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Last Bus to Everland

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia" that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published May 14th 2019)
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay mc, gay li, gay, pan & lesbian side characters, hijabi side character, side character in wheelchair, side character with agoraphobia

such a wholesome little book!! not to be that guy, but this is what u get when basically all ur characters are gay

also i love kasia kowalewska, my btfl polish lesbian daughter
I’m starting to feel like I could disappear, and they wouldn’t even notice.

On my blog.

Rep: gay mc, gay li, gay/pan/lesbian side characters, hijabi side character, side character in wheelchair, side character with agoraphobia

Galley provided by publisher

I sat down to write this review of Last Bus to Everland, but then I realised that I had no words to offer, only tears. So, I went away for a bit, thought it over, came back and I… still have no words, only tears. But we’re gonna giv
Kate (GirlReading)
A quietly magic, truly lovely story.

Despite it’s fantasy elements, this wonderful book felt so incredibly real. It brilliantly explores an array of topics, from sexuality to mental illness to poverty to academic pressures and features a wonderfully diverse cast (the MC is gay and poor with a father who is living with PTSD and agoraphobia. The love interest is Spanish and gay. There’s also a Polish lesbian side character, a hijabi SC, a Japanese SC, a latinx bi SC, a SC with an eating disorder, a
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Last Bus to Everland is a novel that, while it includes a portal fantasy world, is much more Contemporary than Fantasy and deals with a lot of friendship and family dynamics, that are all incredibly complex and well done.

“There's bravery in surviving this world when your mind can only focus on the bad in it.”

Everland, the portal fantasy world, is something that the characters consciously decide to go back to every week, mostly to escape the real world. The existen
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This has not influenced my review.*

I loved how this book felt so realistic and genuine in terms of the characters' struggles and imperfections. They were a bunch of teens dealing with real teen problems---fitting in, figuring themselves out, being bullied, feeling upstaged by siblings, not being understood by parents, needing breaks from all the pressure, struggling with mental illness, having financial problems, having difficul
cathy (polluxreads)
Actual rating for this is somewhere between 2-3 stars.

I read Sophie Cameron's Out of the Blue earlier this year and was absolutely blown away by it. It was easily one of my favorite books I read this year, though when I first began it, I didn't think that would happen. Last Bus to Everland, on the other hand, had the opposite effect on me...

The story follows Brody, a British teen in high school who is made fun of by the mean girls in his class for being gay. His father has a mental illness, his
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Last Bus To Everland is an incredible LGBT, Gay coming-of-age novel featuring my new obsession - doors that take you to magical worlds where anything is possible. Everland gives the people that find it a chance to escape the everyday life they're trapped in, with no time passing when they return. For some, it becomes an obsession.

I loved that every character had their unique thing they were escaping from, strict parents, an overworked violin prodigy, a muslim
Lauren James
A fun, inclusive story about lonely, queer teenagers in Edinburgh meeting each night in a magical portal world to party, bond and find a place where they belong. I love Sophie Cameron's writing, and it was especially nice to read a book with locations where I've been.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Welp it fucked me up alright.

Last Bus To Everland is about Brody, a Scottish teen who is bad at school stuff, a decent but not genius drummer, and a kid with a creative streak. He lives in Edinburgh with his family (1 agoraphobic dad, 1 overworked mom, 1 genius brother, 1 musicals-obsessed little sister & 1 cat named Tinker Bell), gets bullied by 2 classmates/neighbours, and has one friend, not counting the cat.

One day he meets a (very cute) boy who wears fake fairy wings and invites him to Eve
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
You know those books you pick up pretty much at random, entirely unsuspecting, and then they just sneak up and hit you right in the feels? This was one of those for me. At once sad and beautiful, depressing and uplifting, a bittersweet and utterly lovely tale full of quiet magic, friendship and love, with complex characters that feel utterly real.
Gordon Ambos
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, young-adult, lgbt

this was really beautiful.
Sarah Mc
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a very long time since I’ve gobbled a book up so greedily. As I close the cover I can’t help but muse that, once again, a book that I so desperately needed to read fell into my lap at the exact point in my life that I needed to read it.

Sophie Cameron tells the story of a boy who, like the rest of us, is struggling to find his place in the world. Lost in feelings of inadequacy, fear of the future, and stressors of his complicated life, Brody is searching for what all of us have and co
Leigh Collazo
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last Bus to Everland comes with three starred reviews and a Goodreads rating well over 4.0. I actually kind of hate when this happens. I expect so much from books that get this amount of praise. And yes, Last Bus to Everland was good. But was it GREAT? Meh. Possibly I expected to much; I certainly do that sometimes...

This is a snippet of a longer review from a secondary school librarian. To see the full review, along with content notes and whether I would buy this for my library, please read the
Melanie  Brinkman
Ignoring the monsters doesn't mean they disappear.

Brody doesn't feel like he truly belongs anywhere in this world. No one gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and especially not the kids at school who make his life miserable. But when Brody meets Nico, his life changes for the better. Nico takes Brody to a "knock-off Narnia" that opens its doors at exactly the same time every Thursday. There, amongst a group of fellow misfits, Brody finally feels at peace. This "kn
Sakina Carter
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly enjoyed this more than I thought I would, although this was not what I was expecting.

I thought I was going to get a book about a boy who is pulled into a magical world and realize he wants to go back to the real world, instead I got a very real story about teenagers finding themselves.

The MC of the story is Brody who is dealing with a lot of real intense problems when he meets Nico and is introduced to Everland. Everland is a cross between wonderland and Narnia. It's a place where p
Surprises can be a hit or a miss for me. Sometimes it's like sticking my hand in a mystery box and hoping nothing cuts my fingers off.

