Seconds by Bryan Lee O'malleySeconds by Bryan Lee O'malley


byBryan Lee O'malley

Hardcover | July 15, 2014

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The highly anticipated new stand-alone, full-colour graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling (and Toronto-set) Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.
     Seconds is a complex and novelistic stand-alone story about a young restaurant owner named Katie who, after being visited by a magical apparition, is given a second chance at love and to undo her wrongs. Fans new and old will love O'Malley's bold and quirky style infused with his subtle, playful humour.
Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.
Title:SecondsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.28 × 6.25 × 1.26 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307363066

ISBN - 13:9780307363060

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A nice interesting and unique story with interesting characters and artwork
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quick Read I read this in one sitting. It was visually beautiful and had a unique story line
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh... To be honest, I just finished it and I don't know how I feel about it. The artwork/color scheme of the novel was a big turn off for me, not going to lie. I wouldn't have picked it up myself but a friend recommended it to me so I gave it a shot. The thing is, the story itself isn't bad and if you think you'd like it, you're most likely right. But I can probably list 10 graphic novels I enjoyed more than this... Bottom line is, I'm glad I branched out but it just confirms that it's not for me!
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story and illustrations The story is really good and the illustrations are stunning. I enjoyed this book so much and it was a quick read, ill be re-readig this for sure.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow One of my favourite stories!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graphic novel perfection! Katie was the star chef at her restaurant, Seconds. Between purchasing a location for another restaurant, in which everything seems to be going wrong, her ex-boyfriend reappearing on the scene, and an accident in her kitchen which leaves a waitress burned in the hospital, Katie's life doesn't feel as great as it used to. Given the chance to rewrite the past, she takes it, but to what end? This was excellent. The art style is a mixture of adorable and beautiful, the story is flawless, and everything wraps up in a neat little bow. I'm so happy I finally read this! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic graphic novel for young adults A perfect follow-up to the Scott Pilgrim series, or for any fan of graphic novels.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read I loved the story and the concept. Different take from Scott Pilgrim but it was really interesting to me. I like it a lot.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Art, Mediocre Story Seconds was adorable but wasn't too spectacular otherwise. It was a fun and quick read, but I had no other attachment to it, and I doubt I will pick the graphic novel up again. I really liked the art, but the style kept the story just as cute as the accompanying illustrations, never letting me feel deep emotions. The themes like "be careful what you wish for" and alternate futures, were not thought-provoking or unique enough for me to give the novel any more than three stars. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Seconds, have no regrets picking it up, and would recommend it to those who want something fast and entertaining.The art itself is aesthetically pleasing enough for me to recommend buying it.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Story I would give this a 3-3.5 rating. It was fun and cute - the first graphic novel I have read!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story, Did not like main character I liked the concept of the story but the main character was so shallow and unrelatable (to me) that I give it 3 stars. I do like how the character being flawed added to the story, but if this girl was a guy she would be hated for what she did to her replacement cook.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I found Seconds to be enjoyable but not breathtaking like some of the other reviewers are finding. It's cute and thoughtful but I've read more affecting graphic novels.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good feelings This book will charm the pants off of you. The characters are completely relatable, the art is warm and inviting, and the story is one you can really dive into. Most people know O'Malley for Scott Pilgrim but Seconds is a standout in its own right.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ intro to graphic novels I've never read a full graphic novel and my partner strong armed me into reading this one and I'm so glad I did! Loved the whole things and read it in one sitting
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Real Amazing concept, the art will leave you happy. Loved this almost as much as Scott Pilgrim.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It will leave you wanting seconds! Seconds follows Katie, a Chef in a successful restaurant that is in the process of opening her own restaurant. In the story Katie comes across some magical mushrooms that allow her to do-over and correct mistakes she has made in the past. If only it could actually be that Katie continue to use the mushrooms things in her life begin to go awry. The artwork and coloring in this graphic novel are AMAZING! I would tell any graphic novel lover to check this one out. Also, for people who are intimidating by serialized comic compilation graphic novels and would like to check one out that's more on the literary side of the spectrum...this is a must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'll be back for seconds I've been wanting to read this book since last so I was happy to get the chance when I saw it on sale. It's similar in some ways to O'Malley's well known series Scott Pilgrim with the art, the less than mature protagonist, and even has minor background appearances from Scott Pilgrim characters but it stands out on its own. Instead of video game themes O'Malley uses traditional folklore as a way of adding the mystical to the reality the characters live in. The main character Katie is self-involved and like Scott, avoids taking responsibility for her mistakes but I found her sympathetic & endearing. I could relate to the desire to time travel to fix mistakes and try to make things better but the story does a good job of showing why that's a terrible idea and shows that it's better to deal with ones mistakes rather than trying to make everything perfect. Which is common sense but still an important truth to represent in a story. Seconds has become a new favourite for me.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Seconds Gives Second Thoughts What if The Butterfly Effect met a restaurateur? I know, the concept is definitely original, but in a lot of ways, what do you expect from writer artist Bryan Lee O’Malley? For those who came in late, O’Malley is the creative force behind the mega hit graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim, which translated into the big screen movie starring Michael Cera. That love story with over the top elements and quirky strange humour was one for the ages, giant hammer out of a purse and everything. And now onto my slightly SPOILERISH look at Seconds. This is the story of Katie, a young lady restauranteur who is desperate to have place of her own to run, so she is sinking all her money and free time into a massive renovation project, all to create a sparkling dining establishment all hers. Sacrifices to achieve this include a boyfriend and some traces of her humanity. But a mysterious person keeps visiting her, someone who lets her correct one mistake that caused harm. This good deed makes Katie obsessive, and suddenly against the rules of magic, she starts bending time to her advantage tons and tons, frivolous and monumental. Cue the awaiting universal backlash. Katie