Book Review

ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston for an honest review. Thank you to Macmillan Audio, Libro FM, and the author for the chance to read and review!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

ONE LAST STOP follows August, a young woman working in a diner and living with roommates to try to make ends meet in New York. She has a fairly cynical approach to the idea of love, until she meets Jane on the subway. Sparks instantly fly and August hopes it isn’t one sided, but something is a bit different about Jane. Jane only exists on the subway, she can’t leave and until she latches on to something in the present (that something being August), she rarely notices the passing of time. For her, she’s been on the train since the 1970s and August and her friends are determined to figure out why and how to free Jane from her endless commute.

The stuck in time aspect of this story is what initially drew my attention, so when I needed a cross genre novel for a reading challenge, this was my first thought! I enjoyed learning more about Jane’s unique existence and some of the quirks that go with it like the way her devices run without power. The author includes some mixed media in the form of missed connection posts and the like for other people who have noticed Jane as something special and I really enjoyed that as well.

I did think the story started to drag a bit for me in a few places which isn’t entirely surprising given the confines of the story and Jane’s existence on the subway, but I did overall really enjoy this one. It begins a bit insta-love-ish as well, which isn’t my usual preference, though I think that was kind of necessary in this case. The author does a good job of developing the fact that Jane’s being out of time naturally draws attention and the relationship builds from that point.

I thought that the audio for it was fantastic and definitely would recommend that medium!

Reading Challenges:

#AroundTheYearIn52Books – a cross genre novel

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