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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Romance (2021)
Anew romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks...

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.

418 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 2021

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Casey McQuiston

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Casey McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies and a pie entusiast. She writes stories about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix/personal assistant, Pepper.

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May 31, 2021

(ARC provided by Goodreads - thank you so much!)

"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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321 reviews153k followers
August 11, 2022
McQuiston’s stories have a way of destroying my heart in all the best deepest ways. I still well up with joy when I think about Red, White & Royal Blue , a book I still return to, from time to time, to scrape out some solace from the harsh, ugly world. I’m happy to report that none of the author’s enchantment has faded away in this sophomore novel. If anything, One Last Stop only cemented for me that I will be reading every Casey McQuiston book for as long as they keep writing them.

One Last Stop is premised upon the romance of a magical public transit encounter: the ephemeral, lightning strike of recognition when two eyes meet and something unlocks with a soft and subtle click, a sudden revealed landscape of possibility. In this novel, McQuiston gives that short-lived moment of stillness within the roiling crowd a longer lease on life—with a time travel twist.

August, our protagonist, steps inside the Q train every day and spots the same girl with the “devastating cheekbones and jawline and golden-brown skin.” The girl looks curiously out of pattern with the life around her, as if balancing right at the teetering edge of space and time, with only August’s gaze to keep her there, rooted. Jane is strange and mysterious and utterly charming, and August feels charmed, and immediately worries at being charmed. Because it means August, who has a documented inability to leave well enough alone, has to give up her withdrawn existence and seek out the mysteries of Jane—before the awful hourglass in August’s mind runs empty and Jane vanishes from August’s life like a blown-out candle.

The first time August met Jane, she fell in love with her for a few minutes, and then stepped off the train. That’s the way it happens on the subway—you lock eyes with someone, you imagine a life from one stop to the next, and you go back to your day as if the person you loved in between doesn’t exist anywhere but on that train. As if they never could be anywhere else.

One Last Stop hit me in so many ways. With clear-eyed prose and tender characterization, McQuiston describes the shape of young adulthood, the compendia of fears and hopes and longings that many of us are so intimately, intolerably acquainted with: about a future that yawns out to the horizon hungry and unknown, and a past that hangs over everything like an ineradicable ghost, the two pressing so hard on either side that there’s scarcely any room left for the present at all.

There's a specific feeling that this novel captures with so much clarity and grief: the state of being in your twenties and feeling that the years have fallen right out of your pocket when you weren’t looking, that you’ve been merely drifting along, a feather caught on a draft, with no roots to sink into the ground, and awakening suddenly, dazed to realize that you are lonely in some horrifically deep way. That you’ve been living outside and away from yourself, with no possessions to spindle into memories, no place or person to call home. This thematic exploration is so honest and true and sharp, and it lands so powerfully on the page because the author sees their characters—really sees them—, all the humiliating things in their hearts, the fears and longings that push and pull at them in a hundred painful ways and makes us see ourselves in them with the wondrous reciprocity of a reflection in the mirror.

August, who’s existed on a diet of solitude and caution for years, told herself that love and close friendships were things that happened to other people and in faraway places, and that some people were simply meant to be lonely, were made to disappear. August held her secrets close and her pocketknife closer, and locked away all thoughts of being loved, being known, being wanted before they could turn into a real longing inside her head, something she could ask for and be denied. That is, until our lonely and wary protagonist is gently ambushed by a motley crew of strangers (consisting of an annoyingly perceptive psychic, a gentle nerd with arsonist tendencies, a former trust-fund baby, a drag queen, and a delightfully butch immortal) who offer her a gift as precious and simple as friendship.

The portrayal of found-family in this book is more comforting than a hug. On the page blooms the kind of love that is offered with both hands, freely and wholeheartedly—and I'm hard put to think of anyone who wouldn't be shocked into pure longing reading about it. August’s friendship with this tangled, mismatched family of people rose like a spring tide, hurtling toward her in great waves of terrifying tenderness, and August—who has lived for so long on so little love—was utterly stunned to be caught in its blast. August did not remember any world where she did not distrust everything, where she wasn’t always hideously alive to the possibility of disaster; she didn’t know how to fit friendship into her life, how to adjust herself within this new, bewildering configuration. But through failed séances, drag shows, and late-night brunches, August’s hopes begin to snap through her fears, and her feeling of being nowhere slowly, exquisitely gives way to the feeling of being home.

And, of course, there's Jane. Also known (mostly to August) as: "tall butch subway angel" Jane, "the guitarist of an all-girl punk rock band called Time to Give August an Aneurysm" Jane, "dark-haired and ruinous" Jane, "sexy poltergeist" Jane, "distressingly hot" Jane, "a smirking shot of dopamine" Jane, etc etc.

August and Jane are a gorgeous double act. They are opposites who fit so perfectly into the jagged contours of each other. Where August is quiet and cautious and pulled into herself, Jane is bright and loud and lively, as if she contains too much energy for the confines of her body. August, whose upbringing was defined by a dark family tragedy, is versed in the art of keeping her head down and keeping everyone at a carefully measured distance, but Jane, on the other hand, is a carelessly sociable fighter, an activist, and a runaway, gliding through life like an exposed wire. Jane’s entrapment outside of time—and August’s desperate attempts to loosen whatever hold the Q train has on Jane—gives their collision a precarious, doomed edge, but it is the shape and texture of the relationship they slowly build between them that form the thread holding the beads of this novel together. And it is such a joy to discover. Their moments together will make you feel light and giddy enough to float off the ground: the intense, longing gazes through train windows, the strictly-for-research stolen kisses, the laughter in between feeding each other overstuffed dumplings.

