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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.

Praise for Seconds
"The cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series, delivers one of the most enjoyable reads I've had all year with this magical graphic novel. I dare you to not read it all in one sitting." --Whitney Matheson, USA Today
" Seconds arrives with high expectations, and it meets them all, delivering the style and humor of [Bryan Lee] O'Malley's past works with greater emphasis on mood, detail, and complex character relationships." -- The A.V. Club

"Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read." -- Publishers Weekly

"In Seconds, Bryan Lee O'Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!" --Guillermo del Toro

"Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel." --Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
Publisher: [Toronto] : Ballantine Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780345529374
Characteristics: 321 pages :,colour illustrations ;,21 cm.


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Jul 01, 2018

Katie is a hot young chef dreaming about opening another great restaurant. But then everything goes wrong in her charmed life until a secret cache of magical fairy mushrooms gives Katie a second chance. But does young Katie really know what to do with all that eldritch power? Be careful what you wish for! Fans of O'Malley's earlier *Scott Pilgrim* series will find lots to enjoy in this fun book.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 09, 2017

Seconds is one of the best graphic novels you will ever read. Bryan Lee O'Malley delivers on a witty story with a strong core message while your eyes are delighted by the fantastic illustrations and emotional colour.

Jun 29, 2017

Seconds is hilarious and made me for real laugh out loud, it's well written, well illustrated. All in all one of the best graphic novels I've read

May 26, 2017

Very juvenile fantasy story.

Mar 20, 2017

You won't regret reading it. You will probably enjoy it. Nothing special. There were some funny moments, but some trite ones as well. Meh: it was OK.

CMLibrary_kmadron Dec 14, 2016

This graphic novel plays with the theme of seconds in a number of ways. Katie is working at one restaurant, but also trying to open a second one. Her food is so delicious, everyone wants seconds. She's casually seeing one guy, but still has feelings for her ex. She wants to fix a mistake that leaves a sweet co-worker hospitalized, and she gets a second chance with a magic mushroom. She wants to fix more than just that one mistake, even though she's only supposed to have one, so she goes back for seconds (and thirds and more). The house spirit, Lis, who gave her the first mushroom has to fight with Katie to battle a second spirit that Katie inadvertently invites into Lis' realm. Oh, and the restaurant where Katie made a name for herself in town as a hot chef is called "Seconds."

Highly recommend this super fast read. I know I'm interested in reading it a second time.

katbee Oct 24, 2016

I love all the supernatural elements in this story. Katie is very funny and relatable. Scott Pilgrim fans should definitely read it!

Mar 26, 2016

I like how it starts in the beginning—two mysterious characters chatting in a room grabs my attention. The art is neat and cute. The story is mainly about a talented girl who has a big dream of opening a new restaurant, but her life doesn’t go very well. Occasionally, she gets a message from a mysterious girl that she will have a second chance if she follows the instructions. As Katie starts to use the second chance, she could not stop using it again and again. The desire of making things perfect grows inside Katie. It feels like Macbeth, who was controlled by his desire causing a tragedy in Shakespeare’s play. “What’s done is done” was once said by Katie. However, she is not satisfied until her house spirit loses her entire energy. Katie starts to realize the negative effects of using second chances. It is a happy ending that Katie realizes she should accept things she can’t change. I like how the story goes fluently at first and exciting near the end.
- @Fancraft of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Seconds is full of the main character's existential problems. Through a twist of fate, Katie, owner of a restaurant, can now change her mistakes, which throws her into a world of mystery and confusion. Author and illustrator Bryan Lee O'Malley (of Scott Pilgrim fame) is back with a charming and relatable story, full of cuteness and sharp wit. At times, this graphic novel can get dark and question the ethics and nature of life. If you read this book, be prepared for a wild ride.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 26, 2016

Read the g.novel before the movie.

Aug 17, 2015

Loved reading this! Just finished the Scott Pilgrim series and wanted to check out some more of O'Malley's work. I absolutely loved his use of bold colours and sharp lines, his witty jokes, and the moral "there are things we can't change, and we just have to accept that. And maybe that's some kind of grace". Could not put this book down!

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LibraryK8 Jan 09, 2015

Katie is the tallented young chef runnining the kitchen in a critically acclaimed restaurant. But she is ready for the next adveture...starting her own restaurant. She has a partner, she has the building, now she just needs to make her dream a reality. But things just keep getting messed up! A delay from the contractor rennovating the building throws a wrench in the works, overdue bills and collectors calling, her partner not picking up his phone! Everything begins to fall apart until Katie is visited by a house spirit who offers her a chance to change the past. Eat a magic mushroom, write her mistake in a notebook, fall asleep and awake to a second chance.

That was all she needed, a second chance. But that doesn't last long, things seem to be on track again until her exboyfriend shows up at the restaurant messing everything up again. Katie needs just a few more second chances to set everything straight. But second chances don't come without a price...and Katie has quite a bill to pay...


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Dec 29, 2016

Coarse Language: Quite frequent use of foul language; readers be cautioned.


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