The Fragile Ordinary : Library Edition

The Fragile Ordinary : Library Edition

by Samantha Young

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ISBN-13: 9781538516805
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.

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The Fragile Ordinary 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
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 Beast. Ugh. This girl spoke to me. I fell in love with her from the beginning. This poor girl lives in books because she would rather live in fiction than reality. I love how she grew and figured out who she was. She really does "blossom" right in front of your eyes. Her best friends drove me crazy at first. Not supportive at all but Vicki eventually won me over. Steph on the other hand, I could do without. She just was not a good friend. Her character annoyed me so much throughout this book. Tobias. Oh man, he was so complicated! He had such a heart breaking story. Actually, this whole book was heart breaking, at times. I loved him with Comet. To me, he wasn't even the biggest aspect of this book or their love. As much as I loved him, I loved Comet so much more. This book was more about her and how she learned to live. How she learned that real life can be as good as the books. Anyone else heartbroken for Comet and her parents situation?? The whole time, it just crushed me. What a very sad situation. I know it really does happen and it make my heart hurt. I just wanted to give her a big hug! Another thing that kind of drove me nuts was Stevie's vocabulary, It was awful and it really stopped my flow. I get that he was with a bad group of people but come on! This was a good read and I really enjoyed it. Every once in a while, I like a good romance book! Thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY RATING: 3.75 stars I wish books like The Fragile Ordinary existed when I was in high school! Samantha Young delivers a compelling coming-of-age story that’s relatable and gives so many feels. Young has a very smooth writing style, and she isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics. This is a quick read because it’s utterly endearing and should resonate with a wide range of readers. I LOVE when a book elicits memories and emotions from my younger years! I can only imagine that a Young Adult Contemporary like this would be evocative for a teenager of today. The Fragile Ordinary follows Comet, a unique girl used to blending in despite her loud fashion sense till she strikes a chord with the new American at her school. A blooming relationship with Tobias King makes it all but impossible for Comet to remain invisible. Comet and Tobias experience ups and downs, together and separately. Drama of every variety unfolds, and they are left to tackle their issues or fall apart trying. The thing I like most about contemporaries is the realism. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize that you’re struggling until you see a similar situation from the outside looking in. Contemporaries are like a window to real life, and The Fragile Ordinary is no exception. Anyone who has ever felt neglected by family or friends, those faced with tough choices, people with self doubt or confidence issues, etc. will be able to look to Comet, Tobias, and the supporting cast of characters to see how certain situations can be handled or how some decisions can affect us. I loved a lot of the plot, and I thoroughly enjoyed how everything came together in the end. However, at times, I felt like TOO much was being thrown at our characters. A LOT happened in the characters’ lives, and the longer the story went on, the more I questioned if some of that could have been left out. It also took a little away from my enjoyment of the characters themselves, turning them a bit whiny or seemingly over-dramatic. Comet and Tobias are such great characters! Their development is so good, and I enjoyed seeing their flaws as much as I enjoyed seeing their best traits. Comet is quirky and an introvert. She prefers fictional worlds to reality. I’m pretty sure the book community can easily understand her. Tobias is a tough guy with a heart of gold. He is the type of character that grew on me as the story unfolded. I loved him in the end! Overall, I’d absolutely recommend The Fragile Ordinary. Is it perfect? No way! Is it worth the read? I think so! Not to mention, this has one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen! YA Contemporary fans will enjoy it, I believe.
VPV613 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Comet and Tobias are simply wonderful. It's such an inspiring and beautiful story. I definitely recommend this book and this author.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book the day after I got it at the ALA convention, and could barely put it down to meet other authors and go to library sessions for the rest of the time I was there. Halfway through the book all I could think about was how much I connected to the main character, Comet. Comet was a total booklover, nerd girl, who had friends that wanted to go out and party and didn't understand why she wouldn't try to meet guys. That sounds so much like me, even up to this day, I would rather stay home and read. Back in college, I'm sure a lot of my friends were disappointed in me when I didn't want to go out, but like Comet, I'd often go, feeling guilted into doing it for my friends. There was one point where Comet mentions that even though she doesn't want to worry about what other people think about her, it isn't a choice. This really resonates with me as I see more and more people bring up the quote about how it's none of your business what other people think about you. I get that, I do. But, it's like my brain is hardwired to stress over that, to want everyone to like me. There's also a part where Comet talks about how it's nice sometimes just to have the crush, that if it were to actually become something real, that takes some of the fun out of it, and makes it more stressful. As usual, Young's story had me crying, actual tears, and I had to put it down for a few minutes, because I was sitting in the middle of a restaurant in New Orleans eating, so was feeling a bit conspicuous. Such wonderful characters in this book. As you have already read, I loved Comet. And then there was Tobias, the love interest. Well, the way the story started, I didn't think I would like him. But soon, he grew on me. There was even a part where I was thinking there was no way he could really be that great of a guy. So that made it perfect when the final conflict came around. A conflict or issue that I had a feeling was going to happen, even if it once again made me cry. I loved how Comet's friends were realistic, and the growing pains they went through. I really fell in love with Tobias's cousin Stevie as well. I can't wait to get this into my school library this fall, to share with my students. I highly recommend yet another Samantha Young book, go get it today!