There aren’t perfect moments in life, not really, not when shit has gotten as weird as it can get and you’re broke in a mean city and the things that hurt feel so big. But there’s the wind flying and the weight of months and a girl hanging out an emergency exit, train roaring all around, tunnel lights flashing, and it feels perfect. It feels insane and impossible and perfect. Jane reels her in by the side of her neck, right there between the subway cars, and kisses her like it’s the end of the world.

There is a line in this book that I cannot shake from my brain: “ you gotta make your own place to belong .” One Last Stop is a compass, and a harbor, to those of us who have yet to make their place to belong—those of us who suffer the scarcity or absence of love, who are collecting more bruises of unbelonging every day. It is a shining paean to the extraordinarily healing power of love and queer communities, to that inimitable joy of finding another like yourself, of grappling and strengthening and being together. You might turn the last page, dear reader, and feel a little raw, a little chafed, like a still-gaping wound, but you will also feel hopeful, determined, and ready to carve your own place to belong.
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February 26, 2023
The thing about this book is that it is fundamentally about one of the worst subcategories of human there is:

People who engage in PDA on public transit.

Yes, there is a lot of good in this. Wonderful background characters, for example. Great banter. A through-line theme of gay rights. Pancake descriptions. People who do drugs and have sex and are deeply and profoundly irresponsible (my favorite kind of people both of the fictional and reality-based varieties).

But it almooooost doesn't matter. Because the protagonist and the love interest are both very realistically PDA-ers.

Basically what I am saying here is that I liked everything about this except for three things: the romance and the two biggest characters.

And it turns out those are kinda important.

Bottom line: I love to be a curmudgeon with an unpopular opinion that is sure to shower hate upon me!

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all i want in life is a copy of this book, and also the outfits the characters are wearing on the cover.

this seems reasonable to me, so i will begin waiting by my mailbox now.




"may or may not involve some light romcom-style time travel" uh

my body is ready


reading all books with LGBTQ+ rep for pride this month!

book 1: the gravity of us
book 2: the great american whatever
book 3: wild beauty
book 4: the affair of the mysterious letter
book 5: how we fight for our lives
book 6: blue lily, lily blue
book 7: the times i knew i was gay
book 8: conventionally yours
book 9: the hollow inside
book 10: nimona
book 11: dark and deepest red
book 12: the house in the cerulean sea
book 13: the raven king
book 14: violet ghosts
book 15: as far as you'll take me
book 16: bad feminist
book 17: a song for a new day
book 18: one last stop
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407 reviews113k followers
July 19, 2021
Totally biased because if the protagonists weren’t both women I probably wouldn’t have rated it 5 stars. But dammit the last 1/3 of the book really nailed the whole sapphic-fated-epic-once-in-a-lifetime love which is a very specific concept that is near and dear to my heart! The emotions were written so tenderly that it got me in my feels and sucked me in throughout the final act, bumping it from 4 to 5.

I’m also pleasantly surprised at the author’s writing. I had my reservations before starting the book because it’s very easy to have saccharine writing and white liberal queer stereotypes for these types of stories. However, I found McQuiston to be a strong writer on both a technical level and in how they piece an atmosphere of magical/fun/spontaneous New York without being too hipster-cringe. I could tell there was lots of love and care to the city and the cast of characters, and fortunately it was executed well.

Side note: the third act conflict here was actually pretty sensible. I’m glad it wasn’t a dramatic breakup like most books, and that it was a normal fight any couple would have, considering their circumstances. This is a rare thing to find in romance books (from my experience) so bonus points for this, too.
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930 reviews2,566 followers
April 26, 2022
After reading this book, I feel cognitively and emotionally weary.👉👈
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628 reviews1,708 followers
May 1, 2021
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My biggest issue was August as a protagonist. Most of her actions felt very convenient and the way that the things continued to fall into place for her [ such as never having to do any assignments, to the way her family was intertwined with Jane's story, to the way she was absent from work for long stretches of time and was yet still able to pay her share of the rent and never get fired ] was all too coincidental for me. So much of the book also had the romance feeling very one-sided to me, and not in a fun unrequited way, but in a rather disturbing I was uncomfortable with how the relationship had been framed way. There was something about this dark-skinned Asian woman being saved by this white girl from the south that just rubbed me the wrong way. The way the narrative was framed as Jane being in this position where she couldn't remember anything without August and August being the key to unlocking everything, it never felt as though Jane had any sort of agency in a story that was essentially about her but was being relayed to us through August. Even August was odd as several times throughout the novel it read as though we were experiencing things through an unnamed third narrator as the running commentary in the book just didn't make sense. It was also hard for me to believe that August would dive so headfirst into trying to unlock the mystery surrounding Jane given how the novel sets her up as no longer wanting to be in the kind of life her mother had raised her in, and even the final decision August makes about her future later in the book doesn't seem grounded in any kind of reality that had been conveyed to me.

I also was not a fan of the pacing. This book seemed to drag for large stretches of filler content only to then speed through what could have been important and plot-related content. Not that I think any of it would have actually helped because by the time I hit the 50% mark I was fully ready to call it a day and be done with this reading experience. By that point, things had been o slow to develop that the adding tensions didn't really do anything for me as a reader. Especially given that as a romance I knew that nothing bad could really happen to our characters and the efforts in the last third to subvert that were more annoying than feeling like they offered any kind of meaningful payoff.

Overall I did not enjoy my time reading this and I likely would not recommend it to others as I simply had too many issues and there weren't nearly enough things I enjoyed to counterbalance any of the things that didn’t work for me.

