Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams | ARC Discussion
Release date: August 8, 2019
How I got the copy: HarperCollins Canada
I’m so sad about this. I write this review with defeat written all over my face. I truly wanted to love Our Stop but I couldn’t even get to the end. There was so much potential but I was so bored.
What I was expecting and wanted from Our Stop was a quirky love story but I just didn’t enjoy how it was executed. Our Stop is “a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word”. Nadia and Daniel commute to work on the same train everyday. They get on the 7:30 train and get off at the same stop but more often than not, Nadia, misses her 7:30 train (it me). Daniel submits a letter to the newspapers missed connections column to find out who Nadia is and to try and finally meet her.
I made it more than 50% through the book and the two main character still had yet to meet. In a way, learning about both characters individually could have been beneficial but I didn’t feel I was getting any new details anymore. The anticipation of them meeting is too long and for a romance I needed more romance between the characters. I was more than 50% into the book and they still hadn’t met and had only virtual flirted. I also couldn’t read about them missing each other by seconds another time. How many times can that happen before it feels too convenient for the story?
Another factor that might raise issues is the fact that Daniel kind of stalks Nadia. Watching out for her during their commute, waiting for her to leave the train station if he’s ahead of her… It’s supposed to be cute. He’s waiting for her but is it really? We, as the readers, know he’s harmless and looking for genuine love but not knowing, like Nadia doesn’t know, it’s creepy. If you noticed a stranger doing this on your way to work wouldn’t you be scared?
I don’t have much to say about the characters since I didn’t make it to the end of the story and I don’t know how the characters changed by the end of the book but they were pretty “perfect”. Nadia being the young, smart but quirky and clumsy girl with the career she wanted and Daniel being another young, smart but too nice of a guy that can’t keep a girlfriend. It’s the “they’re both great on paper so why can’t they keep a relationship?”.
However, I would 100% love this concept if it were made into a movie. There’s no question about it and the movie would really speed up that anticipation of when they finally meet. But reading Our Love was putting me to sleep.
I wanted to love this so much. I was, I still am, in a romance mood and this one sadly didn’t scratch the romance itch I was looking for.
*A copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review*