A heartening tale of found families, fighting for love against all odds, and time travel makes Casey McQuiston’s latest queer contemporary novel, One Last Stop, unforgettable.
August Landry has spent her whole life looking for her uncle, who went missing in the 70s. Finally ready to set that part of her life aside and live for herself, she moves to NYC, hoping to be carried along with the bustle of the city. But what she finds on one subway ride opens her up to the possibility of larger forces being at work in the world.
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I had thought I would. Just something about the emotions that run deep in its crevices, the sense of finding a home made the story so endearing to me.
When the book opens with August looking for a flat in NYC, it had the faint resemblance of the typical “journey of self-discovery” angle. I had a feeling that it would be heartwarming to read, even if nothing out of the ordinary.
But with every chapter, the author adds something so refreshing to the novel that it gradually becomes a book you’ll think about for a long while (at least that was the case for me).
From Niko’s psychic abilities to Myla’s boundless energy, their tender relationship to the depiction of drag culture, August’s discovery on the subway to the effortless way in which her roommates become her family, I loved several aspects of the book.
One of the other (hundred) things that stood out to me in this novel is how Casey McQuiston imbues such life into places – Delilah, the Q, Pancake Billy’s House of Pancake. As I was reading the scenes set in these places, I couldn’t help but be enveloped in the joy, the celebration of life, of identity that takes place naturally.
I can’t think of anything that would make me not recommend this book. The romance conflicts occurring between August and her love interest did seem trite at times. But that didn’t really bother me. If you are not fond of explicit sex scenes, then you should know there are some mildly explicit ones in here.
On the whole, there’s so much to take away from the book. I enjoyed it quite a bit! So, if you are in the mood for something like this, definitely add One Last Stop to your TBR.
I received an ALC of this book from Libro.fm in exchange for an honest review.