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310 reviews1,461 followers
March 30, 2022
↠ 5 stars

The Q train is a place and a person, and for August Landry it's proof that there is a bit of magic left in the world. Moving to New York City at twenty-three was supposed to prove to her the exact opposite, that the world is indeed just as cynical as she expected; but with a weird new group of roommates, her new job at a 24-hour pancake diner, and the gorgeous stranger who keeps magically reappearing on her morning commute, August is far from being proven right. Subway girl is Jane, and Jane is everything August could possibly want. There’s just one problem: Jane is not just some girl swept up in the nostalgia of old school rock, she’s literally been stuck on the subway since 1970. Having been confronted with the impossible, August is more than ready to help Jane get off the train, but doing so means returning to a past she promised would stay buried. Something that may be precisely what she needs in order to find a future worth believing in.

One Last Stop is marvelous, full of all the wit and charm that McQuiston brought to their first debut Red, White & Royal Blue. This book could be pitched as Nancy Drew meets a time travel romantic comedy, which are two things I never expected to be mashed together in a contemporary novel. When it comes to Casey McQuiston however, I have learned to expect the unexpected. Their previous book is proof of that. In her sophomore novel, McQuiston crafts a heartwarming testament to the queer community wrapped up in 70’s nostalgia and breakfast food. The characters shine through in the same way that those in Red, White & Royal Blue did, yet there is a realness to the space in which they occupy that is wholly different. Set in the backdrop of New York City, this story brings together a diverse group of people, creating one of the most wholesome queer-found families I have read in a long time. Though most of the plot deals with August and her quest to save Jane from the subway, there is a lot going on in the background with the side characters and their own lives. I can again report that I have formed an unhealthy attachment to certain characters that aren't the core focus of a novel (Nora Holleran and Wes I am looking at you). There is just something about the way that McQuiston writes their characters, how genuine each of them comes across on the page, and how I begin to feel for every single one without fail. The variety of relationships portrayed in this novel make it shine even more so. Casey McQuiston is clearly becoming a force to be reckoned with in new adult romance, an author I know I can rely on for impactful queer stories. I'll never stop being grateful for everything they have done, past, present, and future. This book is straight-up magic, a beautifully crafted love letter to belonging, community, and finding your place in the world.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review

Trigger warnings: racism, homophobia, anxiety, death of a loved one, blood
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294 reviews4,315 followers
January 23, 2023
Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop follows the cynical August who’s just trying to get by in a new city and Jane, a punk lesbian displaced from the 70s, unable to leave the subway. This F/F time slip rom-com brings a nuanced exploration of queer communities past and present, full of McQuiston’s typical humour, vibrant characters and, of course, a gorgeous romance.

As with Red, White and Royal Blue, this book’s strength lay in its characters. McQuiston has this incredible ability to create authentic characters — reading their books is like peeking into real lives. I adored how One Last Stop’s diverse cast of characters played off each other, with natural dialogue and humour. In particular, our core characters — August, Jane, and August’s roommates — were fantastic together, with inside jokes and a deep love and support for one another. The found family trope in this book is incredibly well done and I loved this messy family of queer misfits.

‘Jane is spun sugar. A switchblade girl with a cotton-candy heart.’

Jane is the perfect sexy and mysterious love interest and I’ve honestly fallen in love with her. She’s the type to throw an impromptu dance party on a broken down subway (and have the whole car dancing) while also being this gritty lesbian punk from the 70s. And McQuiston doesn’t shy away from showing this side of Jane — the radical who protested and rioted, who isn’t afraid to throw a punch and who suffered so much pain and tragedy as a lesbian heavily involved in the queer scene of the 70s. She’s also incredibly upbeat and hopeful and loving and I adored how McQuiston portrayed this without sacrificing her grit.

August is a great main character and has quickly cemented herself as one of my favourites, and as one of the characters I relate to most. I’m also going to talk about a large part of her character, loneliness and growing up, later on — these feelings and the way she sees the world and experiences relationships really resonated with me and I adored seeing how it played into her character arc. August’s personality felt so clear — she’s cynical and full of dry humour; self-doubting and determined; she struggles to connect with other people but wants to do what’s right, even when it seems impossible. She’s this kind of ‘reformed girl detective’, as one of her roommates put it: she loves mysteries and research and reading and Jane’s the perfect enigma.

‘she can’t believe Jane had the nerve, the audacity, to become the one thing August can’t resist: a mystery.’

I adored both of these characters on their own, but together? That’s something else. The unravelling of the mystery surrounding Jane is flawlessly interwoven with the development of their relationship. I loved the narration when it came to describing Jane and August’s feelings for her, both the wholesome and the horny. Their relationship is incredibly tender and develops at the perfect pace. The sapphic pining and flirting and build up is immaculate and I loved it almost as much as I loved them together, they fit perfectly and naturally.

The writing and narrative styles are another area where the authenticity, the realness of this book shines through - the descriptions felt like what a real twenty-something would say, they weren’t over the top or flowery. In fact, they were often made up of millenial humour and gay yearning. Despite this, the book also had several casual instances of profoundness (although often followed by a dirty joke) and was full of beautiful, hard-hitting lines. The writing brought the story and setting to life and had the characters and their emotions leaping off the page.

‘For queer communities past, present, and future’

This book was also a celebration of queer identity. McQuiston explores queer life in the past through Jane and her experiences as a lesbian in the 70s and never hesitates to show how hard those times were, the way queer people suffered. However, with Jane’s typical positivity and hope, we can also reminisce about the good times. I found these discussions incredibly moving, and I really appreciated the sensitivity with which they were handled. One Last Stop had an almost entirely queer cast and I loved how different experiences were represented and the important role queerness played. This book features a diverse range of identities, with a bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, gay, trans and queer side characters, as well as several drag queens.

“And there I was, punk, Asian, dyke. Everywhere I went, someone loved me. But everywhere I went, someone hated me.”

The setting played an important role in this book and I loved how NYC was explored and presented; it felt alive and real and just as important as any of the characters. I also loved McQuiston’s portrayal of the vibrant communities of the city, the history and the ongoing gentrification. The NYC of One Last Stop felt like the real NYC: a diverse blend of people and cultures, the subtle magic of the city as well as the less magical subway rats and shitty apartments. Although, admittedly, I’ve lived my whole life in rural Scotland so I’m not exactly an NYC expert.

