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Summary

2021 New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year
2021
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

"Lives are remade in McQuiston's LGBTQ, paranormal rom-com. Memorable characters (including N.Y.C. itself) and a sultry-comic seduction on public transit (rivaling the iconic Risky Business scene) will have listeners hooked." (BookPage, starred review)

"Narrator Natalie Naudus brings a quiet intensity to this genre-crossing audiobook...the perfect fit for a tale of queer joy, first love, and self-discovery." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

From the New York Times best-selling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that will stop listeners in their tracks....

For cynical 23-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.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Griffin

"A dazzling romance, filled with plenty of humor and heart." (Time Magazine, "The 21 Most Anticipated Books of 2021)

"Dreamy, other worldly, smart, swoony, thoughtful, hilarious - all in all, exactly what you'd expect from Casey McQuiston!" (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and Party for Two)

©2021 Casey McQuiston (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

New York Times best seller

USA Today best seller

Wall Street Journal best seller

Number one Indie best seller

A Must Read for:

The Today Show, E! Online, Marie Claire, Elle, Time, CNN, Lambda Literary, PopSugar, Oprah Daily, Advocate, She Reads, Bookish, The Nerd Daily, Book Riot, Bookpage, The Rumpus, Book Bub, LGBTQReads, Culturess, Pajiba, Goodreads, LA Magazine, Country Living, NewNowNext, Bustle, Parade, Pride, and more!

"Absolutely brilliant." (The New York Times

"One Last Stop is an earnest reminder that home - whether that means a time, a place, or a person - is worth fighting for." (New York Magazine

"The story of August and Jane's chance meeting is swoony, thoughtful, and one of those big-hearted romances you'll gush about long after finishing." (Hello Sunshine) 

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A fantastic wlw story - the best book I’ve ever experienced!

This is my favourite book ever. It is the best representation of wlw and/or sapphic relationships I’ve ever come across and I cannot express how importance that is in the media. More queer writers need to be heard.

This story combines themes of romance, transport and sci-fi to create an engaging and emotional tale of mystery and queer history. It had me laughing, crying and feeling a whole concoction of emotions throughout the book. It’s one of those books that takes you in and brings you along for the ride - and it’s a brilliant experience. The author has managed to create characters that come across as genuine and complex, they all feel like real people who could be living in our world. The plot is well structured and the story elements intertwine wonderfully. I also love the concept of ‘Time, Place, Person’ which is thematic throughout the book and it works beautifully.

Thank you to the author Casey for writing such an incredible piece of queer literature. Thank you to the narrator Natalie who has succeeded in bringing these characters to life and given each one their own distinctive voice & atmosphere - especially Jane. This book makes for a fantastic audiobook and book, so much so that I’ve purchased One Last Stop in both forms. This audiobook is a great example of how to bring a book to life in an audiobook - thanks again to Natalie for doing such a great job of narrating it!

Please support this book, the author and other queer writers. Reading this book when I was younger would’ve meant the world to me. I can’t recommend it enough.

This book truly felt like a Time, Place and Person. Enjoy it!

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This book is an LGBTQ+ must read!!

I loved every aspect of this book from the queer representation(bi, lesbian, and gay characters as well as a trans character) to the sassy drag queens and ethnic representation. The plot on the SIFI aspect was amazing and well thought out and the romance was top Tier :)

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it's okay, but definitely not RW&RB

Didn't expect story like this after Red White & Royal Blue. I was very sceptical at first not gonna lie, but it wasn't a bad story.. just not the one I was expecting haha. Didn't really liked narrator tho.

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What an utterly wonderful story. Quirky, funny, sad, it has everything and more. So deliciously different to the run of the mill lesbian romance. i enjoyed this so much from start to finish. Great book. ❤

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amazing

beautiful story with well written characters. a love for the ages that transcends time itself

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So good

Wonderful, best fiction I’ve listened to on audible. I love Casey McQuiston now. I highly recommend.

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I love this book

I loved it! I didn’t think I was gonna like it bc it’s bending the reality but I did. Definitely recommend it!

