Seconds: A Graphic Novel - Bryan Lee O'Malley

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.





Katie was once a chef on the brink of culinary stardom. Now, she's still a chef but struggling to get a new restaurant development off the ground. Added bonus, she keeps bumping into her ex whom she's not quite over... Yes, over the span of four years her life has been turned upside down, both personally and professionally. 


Then comes that one magical, spooky night when things were at a new low. A mystery girl appears to Katie in her room with instructions on how to get out of her predicament: write the problem in a notebook, eat this magical mushroom, sleep, wake up and get a do-over! 



The idea is for the person to only use this magic ONCE, but when Katie discovers a bed of these mushrooms right on her own property, she can't help herself, she starts trying to fix everything, absolutely everything, wrong in her life.... even going after those mild annoyances most of us shrug off. As you can imagine, things combust into hilarious disaster.



First off, I'm all for stories featuring sarcastic redheads! Add in a unique mix of restaurant staff, a spooky spectral girl with edgy fashion sense and this is one highly entertaining graphic novel. Hazel was also super adorable and provided a nice balance to Katie's jadedness.




I haven't read the Scott Pilgrim series yet (though I did see the film version), but having thoroughly loved the humor in this story -- especially Katie's responses to the narrator -- I'm now excited to start in on that series soon!