Book Review: 'One Last Stop' By Casey McQuiston



You know when people talk about having a book hangover? Well I have had a hangover for over a week now after reading this book!!!! I don't even know how to write a review, seriously, I just want to scream 'OH MY GOD' from the top of my lungs a lot and jump up and down on the spot!!!


Blurb

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 had heard a lot about Casey McQuiston and her book 'Red, White and Royal Blue,' across social media over the past year and I had put that book on my list to get but never got round to it, (I still need and want to read it) but when I saw 'One Last Stop' and read the blurb, it immediately drew me in. I loved the cover, I loved everything about it and knew I would not be able to focus on anything until I had read it. I had also been seeing the most amazing artwork on Instagram of August and Jane and the desperation to read it just intensified. I think I loved it before my copy even arrived.

I don't really know how I am supposed to write a coherent review as my mind is just this jumble of complete love struck, swooning, adoration and admiration for Casey for writing this incredible story and for August, Jane and the gang for simply just being August, Jane and the gang. I LOVE them all so much and miss them like crazy! 

I instantly loved August, her attitude, her nerves, her cynicalness (I'm now making up words, bear with) her passion, how she was trying to figure out what she wanted to do with life, how she was doubtful about love but at the same time filled with so much want and hope. It was her hope and the things she believed and thought in her head when she saw Jane that made me connect with her even more. Just the way this overpowering hope took over August and the way she thought about Jane and how her mind would run away with all these ideas and images and would think all these things and how August would try and shut it down because she was scared and didn't want to get carried away, ugh, it got me. Those bits made me want to hug my book and I did. She was so relatable, I loved her for that. The bed frame dreams, the Ikea furniture, ugh I loved her. She was also hilarious too and often had me laughing with her thoughts and how she would admonish herself.  Anyone else do that? Furthermore, August was intriguing off the bat. I thought Casey did a wonderful job of making this book a page turner right from the start as I wanted to know more about August's Mum and all about her childhood and what they were investigating. 


Moreover, I could picture the New York apartment and immediately fell in love with every detail of the place. I loved how each character was represented in the d├ęcor and just in everything Casey described. Wes was the cutest, I absolutely adored Myla and Niko and Isaiah had my heart. In fact, I very much wanted to be Myla with her skateboarding and smarts. She was so insanely cool. I loved how we got to know so much about their stories as they intertwined with August's journey. I would like them all for best friends now, please and thank you. 


Also, can we please talk about how Casey was able to make this book adventurous, exciting, dreamy and ridiculously sexy when the main location and events took place on the subway!!!!! Cosy subway date nights, subway party nights, steamy subway nights and they were all utterly gorgeous and hot and different and totally captivated me. 


I did not want to put this book down and I did not want to finish it at the same time! The minute I did finish it, I wanted to start reading it again. I was fascinated with the storyline, it is definitely one of those books that just left me in complete awe of the author. I truly don't want to give anything away but how everything came together and how all the pieces of the puzzle were put together in figuring out who Jane was, was so clever. I felt like I was right there with the friends as they put their plan in to action, my heart was racing so much. 


Also, can we please talk about Billy's, the diner, and the food? It had me drooling and now I need to make one of Jane's famous Su Specials. And have I mentioned the people? Yes, I know our main five will be forever in my heart but every single character in this book popped off the page and took a little piece of my heart, from August's Mom to the fantastic people who worked at the diner. 


'One Last Stop' has to be one of my all time favourite books. It was such a captivating, beautiful, exciting, hot, sexy, gorgeous, heart wrenching and soul searching read filled with the most amazing people and messages. But it also looks at found family, loneliness, finding your people and the heart breaking truths the LGBTQIA+ community had to go through in the 70's. At the same time, it's mystery and magic and swoon worthy. It's a book that is completely intoxicating and romantic and I smile every time I think about it. I highly recommend giving it a read! 


Happy reading.

Love








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