Book Review

Book Review: Seconds

By Bryan Lee O’Malley

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 322 pages
2014, Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345529374

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.

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 at 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 to 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.

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