I came into Everland thinking it'd be a light and quirky story about a boy who goes to a magical world and discovers himself while befriending a band of misfits. Instead, I got something more quiet and poignant: a story about mental health and identity and what happens when life becomes too heavy to bear on your own.

So I think things worked out pretty well with th
Ross Duffy
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story with characters who steal your heart. At the beginning I didn’t think this was for me but as I read on, I actually really began to enjoy it. It is so imaginative and I loved its concept!
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I found Everland. I found my people." He smiles and gives my shoulder a little push. "And now you have, too."

When I started reading Last Bus to Everland I wasn't sure what I expected, maybe a light read about a boy who discovers a secret world where he can escape all of his real-life problems, and while at its heart that's what Last Bus to Everland was there were a lot of deeper parts to this book as well. Brody had a lot he was struggling with, but so did his family and his friends. We see
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely a lover of fantasy. So when I saw Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron on Netgalley, I knew that I had to give it a read.

When I first started reading it, actually, I was reading it out loud to my husband in the car. I read the first paragraph of this and another book and asked him which one sounded more interesting. We both agreed that Last Bus to Everland had a better hook!

Brody Fair seems to be your run-of-the-mill teenager. He feels overlooked, bullied, has low self-esteem, a
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life's not going so great for Brody: his family is in financial difficulties, the neighborhood mean girls have picked him as their favorite target, and he'll never be as smart or important or appreciated as his genius brother James. One day, when the mean girls have kidnapped his beloved cat, he's unexpectedly rescued by a boy with enormous blue papier-mâché wings, Nico, who invites Brody to come to a specific place at a very specific time. Intrigued, Brody shows up, half expecting that he's bee ...more
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet kind of story about not thinking you're enough or have a place on earth for you to fit in. It tackles lots of hard themes, and it gives you realness mixed with fantasy. I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.

I found Brody a bit too much sometimes like he was really exaggerating things with his moods. But then I thought of myself, and it happens. So often. You get into one bad day mood and even the tiniest of things make you want to wreck the world.

I just felt sad: about how he
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Everland is a really cool idea, and I like how it was developed because I loved the conflict felt by these characters about Everland, especially with Brody.

However, I have to be honest. I dislike Nico. A lot. I know he talks about how he knows he's privileged but I literally get so annoyed by him because his character is so stagnant and ignorant of everything. Because of that, it made the read a bit more painful than I would've liked it to be. Also, I honestly didn't
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved the feel of this book - it’s sort of gently whimsical but still dealing with teenage life. Brody doesn’t feel like he fits in really, but finds Nico and Everland and begins to drift from his real life into the wonderful fantasy that is Everland.

Much like Cameron’s previous book, this is a perfect blend of contemporary and fantastical. Everland is the perfect foil to the reality of Brody’s rea
Christine Smith
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we think about Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys, we think about Neverland a place where you never have to grow up. Sophie Cameron took the story and added a modern twist. While NOT Neverland, a door mysteriously opens in Edinburgh, Scotland every Thursday at 11;40 pm, and Cameron's cast of characters walk through into a magical place called Everland. It is a magical place where time stands still. There is no hardship and each person who enters gets to experience all the things that make ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her second novel, Sophie Cameron tells the story of a boy named Brody who is being bullied at school and feels like an outcast in his own family, as he meets a mysterious boy called Nico and starts going to Everland with him- a magical world you can enter once a week where you be entirely yourself. This was such an interesting concept, and I enjoyed seeing it executed- the exploration of whether Everland is really all it seems was fascinating and I loved the way that going there helps Brody r ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Let me start by saying, I really loved this book! I’m a big fan of a portal fantasy trope to begin with, but I was not expecting the complex cast of diverse characters I would find in these pages. While this book deals with a “knockoff Narnia”, the themes are much more mature. The author deftly explores a range of issues that so many deal with today. From LGBT characters coming into their own, a
Martyn Sanderson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-favs
goodbye no one need write another YA book ever again because this is perfection and i might have finished it half an hour ago but you bet your ass im still sobbing like a mad person.

sophie cameron, keep doing what ya doin girl, i will read anything you ever publish from now until the end of time because if this magnificent book

honestly no words can do justice so i’m not gonna try, just read this because it’s so special and magical and AHHH i’m crying again
Deborah Zeman
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tayshas-2021
This one took me a while to get through. A fantasy/contemporary novel about a 16-year-old Scottish boy who is gay, trying to find his place in life. He's introduced too Everland by Nico, a place he believes is the only place he can be himself. Turns out Everland is only an escape from the harsh realities of the real world. The book deals with family dynamics, friendship, first love, poverty, and self-discovery. I flip flopped between 3 and 4 stars. It didn't grab me, may not really stay with me. ...more
Emma Ferrier
4.5 stars

I adored this book.
I love Sophie Cameron's writing, I love her characters and stories and the fact her books are set in Edinburgh and practically mention my doorstep!
This filled me with so many emotions and maybe I'm just depressed af but this made me want to cry so many times and JUST UGH I LOVE BRODY AND TINK AND NICO AND KASIA AND JETT AND EVERYONE ELSE OK
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Sophie Cameron is a writer from the Black Isle, Scotland. Her YA novels OUT OF THE BLUE (2018) and LAST BUS TO EVERLAND (2019) are published by Macmillan Children's Books in the UK and Roaring Brook Press in the US. She lives in Barcelona with her family and likes cats, learning languages, and Céline Dion. ...more

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