Katie, a young successful restaurant owner, wants to open an even better restaurant but when delays start popping up and complications in her personal life arise, she wishes that she could redo some of the choices she’s made. Her wish comes true when a mysterious girl appears to her and gives her instructions on how to get a second chance – except that constantly undoing the past gets out of hand.
This highly anticipated standalone graphic novel by the creator of the Scott Pilgrim series is a definite hit. I loved the protagonist, Katie, and felt she could be relatable to many readers. She is working her way up in her career and doesn’t necessarily have all her life figured out yet. O’Malley has always had a way of capturing the emotions and feelings of that in-between stage between being a young adult teenager and fully grown-up adult. For me, this book – like the Scott Pilgrim series – fits into that newly growing category of “new adult” in a way that breaks the already-developing mold of what people think “new adult fiction” is.
Seconds is filled with the wit, humour and heart that O’Malley is known for. Once again, he takes a seemingly every-day scenario, injects some magical element into the story and a fantastical story is born. In a magical-realism way, Seconds is like a cautionary tale to always be careful what you wish for. It’s a butterfly effect in which you change one thing in the past that will alter the course of history. An extremely entertaining and beautifully drawn graphic novel, Seconds is a must-read – especially for those who have always thought of wanting to get a second chance at something.
P.S. I had missed it on my initial reading, but as Christa pointed out, if you look closely in the restaurant you may spot some familiar faces.