is a flawed self centered, somewhat controlling, personality who firmly believes she deserves all these changes to her benefit. And any little piece of the new puzzle that goes wrong is simply an affront to what she perceives as her lost perfect picture. She is owed this and plans to take it back. Everyone else simply gets in the way. Even getting her boyfriend back is more about her happiness then his. Her wrongdoing in the breakup is half heartedly admitted, almost an afterthought, before it becomes all about Katie again. And this is one of the areas where O’Malley falters in this large 320 page graphic novel. Katie comes across as very unlikeable, and unrootable, very early on, with few redeeming qualities. Once she was nice, we get a sense of that from little flashbacks and the fact her ex keeps hanging around, but little sense of why anyone would want to be near her right now. I have a feeling that O’Malley is trying to show that obsessive behaviour makes a person terrible, and Katie’s crazed drive for her own restaurant would qualify for that, but after awhile you realize Seconds is not a modern Moby Dick. My next issue with this tale is the ending. The universe getting back at Katie is not a surprise, but the explanations for everything magical going on gets muddied up from what the original concept was, and then muddied even further. Methinks O’Malley was striving for way deeper philosophical thoughts here, above and beyond The Butterfly Effect and living the life you have and so forth, and even after multiple reading of the ending I am still trying to fully grasp his over explanations for this Twilight Zone episode. One big plus for me, and a story thread that does show Katie giving a care about another human being, is her burgeoning relationship with the waitress Hazel. This is one constant in every timeline is her getting closer and closer to this quiet woman, and even more importantly, confiding in her. Hazel is not just a plot device to move the story forward or give Katie some humanity, but she also brings another element to this story, one that is very underplayed. Early on in Seconds, Hazel is hinted at possibly being lesbian, and sometimes when Katie is around her, they also hint at an attraction to the waitress. This could explain some of Katie’s behaviour towards her ex-boyfriend, now and in the past, since a conflict over her sexuality would cause mental distress. Or O’Malley could be implying that Katie is bisexual and in denial, which again would also cause mental distress. I do wish the story had gone that way instead, not to just be groundbreaking or controversial, but because it would a tale that better reflected our society. And maybe this long realization would help explain Katie’s other behaviors, how throwing herself into building this new restaurant is to take her mind off of issues that have plagued her since childhood. A side theme in Seconds that give it extra House Points is food. Katie being a chef and much of the action taking place in a restaurant, food talk and creating new dishes is a natural happening. And help makes me hungry while reading. Seconds is still an interesting read and O’Malley should be commanded for trying something different, moving his voice forward. Maybe he will revisit Katie in the future, and present a kindler gentler, more at ease, soul.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read What can I say about Seconds which hasn't already been mentioned by other reviewers? If you enjoyed the quirky humour and art style of Bryan Lee O'Malley, then you'll definitely enjoy Seconds.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will read again Brilliant doesn't seem like a big enough word for this book. It's charming and though provoking with a main character you instantly fall in love with despite her glaring flaws. If you're a fan of any of O'malley's works this one is a no brainer.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from O'Malley's Best Work Third time's the charm for O'Malley and me! I absolutely adored this book! Scott Pilgrim never really won me over and Lost at Sea is terrible, but Seconds is hands down brilliant. I guess I've always kept going back to O'Malley because I love his art; it has that manga look without really going all the way. As per usual Bryan brings to the reader a tale of magical realism this time with time/space shifting and house spirits. The title sounds mysterious and right away we find out that "Seconds" is the name of the main character's restaurant but as the story progresses there are a few other ways the title can be interpreted. All the characters are quirky and lovable in their own ways. I especially found myself drawn to Hazel, a tall, model-like beautiful 21yo who is painfully shy and nervous and hasn't dated as she's not sure if she's into boys yet. While the story is mostly humorous and bizarre, there are thought-provoking moments that made me pause. Altogether a brilliant mix of plot, characters and the odd make for one of my favourite graphic reads in a while. I must add though that I am a bit miffed that Bryan's author blurb on the jacket flap fails to mention his Canadian identity, especially when the copy I own says, "Random House Canada" right underneath!
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! Lots of people read comic books, but I'm a manga person. I have never read a comic book in my life, and although there might not be much difference between a comic book and japanese manga apart from the drawing style, I was just never a fan of superheroes and whatnot. When I first saw Seconds, the cover was what did it for me. It is one of the cutest covers I have ever seen, and better yet, the inside of the jacket is GORGEOUS. Everything about the book looked so pretty, even the paper felt so nice. Therefore, even if I didn't necessarily enjoyed the book, I would have still just liked to have that book up on my shelf. Good thing is, I absolutely loved the book. I devoured it, and it was such a nice break from all of the university work and stress. The main protagonist, Katie, is a talented 29 year old chef who runs a very successful restaurant. Not only does she already run one, but Katie is also working towards opening up another one! Suddenly, things with the new restaurant goes wrong, her ex-boyfriend pops up out of nowhere, she starts noticing weird things, and everything just goes down the drain. One day, a mysterious girl appears in Katie's room, and comes with simple instructions that Katie can follow in order to get a second chance. I don't really want to spoil much about this book, although all of that can be found in the synopsis, I think it would be more fun to go into this book knowing little to nothing. As the story progressed, it was very interesting to see what would happen. I also absolutely loved the characters. Katie was hilarious, and I just honestly fell in love with her personality. The whole book was just very well written (and with beautiful illustrations), and everything about it was just simply, perfect. I will definitely be checking Bryan's other comics, because I sure enjoyed Seconds very much.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Meta, and Charming Seconds is a delightful graphic novel about Katie, a restaurant owner who slowly learns to appease Lis, the house spirit living in her home-restaurant. Time travel and the supernatural play a big role as Katie learns that lived experience and earning things the hard way are more valuable than taking shortcuts. This graphic novel is funny, thoughful and frequently breaks the fourth wall, which I love. Recommended!
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seconds, please! You know something is good when you make squealing sounds in anticipation of the next page. "Seconds" is a must-have and a must-read for anyone who appreciates a brilliantly drawn and coloured graphic novel that brings to life a story of second chances in the cutest and darkest form. It will leave you begging in your best Oliver Twist impression, "Please sir, I want some more."
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Seconds is a very worthy follow-up to the Scott Pilgrim series, filled with humour, emotion, and lovely art.
Date published: 2014-08-04