This book explores the aching loneliness of growing up and not finding your place or people, of feeling as if you're a universe away from your peers, spinning aimlessly and waiting for life to begin. I can see this being a book I revisit again and again, when I'm feeling lost or need to find myself, when I need the comfort of knowing that I am not the only one to have ever felt like this. Casey McQuiston has taken an experience, a feeling, that can be so isolating and written this book and these characters to tell you, you are not alone. You are not the only one. It's very powerful, being seen.

‘But what I’ve figured out is, I’m never as alone as I think I am.’

Now, this could make it sound depressing, but it's not: it's incredibly hopeful. This book is full of queer joy and found family and finding yourself and your place in the world, it gives you hope that one day, you too, will find your people and your purpose. Combined with McQusiton’s talent for portraying authentic characters, relationships and emotions, this book is really something special. It’s a story full of New York charm and young adult shenanigans, a romance both tender and sexy, and queer community.


I also have a video review/discussion available on my youtube channel where I talk a bit more about the characters, rep, Red, White and Royal Blue and also just gush about this book and how much it means to me so if you fancy checking that out, you’ll find it here.

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*physical ARC received in exchange for an honest review via Melia. All quotes taken from an ARC and may not reflect the final edition*
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14 reviews4 followers
June 11, 2021

I'm a bisexual nonwhite New Yorker with roots in Flatbush, so if you're not interested in hearing the take of someone who is extremely familiar with the landscape and train line Casey McQuiston appropriated for use in this book, then skip this review. This is going to be a niche review for a niche audience: people who take the Q train, the real Q train, the actual physical space that barely gets a decent physical description once in this entire book but that supposedly was this big source of inspiration to Casey McQuiston. Also this review is for people who have actual emotions about Flatbush, a vibrant and complex community that similarly never really gets described properly, but that, like the Q train, just sort of gets pulled into this book to form a few scattered sentences of "colorful" backdrop for a twee white out-of-towner fantasy. I don't expect anyone who doesn't fit into these groups to care about the points raised in this review and if you don't want your vibe harshed because you think this book is sweet and harmless and delightful, go with god and know that I support your desire to check out -- we all need to check out sometimes. But this review is not for you. This review is for crotchety New Yorkers who can only tolerate a certain level of "I just love the subways and I see the magic in them the way natives cannot" nonsense.

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Author 30 books28.4k followers
June 4, 2021
You guys! This. Book.

One Last Stop is a sapphic chaotic time-loop romance with immaculate junior-millennial vibes and I fell in love with the bonkers story, the incredible characters (not just the MCs but everyone in their lives), the sense of queer community and - last but certainly not least - the giddy firecracker of a romance at its heart.

Think of the wildest, happiest, most impossible night of your life, one where you were surrounded by love and touched by luck and everything felt magic and cinematic. This entire book feels like that. It shattered my brain cells with its brilliance. Brilliant as in clever and beautifully done (I have an author crush), but also brilliant as in BRIGHT AND FABULOUS.

I loved the wonderfully realised heroines - the way August’s upbringing sometimes hurt her but was also something that made her skilled and powerful. Watching Jane’s journey unravel, seeing so much queer history through her, seeing so much queer history at all. (Also, while we’re on the subject: MARRY ME, JANE SU. KIDNAP ME. SMILE AT ME, EVEN. SERIOUSLY, HOWEVER YOU WANNA PLAY THIS, I’M OPEN.)

I even loved the supernatural element of the time loop, despite the fact that I usually hate time travel because it involves… science and maths and characters being separated? But Casey is a romance god so the whole thing was perfect and amazing.

Basically… I loved this book and you should read it too.
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2,205 reviews40.9k followers
September 11, 2022
This book is extremely smart, refreshing, unconventional, exhilarating, truly original with its remarkable historical references, quirky, unique, extremely likable characters!

MCs are August: raised like forced Veronica Mars meets Nancy Drew style to search for the disappearance of her missing uncle with her hyper, hoarder, conspiracy theorist mother and Jane: vintage chic, friendly hipster, a true old soul, wait a minute she’s truly 70: stuck in subway and her only desire is returning back to her own timeline to leave a permanent mark on the life she’s experienced!

But in this different reading journey: you’re not introduced to these unique, peculiar MCs. The eccentric, quirky roommates stole the entire show at some chapters! They were like living in their own unique planet and they were truly living proof that being different could be so much incredibly entertaining !

Myla; queer Black engineer, graduated from Columbia, changing her major, pursuing her passion in arts, putting mouse traps in every corner of house, trying to create art with awkward object choices, quickly connects with August, helping her to fight against her insecurities! She’s such lovely friend! ( her relationship with her adoptive Chinese mother and her heartfelt contribution to this story are also most meaningful parts of the book.)

Niko: trans Latino psychic, reciting Neruda poems to plants, inventing original games in household, trying to be bartender but he didn’t achieve his goal yet!

Wes: depressed Jewish tattoo artist, concentrating on his daily hobby to disassemble and rebuild a piece of IKEA furniture, living like a ghost, lurking around the apartment.

Let’s not forget friendly, entertaining, drag queen accountant neighbor Annie who has been in love with Wes for years!

The book is not only great representation of LGBTQ community by presenting us a various characters from different genders, sexualities, it also helps us to learn more about different cultures, religions, philosophies.

The book also sheds light to some of the most devastating, shameful events of the history including gay mass murders that occurred at Upstairs Lounge fire, 2016 Pulse shooting.

August is raised to find missing people when 70 years old Jane who is Chinese lesbian has no idea why she’s trapped in subway, she thinks she has to find a way to solve her problem. But lots of tender kisses, blooming feelings will not help them to find a proper solution.

