Review: Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley

Published By: Ballantine Books

Series: N/A

Pages: 323


I went into this without knowing what it was about and I think it contributed to my enjoyment of this book. Feel free to skip the following section.


Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


Spoiler Free Review

Plot: 

This plot was really interesting. At first I thought it would just be a fluffy contemporary about Katie opening another restaurant. Oh, I was so wrong. Again, not knowing about the plot really made me interested when things got more ‘magical’ so I won’t say what exactly takes the plot that much farther.

Writing and Art: 

I found myself laughing at a few parts in the book. The dialogue definitely fit all the characters. Even the non-spoken words were nicely written and very concise. I hear that Brian Lee O’Malley’s stories are amazing so I really want to try Scott Pilgrim sooner rather than later.

The art was amazing. I loved how the color of the scene would change according to the mood and feeling of the scene. The style is very comic like which made it pop a lot. I did not get tired of the art or the writing and I finished this book in one sitting.

Characters: .5

Katie, the protagonist was an amazing character. This book is relatively short (but long for a graphic novel) and we see Katie grow and realize her mistakes over time. However, with this, the side characters fell flat and they were kind of cliche. Some of them, especially Max and Hazel, were still likeable despite this.

Romance: 

The romance in this book is meh. We don’t get a lot of it so thats why I didn’t rate it lower. It was sweet though that Katie did all the things that she did just for Max. I liked them together but it wasn’t like that I needed them together to be satisfied.

Ending: 

Very satisfying. A lot of closure. Like I said before, we see Katie learn from her mistakes and changes for the better. To be honest however, I kind of want a sequel just to show us how Katie’s new restaurant is going.

Overall Rating: 

This is like my fifth graphic novel (the first four being the first few volumes of Saga) and I really enjoyed it. I think it’s one of the most unique graphic novels out there though. If you’ve read it, tell me your feelings on it in a comment down below!


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