One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
One Last Stop
by Casey McQuiston
Published June 1, 2021
by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About One Last Stop
If you haven’t read Casey McQuiston’s first book, Red, White & Royal Blue do it. Right now!
I was afraid that her second book, One Last Stop, wouldn’t have that same love and soul. It was a needless fear because this book is nothing but love and soul.
August is 23, socially awkward, unsure what to do with her life other than not help her mom continue to look for August’s uncle who went missing before August was born. She’s moved to NYC to finish college and maybe figure out her life.
On the subway, on her way to class, a spilled coffee leads to a chance encounter that totally upends August’s life.
My thoughts about One Last Stop
One Last Stop is about found family and love in all its shapes, sizes and colors. It’s charming, heart-warming, sexy, glittery, magical and utterly satisfying. LGBTQ rep, drag queen fabulosity, time travel, psychic realness, and dogged determination blend into the most satisfying spiciness.
All of the characters are so fully realized that I feel like I know actual people. They’re quirky and unusual but it never felt forced or fake.
The author skillfully shows what being queer was like in the 70s and how things have changed but it never felt like a “back in my day” lecture or a history lesson.
Even the more fantastical parts of the story felt thoroughly thought out and plausible.
There’s a warm and tender tone to the writing, even when the characters are dealing with hard things like having their heart broken. You can tell the author cares what happens to them which spills over to the reader caring. I never felt emotionally manipulated which can happen in books with Major Feels.
The plot had many strands but they’re so skillfully written that I was never confused. No cliffhangers or unresolved issues which yay.
This book was pure delight. Not in a gross, sappy way but in a real way. There’s heartache and I cried at times but everything was perfectly written. I want more stars so I can give them all to One Last Stop.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.