Reviews

Book review: Our Stop, Laura Jane Williams.

Blurb:

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

Review:

In this story we follow Nadia and Daniel. Daniel overheard a conversation Nadia is having and is instantly drawn towards her. He is happy when he finds her taking the same 7.30 am Northern Line every morning. He doesn’t approach her directly for the fear of coming out as a perv. So he leaves her a message in the Missed Connection column of the newspaper. To his surprise Nadia reads it and also replies, and thus begins their relationship through messages exchanged in the column.

I really wanted to like this book but a lot of things didn’t work for me. Too many near misses which felt intentional rather intentional. The book kind of dragged and I was at the half way mark, and to be honest a little bored since nothing much was happening. Characters felt a little superficial to me. I wasn’t able to connect with either of them and they were pretty much forgettable. Few dialogues were unsettling and made me cringe. There are lot of important issues in this book like drug use, drunken sex, consent which I feel could have been handled a little better. It just felt like that author had too much on her plate.

I have read a lot of positive reviews about this book, so maybe it just didn’t work well for me.

Rating: 2.75 – 3⭐️

Thank you so much HarperCollinsIn for the review copy. Thoughts and opinions are my own.