Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Published in Australia on the 8th June, 2021 by Griffin, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.

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Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781250244499

Australian RRP: $26.99

Genre: Adult & Contemporary Romance, Modern/Contemporary Fiction

Page Count: 432

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

My Review:

I received a copy of One Last Stop from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Oh, my word. What a book! My heart. Honestly, as soon as I read the first thirty pages, I felt like I wanted to dive right back in from the beginning, because, for me, it had really felt like something special was happening here! August was a character I absolutely adored right from the get go, I just wanted to reach into the pages and give her the biggest of hugs! Her narrative, right from the start, instantly pulled me in and I love how deeply, how strongly that Casey McQuiston conveyed her emotions and feelings across the pages and truth be told, it did feel like I was right there with her throughout!

But, oh, truly, there’s everything to love about One Last Stop. Truly! Not only do we have an absolutely fierce lead character, but we have such an amazing supporting cast of characters too, as soon as I was introduced to Myla, Wes and Niko, I just instantly wanted to be part of this wickedly delightful circle of found family purity! I absolutely love how Myla so quickly took August under her wing, encouraging her so much and believing in her! We all need a Myla in our lives, a friend that will so ferociously cheer us on, that’ll essentially call them our new Mum, just, my heart!

Oh, Niko. What an absolutely excellent vibe that he’d had right from the get go, instantly making a vivid impression on August and me, the reader! When he first asked “Can I touch you?”, that rapidly joined the ranks of one of the most memorable opening lines! Everything that unfolded from there was just completely perfection, too!

Initially I just found myself procrastinating finishing this book for all number of reasons, namely because I didn’t want to leave this amazing group’s company! One Last Stop always gave me so much to look forward to when I was reading it, even though there were days that I didn’t pick it up because I was super tired, it was just so comforting to know that it was there, and oh I was recommending this beautiful book to my colleagues at work, too!

Perhaps testament for how much I love this book, how much One Last Stop left a mark on me right from the get go, was, even as I type this review having finished the book and smiling broadly and feeling nothing but joy at discovering yet another all time favourite book, is that I’ve actually already started rereading it! I honestly feel like I could never tire of splashes of August, Jane, Isaiah, Wes, Niko and Myla in my life! Reading about the scenes in Billy’s Diner totally made me smile, too! I easily felt like I could smell the pancake batter and visualise the Su special, which I desperatley want to make!!

Oh Jane. Jane Su. Where do I begin with the absolute fierocity that is Jane? The beautiful girl lost in time, honestly I was so worried throughout, not knowing how everything was going to work out for these two! Jane and August are easily one of my all time favourite bookish OTP’s and I love that I can now reread this, knowing what happens!

Right from their first meeting, I needed Coffee Girl and Subway Girl to be happy together! Their interactions throughout this gorgeous book just developed so beautifully, I instantly found myself having zero chill over their chemistry and looking forward to August visiting Jane on the rails! There were so many things that kept me on my toes throughout One Last Stop, I honestly couldn’t predict anything that was going to happen with it, only that every ounce would be perfection!

Fun fact, I was right! I absolutely cannot wait to read Red, White and Royal Blue, though I must truly admit that I’m happy having read One Last Stop as my first Casey McQuiston book and I’ll absolutely read her debut ASAP, but I’ll finish my reread of One Last Stop first!

Happy Reading,


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