Challenge prompt: A book set on a plane, train, or cruise
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.
What I liked:
I would sell every organ I have to try a Su Special. This diner meal sounded so unhealthy but so delicious at the same time.
The houseshare in this book was such a wonderful group to follow. They were welcoming and super inclusive, and a houseshare I would love to be a part of. Anyone looking for a book with a found family will adore this aspect of it.
One Last Stop has a hugely diverse cast of characters, all of whom are well written and completely distinctive to each other. Casey McQuiston has a special skill at character writing and this was such an enjoyable part of the book.
What I didn’t like:
I felt this book was a little too long, and the first third dragged significantly. It could have easily been shortened by about 20 per cent with little or no impact on how the book actually read.
As well as the book itself being rather long, the chapters also felt endless. Some of the chapters in this book were over 30 pages long with few paragraph breaks to break up chunks and chunks of text.
I felt there was a lot happening in this book, and some of the side plots could have been left out. It added a little too much to the length of this book, and most of it was a little clunky and unnecessary.
This book was a little White Saviour, which I didn’t love. Also, things fell into place for August much too conveniently on more than one occasion, which was rather unrealistic.
Out of five:
Three and a half. There were a few things I didn’t enjoy that just dragged the score down a little. Perhaps Casey and I don’t get on super well.