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Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Image courtesy St. Martin’s Publishing Group /

June 2021 release: One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston

The new novel from Casey McQuiston, author of Red, White, and Royal Blue, One Last Stop is billed as a queer version of the 2001 film Kate & Leopold. (I mean, honestly, do we even need to write anything else about this? Filed under everything I never knew I needed!)

The story follows 23-year-old August who, like most New Yorkers, has a crush on a random stranger she sees regularly on the subway. Hers is named Jane. There’s a small problem, though. Jane is actually from 1970s Brooklyn and is trapped on the Q train lost in time.

The generally skeptic August decides to do whatever she can to help this bizarre stranger while trying not to fall in love with her along the way. That’s a big ask, though, when Jane is quickly becoming the thing that August looks forward to seeing the most on her commute every day.

The official synopsis offers more details about the story.

"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."

One Last Stop is available on June 1.