One Last Stop | An ARC Review

Hiya! Today I’ll be reviewing One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Enjoy!

**I received an advanced readers copy via Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

(Synopsis from goodreads)

For cynical twenty-three-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.

The original premise of One Last Stop excited me. However, it never really stood out as something out of the ordinary. A time travel love story is something I see a lot within the science fiction genre. I was actually quite interested to see how the plot would be executed. On top of that, I was very eager to read the book due to all the hype surrounding it. Unfortunately though, One Last Stop fell extremely flat. 

Saniya, how could you?! Yes, yes, I know, it’s a popular book and I am very happy for the author. No one wanted a 2> star review for One Last Stop. But, this was dare I say, not my up of tea. Allow me to explain myself…

Let’s start with the characters. Our two MCs August and Jane felt very two dimensional, and had an even more superficial relationship. Aside from Jane liking punk rock music, the two seemed to have no personality. Because of this, I was unable to root for them. 

Luckily, I enjoyed reading about Myla! She was eccentric and book smart, which is one of the best combinations possible if you ask me. The other side characters didn’t keen my interest at all though. Thus when almost 80% of the book was August interacting with the side characters, I couldn’t bring myself to care about their conversations. Furthermore, I also felt as though there were too many people being introduced into the story. Henceforth why I quickly became overwhelmed as more characters were introduced. 

In addition, the dialogue was one aspect I had a tough time with. August and her roommates seemed to talk about rather pointless things that added nothing to the plot. I would have been completely fine with this if the dialogue was actually amusing or intriguing. However, the snarky remarks came off as odd and unfunny instead. 

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The writing is where I had another huge issue with. There was an abundance of rambling that added nothing but ~length~ to the story. The chapters were also incredibly long, and it felt like a chore to push through the book. The time travel aspect also made absolutely no sense at all. This led to me being confused and uninterested.

Overall, One Last Stop was an unenjoyable read for me. The story dragged on way too much, and the jokes just weren’t funny. Despite disliking the book, I recommend this to all the Casey McQuiston fans out there!

Age Rating: 16 and up

TW: Drinking, depression, anxiety, familial death, familial estrangement, missing persons

Final Rating: 3.5/10 or 1.75 stars

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Have you read One Last Stop? If so, what did you think of it? Have a lovely day, and thank you for reading!

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30 Comments

  1. Jan_thedoodlecrafter says:

    Ahh sorry you didn’t like this one!! Lovely review though!

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    1. thank you jan! and it’s all good hehe ❤

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  2. enjoyed reading your review! i wanted to pick this up too but i’ve seen a few bad reviews already aaa, i’m probably still going to end up reading it sometime in the future to see how i think abt it HAHA

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    1. Thank you Clarice!! Most people loved the book, so I’m sure you might like it. Thank you for reading ❤

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  3. I didn’t like it either. And haha we share almost the same thoughts! I just posted my review yesterday 🙌🏼✨ thankx for sharing saniya ❤️

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    1. I’m glad we share the same thoughts!! And thank you Ashmita ❤ I'll go check out your review asap!

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  4. aww I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this!! I wanted to read if but I’ve been seeing a lot of negative reviews ahh. Great review, Saniya!!

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    1. Thank you Ritz! and yes, it was quite a let down. But it’s okay, i’m sure other books will be better. Thank you so much for reading!! ❤

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  5. abibliophilessecrets says:

    Oh no! Sorry you didn’t enjoy this, I still need to read Red, White, & Royal Blue so this one’s still a little low on my TBR 😅

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    1. No worries, I understand that not every book will be for me. I hope you enjoy RW&RB~! 😀

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  6. This sounded like it had a lot of potential if the execution was done right

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    1. Yeah totally! It’s such a shame, but oh well. Thank you for reading Annie 😀

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  7. Rania @ Rania's Rambling Reads says:

    oh no i’m sorry you didn’t like this! i’ve seen a lot of conflicting reviews for this book so i’m a little skeptical about picking this up. amazing review btw!

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    1. If you do end up reading, hopefully you like it at least more than me lol. Thank you so much Rania! ❤

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  8. I was so excited about the plot of this book, but based on the mixed reviews and the fact that I just don’t think Casey McQuiston’s writing style is my cup of tea, I think I’m going to skip this one. I felt similarly about the humor in Red, White, and Royal Blue as to how you felt about it in this book. I was definitely in the minority of reviews for that one too!

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    1. It’s great that you feel the same way hehe. I just don’t like the jokes i guess. I’ll give their other book a try, fingers crossed it’ll be good. thank you for reading by the way!

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  9. oh no so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy one last stop especially when everyone has been raving about it! ah and flat main characters? that’s already terrible to start off with… but thank you for such a honest review with another perspective!! great post saniya! ❤

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    1. Yeah I know, it’s such a bummer as I really feel like maybe I read it wrong or something since everyone loves it lol. Thank you Cherelle! I hope you like it at least more than I did ❤ ❤

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  10. oh no! i’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this saniya! i did, but i agree that the story dragged on in some parts as well! lovely review – thanks for sharing your thoughts! 💕

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    1. Thank you for sharing Ahaana, and yeah it’s a bummer. Hopefully RW&RB is better! ❤

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  11. Siena says:

    I completely agree with you! I started reading it then DNF’d it about 120 pages in. August and Jane were very one dimensional and I couldn’t bring myself to be interested or invested in either of them. Great review!

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    1. It’s cool that you agree as my rating is amongst the minority of people 😀 Thank you Siena!

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  12. thank you for your review!! sorry you didn’t love this one. it kind of hurts my soul to say it, but i agree with you about the length. i started it a few days after release and i still haven’t finished… the story is dragging and i just need something to happen arg. anyway, lovely review hope your next read was more enjoyable!!

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    1. thank you!! I’m sorry you feel that way :((. I totally agree that it drags on. But hopefully your next read of theirs is much better ❤

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  13. Gorgeous post! I really enjoyed one last stop but I liked your take on it. It’s definitely quite side character centred but I found myself warming to niko and all her new roommates? But I always like hearing a different opinion! You can find my review here 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/07/03/one-last-stop-is-it-worth-the-hype/

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