Arys More than 1 year ago
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, but a friendship develops that just continues to grow. Both of these characters had issues that drove them in different directions but somehow they connect. There is a lot that resonates about Comet, the shyness, the living in her books, the being unsure of the typical high school social norms. Comet gives you a reminder of what that's like, while Tobias is the person driven the other way. Overall The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young was an intriguing book and one that will make you think. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young is my TOP YA pick for the year, and an all-time favorite read. Young completely blew me away. “...the real beauty of life is in the fragile ordinary.” Comet was a girl so many of us can relate to, I know I can. She is beautiful, sweet, and so intelligent. She feels like she can never fit in with her peers it seems, so she does what she can to make herself invisible. She is so afraid to take any kind of step outside of her comfort zone that is until new student, Tobias, enters her world. He is unlike anyone she has ever encountered, making her feel things she has only felt toward her heroes in the novels she reads. He was no ordinary cute boy, In her words, he looked a teen Viking. I loved how her imagination would get away with her. He was hero in one of her dystopian novels, and she was the heroine. Some of that infatuation falls away when she realizes he isn’t a hero. He’s disrespectful to his teachers and hangs around with the wrong crowd. However, she can’t get him completely out of her mind. We only get Comet’s POV in this book, so what I discovered about Tobias is what I learned through Comet’s eyes. I, like her, thought her was a troublemaker, but as I would soon learn, like Comet, appearances can be deceiving. You can’t always judge a book by its cover. There is a lot more to Tobias than meets the eye. Turns out he is more like one of the heroes out of her books than she thought. As you can imagine, there is some angst and drama. I mean we are talking about teenagers who are full of drama. What these two kids endure is something no one should. Young does a fantastic job of addressing issues that face teens every day, and she does it in a wonderful but very realistic way. Comet and Tobias do have some trust issues as would be normal with their relationships they have with their parents, especially Comet’s parents. They both have to learn how to move past those, risking their hearts. “What most people never learned was that sometimes what would make us happy the most also scares us the most.” I could go on and on about this book. It would be so easy too. It was so well-written with very well-developed and multi-dimensional characters. Young left nothing out, even creating a beautiful setting. As I have written in past reviews, being able to envision the setting makes me feel like I’m a part of it. The little seaside town was so charming and added so much to the book. I have had to step back and consider what I needed to do to make others see how very special this book is. I just hope I gave you a little glimpse of why I adored this book! If I had to recommend one book this year, The Fragile Ordinary is it!!! I’m just so curious to see what kind of wonderful adults she and Tobias have grown into!
