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.
I posted the full summary of this book from Goodreads because…I honestly got this audiobook without even READING the summary. I just saw another book by Casey and was like, oh gotta have it. Thanks, Bookstagram and BookTok. Now, I’m not saying that if I had read the summary that I wouldn’t have picked it up. I’m saying that if I had, then I would have been more prepared for the story than I was before without reading what it was about. Have you ever bought a book without reading the summary? Wait, no, that’ll be a separate discussion. Wait for that post before answer.
I’m gonna say that I loved how the story was told. It’s not August’s point of view, so there is no unreliable narrator or any details that may have been needed or were omitted by the character. It’s like someone is genuinely telling you the story and letting you know that the narrator is aware of the characters and their genuine feelings and faults. Not that I don’t like stories being told by the characters, but sometimes it gets a bit annoying because you don’t know if the person is leaving something out or if they are perceiving something in their eyes than it actually is.
Perfect example: Joe from YOU (both book and series)
I ADORED the characters in this book. I did like August, but I loved Niko, Myla, Wes, Isaiah, just to name a few. The representation in this book is so fulfilling with Trans and Drag representation and Myla…you’ll fall in love with her just instantly. I can say that while this wasn’t my favorite story, I could never love these characters more. In fact, if we ever get a story of Niko and Myla together I would totally be down for a story with them. Jane was a cool character and I enjoyed finding out bits and stories of her past.
With that being said, the storyline confused the hell out of me. When it comes to time travel, or time anything in a story, it gets complicated. I don’t know if this was something that has been explored or if this is something that is kind of made up from something and worked with the story, but it was just so off and I couldn’t really wrap my mind around it. I’m not saying this to be negative because again, it was my fault for not reading the summary first. The ending also felt very…I don’t know kind of off.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.
I enjoyed the small side story with August having to help her mother find her long lost uncle from the 70s and finding out more about that was like…what?! I actually really liked that part of the story.
All in all, the story was pretty good if not a bit confusing. It wasn’t really for me, but I still love the author and no matter what – I bet with any author I adore, I’ll do the same thing with their next book simply because…it’s their next book. Enjoy!