This is heartbreaking impossible love story centered around civil right movements, well crafted clever characters with thought provoking writing style.

I enjoyed this book and I liked the historical time travel helps us to learn our lesson for being more respectful to the diversity, becoming more open minded, acceptive, kind, understanding people!

I am not still so sure about the science fiction/ time travel premise of the story but overall the characters, the originality, the well researched parts drag you into story, you don’t want to leave it and fully enjoy your unique experience!

Millions of thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for sharing this incredible digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.
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1,478 reviews19.3k followers
May 4, 2021
This book was queer, found-family perfection and I loved it with every single fiber of my being!!!!!!!!! It was the perfect mix of hilarious and heartwarming and horny as heck and I just really, really fucking loved it and I cannot wait for all of you to fall just as much in love with August and Jane as I did. Brb while I swoon to the moon and back bc this book was absolutely EVERYTHING
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1,542 reviews9,844 followers
January 24, 2023
Casey McQuiston...

It's nearly impossible for me to review this without swooning like a fangirl, but I'll give it my best shot.

In One Lost Stop, we follow 23-year old college student, August, who has recently moved to New York City for school.

Amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, August is on a journey of self-discovery. She's on her own for the first time and is a little desperate to find her place in the larger world around her.

Securing a room in an apartment with three other people, as well as taking a job at a 24-hour pancake diner, seem like steps in the right direction.

August is establishing herself as a functioning-adult, no matter how meager her resources, yet she still feels alone.

The stars align, however, the day she meets a girl on the Q. The sexy and mysterious, Jane, gives August a scarf in her hour of need. After that, August cannot get the subway girl out of her mind.

Subsequently, she runs into Jane every time she is on the train and a relationship develops. It very quickly becomes clear that something about Jane is a little off.

Jane's not just a random punk rocker, razorblade girl with a cotton candy heart, taking her style inspiration from the 1970s. She's actually from the 1970s, and somehow, someway, finds herself trapped on the Q-line.

I know this seems like a trippy idea, but it was such a phenomenally fun and creative way to frame a story.

August coming to the revelation that Jane cannot leave the train and trying to figure out what exactly that means and why; it was bloody fantastic and so incredibly entertaining.

August's roommates, Myla, Niko and Wes, all become involved in the relationship, as well as their neighbor, Annie. Together this vastly diverse group of souls evolve into one of the most beautiful found-families that I have ever read.

Each person had their own unique story, voice, personality and contribution to August's growth and maturation. I absolutely adored the way they interacted and supported one another.

Friendship goals. McQuiston packed so much into this book and watching the evolution of August's character was immensely satisfying.

There were many moments when I laughed, a few when I felt my heart-breaking and times where I was just left contemplating this thing we call life.

The release date for this book coinciding with the 1st day of Pride month couldn't be more perfect!

The representation includes a plethora of Queer identities and romances. I particularly enjoyed how OLS is just a story of Queer individuals living their lives in the way they choose.

It didn't really have individuals having to hide who they were, or having to come out to anyone in a dramatic way.

They were just living their day-to-day lives in New York City; dealing with family, work, relationships, LIFE. There was a certain sense of peace to be found in that, even when the narrative got a little crazy.

I think August learned a lot from her friends. Particularly how to open up, be herself and allow herself to need and accept other people in her life.

That it was okay if things were complicated, what with her love interest being trapped in time and all.

Jane was a fascinating character as well. I loved how her life was pieced together through her continual interactions with August.

It was particularly clever how McQuiston used Jane's character, in a way, as a plot device to compare the experiences Jane had, as a Queer person in the 1970s, versus the experiences that August and her friends have in the present time. It felt like a subtle, respectful nod to those who came before.

At the end of the day, this book has it all. If you enjoyed Red, White & Royal Blue, you should love One Last Stop. It's next level. This book made me overflow with feeling!

Thank you so much to the publisher, Macmillan Audio, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I greatly appreciate the opportunity!

A new favorite!!!

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202 reviews76.9k followers
July 30, 2021
Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for the ARC! All opinions are my own.

edit: i’m lowering this down to 4 stars simply because there’s a line the author included which basically says “yeah no one is racist anymore; racism has been fixed” (august said it) and i didn’t catch that when i read it the first time but Sami @samisbookshelf on tiktok has a great video explaining it.
i still think the author is great and we should continue supporting them. but i have to agree it’s disappointing something unrealistic like that was included in this book.

great book. Not only did i connect to almost every character, but each character now holds a special place in my heart. This story may be a work of fiction but i don't think i have ever read anything more real. The romance? 10/10 The intricate plot? 10/10. My emotions? all over the place. There were many feel good moments, cute moments, emotional moment, and heart touching moments that had me shedding actual tears. Don't be fooled, this ain't a sad book. It's just the rawness and emotionally driven characters got to me.
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1,084 reviews17.5k followers
June 14, 2022
For the first time in a multitude of months, I have finished a book not for work or class! This is extremely exciting given one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start reading again!
“I swear to God, if a ghost kills me, I’ll haunt the shower. You guys will never have hot water again.”

One Last Stop is an excellent romance between August, a bi former amateur detective recently moved to New York in search of a home, and Jane, a Chinese lesbian displaced in time from the 1970s.

I think the strongest element of this book is probably the found family. There’s a charming roommates Wes, Nico, and Myla; her neighbor, Annie/Isaiah, the object of Wes’s affection; Winfield, Jerry, and Lucy of her pancake shop. But there’s a lot to love about the romantic and character elements of this as well. August’s cool narration, unwilling to let on deep feeling, is ultimately rooted in her past with her mother, but its writing is slow-building. The slow unveiling of the mysteries of Jane’s character is so excellent, with a perfect balance between interesting twists and her growing humanity. And the sex scenes... are good. Good sex is hard to write. That's all I'm going to say.

