This book was my most anticipated read for 2021. Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue is one of my all time favorite books and couldn’t wait to read her new sapphic romance. I’d also heard so many wonderful things about One Last Stop from other readers that I was like a 1,000 per cent sure I would be even more obsessed with it than RWARB. So I’m feeling quite devastated right now for not loving it as I was expecting to.
What I absolutely loved about it was the found family; Myla, Isaiah/Annie, Wes and Nico just stole my heart from the very first moment they were introduced. And the love and support they all showed each other made me so warm at heart. I think that the diversity and representation in this book are some of the best I’ve ever seen. I so appreciated to see a transgender character being interesting on other merits and that the transgender part wasn’t made into a big deal.
“When did you know?”
“That I was trans?”
“No. That you were psychic.”
“Oh,” Nico says. “Whenever someone asks me personal questions, it’ always about being trans. That’s like, so low on the list of the most interesting things about me. But it’s funny, because the answer’s the same. I just always knew.”
The writing was great, the representation and inclusivity was amazing and the way parts of the LGBTQIA+ history from the 1970s New York was interwoven into the plot was so clever, but despite all that, I never connected with the story nor the main characters.
I wasn’t prepared for the sci-fi elements with the time-loop and the missing uncle mystery, and the whole thing with a girl lost in time, doomed to ride the subway for eternity, just didn’t work for me. The pacing also felt so much slower compared to RWARB and a lot of things felt repetitive and illogical. And I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between Jane and August. I really, really wanted to, but I just couldn’t get invested into the romance part. There were so many times that I found myself wishing for the story to focus on the other characters instead of August and feeling much more invested in the potential romance between other couples than Jane and August.
One Last Stop had such potential, and I know that most readers absolutely love it and I had hoped so much to feel that way too, but it just wasn’t for me. The whole concept of the story took so long to unfold and solve, and even though there were so many parts that I loved about it, I am so sad to say that for me, this book was quite a disappointment.
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