arhodes11 More than 1 year ago
Another extraordinary story by Samantha Young, of love, loss, guilt, betrayal, jealousy, bullying, addiction. All the things teens must deal with on a daily basis as they come of age. It's a story about finding oneself in a world where you feel so isolated by your differences. Comet is so quirky and eccentric. Such as her love of her crazy fashion style and shoe obsession. I'm also an avid reader so it was good to be able to relate to Comet through her love of books. Her poetry was amazing. Comet always felt so alone and afraid too share herself with anyone until Tobias comes along, because of the strained and neglectful relationship Comet has with her parents. Tobias pulls at your heartstrings when you learn of his past and what he's dealing with. Yet he still tries to be there for both Comet and Stevie during their problems. He feels like he betrayed Stevie and the guilt eats at him. The chemistry between Tobias and Comet is such a sweet love story you can't get enough of them. They just both pull the best out of each other. Samantha doesn't shy away from any topics which always draws me in. She also pulls at all of your emotions. You cry, you yell at the book and you laugh with the characters. This is most certainly a five star, must read book. Can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
ycervera More than 1 year ago
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 engaging storyline and endearing characters, though I didn’t expect to identify so closely with the heroine or to feel as though I had been transported back to high school. With The Fragile Ordinary, Samantha Young delivers a sweet, angst-filled, romantic story about the intricacies of love, friendship, and family, with a heroine every introverted bookworm can relate to. With a name like Comet Caldwell, a renowned artist for a mother, and a successful author for a father, our heroine feels pressured to live an extraordinary life. As a sixteen-year-old aspiring poet with antisocial tendencies and a preference for avoiding reality by getting lost within the pages of books, Comet is a seemingly average teenager with seemingly average problems. She has two best friends who don’t quite understand her, parents who leave her to her own devices, and an inconvenient crush on the cute, but troubled, new guy. That’s the beauty of The Fragile Ordinary, though. The narrative is deceptively simplistic, following the story of a girl on the cusp of adulthood as she navigates falling in love and discovering who she is and what she wants from life. The story might follow that of a young adult, but it tackles mature issues and complex emotions that are poignant, thought-provoking, and impactful. At its heart, The Fragile Ordinary is a coming-of-age story about staying true to yourself and finding your voice, no matter what’s at stake. It’s about learning to not only accept but appreciate your individuality, flaws, quirks, and all. It’s captivating. It’s romantic. It’s introspective. It’s gut-wrenching. It’s compelling. It’s also a tearjerker. As a reader accustomed to Happy Ever Afters, I would’ve loved to know exactly what the future entailed for Comet but, as it is, The Fragile Ordinary left me perfectly satisfied, if a tad bit worse for wear. If you’re in the mood for a sweet, wistful, angst-filled YA romance, The Fragile Ordinary is the perfect read to submerse yourself in. *complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review Rating: 4.5 Stars
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
The Fragile Ordinary, the title of Samantha Young’s newest release, seems quite contradictory; the implication that something normal…something standard…something regular could be vulnerable or delicate doesn’t quite fit its moniker, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less true…it doesn’t mean there’s not value and understanding in that paradoxical idea. In the continuum between ordinary and extraordinary, especially when it comes to teenagers, there’s a learning curve due to the pressures, insecurities, and expectations that come with traversing through hallways and classrooms where people are constantly judged and evaluated based on their actions and their words, and what that means for those individuals who see themselves as nothing more than ordinary is that they must contend with labels, pressures, and bullying, upsetting the delicate balance that exists for them on any given day, making it difficult to keep themselves and their lives in check, which forces a spotlight on those who would never choose to be exposed as anything but regular. Based on her name alone, there are certain expectations for Comet Caldwell - thoughts on how she should act and who she should be, and even though that’s not the path that she would ever choose for herself, it places her in a rather precarious position that is further aggravated by the appearance of a certain American bad boy - one who enters her life and brings with him his own issues and demons to fight, which means that, together, Comet and Tobias need to decide if they’re meant to be an extraordinary duo or remain behind the scenes as unequivocally ordinary as they can be. Before I go any further with my review, I think it’s important for readers to understand that I don’t read a lot of young adult literature; it’s not that I don’t enjoy it; it’s just that my reading schedule, which includes author review teams, ARCs as a blogger, and the books I beta read, isn’t conducive to all of the YA books that have been released. But, not only is Samantha Young one of my absolute favorite authors, but her storytelling and the characters she constructs never fail to illicit a wide range of emotions and thoughts. And The Fragile Ordinary did just that! All readers will relate to Comet in some significant way; to me, I felt like she was my high school self kindred spirit. Everything she endures…her views on life and living…the way she handles the multitude of difficult situations and decisions…her love of book characters and her connection to them…Comet is such a relatable character and the turmoil that surrounds her doesn’t feel the least bit contrived or over the top and that is exactly the kind of main character readers can identify with, support, and cheer on because as Comet experiences all of drama and pressures of being a female teenager, her plight resonates with everyone who hears/reads her story.