before her very eyes, when she meets a girl who gives August her red scarf without hesitation. She can’t stop thinking about the girl who saved her bad day, and the low chances of her being at that exact spot when she needed someone in a city that is so busy second meetings never happen, especially on the subway. That is, until she sees the girl again, and again, and starts to realize that she not only is on the Q every time August is on it, but in the exact same train car.

Oh Jane, where do I even begin? Jane is a Chinese lesbian who is displaced from the 70s in some kind of magical timeslip, where she can’t remember much of anything about her past, only what she carries in her bookbag. That is, until Jane seems to be the only person who helps her remember, while also being the only person she can’t seem to forget. Oh, and come the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag? Every sapphic in the book community with have Jane Su as their fictional crush. On God and on everything else. When I tell you Casey McQuistion wrote most everyone’s sapphic dream, I say it honestly.

But basically, since August has been taught her whole life how to solve missing persons cases, and because she is very gay and can’t stop thinking about the incredibly swoon worthy girl on the train, she decides to do whatever it takes to help not only figure out Jane’s past, but to try to rescue her from the subway she is tethered to. Even if helping her means lots and lots of kissing, maybe especially so actually.

"It’s probably going to break my heart, and it’s still worth it."

The romance in this book? A tier above. I feel like One Last Stop gave a new definition to the word “yearning” if you want my very honest opinion. Truly, this is the type of book that will make even the most cynical of readers believe in love. The emotions (and tears) it was able to evoke from me was nothing short of astounding. And now I will be forever longing for someone to have a notebook filled with me. Like, this book is truly so goddamn romantic, and the one-liners left me utterly gasping and fully quaking.

"but none of those girls were you."

On top of the fact that the sex scenes were probably the best I’ve read in any f/f book in my entire life. The range of sexual acts, the different kinds of sex that queer people are extra blessed to have if they want to have sex, the learning of your partner’s wants and needs and body in general; it was all just so perfect, so sexy, and so realistic. And this book was so sex positive, especially when you are in your early twenties and learning what you want and like! Also, there was a very important (and seamlessly woven in) discussion on virginity and how the concept is truly something of dated myth, especially in queer communities.

"She read about San Francisco, about the movements happening there, about Asian lesbians riding on the backs of cable cars just to show the city they existed"

Casey McQuiston constantly pays homage to the lgbtqiap+ community (especially queer people of color) who came before us, who paved the way, and who are the reason that we in present day have so many more rights and freedoms. And they do not shy away from talking about the costs so many paid with heartbreaking loss.

The UpStairs Lounge fire happened in the 1973 and was the largest gay mass murder prior to the Pulse shooting in 2016. The Stonewall riots in 1969, where people refused to be silenced and erased by the police or anyone else, and in return gave us some many civil rights advances. To HIV and AIDS activists who had to live during the Carter and Reagan administrations who not only encouraged hate with racism and homophobia, but who heartlessly let so many die, while also eventually administrated drugs that would lead to toxic overdoses, simultaneously promising a vaccine that would never come. Victims had to wait until 2003 for baseline adequate help after so many had already been lost because of the virus.

There are so many challenges still with being unapologetically who you are in present day, but it is so important to honor and remember all of the lgbtqiap+ activists (again, especially the people of color) who came before us and made what we do have today possible. And Casey McQuiston truly keeps that at the forefront and makes it the heart of this story.

"two different generations of messy, loud, brave and scared and brave again people stomping their feet and waving hands with bitten nails, all the things they share and all the things they don’t. the things she has that people like Jane smashed windows and spat blood for."

And surrounding yourself with people who see you, amplify you, support you, celebrate you, and love you unconditionally and unapologetically is so important, too. I think it’s always really important to mention that even though Casey honors the past, they filled me with so much hope for the future, and for future generations of marginalized voices who will more easily be amplified, more easily be heard, and so much more easily be seen.

Friendly reminder, if you haven't found a place that feels like home yet, or the people who uncondiontally love and respect you, I promise you will and I promise are never alone in the meantime. Putting yourself and your safety first will always be the most important thing in all the different stages of life. And just know I see you, and I'm proud of you, and I'm cheering for you, always. But if you ever need extra help The Trevor Project and PFLAG can be wonderful recourses.

Overall, this book just meant so much to me, and I know it is going to mean so much to so many. 2020 has been so hard, so fucking hard, on so many, and this book was the 2020 escapism that I want to fold myself into forever. I haven’t left my home’s property in eight months, but with One Last Stop I got to feel whole and happy and seen on a New York subway, while watching two girls fall in love and carve out the lives that they want, unapologetically. Truly, this book made me even more proud to be a queer Asian, I only wish I was half as cool as Jane Su.

"you’re the first thing I’ve believed in since—since I don’t even remember, okay, you’re—you’re movies and destiny and every stupid, impossible thing, and it’s not because of the fucking train, it’s because of you."

Oh, and this will probably be my favorite 2021 publication. Happy reading!

Trigger and Content Warnings: talk of loss of a loved one, talk of death, talk of anxiety and anxiety depictions, talk of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, alcohol consumption, talk of homophobia in the past, talk of racism in the past, talk of hate crimes in the past, mention of gentrification, and brief mentions of blood.
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