“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.”

McQuiston refers to One Last Stop in their epilogue as an "Unbury Your Gays" book, and I think that's an apt description for what this book does so well: It takes a character long thought dead, and gives her new life. Whether in August's life or not, August has allowed for Jane to have new life. Through her queerness, she is reborn. And that's what is, I think, so resonant about this book: When queerness has so often led us to death, it here allows for new life.

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611 reviews87.5k followers
November 12, 2022
Ohhhh I loooooved this! It was unique and adorable and everything I wanted and more. I loved August and Jane and found their relationship has a ton of chemistry. I will say I found that the synopsis almost gives away too much, I think this is one that would be great to go into blind. It didn’t affect my enjoyment but I think the initial intrigue was a bit lost on me. This has amazing characters all around, a found family you root for, and really celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in a beautiful way. It was unexpected and just such a fantastic read.
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450 reviews13.5k followers
August 13, 2021
Najcudowniejszy romans na świecie. Dał mi ogrom ciepła i otulił mnie miłością.
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Author 22 books147k followers
July 19, 2021
When August moves to New York City, she thinks the city will prove her right that magic and earth-shattering love stories don’t exist in real life. But then she spots Jane and soon August’s subway crush develops into something much deeper. There’s just one problem: Jane isn’t from this time. She’s from the 1970s, stuck in a year that is not her own. You will swoon!
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304 reviews1 follower
June 6, 2021
The short version is: This author just isn’t for me, but I’m happy for her and I hope more queer books get published because of her success.

The slightly longer version is: They have sex on the New York subway eeeeeeEEEeEeeEEewWwWWWW nooooooOOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOO.

The long version is:

I couldn’t finish Red, White, and Royal Blue, but I wanted to support the first queer-girls romance to get this much publishing hype. And while I liked it more than reading about relentlessly romanticized imperialist nouveau riche/old money boys, I found the depiction of New York to be such utter B.S. that it really threw me off. On the spectrum of love letters to New York, where N.K. Jemisin’s fantastic The City We Became is on one end and Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” is on the other, One Last Stop is touching the Swiftie side.

The premise sounded cute but it turns out I fundamentally hate it. I’m tired of people who make jokes about subway delays and expensive rent in New York, but they haven’t actually lived in the city long enough to register how bad things have gotten, why they’re happening, and how the quality of life in New York is decreasing. In this book, subways are delayed because queer time-slipped ghosts are feeling electrically horny. It uses a real problem that is happening now and happening for distinct, political reasons and turns it into an apolitical cutesy plot point.

Sometimes I really like mixing fantasy with real life, like in P. Djeli Clark’s Ring Shout, where a real life KKK propaganda film has fantastical dark powers, or N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became, where Starbucks is infiltrated by Lovecraftian monstrosities. But I think the difference is that those books acknowledge political realities and use fantasy elements to highlight them. This book uses fantasy to hide reality. There’s no de Blasio in this book, no corrupt Albany controlling the MTA from afar, no mention even of anyone facing consequences for being late to school or work when the train stops.

Nothing bad has ever happened in this version of New York. This is a New York where you love your roommates, who immediately turn into the chosen queer family of your dreams—who all smoke pot and love astrology, of course. Where you’re a white transplant from the South but you never have to think critically about race or experience the least bit of racial or cultural tension. Where you don’t have to take your college midterms on time but somehow you still pass (lollllll whaaaaat) and your professors congratulate you for having a great GPA. Where you get a job easily and coincidentally at the first diner you walk into, without even having to properly apply and without any restaurant experience. And of course this diner is full of Classic New York Archetypes who all hold infinite wisdom on account of having lived in New York for so long. :)

Then it was just small things that got me: She buys a used mattress off of Craigslist. I’m, like, pretty sure no one has ever done that in New York. Her apartment is now 100% infested with bed bugs, but we never hear about it. She eats food on the subway constantly. I have never seen people eating on the subway without getting chastised by strangers. There’s this scene where August and Jane walk between train cars, but they talk about it like they’re skydiving or cave exploring. It literally says it’s something Jane does “to feel alive,” and I’m still so confused by this. Walking between train cars on the subway is something people do all the time.....? I literally reread this part because I felt like I was missing something. Tbh, usually when women walk between subway cars it's because men are being creepy to them. I just can't buy into it being a queer mountain climbing adventure, sorry.

McQuiston’s whole brand just isn’t for me, and that’s fine. I really hope her success creates more opportunities for queer books in mainstream publishing.

For fantasy books I liked about contemporary New York: The City We Became by NK Jemisin (have I mentioned that enough times yet?) and The Changeling by Victor Lavalle.
For contemporary f/f romances I recommend: The Music and the Mirror by Lola Keeley and Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters.
For a historical queer book set in New York: The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
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588 reviews1,795 followers
June 1, 2021
rep: bi mc with anxiety, Chinese American lesbian li, Black sapphic sc, Puerto Rican American trans sc, gay Jewish sc, Black gay sc, Black pan sc, Czech sc
tw: past homophobic violence, off page death

Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.

I am once again crying about fictional lesbians. Actually Jane Su is the fictional lesbian, she's the book girlfriend, she's the blueprint. This is really all for her. I'm not in a group chat called “Dicks out for Jane Su” for nothing. 

This of course is not to say that other parts of the book don’t work. In fact, they work perfectly well. If you’re not expecting exact science from this time-travel book, that is... It's not about science, it's about people coming together and loving each other with their whole hearts.

Yes, this is a romance. And it might actually be one of the best f/f romances to ever enter the mainstream. There are multiple reasons why I say that, but the most important one is the intensity of emotions and feelings between August and Jane. It's not usual for sapphic books  to allow their characters to be, well frankly, more than a cute aesthetic. Unlike m/m  romances,  the ones starring sapphic characters tend to be more soft and delicate, and tend to focus on how sweet it is that those people love each other, and not so much  on the fact that they’re horny.

