Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I'm not gonna lie, this book was too long for my liking. There were times when I just wanted the book to be over. I mean, I wasn't expecting to be bowled over as much as I have been with her debut, but this was also too fantastical for my taste. The idea of someone from the past being stuck in the future via a glitch in the electrical grid back in the 70s was just not my cup of tea, you know? It's Sci-fi and fantasy and romcom mixed into one. However, it's great to see that Ms. McQuiston has no problems flexing her writing chops. Because this was truly a flight from her first novel.
In this novel, we meet a cast and crew of a truly diverse and delightful characters. So let's get that out of the way because that's not where my problem with this book lies. I love the family that August found in New York. They may be side characters but they add so much to this novel. I also love the ongoing message that Casey continues to impart: love is love is love. Equality and acceptance come as soon as you accept who you are. I feel like she's very adept in putting together a group of genuine, unique characters that her readers would love.
As for our main characters, August and Jane has a built in chemistry that rivals that of Alex and Henry from the RWRB fame. Jane of course, is the lost drifter from the past. Her life in the 70s was that of a rebel with a cause. She fought for gay rights back in the day but her family disowned her because she refused to take over the family business. As well, they didn't handle her being a gay Asian woman well. August, for her part is sort of the consummate wall flower: quiet, observant, kind of folded inside herself. I love that she instantly bloomed as soon as she met Jane.
So my problem with this book is its pace. Some portions of the plot stretched on for too long. I felt like she included far too many fillers in here. I'm not sure if it's because there are quite a few characters that she felt the need to include them in one situation after another, but it just made for an exhausting read. It honestly took away from the reading experience. I even listened to it on audiobook, but at some point, I had to resist skipping a chapter or two just to get to the eventual end: will Jane to back to the 70s? Or will she stay? And if so, how is she getting there? Because damn it, I was boreeeeed.