The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

The Fragile Ordinary

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a riveting new contemporary YA tale set in the author's homeland of Scotland, about an American boy in need of a fresh start and a Scottish girl who believes in second chances—perfect for fans of Julie Buxbaum, Stephanie Perkins and Jenna Evans Welch.Tobias King has it all. He's a straight-A student, youngest starting quarterback at his high school in a decade, dating the head cheerlea...

Details The Fragile Ordinary

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

Reviews The Fragile Ordinary

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Chanpreet
    The Fragile Ordinary is stunning! This story is fraught with rich emotions, complex situations, and a depth readers of every age can relate to. Comet Caldwell may have a name she hates, and a life she can't wait to escape, but she has a strength and beauty that's alluring. I loved seeing her gain confidence in herself and come into herself. Tobias King was totally a surprise. I was expecting this cocky hot-shot, not realizing what he was dealing ...
  • Jennifer
    From the moment I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down. I was instantly sucked into Comet’s world. Her being a shy, introverted, book worm made her especially relatable to me. I also loved the complexity of Tobias’s character. There are so many layers there, and it’s nice to unravel them one by one. The book had a sad yet beautiful ending that made me cry. I highly suggest checking this book out upon it’s release in June 26th.
  • Badass Bloggettes
    The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young is an amazing coming of age story about a shy, poetry loving girl called Comet.In true Samantha Young writing, you feel everything the characters in this book go through, whether it be loneliness, joy, hurt, fear, love, the way the words are written the feelings just jump of the page and hit you square in the face.There is always a deep routed significance to Samantha’s writing and just by reading her word...
  • Jaime
    I absolutely loved this book. This was one of the better YA books I've read in a while. Actually, it was one of the better books in general that I've read in a while.All of the character's in this book were very dynamic. Their backgrounds were explained and were very thought out. The storyline flowed well and everything happened very naturally.Comet was such a fantastic character. She was an angsty teen, but it wasn't overly done. She had some re...
  • Stacy
    **i received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review **4.5 Stars! This was a bit of an emotional read for me. I just really felt for Comet, she was such a good kid with so much love in her heart. And all she wanted was for someone to give her a bit of that love in return. I loved her uniqueness, her personality, and her genuine concern for her friends. Inside this book was a great story. I always like a book that takes place in a foreign count...
  • Jeraca
    I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. Release date: June 26, 2018Comet is a shy bookworm who has 2 friends, and is only trying to survive high school so she can become the person she is meant to be forever in college. High school Comet is not the Comet she wants to be, because she is shy, bullied, and invisible, all at the same time. Only her two friends keep her company - and that is becoming strained since all Com...
  • Maddy
    Wow! This book had a lot of drama. Comet's relationship with Tobias was so back and forth that there were several points in the novel that I didn't even ship them. Tobias basically abandons her twice and cuts her off completely. This is after knowing that her parents have been neglectful of her so she has self-confidence issues. Granted Tobias was dealing with some of his own shit, I didn't like that he just coldly cuts her off even if it's suppo...
  • Leslie
    I enjoyed this book. It was a slow start for me but once things started to pick up, I could not put it down. It was about half way before it really started to pick up. I was intrigued because it's a YA romance from Young. I've read some of her adult books. This story is about Comet and her life. She's shy, introverted, writes poetry and loves books. She has a mini library, with a ladder, because she wanted to be like Belle from Beauty and the B...
  • Maddie ++ Munch Reviews
    For Full review check out: this was so freaking cute, I literally want to squish it. We're introduced to Comet Caldwell - an extremely shy introverted and quirky book nerd who prefers books over people. Her parents are artists and have completely ignored her existence for most of her life. She is well taken care as in her basic needs - food & shelter, but they are so self-involved that it's more living...
  • Jennifer Shanahan
    I really loved this book. The main character, Comet was fabulous. She is smart, level-headed, read a lot of books, dresses very uniquely (I even googled the shoe brand she favors to check them out) and write poetry. Her parents didn't really want a child so they don't pay much attention to her, they are in their own world of artists, their chosen careers. Comet falls in love from afar, with the new American boy at school, Tobias. He is cool, rela...
  • Julianna
    The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young. It always amazes me how Samantha Young is able to create a story seamless story. Comet Caldwell wants to desperately escape the life she’s in, but not as much as the name she carries. Unfortunately she’s unable to escape , but as her beauty shines through all the clouds, so does the remarkable strength as she becomes more aware of herself. As for her love interest, Tobias King is everything and more. As...
  • Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
    Such a good book.Comet was the perfect character to watch blossom from a shy young lady to a positive and outspoken woman.While I don't understand how anyone could parent the way her parents parented, I did like how it made for great scenes. Parents that aren't around much in stories allow for the characters to do things most parents wouldn't allow to happen, such as boys staying the night!And then there was Tobias. Poor Tobias. He started out a ...
  • Teresa
    ***4.5 Stars***I snagged this book on a whim after seeing the cover (gorgeous in my eyes!) from the ARC closet at my place of work. When I started this book I was expecting a cute, light YA book that would make me smile and yes this book did that but it did so much more as well. Comet Caldwell is one of my new favorite characters; she is vulnerable, strong, true to herself, shy, smart...I could go on and on. Comet is struggling to find her place ...
  • Paula Pugh
    The Fragile Ordinary is an exceptional young adult novel. The pages artfully and acutely capture the lives of teens in Scotland in current day. Topics of drug use, bereavement, young love, insecurity, and trust fill the pages blending into a touching story about two young teens finding their way with each other and with the world that surrounds them in high school.
  • Athena Stephenson
    Wonderful story about a young girl and struggles she goes through as she tries to understand herself and the people around her! This book has so many deeply felt emotions and complex characters. It was refreshing and relatable and very well done! I loved it! Comet was an amazing and intriguing young woman. * I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
  • Natalie
    Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss.3.75 stars. I did not like this as much as her adult novels, but Comet was an appealing heroine. She reminded me how I was in high school although I did not have the hot boyfriend or cool friends. I thought the story wrapped up a little too quickly, and I wanted more with the neighbor.
  • Melinda
    This was just really young and not what I expected. Within the first chapter there was also a lot of slang and weird teens referring to the 90s that seemed off. Just not the book for me. Also the phrase ‘enviable bra size’ just irritated me as a descriptor.
  • Deborah Lane
    I loved the spirit, intelligence, spunk, kindness of Comet. Her relationship with Tobias, her friends, her standing up to the bullies, confronting Her fears and demons a lovely, authentic read. Recomended
  • Amy
    Charming & quirky & a wonderful read!