One Last Stop doesn't have those hesitations, it explores all sides of the relationship between August and Jane. It uses the same kind of focus and detail to talk about August yearning after Jane, as it does to talk about August finding Jane hot and desirable. I mean, for the love of god, August literally keeps a journal of all the sex things she wants to try with Jane. Name one other mainstream sapphic book doing it like that.

But it's not just a romance. It's also a story about people loving each other in various different ways. It's a story about found family, which is frankly a quintessential kind of  story  for LGBT folks. This idea that we will always find each other,  and we will always understand each other, and support each other. That is a very definition of the found family. And is portrayed in the most beautiful way in One Last Stop. It works so well because the characters are  fleshed out to the extent that they truly do feel like real people. 

And because literally the whole cast is LGBT, Casey provided for themself a great opportunity to talk about our community. It doesn’t come across as a history lesson, but at times that’s what it essentially is. And given how little we ourselves know about the LGBT people who came before us, it’s actually an excellent choice. It also helps that Jane is from the 70s’ and provides a whole other perspective on the community.

I initially said that One Last Stop is “a gay history lesson wrapped up in a found family wrapped up in a romcom wrapped up in, once again!, a love letter to the LGBT community” and I was right. It’s also a gift to sapphics everywhere.
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3,861 reviews5,644 followers
June 13, 2021
I'm a jaded, long-time romance reader, and I loved Red, White & Royal Blue so much that it was urgent that I keep my expectations in check for One Last Stop. One Last Stop is Casey McQuiston's sophomore book, and I thought to expect it to be anywhere near as successful as Red, White & Royal Blue would be foolish. In truth, I barely read the blurb (and then promptly forgot what I read, as is my custom with blurbs), so the book was almost wholly a surprise to me. And, guys, I loved it. I loved it so much.

I started One Last Stop last night intending to just read a few chapters, and I stayed up all night last reading. I almost cried when it ended. I never wanted it to stop.

However, when I started the story, I felt a little... uneasy. Third person, present tense writing isn't my thing, and I was feeling a little disconnected from the story. At 10% in, I wasn't sure about it, didn't know where the plot was taking me, but once I started to piece things together, I was hooked (remember, didn't read the blurb...).

I'm a time-travel, time-slip junkie, and books with those elements have a huge statistical advantage over contemporary books to be favorites of mine. Imagine my utter delight when I realized the full plot of this story. I was obsessed.

Also, let me wax poetic about the chemistry. I've read a lot of romance books in my time, and I have certain preferences that are long established. I like my romances slow-burn and with enough sexual tension that it's thick and almost tangible. I like things to build and build and build until everything explodes. Casey McQuiston paced this romance perfectly. The physical and romantic chemistry grew and grew until it was unbearable, and then everything crescendoed and exploded. As someone who reads a lot of explicit romance, I would probably categorize this as on the tamer side, but because the sexual tension is incredibly built-up, it felt so satisfyingly erotic.

Aside from the physical, I ached for these characters. I absolutely loved them together and I was rooting for them as a couple like I haven't in a long time. I was near tears at time while reading, just because of my own overwhelming feelings about the romance. Casey McQuiston made me love this couple and their epic romantic story.

While the main characters were enough to carry the story alone, the side characters were all so amazing and well-developed that it enhanced an already amazing story. I'm talking the queer cast of my dreams, each with their own backstory and interest and flaws. I fell in love with each of them, and I found myself wanting to live in a little 6-story walk-up in Flatbush, just so we could hang out. They were all so impossibly interesting and cool, and Casey McQuiston wrote them all with such care and nuance.

There are so many factors that I can't touch upon completely in this review because it's already extremely long and embarrassingly gushy. I'm talking about the Asian rep (an Asian butch character in a leather jacket, seriously be still my f*ing heart), the bisexual MC in a F/F romance, DRAG QUEENS, the humor, the backdrop of New York (in my opinion, the greatest city in the world), the 24 hour pancake house, and the mystery of the MCs uncle. I could wax poetic about this book for another 1,000 words, but instead, just read the book yourself. I'm seriously just ordering you to order it now.

Casey McQuiston, you did it. One Last Stop was the time-slip, sapphic romance of my dreams.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*



I'm not one to post "casting" pictures, but I couldn't help but picture my ultimate crush. Everyone else can stop with the femme Jane photos and GTFO. Chef Melissa King is who I'm going to picture until the end of time.

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108 reviews11.1k followers
June 23, 2021
*Updated with review*

It makes me so sad that I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to! This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 but I had a few issues with it.

We stumble, yet again, onto eternal chapters. I encountered this same issue in Red, White and Royal Blue but these felt even longer (I'm talking 30[+] pages at a time). This contributed to the scenes feeling choppy and the transitions being out of place which led to the story feeling very disjointed.

Then we have the characters, sadly I did not care for anyone else besides Jane. The psychic's guy whole personality being only the "psychicness" was something I didn't enjoy. I personally felt like it was overwritten and just put into the book because that's hip and in and people have taken such a big liking to it. On the flip side, Myla annoyed me half the time and the other half she was mildly funny because she was written that way.

Which brings me to my other issue, these characters were given no room to be themselves. Everything fell into a position of convenience for August and it was deliberately done that way on the author's end. They don't stand on their own nor have a life of their own. The romance felt incredibly one sided to me as well and I was a little uncomfortable reading it. Yes, their chemistry was good and yes, they had their cute moments. But it definitely came across as August being way more into Jane than equally into each other.

