Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley | Graphic Novel Review


Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and this is Rincey
Reads. Today I’m going to be doing a review of SECONDS by Bryan Lee O’Malley. This story
follows Katie who is a pretty successful chef. She is the head of her own kitchen and she
is getting ready to open her own restaurant. But then suddenly things start to come up
and she starts to have troubles. Um. There’s some problems in terms of getting the restaurant
ready in the timeline that she wanted and in the budget that she needs it to be done
in. Her ex-boyfriend comes back into town and it brings about all of these emotions
and things like that. Uh, she’s having a little bit of a fling with one of the other chefs
at the restaurant she’s currently working at. So all of these problems start to come
up and then suddenly Katie is faced with a way to be able to go back in time and change
some of her decisions so that way she can change the outcome that she currently has
to deal with. And it basically just follows Katie as she is faced with the effects of
her decisions as well as the effects of going back on those decisions and making different
decisions. In case you guys don’t know, Bryan Lee O’Malley is the author and create of the
Scott Pilgrim series. So if you’ve read those books and you enjoyed them, you will probably
like this story. If you haven’t read those books or you read them and you didn’t enjoy
them, I feel like you should still give this story a chance. I will admit, I haven’t read
the Scott Pilgrim series. But this one was so up my alley. First, let’s just talk about
the book. Now this, in and of itself, is just like a beautiful cover for a book. But then
you can take this slip cover off and there’s just beautiful art all along the actual book
itself. It is so gorgeous and all of this sort of plays into the story itself. You will
see, uh, these images occur in the story and they all have very specific and significant
meanings. The art in the book itself is also quite beautiful and quite a similar style.
Some of them are pages like this with individual panels. Some of them are like these where
you have one panel per page and you are getting a nice view of the room or of the scene that
is happening. Some of them are full page spreads and you can see just something happening.
This one is the basement of the restaurant that she currently works in that shows the
kitchen and all of the different rooms that are happening in this restaurant and all of
the different people working in the rooms. And honestly, the characterization in this
book is drawn so well and it’s so beautiful and cute and I just really like the way this
book was drawn. In terms of story, I was pretty into it. There are certain things that didn’t
quite sit well for me. There’s an element of suspension of disbelief that needs to happen
here. There are magical and mystical elements in this story. So whenever those things occur
obviously you need to turn off the overly logical part of their brain in order to pretend
like those things are real and those things are possible. There are some things that aren’t
explained very well or in detail but I think that’s because that’s not the point of the
story. I do have to admit Katie is a little bit of an irritating character but she’s also
kind of like funny irritating. I found her kind of endearing. She’s very sarcastic. There’s
kind of like an overall narrator happening, like a third person narrator in this story,
but sometimes like Katie talks to the narrator, which I think is a really fun little device
that is used in this story. Also, Katie just makes some poor decisions, well actually I
shouldn’t say “some”. She makes a lot of poor decisions in this story, which might be irritating
to some people but I feel like it’s kind of understandable. I feel like if you’re someone
who’s in your like mid to late 20s, you can relate to this character a lot. Katie I think
is 28 or she’s getting close to hitting 30, I think they make mention of that. And so
I feel like anyone who’s just sort of gone through life a little bit and has things in
their past they wish that they could change or go back and re-do again, then you can definitely
understand how Katie feels in some of these situations. Um. While you wouldn’t necessarily
agree with everything that Katie does in this story, I feel like it makes sense. I feel
like Katie is just fun and interesting. In this book I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed it. It’s a really great standalone graphic novel and I think it gives you a really
good sense of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s style. So maybe if you haven’t read the Scott Pilgrim
series yet, give this one a try first. So yeah, those are my thoughts on SECONDS by
Bryan Lee O’Malley. If you’ve read this book, feel free to leave your comments down below
letting me know what you thought. Or if you’ve read the Scott Pilgrim series, feel free to
leave comments down below letting me know what you thought of that series since I haven’t
actually read it yet. So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks for watching.

15 thoughts on “Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley | Graphic Novel Review

  1. Excellent balanced review! I enjoyed this one quite a bit as well. Maybe my favorite self-contained graphic novel this summer, right behind THE LOVE BUNGLERS by Jaime Hernandez. Both of these books are red-orange. Coincidence? Almost certainly. Without giving too much away, I was surprised and maybe a little perturbed by one romantic element at the conclusion, but otherwise I really dug this. And Fairbairn's colors are stupendous. That'll be an important decision for anyone going back to look at SCOTT PILGRIM for the first time; you now have the choice whether to read it in the original black and white or the newly colored editions (also by Fairbairn). I don't think you could lose either way. 

  2. Can't wait to read this..I needed more graphic novel suggestion…you should read "this one summer" by Mariko Tamaki. It's about a girl who spends the summer in her parents cabin,and she is seeing a problem for a couple which is the opposite to what she is going through at home. It's sort a serious read..and it's from a teenagers point of view.

  3. Overall, I feel that this story was O'Malley's best. Even though I loved Scott Pilgrim, I felt that this story was crafted better and grounded to a reality that most can find a common connection. Scott Pilgrim kindof tackled some of the same life issues (love and some of the difficulties of being a twentysomething) but in a different way (hard to truly explain in a brief response). Also, SP had a different element of fantasy and video games that connect with some audiences (me,lol) more than others. Seconds is a book that I would recommend to individuals that I feel may like Scott Pilgrim but may not be fans of the references he makes in that series. 

  4. Another graphic novel I need to check out after watching one of your videos. Thanks. Sounds great!

  5. Another graphic novel I need to check out after watching one of your videos. Thanks. Sounds great!

  6. I have read all of Bryan Lee O'Malleys work and finished "seconds" yesterday. Really enjoyed it. In my opinion he's getting better and better at what he does but I must say that the Scott Pilgrim series will always have a special spot in my heart since I love that series so so much. I really think you would enjoy it too. O'Malley also makes some jokes in "seconds" which also appeared in Scott Pilgrim which I found hilarious. Great review and I agree with you that if you're in your late twenties you'll probably understand why Katie does what she does even though it is clearly bad decisions.

  7. I was going through your videos and I was surprised that you haven't done a review on Americanah. I think you did do a review on one of Adiechie's books before (It as probably either Half of a Yellow Sun or Purple Hibiscus) but I just finished Americanah and it came out last year, it was a really nice narrative on navigating the US as an immigrant among other things . I would really like to hear your thoughts on it. 

  8. I have wanted this book since it came out – I'm glad that you liked it in general. I'm not sure if I should buy it or not!!! 

  9. Hey really enjoy your reviews i just got a book cal a tale for the time being by ruth ozeki not sure if it was a book i saw on your channel if jot please read would love to hear your thoughts

  10. Nice review – I'm one of those people who didn't particularly care for Scott Pilgrim, but I did pick up SECONDS because the premise sounded like something I could relate to much better. It's on my TBR stack next to my desk, and I'll be getting to it soon. Your review makes me feel hopeful that I'll actually love this, and it'd be the first of this dude's work that I'll enjoy (I really, really want to love his work).

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