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, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews The Fragile Ordinary

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    5 STARSSuch 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 I ever met, I loved being in her mind.Loved her personali...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Misty
    "There's something nostalgic and almost magical about reliving first crushes, first loves and high school friendships all over again." ~ Misty, White Hot ReadsI have to admit I am usually not a huge YA/Teen book fan but I think as my son gets closer and closer to this age I find myself seeking these out to remind myself of that time. It really takes something special in this genre to keep me engaged and this author did that with The Fragile Ordin...
  • Manoela
    4.5 Stars This book brings an emotional and yet fun and romantic and sweet Ya reading well written and told of a unique way that only Samantha Young.The story here is told in the point of view of Comet, a teenager of 16 years shy and introverted whose favorite pastime is reading or writing poetry.In this book we see her dealing with her parents ' indifference, the fact of the relationship with their day's best friends are moving away and the arri...
  • 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...
  • Shannon
    The Fragile Ordinary I Picked Up This Book Because: I like the author. The Characters: Comet Caldwell: loner and bookwormTobias King: new guy, delinquent reformed to his previous good guy statusComet’s friends Vicki and Steph. The Story: Comet would rather be lost in a fictional world than out in the world with real people until Tobias King transfers to her school. The troubled American teenager is running with a rough and fast crowd while...
  • Julia
    *ARC for review*The Fragile Ordinary needs to win an award for character development and relateable characters.It was the perfect blend between a cute lovestory, important topics and getting to know yourself and growing up.I loved every second of reading this book. I got sucked into the story from the first page, which probably had to do with the main character Comet, and I could not put it down cause I got so immeresed in the story. The writing ...
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    First things first: I loved Comet Caldwell.I challenge you not to love Comet Caldwell. She is all of us. Bookish and awkward. An introvert through and through and she won me over - again and again - with her slightly oddball, completely charming (if a bit nerdy) personality. Based on Comet alone, this book would get five stars. I adored her.That said, I struggled with some other aspects of the story. The pacing was off for me and I felt like the ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Greyland Reviews
    4.25 starsARC provided by NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN for honest reviewThis book gave me all the feels and made me very close to crying multiple times. Young just knows how to write characters that will make you wrapped around their pinky finger. I connected so much with Comet and understood what all she was going through.
  • Raquel
    I've been a huge fan of Samantha Young ever since I discovered her On Dublin Street series. That series is one of my absolute favorite romance series ever. Her recent young adult book, The Impossible Vastness of Us, was also a fantastic read. Different, of course, in the way different genres are. But I loved it nonetheless.To say I had very high hopes for The Fragile Ordinary would be an understatement. However--and it pains me to ever write this...
  • Grace Wilson
    I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. “But I’ve learned that time is not so forgiving, And the real beauty of life is in the fragile ordinary.” The Fragile Ordinary is an utterly spectacular coming of age young adult romance novel written by the marvellous Samantha Young.Self-proclaimed ‘average 16-year-old’ Comet Caldwell has never wanted to be the centre of anyone’s attention. With a barely existent relat...
  • 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...
  • Shannon
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest reviewI enjoyed this but I didn’t love it like I usually love Sam’s books. I think this is because I had a hard time warming up to Comet, she was very unlikable in the beginning. As I write this review, I think my main problem with Comet is she was probably too realistic. She grated on my nerves at times, I wanted to comfort her when her parents wouldn...