Also, Jane's story being so connected to August's was a little off to me? I don't know, I can go into a whole other rant about the white person being the POC's salvation but... yeah not the day for that🥲

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting as I type this up but I'm sure they'll come up in my monthly wrap up.
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530 reviews6,749 followers
May 16, 2021
In One Last Stop, we follow August, a bi, 23 year old student and recent New York transplant trying to find her place in the city. As she gets acclimated to her new job as a waitress, her eccentric new roommates, and school she grapples with her own personal feelings of displacement. On one of those days where nothing seems to be going right, August spills coffee all over herself before her first class of the semester. On her Q train commute she meets a hot mysterious girl named Jane who gifts her a red scarf in her time of need. Soon, Jane becomes the best part of August’s daily commute until eventually August considers that maybe it’s not just luck and something more supernatural is at play after months of the two always sharing the same train, and the same train car without fail!

The story moves from here as we navigate August and Jane’s growing relationship as well as trying to solve the mystery that keeps Jane, a riot girl from the 70s, trapped on this particular train line forever.


Jane Su, aka the new love of life! She was such an icon, so nuanced and beautiful and endearing. She was suave and cheesy, and adorable and vulnerable. She was so strong and brave, angry, hurting and she was fucking wonderful. What a magnificent character.

The found family dynamic between August and her new roommates —Niko, a latinx trans man and psychic, Myla, a black engineer/artist, and Wes, a quiet tattoo artist and man of few words —was sooo great. Their dynamic was just so fun and comforting and these characters were so interesting I was dying to know about them particularly Wes because he has such a cute romantic subplot 😩🙌🏽

THE WRITING + Queer History
Casey Mcquiston is very gifted at writing character interactions and I feel like all tge interactions between August and her roommates, August and Jane etc, were all so fun, and occasionally emotional depending on the moment. Mcquiston just writes great dialogue in my opinion and I loved how the writing flowed, a nice mix of poetic introspection and easy, balanced dialogue. I also want to say I love how queer history was woven into this story particularly the inclusion of the Upstairs Lounge fire in ‘73. It made the whole time travel gimmick feel very grounded and necessary

Okay this is story was really good at investing me in the chemistry between Jane and August. If there’s one things sapphics have, it’s the ability to yearn™️ and the emotional yearning between these two was top tier but this story also delivered when it came to the sex scenes and I appreciated that so much. Sapphics deserve! And Jane Su my god 😩 what a legend! The butch queen we needed in sapphic lit. The sex scenes were fun and the story was so sex positive I lived!

okay i feel bad saying this is a con because I don’t dislike august in fact she sorta grew on me eventually HOWEVER I felt that alll the other characters felt infinitely more interesting than her. She just felt so dry in comparison to all the other people in this story so at slower parts of the narrative I felt bored cuz August could not carry the story alone. Since it took me a while to warm up to August I was left feeling a bit detached from the story at the beginning

The concept of the whole oh no jane’s stuck on the subway mystery was very cool but at times i did feel slighted that we don’t truly know what her and August’s relationship would be like off the train (tho there is a very nice epilogue style chapter that shows some of it) i was dying for more moments of Jane acclimating to modern society

Overall this was a really nice, incredibly queer story that I’d be glad to revisit because some of these characters have my heart 💗
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1,682 reviews8,720 followers
May 30, 2021
4.75 Stars. This was lovely. It always feels good when a book, with a lot of hype and highly anticipated, is about as great as you could have hoped for. The hype surrounding this romance is definitely real. If more New Adult stories were written like this, I’d be reading this genre constantly. This is my first time reading McQuiston, but what she is doing for queer fiction, as one of the authors helping to make it more mainstream, is just so appreciated and wonderful. I think of all these young queer readers that have easy access to the kind books that I never did, and it just makes my heart happy.

I do want to mention, encase other readers have the same issue, that it did take me a little while to get into the book. While the book was interesting right off the bat, the writing style took a minute to get used to. This is written in third person but only one POV. I’m not a fan of this because I figure why not just do first person. The other issue is that this was in present tense. Third person, present tense, with only one POV is rare and as a reader you need time to acclimate to it. But, everything will click into place and once it does, the story really takes off and you don’t even realize you are reading a different style anymore. My suggestion is to give this book time, it deserves it, and I think you will be really happy that you did.

This is a long book, almost twice the size of a normal romance, but it doesn’t feel like it. There was only one time around the 40% mark that I felt like the book was starting to get a little slow, but the second half really picks up and I found myself wanting more when the book was done. While I thought the ending was well done, and not rushed, I just wanted to keep reading. While I love romance, I’m the kind of person that loves something else with their romance. This book has this delightful hint of sci-fi -or is it magic?- which took this book to a whole other level for me. Who is this mysterious woman that August can’t stop thinking about? Is she alive? Is she a ghost? What is this secret about Jane and can August have her love story anyway?

The unusual twist in the plot was really well done. I’m not going to get into specifics for spoiler reasons but this was such a different but adorable romance idea. And while I loved the plot, I’m a character driven reader at heart and this book hit that part out of the park. All the characters, even the secondary characters with very small rolls, where so well written. All of the characters were unique, diverse, and just fully formed people. Of course Jane absolutely steals the show, but I haven’t been this impressed by so many different characters in a long time.

There is plenty I would love to talk more about but I don’t want to ruin a thing for new readers. This book will be in the running for best feel-good romance of the year and I hope everyone reads it. You may be wondering why I didn’t give this a full 5 stars. Am I being a little picky? Yes, but the only reason is that I’m not sure I would reread this again. Because I read 200-300 books a year, to separate them a bit, my rule for the past few years is that full 5 star reads are saved for books I would reread if I had the time. While this was a truly epic romance book, I don’t feel like I would need to read it again. However, I would read a sequel or a spin-off in a heartbeat. It’s impressive how after only two books McQuiston is taking the book world by storm. I would easily and happily recommend this to any romance fans. This is a book you won’t want to miss.

An ARC was given to me for a review.
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