Holding on to summer with books

One Last Stop offers an escape for those missing summer reads

By Paige Unekis, Reporter

In Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop, August is a cynical 23 year old who doesn’t believe in fairytale love stories.

She doesn’t think twice about love. It’s not in the cards. August thinks that moving to New York will prove to her that love like fairytales just doesn’t exist and that the best thing for her is to go through life alone.

August is surprised when she moves in with three weird roommates who constantly push her out of her comfort zone. But the real shock was figuring out just how extraordinary her subway commute really was. Because there is a girl, a beautiful girl named Jane. Jane who is stuck on the subway from the 1970s.

My review of “One Last Stop”

My personal review might be a bit biased because I absolutely adore the author, Casey McQuiston, but I really enjoyed this book. The representation is top tier!

The protagonist, August, is extremely relatable. August has an obstructed view of life and how she thinks it should play out. She has been going to school for ages because she dreads actually graduating and taking the next steps. She feels that without school, there is nothing to her, almost as if she has no real purpose in life.

August does not enjoy talking about her feelings or facing them. She bottles it up and compartmentalizes. One main point that August talks about is her views on love. She doesn’t truly see the desire or importance of it, which seems like a common thing in rom-coms.

But then, of course, she meets Jane, the complete opposite of her. Both of these women challenge each other to new lengths and force themselves to come out of their comfort zones.

A huge plus for “One Last Stop” are the side characters. Each one adds so much life to the story. They are so unique and all of their personalities and individualities help August with the many hardships she faces. Never once do they give up on her.

I really appreciated the LGBTQ+ history that was talked about in this book. It was warming to read about how much the views toward the community have changed.

“One Last Stop” has everything that makes a good rom-com. There’s a found family trope, Run-DMC songs, séances, leather jackets, and of course, drag queens.