Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Genre: Graphic Novel
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.
The first series I’ve read from Bryan Lee O’Malley was Scot Pilgrim Vs The World, and I’ve been meaning to read Seconds since it came out. I got the opportunity to read it at a Barnes and Noble and finished it all in one sitting. Anyways, if you like the Scot Pilgrim series, I’d recommend reading Seconds.
Katie is a chef with a dream of opening her own restaurant. Her life isn’t going as she had planned. There are some mistakes that she wants to take back. One day she is given an opportunity to redo her day over again.
I found Katie to be very relatable! She is flawed, but she has a good heart. She doesn’t follow the rules which turns her life upside down. She gets her dream life, but it does not satisfy her. She runs away from her mistakes by continuously .
Katie tries to fix her mistakes several times throughout the book. At some point she becomes a bit mad with power. Katie becomes dependent on the mushroom to solve her problems. I really enjoyed her character arc. She was funny and irritating at some points, but has the heart of gold. I really enjoyed her growth from the beginning to end.
Besides Katie, the secondary characters were just as great. Hazel, the waitress, was one of my favorites. She reminded me so much of myself. And I liked how she had her own role in the story.
The art style is cute, but this story is dark and hilarious. Though I did feel the ending was a bit rushed.
Lastly, Katie’s interactions with the narrator were extremely funny!
“Adult life is terrible, Hazel. Never grow up. Everything’s complicated, and there are too many rules …”
“There are things we can’t change, and we just have to accept that. And maybe that’s some kind of grace”
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️