“Sometimes the point is to be sad, August. Sometimes you just have to feel it because it deserves to be felt.” – Myla
Thank you to St Martin’s Press for the advanced reader’s copy!
Synopsis: Girl moves to Brooklyn. Girl meets girl on the subaway. Girl becomes obsessed with Subway Girl. Turns out Subway Girl is displaced from the 1970s. What follows is a race against time to solve the conundrum of how Jane got stuck and what August can do to help her.
Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston is fucking perfect. It is iconic. It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s a mystery with a drizzle of SciFi. It’s a heist. It’s a found family. It’s a guidebook for millennials. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that will leave you laughing, gasping, and crying. It. Is. Perfect. Casey McQuiston spares no expense in creating a believable and incredibly queer environment in the heart of Brooklyn. I don’t think I have ever read a book with this much LGBTQ+ representation. And it’s not just the representation that stands out, but the small instances of overlap of queer life in the United States in the 1970s vs today, showing us how far we have come, what it took to get here, and how far we still need to go. By weaving in real life events, Casey cements the reality of this story with the SciFi aspects as a light dusting on top.
August is definitely in my top ten favorite fictional characters. With encyclopedic knowledge, August is that quiet kind of introvert who also knows how to break a few rules when required, a silent but deadly kind of introvert if you will. I can relate to that. Jane on the other hand, speaks her mind and when that fails, makes use of her fists. She is fiery, determined, and kind. What August and Jane both have in common is that they were searching for a place to belong, a place to leave their mark.
Looking at the other characters, Niko, Myla, Wes, Isaiah, Lucie, Winfield, and the others, we see a found queer family, that August didn’t realize she needed. Like so many other recent queer stories with found families, it gives readers that warm hug feeling that everyone needs at some point.
Much like Red, White and Royal Blue, One Last Stop left me happy and hopeful at the end.
#SleepyLibrarian #OneLastStop #CaseyMcQuiston
Release date: June 1st, 2021; St Martin’s Press
Page count: 417
Audience: New Adult