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Funny, colourfully drawn, briskly plotted and packed with enough detailed food porn to set serious foodies salivating, Seconds is a slight afternoon read, tackling Millennial anxiety and all that (often overstated) quarter-life crisis stuff in its own light-touch way.” —The Globe and Mail “Fans of Scott Pilgrim know that O’Malley writes and draws quirky humour like no one else.” —Ottawa Citizen  “In Seconds…O’Malley addresses bigger, and sometimes darker, themes like regret, ambition and relationships. But he leaves room for magic in the panels, too…. Seconds isn’t quite as jam-packed with cultural references as Scott Pilgrim, but both books relish the details: Beautiful pages illuminate layouts of Katie’s home and workplaces. Delectable dishes are described at length. Even his characters’ wardrobe choices are spot-on.” —USA Today “O’Malley’s created another funny, videogame-inflected world where relatable human emotions meet surreal, fantastic elements…. O’Malley’s clearly grappling with some big issues here, about personal responsibility, decision-making, and regret…. A step forward both artistically and thematically.” —The Portland Mercury “It’s part cautionary fable, part second-coming-of-age drama, wistfully nostalgic while never shying away from the rough patches on the road from ‘adulthood’ to adulthood.” —Grantland “Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read.” —Publishers Weekly “You can recognize the blithely witty banter of Scott Pilgrim in Seconds, but it’s a stand-alone graphic novel, indebted to the rounded, stylized figures of cartoonists like Rumiko Takahashi and the landscapes laid out in modern European comics, rather than the adventure manga his previous work suggested. It’s a book restless in scope yet quotidian in scale, an existential fable.” —Slate “Seconds is beautiful. It’s a beautifully designed shiny hardcover with a funky slip jacket. It looks and feel substantial in your hands. All 323 pages of this gorgeous tome are in full colour. It’s the kind of comic you want to put on your shelf just because it’s so damned pretty. But the best thing is that it’s also really, really, really good…. Because this is Bryan Lee O’Malley, the story is told with warmth and humour…. This is a comic that shows off O’Malley’s ability to create character and explore emotional depth while still being otherworldly, fun, and weird…. This is the graphic novel event of 2014, as far as I’m concerned.” —Book Riot“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of larger epics. In doing so, he enriches both. At long last, dear reader, one can dream of heroes and monsters and battles beyond this earth while contemplating the virtues of ‘having a thing’ in the grocery pantry. 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