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.
CWs & TWs: Sexual content and semi-public sex, homophobia, cursing, mention of car accident, racism, mention of death and depiction of grief.
Diversity: Bisexual fat MC, lesbian SC & LI, trans latino SC, queer black SC, Gay jewish SC, drag queens…
This review is spoiler free
It was my most anticipated read of the year, and it didn’t disappoint, at all. I loved every single second of it and it had been a very long time since I’d finished a 400+ pages book in two days. For this one, it happened and I loved every second of it.
The characters are amazing, breath-taking and the most adorable and relatable disasters. Every single one of them is built with such precision and researches that I think they will live in my head for a very long time after today. It isn’t like reading the main character’s story, and then having supporting characters’ ones. It is more of supporting stories themselves, then a bunch of characters here only to serve the main story. And this I loved, because this is how you make people love your characters. You build their personalities, not only focusing on the good, you give them goals and obstacles, and you see how this feat in your lore. Here, it feats perfectly.
I have never been to New York, even though I dream about it, a lot. And this book was like visiting the city, but from the point of view of a native. What I mean is, the parts that are showed to us aren’t the main touristic areas, or the big, bright, beautiful stuff. It is a bit like the TV show Friends. The New York is the family one, the one that bring people together, the one that build relationships, friends and lovers, and bring them together as one. This is the New York I want to experience the most, and Casey McQuiston allowed me to. For this, I am so very thankful and it might be one of the main reasons I love this book so much.
Basically, if you are into reading a story with an amazing built cast of characters, a great love story kind of forbidden and a sort of bisexual spy main character? This one is for you.
Have you read this one?
Casey McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies and a pie entusiast. She writes stories about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix/personal assistant, Pepper.
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