Three strikes, and I’m out. I REALLY struggled to connect to this book, but it’s such a highly anticipated read that I initially figured that it was just me. I set it down twice, and when I still wasn’t connecting on my third attempt, I started skimming. Things did not improve.
From the start, I struggled with the writing style. I don’t usually have trouble with third person perspective, but there are so many characters that it adds another layer of disconnect. I felt like an outsider looking in, and I frequently struggled to understand who was supposed to be talking. And all of those characters? Make the story feel scattered – and SUPER LONG. I was bored. So, so bored. It takes a long time before the romance even starts developing, and by that point I had already disconnected. Add in a storyline that’s pretty complex, kinda preachy, and not necessarily reality-based… and I was done.
I’m sure many readers will love this. I did like how unique it felt, and the representation is definitely there. The writing is technically good in a lot of ways, and there will certainly be an audience for this. Younger readers and those who like found families, coming of age stories, and fantasy/time travel elements will probably connect to it the most. I so appreciated receiving an early copy (and am voluntarily leaving a review), but this just didn’t live up to the hype for me.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks…
“Dreamy, other worldly, smart, swoony, thoughtful, hilarious – all in all, exactly what you’d expect from Casey McQuiston!” – Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and Party for Two
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.
“A dazzling romance, filled with plenty of humor and heart.” – Time Magazine, “The 21 Most Anticipated Books of 2021”
Check out the author’s debut, Red, White & Royal Blue!
Like many romance readers, I saw McQuiston’s rise to fame with Red, White & Royal Blue. It’s a VERY popular book, and it’s also somewhere on my never-ending TBR. I’m not sure if One Last Stop has me more or less interested in reading it. I’m definitely curious if it lives up to the hype… but One Last Stop leads me to believe that I wouldn’t love it. I hear that the vibes are completely different, so it might be more up my alley.
About the Author:
Casey McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue, as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books 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 and personal assistant, Pepper.
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