The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

The Fragile Ordinary

I am Comet Caldwell.And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to...

Details The Fragile Ordinary

TitleThe Fragile Ordinary
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews The Fragile Ordinary

  • Christy
    4.5 stars!!! Samantha Young has a knack for writing YA books. This is the second YA book I've read of hers, and it was equally as fantastic as the first. This book had so much heart. The poetry was stunning, it was character driven, heart warming, and an all around incredible read. Comet Caldwell has spent most of her life feeling alone. She has two best friends, but sometimes she feels like a third wheel. And don't even get her started on her '...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    Live amazon❤5 STARS❤Such a sweet,lovely,emotional and romantic story.I loved every minute of it.The Fragile Ordinary has an interesting plot,well developed characters and a cute romance. I'm in love with Tobias and Comet, they have an amazing chemistry.They were perfect for each other.Love their friendship and how the romance developed with slow burn that make me aching.Comet is the most unique heroine...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: The Fragile OrdinarySeries: StandaloneAuthor: Samantha YoungRelease date: June 26, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]It's not difficult to understand how I immediately connected to the heroine in The Fragile Ordinary and empathized with her internal conflict. She's a book lover who loves to write, loves to dream, and escapes into the fictional worlds that capture her heart and imagination. The narrative is that of a ...
  • Sophie
    4,5 stars.It's been months since I skipped a whole blogging day just to read but that's what happened here! You know the feeling when after some sentences you just know that a book was made for you? Well that's what happened to me with The Fragile Ordinary. Is it because of an exceptional and intricate plot? No.Is it because of an out of this world penmanship? No.Is it because of badass and fearless characters? No.It is because I felt a deep soul...
  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay BookaholicThe Fragile Ordinary is a YA contemporary romance novel about Comet Caldwell, a socially awkward girl who loves books and poetry. Often times she’s misunderstood by everyone, including her best friends for her aloofness and eccentric style. I’m a homebody and it’s the reason why I find her character super relatable. Reading leisurely ...
  • Bev
    Well hell, The Fragile Ordinary didn't dazzle me like I'd hoped it would and given all the great reviews it's definitely a case of "it's me".I loved the idea of the story, I really felt for Comet but was in no way enamoured of the rest of the characters, even Tobias. Maybe if I'd gotten a little something in his POV I could have warmed to him a little because he was downright cruel to Comet at times. I so didn't believe in their romance and was q...
  • Miranda Kenneally
    Excellent read. It gave me gut wrenching feels. It reminded me of reading two of my other favorite Samantha Young's other books - Into the Deep and Hero.
  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    It has been so long since I read a YA novel and I’m so glad that this was the book I chose. Samantha always seems to draw me into her stories with her ability to write about such realistic characters. Comet is a girl that I am sure everyone can relate to. Especially when you think back to those times in your teenage life when you weren’t quite considered an adult and experiencing some ‘firsts’ on your way across the bridge of adolescence....
  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    4.5 STARSThere's so much I could say about how fantastic The Fragile Ordinary is but I think what I loved and appreciated the most was how relatable it is. This achingly sweet YA contemporary romance checks off all the boxes of an emotional love story, but it's also an incredibly poignant, relevant account of the woes of high school. These characters face issues every teenager can relate to: family drama, insecurity and self esteem issues, drug u...
  • Jemima
    I have been an ardent fan of Samantha Young's books for a few years now. It always excites me whenever I get the chance to re-read or read a book by this author.It's safe to say that The fragile Ordinary is a fantastic read! I can see why this book is one of the most highly anticipated YA books for the summer.As an avid reader, I'd like to believe that Comet is a character we can all relate with: from our preference of fictional characters to rea...
  • Amy Bartol
    Is the world falling apart? It’s a simple question without simple answers. Between the pages of The Fragile Ordinary, it may be more the matter of, what does one do when affiliations with a tribe or another person undermine relationships that have the potential to be life-fulfilling? In The Fragile Ordinary, Samantha Young writes a poignant coming-of-age story from the perspective of a young woman who, through her poetry, accurately depicts her...
  • Kindling Micky
    THE FRAGILE ORDINARY is a coming of age read as much as it is YA. It centres around Comet, an emotionally neglected 16-17 year old young woman who is finding herself, her confidence and her direction in life. There is a boy, an American boy, Tobias King. He was boy-man swoony and this had all the ingredients for a sweet read.Comet’s character was a little quirky, her fashion sense stood out but she was pretty shy and sometimes reclusive from so...
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    The Fragile Ordinary was a book that offered me solace in a world where at times, I feel very much alone. Just like Comet. Books are a way for me to escape and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have some sort of story or book in my hand. It’s a way of life. Comet uses books for the same reasons—but mainly because she feels safest in fictional worlds. It’s not hard to see why she tries to remain so invisible; because in a way s...
  • Jennifer
    The Fragile Ordinary is a standalone Young Adult contemporary romance.The narrator is 16-17 year old Comet Caldwell (1st person POV). The story takes place in Portobello Beach, which is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh Scotland.Comet is shy and socially awkward. She loves reading and she loves writing poetry. Her parents Carrie and Kyle have money. But their parenting style is very lacking. I found Comet's dynamic with her parents to be unusual, but...
