18630542Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Library
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound


The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.
– Goodreads


Now that I’m all about graphic novels, because I don’t have enough other books to read, I am scouring my friends read lists to see what I should read. After Rincy posted this video, I knew I had to read Seconds and it did not disappoint. It was kind of everything I wanted from a graphic novel. It not only tells a lot in small boxes, but often uses full pages to tell more to the story. What was a bit harder for me, was to suspend disbelief while reading Seconds. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it and it’s ~mystery. But there was a part of me that had to back away from the obvious WTF.

Seconds is the story of Katie who has big plans to open up her own personal rrestaurant. A place that is all of hers. Sadly, at once, everything begins to fail and she is stressed to no end and quickly Katie’s life goes from being manageable, to one that causes her to wanting (needing) a second chance. Because Katie lives in a haunted house (no really, it is definitely haunted) she is gifted a second chance. And everything is better. It’s perfect.

What happens though is Katie becomes greedy and wants to fix all of her second chances. Including the fling she’s had, her adorable ex-boyfriend. This however, is against the rules and no matter how much Katie hears this. She doesn’t care, she wants her life to be perfect and the life she is meant to have. As a 26 year old girl, I related a lot to Katie. Her over thinking, the pain, the wanting to go back and fix things. I understood her. I even understood how she began to get greedy because it was easy to fall down that rabbit hole.

What O’Malley does throughout Seconds was remind me how glad I was to get over myself and start reading graphic novels and appreciate them. Which I do. I enjoyed Seconds. I read it in one evening and had feels I didn’t want to face, but I’m so glad I read this.