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  • kdiz
  • 04-06-21

Disappointing

This book was a big disappointment for me, mostly because it relied on over-explaining instead of action and dialogue, especially in the first 2/3 of the book. It didn’t give me a chance to think for myself because of the author’s heavy narration of the events. I felt that the characters didn’t have much chemistry because we don’t get to experience things with them. Instead, the author tells us about them, removing the reader from the action and making it hard to get invested in the characters. It picks up a little bit towards the end and becomes more interesting, but I only finished this because I loved RW&RB SO much and I really wanted it to get better.
That being said, McQ has a lot of potential, and I’m rooting for her in the long run. The plot is interesting but it’s badly organized, ranty, paced too slow, and a bit soapboxy at times.
A big issue for me was that Jane felt whitewashed at times. There could have been so much more there, but instead, it felt like McQ wrote a white character and made her Asian, just another go at inclusivity for inclusivity’s sake, which really bothers me. The roommates were the real winners for me, as characters go, but again, big disappointment overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-21

THIS BOOK

This book. THIS. BOOK. I am going to keep this simple and sweet: read this book. If not for the beautiful story about August and Jane, then for the band of beautiful friends August makes along the way. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and left me with a sense of happiness even days after reading. I fully intend to re-read this one, and have listed it in my all-time favs, forever the book I will recommend to people needing something beautiful in their lives.

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  • Becca
  • 08-06-21

AMAZING BOOK

Jesus.

This book may be one of the best things I read in 2021. Casey McQuiston out did herself. Jane and August are incredibly complex, well rounded characters. Their little corner of NYC is such a robust place. Just... ugh. Read this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-21

This book is DIVINE

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
August, the person not the month, is stuck in a pattern of negativity that she desperately wants to leave. To separate herself from toxic familial patterns she moves to NYC in an apartment with an eclectic group of people. Not long after her move, she encounters a dashing woman on the subway and things start to take off in an unexpectedly fantastical fashion.
Every stage of the plot felt intentional and purposeful. While I love relationship development, I feel that many romances struggle with staggering plots when providing their characters with romance-building opportunities. That was not at all the case here and it was refreshing.
Much like Red, White, and Royal Blue, this romance had me laughing as much a sighing. McQuiston’s quirky descriptions of everyday life make the mundane activities of her character as engrossing as the mystical ones.
Every single character in One Last Stop overflowed with dimensions. They all felt hyper-real, and it depresses me that they are not people I could spontaneously meet someday.
This book is divine. Romance lovers, like myself, will be left speechless. I think skeptics of the genre would find things to love as well because August and Jane’s relationship grows alongside a story steeped with cultural meaning and enrichment.
Plot – 5
Writing & Editing – 5
Character Development – 5
Personal Bias – 5
Final Score: 5

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  • David iraheta
  • 03-06-21

Must read

An incredible cute and charming book,once I started it was hard to put down. If your interested in love story’s I recommend.

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  • Eva Folsom
  • 23-06-21

A delightful story full of found family + IDGAF

I deeply enjoyed this book, with its lovable characters and thematic emphasis on how everyone deserves love exactly as they are. Features an adorable found family and a protagonist's journey to learn to trust in her own particular vision of the life she wants to build for herself. Funny and sweet romantic plotline that doesn't dominate the narrative with heavyhanded ideas of about the "right" way to have a romantic relationship.

The writing is great--with fresh, apt, and funny images, a strong narrative voice, and characterizations that are crisp and clearly distinguish characters from one another. My only minor complaint is that the pacing can be slightly wobbly.

The narration is fantastic. I love the way the audible narrator does various voices differently and in ways that fit with the characters. Also very clear diction without sounding uptight. She knocks it out of the park when the characters speak in sexy voices. Narration pacing is excellent.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 08-06-21

Great Read

One Last Stop was a great read by Casey McQuiston. August is a twenty three year old cynic who just moved to New York City. She believes that this move will prove magic and cinematic love stories doesn't exist. She then meets a gorgeous girl, Jane, on the train. After spending time together, August realizes there's a big problem. Jane has been displaced in time from the 1970s and stuck on the train. I really enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more by the author.

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  • Sierra LaFollette
  • 06-06-21

Another A+ from Casey McQuiston

As always, McQuiston brings their unique Cajun roots into a book that can set your heart on fire.

I don’t know exactly what I expected this book to be, but it exceeded those expectations by leaps and bounds. It is cute and fun and lighthearted and heavy and sexy and sweet all at once.

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  • Alex W
  • 07-06-21

I just wabt to be best friends will all of them!

I was worried I wasn't going to like this book as much as RW&RB because it had such a strange premise, but I was throughly proven wrong.
All of the main and secondary characters were so detailed and real that it was easy to get lost in the relationships between them. Many of the moments between the friends felt so reminiscent of conversations I've had with friends, even despite the fact that I've never known a psychic or time anomaly!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Loved it!

I would recommend this book. It’s really great! Loved the plot, the characters, everything. Worth the read.

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