  • Karen Mc
    There is something special in a young adult romance. That angst from the uncertainty of being not quite a child but not quite an adult either. That bit of childhood innocence resonating through the story. That trip down memory lane it takes to those teenage years, sparking good and trying times. The glue that usually cements YA stories—with tough topics, frustrating feelings, smoldering and sweet scenes, and lots of depth—together is hope. Wh...
  • Courtney
    Every so often a book hits me in ways I never expect and The Fragile Ordinary is one them.While I was expecting a very well written and interesting YA read (and I did get that), I was blown away by Samantha's poetry throughout this book. Reading her words had me stopping and reflecting on things in life that I never expected. For me, that made this book stand out even more.The Fragile Ordinary is a story of growth for these young characters. Grow...
  • Francesca
    Comet est une adolescente écossaise introvertie qui préfère lire qu’aller en soirée, malgré les supplications de ses amies. Elle a un crush sur le nouvel élève américain, Tobias, avant de se rendre compte qu’il n’est pas aussi beau physiquement que moralement. Mais Tobias cache de nombreux secrets.Les lectrices de Samantha Young ne peuvent que s’identifier à son héroïne, dévoreuse de livres qui rêve sa vie plutôt que la vivr...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    "No matter what was happening in my life, in my room, I had over eight hundred worlds to disappear into, and over a thousand on my e-reader on my nightstand." Meet Comet, a sixteen year old bookish daughter to indifferent and inattentive parents. She wants to make herself invisible, or perhaps give a reason for feeling invisible, and escapes her own reality into the world of books. Her home life broke my heart into pieces, and I can relate to her...
  • Quinn's Quippy Quotes
    4.5 StarsMy anchor, he pulled me back to myself, to him, and slowly, but surely, I began to breathe again.Once again Sam Young blows me away. If I didn't love her adult romance novels so much, I would plead for her to only write YA, but she is one of the rare authors that can pull off both exquisitely. I didn't read the blurb, I never do with Sam's books, because I know that she'll take care of me. That she'll deliver a beautifully heartbreaking ...
  • Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
    I’ve read nearly two dozen books by Samantha Young across various genres and her gift for crafting heartwarming, emotional, and thought-provoking stories never ceases to amaze me. It’s this confidence in her brilliant storytelling abilities that drew me to her new Young Adult romance, The Fragile Ordinary, even though YA isn’t a genre I typically gravitate towards. Going in to this book, as with any Samantha Young book, I expected an engagi...
  • Grace
    4.5 starsA heartwarming story of self-acceptance and the power of love to build confidence and be brave enough to step out of one's comfort zone.Comet Caldwell is as unique a book character as her name suggests. Undeniably shy, she prefers the comfort of solitude and escaping into one of her many books she loves. Despite her desire to remain under the radar, she doesn't allow that to contain her individual fashion sense, and I liked how she allow...
  • A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    The Fragile Ordinary is definitely a book that everyone should read. Even though it’s a teen book, the way it’s written it will take everyone back to their high school days to remind them of their insecurities but also their resilience during that time of their lives. They get to relive the good times like first loves and the bad times like bullying and peer pressure. Comet and Tobias are two characters who are lost until they find each other...
  • The_reading_foodie
    Thank you @netgalley @authorsamanthayoung and @harlequinnteen for my #advancereadcopy of #TheFragileOrdinary. Comet Caldwell would rather stay home with a book than go to a high school party. Why would she want to go to a place where people look right through her? Sadly, parties aren’t the only place she feels invisible. At home her parents indifference cuts deep and at school if people do notice her it’s only as shy, nerdy Comet. That all ch...
  • Zoë ☆
    *3.5 starsThe first half of the book was sooo good and relatable, but the second half was a bit meh.. I felt like some plottwists were completely unnecessary and the character development felt a bit too good to be true. But besides that, a great read!
  • Garden Of REden
    Amy's ReviewThis books was an eye opening and insightful look into being a teenager in this day and age.  It didn't shy away from the hard topics; peer pressure, sex, drugs, family issues, bullying-both face to face and online.   It went over all these topics and was brutally honest about what teenagers face daily.  I was extremely impressed by how Samantha Young made all of these topics part of the storyline and yet it never seemed overwhelmi...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    The Fragile Ordinary was yet another stand out contemporary novel by Samantha Young. Samantha Young is one of those authors that I know every time I pick up one of her books, I will enjoy it! This book was an entertaining story from start to finish!The main female character, Comet, was easy to relate to. She was more of a loner who would rather read than interact with other humans. She had a lot of fears and seemed to be afraid to open up or try ...
  • Arys
    The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young is the story of Comet Caldwell who has her nose in her books and her poetry. First off the inclusion of Comet's poetry in the book adds nice bits to it that make the book more special and helps really set the tone and the character. When Tobias King, a student from American comes to her Edinburgh High School it shakes things up. Comet and Tobias are not ones that should typically be in each other's circles, ...
  • Crescent Moon
    I really liked this. The characters were fresh and real. The setting enhanced the story. Comet had a great friend group. This is really good. My only critique is that some of the situations that the characters get into are very cliche.
  • Jana
    "That was the thing about living in the now and accepting that most people weren't heroic storybook characters. They could be extraordinary, but most days they were flawed and ordinary. And ordinary people had wounds that sometimes never healed."