WOW. I loved ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston my heart is still so full, and I read this book a few weeks ago. It took me a while to find the words for this review I enjoyed this book so much! I’ve been reading romance novels for a long time, and this is one of the most unique and well-executed premises I’ve ever read.
I’m not sure what subgenre this wlw romance fits in, maybe magical realism? Sci-fi (ish)? Whatever it is, it’s pure enjoyment. I mean, I might have enjoyed this even more than Casey’s debut, RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE.
Our heroine, August, is a cynical 23-year-old who is, honestly, a bit of a mess and I love her for it. She keeps meeting a mysterious and gorgeous leather-jacket-wearing, punk rock, throwback of a woman named Jane on the subway.
There were so many points in this book where I had no idea how McQuiston was even going with the story, but I was strapped in for the entire ride. I knew there HAD to be a happy ending, but woahhh what a rollercoaster. Jane and August have my entire heart.
A wonderfully diverse cast of secondary characters made delightful foils for August as she first struggles with her feelings, then as she tackles Jane’s problem (that she seems to have been stuck on the subway since the 70s).
Not only was the book romantic, and fun, and hilarious, there were SO many moving parts to the plot that all tied together beautifully by the end of the book. It was absolutely masterful writing. I’m in awe of this sophomore novel!.
At the heart of the book, the thing that kept me absolutely invested was the ROMANCE. Gah. Jane and August were everything. The burn was slow and beautiful with lots of mutual pining and falling in love awkwardness, and the most satisfying happily ever after. Perfectly imperfect characters falling in love? My favorite.
**I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review**