Title: One Last Stop
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I wanted so badly to love One Last Stop, especially considering Red, White, and Royal Blue was one of my favourite books of 2020, but sadly I just found One Last Stop to be alright. I wasn’t really that invested in the story and just really wanted it to get to the point.
To be honest, I liked most of the side characters more than I liked our main character of August. I just didn’t really connect with August and found myself almost getting bored of her at points because we just had endless monologues about how hard her life was. But I did like August’s love interest Jane, which made the moments they spent together a little bit better because they did balance each other out a bit. Some moments between them cringed me out a little bit, because they seemed to be a little bit unnecessary and were a little bit strange. That’s not to say that their whole relationship cringed me out, but there were some scenes where I had to question what Casey McQuiston was thinking.
Out of the side characters, I don’t think that I could pick out a favourite because they all had so many interesting elements, which kept me much more engaged. I really want a spin off of Wes and Isaiah because I would absolutely love to see their love story play out on the page.
I found the plot to be intriguing at the beginning, but as the book carried on, if felt that it was taking far too long to be resolved. By the end of the book, I was just looking to see how they were going to get Jane out of her situation rather than everything else that was going on. There almost seemed to be too many different plot points, which meant that the actual story lost its meaning and importance. I also think this wasn’t helped by how long all of the chapters were. Some of the chapters were over 30 pages long, and that is just too long for me. It almost became a struggle to get through a chapter, so I think if it had been broken down a bit more, I would have loved One Last Stop a bit more.
I do love it when there is a mix of genres in a book, and when it comes to the science fiction side of One Last Stop, I did really enjoy it. I am not the best at electrical engineering, cars are more my thing, but I did understand what Casey McQuiston was going for. I almost wanted there to have been more of a science fiction twist to it because in the end, it all seemed to be a little bit too easy, considering what they had to do.
I do want to read what Casey McQuiston writes next, especially as it is going to be a YA novel where as One Last Stop and Red, White and Royal Blue are both what I would term as ‘New Adult’. Fingers crossed that the chapters will get shorter. If you liked Red, White and Royal Blue, I probably wouldn’t suggest giving One Last Stop ago because they are both contemporary books aimed at different audiences.