I’m a big fan of the Scott Pilgrim series and I was super excited to see that Bryan Lee O’Malley put out a new book. For some odd reason, I hadn’t purchased it yet, so I was thrilled to find it at my local library. Here’s day five of my mini review week.
By Bryan Lee O’Malley
Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 322 pages
2014, Ballantine Books
Kate is a young chef at a successful restaurant and she’s on the verge of opening her own when she finds a mysterious notebook in her dresser, along with one mushroom and the following instructions:
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew
So Kate follows the instructions, and finds that magically, what she wrote down the night before has changed. When she discovers a whole crop of mushrooms, she begins using them to fix all her little mistakes and soon discovers that this power comes with a great cost.
I loved this book! Go read it, go buy it, go buy a second copy and send it to me! I love O’Malley’s sense of humor and Katie is very reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim, yet remains her own character. I totally relate to whiny, sarcastic, semi-insecure adults with quirky habits. I wanted to be transported into this comic so I could be friends with Katie. I love the folklore aspect of the house spirits, as it lends the book an urban fantasy element. Plus, Seconds warns against the dangers of rewriting your past to get the result you want – you just can’t change some things about life.
I had a blast reading this book and the hardcover edition is beautiful. I wanted to showcase the cover without the jacket, but the library taped it down too well and I didn’t want to risk messing it up.