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Feature book: One Last Stop

21 July 2021

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Subgenre: LGBTQIA romance
Release date: 8 Jun 2021
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Format: ebook and print
Length: 432 pages
RRP: $10.28 (ebook); $26.99 (print)

I was worried going into this that I wasn’t going to like this story as much as I liked Casey’s previous book Red, White and Royal Blue and sadly this was true. But that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it.

In a nutshell, One Last Stop tells the story of August and Jane who fall in love on a train. However, this story is now much more. August arrives in New York after travelling around at a few different schools in hopes of finding a place to really call home. Her childhood consisted of her mother trying to obsessively locate her brother who went missing back in the 1970s, and this has caused some issues for August. August obviously needs somewhere to live in New York and answers the following ad: ‘Seeking young single roommate for 3br apartment upstairs, 6th floor, $700/MO. Must be queer and Trans friendly. Must not be afraid of fire or dogs. No Libras, we already have one. Call Niko’.

Here we meet Niko, Myla and Wes who I absolutely love. They end up becoming part of August’s family and it just warms my heart. But back to the story. On her first day of her new college, August falls and accidentally spills coffee all over her chest as she is about to get on the train. Enter Jane to the rescue with a scarf to cover the giant coffee stain. I feel like it was love at first sight for August. August also starts to work at Billy’s Pancake House and arranges her travel times on the train to be able to see and talk to Jane. They develop a friendship with August secretly having feelings for Jane, but the story takes a turn when we discover that Jane is actually from the 1970s and doesn’t have much in the way of memories. August then uses her detective skills learnt from helping her mother to help Jane remember her past while simultaneously falling in her love with her.

This is a beautiful story about love, acceptance and family. I really liked the random pop culture references which were hilarious to me at least—‘Come on, flip the pickle, Morty’! While this book doesn’t have the same magic as Red, White and Royal Blue, it’s still a great story and well worth the read.

reviewed by Danielle

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 4 August 2021 will go into the draw to win a copy of this book.

One Comment
  1. 21 July 2021 8:47 pm

    I’ve read a few other reviews that expressed similar opinions as you have: not as good as ‘Red, White, and Royal Blue’ but still a fun read. I think I’ll still pick it up. 😀

    Do you have a top 5 reads for 2021 – I love to hear your recommendations.

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