One Last Stop

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jun. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781250244499. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Twenty-three-year-old August has recently moved to New York City to go to college and distance herself from her mother’s obsessive search for August’s uncle, who disappeared as a young adult. August gets a job waiting tables at a diner, rents a room in an apartment with quirky, kind roommates, and settles into a routine that works for her. Then she meets charismatic, devastatingly attractive Jane on the subway, and her commutes become a lot more interesting. But when it turns out that Jane is from the 1970s and stuck on the train, lost in time, August has to figure out how to help Jane become unstuck, even though it means she’ll risk losing her forever.
VERDICT Both a satisfying romance and a heartwarming, realistic coming-of-age tale, McQuiston’s (Red, White, and Royal Blue) latest book features finely drawn, fully realized characters, a healthy dose of speculative mystery, and a soupçon of true crime. It will appeal to a wide range of readers and is essential for public library collections.
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