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Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Title: One Last Stop

Author: Casey McQuiston

Year Published: 2021

Category: Adult fiction (romance, LGBTQ)
Pages: 417
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map)USA (CA, TX)

Summary (from Amazon): 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.

Review:  I love it when I can read a balance of books and after my last two, which were thrillers and a bit intense, I was looking forward to reading a contemporary romance and this one did not disappoint.

I really enjoyed McQuiston's Red, White, and Royal Blue. If you haven't read that novel, I highly recommend it. This one, however, just didn't work for me. I know! It's getting good reviews from others so I figure I am in the minority on this one.

I like the idea of a chance meeting, falling in love/like, having the object of one's crush like them back. I also think it's great that there is a trans character and others are in the LGBTQ community; representation is so important.

But. I need to read the summary of these books more carefully. There is a ghost. Who is caught in between worlds. That just isn't my thing and so when that became apparent, I started to lose interest. So, that may work for many readers, but it just didn't work for me.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Big Book--417 pages
  • Diversity--LGBTQ and trans characters

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