Also by this author: RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 1, 2021
Genres: LGBTQ, FF Romance
Tropes: Supernatural, Time Travel
Format: eARC, ALC - audiobook
Source: Netgalley, Libro.fm, St. Martin's Griffin
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Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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 have a confession to make: I requested this one without reading the blurb properly. I saw Casey McQuiston? I adored her RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE so that was an automatic YES PLEASE from me. I didn’t realize it was FF and honestly, I wouldn’t have request it if I’d known beforehand. So, I’m glad about my neglect otherwise I wouldn’t have had the chance to read this gem of a book.
Just in time for Pride Month McQuiston gives us ONE MORE STOP, a story so jock-full of diverse delightful characters, it was a joy to read. it is told from August’s point of view, a bi-sexual young woman, broke and a little directionless, who moves from NOLA to New York City. She moves in with a ragtag bunch of characters who will conquer your heart. Riding the Q-line on her every day commute to school she meets an enigmatic young woman who gives her a scarf to cover August’s coffee mishap. Soon she specifically seeks out Subway Girl on her daily train ride. Although Jane Su is an intriguing, mesmerizing woman something doesn’t add up. Like how she listens to cassette tapes or doesn’t know smart phones. August, being somewhat an expert in investigating people starts to dig into Jane’s history and what she finds blows her mind.
This whole premise was spell-binding from the get-go. The whole time travel/time slippage theory was absolutely fascinating. From the start August and Jane’s romance is impossible and yet, both lonely in their own ways, they think the short time they might have together would be worth what comes after. On August’s mission to find out Jane’s forgotten past she also discovers her uncle’s fate, who has been missing for decades and finds her purpose in life.
August’s roommates and co-workers were the best of the best. Each and every one of them endearing, loyal without fail and resourceful. Every single one unique, quirky and lovable. Together they save a pancake joint from closing and find out how to save Jane from riding the Q-Line for all eternity.
The time travel setting also takes us on a historical journey and teaches us what it meant to be queer in the last couple of decades. That hate crimes towards the LGBTQ+ community happen in every era. And that being different doesn’t mean that you are somehow…less. That tolerance isn’t enough but acceptance and love of diversity should be the goal.
I had the chance to listen to the audiobook of ONE LAST STOP and boy, let me tell you, Natalie Naudus is one talented narrator. Her performance is flawless. Top recommendation if you’re looking for an amazing narrator.
Casey McQuiston’s writing style is so easy to absorb. The humor, fun and emotion, the supernatural, clever storyline, the star crossed lovers trope and the wonderfully quirky characters lift this book to the next level. However, I have to admit that the supporting characters outshone August in some parts (and don’t get me started on how much I love Jane) and the story was a tiny bit slow in others which is why I can’t give this 5 stars but it was still an amazing book.