Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Although I loved the concept of this one and it had some very cute moments, I felt that the storytelling dragged and the novel felt far longer than it needed to be. August's situation made for a great escapist read--about a lonely girl who moves to the big city and finds her place in the world. And Jane's situation of being in a time loop was certainly intriguing and gave the book an extra boost. But as I said, it felt a bit too long. And a little bit too wholesome in places. (Note to authors: it's okay to give characters flaws that are just flat out annoying, instead of cute. It's what makes them relatable.) I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was a novella, or even if we got to know more about Jane, whose actual name is Biyu, earlier in the novel. Which brings me to another point. I would have loved to have known more about Biyu/Jane's life and the discrimination that she would have undoubtably faced on the grounds of her race and sexuality in the 1970s, and how she handled that.
While this one did not live up to my expectations, One Last Stop will probably be enjoyed by readers who want a quirky, escapist read with a slow burn romance.