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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Romance

One Last Stop

by Casey McQuiston

Quick take

Sometimes when you meet the love of your life, it defies the laws of time and space—literally. Just ask August.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_NonLinear

    Nonlinear timeline

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Quirky

    Quirky

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Magical

    Magical

Why I love it

Helen Hoang
Author, The Kiss Quotient

Growing up mixed-race in suburban Minnesota, I always felt painfully different from my Caucasian peers. That feeling didn’t entirely go away at home either, because my mom, grandma, older siblings, and enormous extended family were pure Asian. Being neuroatypical didn’t help. As a result, I’ve spent a great deal of my life yearning for a sense of belonging. In Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop, the misfits and outcasts are drawn together because of—not in spite of—their differences, which include sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and race, among other things, and I didn’t want to leave that found family behind when I reached the last page.

An expert in finding missing persons, twenty-three-year-old August moves to New York City to find herself. And ends up finding an unexpected community in her quirky roommates and coworkers and unexpected love from beautiful punk rocker Jane Su, whom she meets on the Q train subway line. Incidentally, the Q is the only place where August can be with Jane because Jane is lost—in time. She’s been displaced from the 1970s by mysterious means.

One Last Stop is a sweet love story filled with exquisite yearning and stolen kisses, and like many readers will do, I lost my heart to Jane. But beyond that, there’s a complexity to this book as well. An artful touch of science fiction allows history and modern times to literally collide, providing the unique opportunity to pay homage to LGBTQIAP+ activists from the past and illustrate how greatly their work impacted the present.

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of One Last Stop.

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  • 60% Love
  • 32% Like
  • 7% Dislike
  • San Leandro, CA

    This book is exactly what I needed. The characters are beautiful and fun. The romance is sweet and longing. The entire trapped in time premise is extremely fascinating. I didn’t want to put it down.

  • South Glens Falls, NY

    LOVED this. Even better than her first novel, One Last Stop is a sapphic, character-driven, time travel tale with themes of found family, community, and music at it’s center. Also, amateur sleuthing!

  • Austin, TX

    for readers iso a cast of beautifully weird, hot, funny and kind characters who will stick in your head long after you finish reading, sizzling romance, found family, and a deep love for queer history

  • Fryeburg , ME

    Not only was this book a great romance story it was also a mystery and a history lesson with a touch of science fiction. This combined with lovable characters made it impossible to put this book down

  • Olathe, KS

    4.5 ???? I absolutely loved this tale. It’s a wonderful story about love and found family. It reminds me of a combination of Back to the Future and Rent and I could not put it down. 100% recommend.

  • Independence , KY

    This book was totally not what I expected. I was looking for a sapphic relationship within a quirky story and I got so much more. There was found family, mysteries, amazing characters, etc. I loved it

  • Midvale, UT

    Magic. This book is pure unadulterated magic. It is mystical, funny, sexy amd touching. It is About how we fill the holes in our hearts and how life rewards us when we stop fighting it. Lovely.

  • Winston Salem, NC

    There's something about McQuiston's writing that just pulls you in. Between relatable main and secondary characters, memorable and funny one-liners, and beautifully written descriptions they produce.

  • Boston, MA

    Take the traditional coming-of-age-in-NYC plotline and throw in some time travel, a long-unsolved mystery, an anti-gentrification quest and a supernatural meet-cute with a sweet lesbian! Lots of fun.

  • Columbus, OH

    SO different than her last book & equally great. Didn’t expect the sci fi elements - or to laugh so much at the smart pop culture humor. CUTEST love story with so much representation. I want more!

  • Puyallup, WA

    I loved Red, White, & Royal Blue, but One Last Stop may be even better?! It's a sweet romance. I love how it weaves in friendship and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community through time. Also fun time loop!

  • Kyle, TX

    This book steals hearts. This book gives you what you thought you were in for and then keeps piling on the gifts like it's gay Christmas. This book is everything I wanted and more. I love this book.

  • Hinesville, GA

    Yes! Just, yes! A F/F romance with a well done sci-fi twist, a loveable found family, and some self discovery as well... I'm in love with these characters. The diversity in this book was so spot on.

  • Mount Rainier, MD

    The author does an amazing job of bringing to life a charming cast of characters, but the story dragged a bit. Found family aspect was more compelling than the romance. Still a quality summer read.

  • Longview, TX

    A love story for the ages! I couldn’t put it down for fear of what came next. I read this on breaks during moving house. Stayed up late to finish. My obsession grew with August’s. A must read!!

  • Simpsonville, SC

    So sweet, beautiful characters. Interesting spin on time travel and love. Loved the queer representation. Very Veronica Mars in the lightest way, with a healthy dose of romantic and familial love.

  • Fort Collins, CO

    I've never met so many characters I loved and rooted for so hard. This is a book that makes you long for found family, love, acceptance, and local hangs, including really good pancakes & dumplings

  • Des Moines , IA

    I LOVED this book so much. August moves to a place she doesn't know with people she doesn't know. Along the way she meets a magical woman, Jane. August learns that she is stronger than she thinks.

  • Kentwood, MI

    How dreamy of a love story! Love a bit of realistic fantasy in my romance, and a sapphic one at that! The characters jumped out of the pages, and I fell in love with each of them. Found family!!!

  • Covington, LA

    Fun, brilliant, twist of a romance! I loved that this book had all the qualities of a good mystery that kept me wanting to read more, but also all the good feels of a light-hearted romance!

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