Casey McQuiston has been stretching the boundaries of the romance genre since their New York Times bestselling debut, Red, White & Royal Blue. Their second novel, One Last Stop, releases today on June 1st.
One Last Stop follows twenty three-year-old August, a college student who arrives in New York City with an indifferent attitude on life in general. One day on her commute to class, she sees a mysterious stranger on the Q train. This stranger’s name is Jane, and she might just be the most beautiful woman August has ever seen. Their chemistry is immediate and exciting, but August soon learns something completely unexpected about Jane—she’s been stuck on the Q train since the 1970s.
“I wrote a book that made my brain buzz and was fun and what I want to read,” McQuiston said in an interview with Time Magazine. “I always felt that if the book could find its people—other depressed queer millennials—it could do well. But I’ve been blown away.”
In addition to the amusing premise, McQuiston’s One Last Stop is full of compelling characters and plenty of tension between August and Jane. The idea for the novel was partially inspired by McQuiston’s past, when they moved to New York from Colorado in 2020 and felt the experience of being on an underground train was fantastical.
McQuiston stated they enjoy writing romantic comedies with twists they rarely saw as a young person. They write about queer people in fantastical situations because it’s exactly the kind of thing they would have loved reading as a teenager, and said these kinds of stories would have made them feel less isolated if they had read books they could relate to.
When reading any of their books, McQuiston wants the audience to feel increasingly happier as they continue through the novel. “I have no interest in fame or notoriety—I just want to write my gay little books and show people a good time,” McQuiston said. “As long as I’m doing that, I’m happy.”
Following One Last Stop, McQuiston’s next novel will be the author’s young adult debut. Also a romantic comedy, it will cover topics and themes much closer to the author’s own experiences as a kid.
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