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--THE FRAGILE ORDINARY by Samantha Young is a contemporary, young adult story line focusing on sixteen year old British student Comet Caldwell, and American Tobias King. Told from first person point of view (Comet) THE FRAGILE ORDINARY follows one year in the life of sixteen year old Comet Caldwell, a product of emotionally absent parents whose lifestyle has affected their only child. Comet is a bit of a loner; a unique teen whose sense of style is one of a kind; a socially-awkward nerd who prefers to spend Friday nights with a book rather than partying with her two closest friends. But things are about to get a little more exciting when an American student saunters into our heroine’s life. Enter sixteen-year old Tobias King, the young man with whom Comet will fall in love. What ensues is the slow building friendship and relationship between our leading couple, and the fall-out as life, betrayal and loss threaten any semblance of normalcy for our struggling heroine. Comet Caldwell uses poetry and pose to pen her deepest secrets and the painful reality of life amongst the Caldwell clan. Her home life is a mess, as she battles the emotional highs and lows of her first teenage crush without the support of the people at home. Tobias King has been uprooted from his American home, and finds himself caught between right and wrong. Meeting Comet Caldwell is like a breath of fresh air but not all is well as life begins to spiral out of control. THE FRAGILE ORDINARY has all of the hallmarks of the young adult genre: oblivious and narcissistic parents who struggle to maintain their own destructive relationship; the mean girls and boys whose direction in life is to make everyone else miserable and sad by spreading lies and rumors, issuing threats and ultimatums; a love triangle or a potential for a love triangle involving one or both of the leading characters; the odd-ball heroine who is a little bit clumsy, unfashionable, geeky and lost; and ultimately, the object of our heroine’s affection- the beautiful, athletic and broken bad boy whose own secrets and history are damaged and dark. Samantha Young pulls the reader into a coming of age, heart-breaking story. An emotional roller coaster of teenaged angst mixed with successes and failures, rejection and acceptance, ultimate highs and pitiful lows. The premise is endearing; the romance is sweet and passionate-the sex scenes are limited and mostly implied; the characters are colorful and engaging.
ParisAja13 More than 1 year ago
Samantha Young has been a favorite author of mine for years. She writes characters that are so easy to relate with and weaves stories that makes you feel like you’re actually inside the book. The Fragile Ordinary is a beautiful book. It’s a book filled with the poignant moments that even though I’m really far removed from my teen years, I still felt the weight of the moment. Comet’s journey is achingly familiar. I think we've all spent a good deal of time trying to figure out where we fit in the world and how we want to live our lives. I remember being just like Comet once upon a time and the book dug up those feelings that I thought long forgotten. This book is about Comet and her journey to find herself, but it’s also so much more. It’s about the pressures of society, of our peers. It’s about the pressure we feel from our families to help out or to be the best. The Fragile Ordinary is an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down. Samantha Young has written a book that hits right in the feels. More than once I felt that ache in my chest while reading this book. I shed tears while reading this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good book. Whether you read young adult or not, I think this book is an absolute must-read.
Manoela Souza More than 1 year ago
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 arrival of Tobias, the new American student who is now a student in your school and your partner in a school project. Comet is a character in many attitudes I saw myself in it. For example I don't like parties, would rather spend my time with books (minus the part of poetry because it is for those who have the gift lol), so I soon found myself liking her and creating a fond of her.I think she was very mature for age and admired her stay true to himself during the book. Tobias has been a character I love and hate.Seriously how could someone do something stupid and at a time that make me strangle him and the next I want to hug him, but I think in the end he won me over.and his relationship with the Comet was well developed and made me feel like I'm this age again: uncertainty, the thoughts and of course the first lo There are some secondary characters here that deserves attention. First parents idiots of the Comet really. Vickie already has always been the constant in her life and the way she accepted her, and I think that's how friends should be. And that talking about Stevie? My heart broke The fragile ordinary is more than a novel. Is the journey of Comet and how she deals with the situations and people of their lives and I love to see your growth during the book.I loved this book. It's sweet, emotional, romantic and dramatic in the right measure and he made me laugh, sigh and even take a few tears as I embarked on this journ
MTCKMason More than 1 year ago
Samantha Young uses universal themes of love, fear, and friendship to help the reader connect with her characters. Comet is a sixteen year old who would rather live in the worlds she finds on her bookshelves and dream about her book boyfriends rather than stay in her world where she is invisible except to her two best friends and her English teacher. When she has to complete a school assignment with the new boy in school, she is forced to confront her fears to realize her dreams. Through her characters, Samantha takes you on a journey of self discovery and love with the twists and turns pulling at your heartstrings you come to expect from this author. Because this is for young adults, the author focuses more on the the heavier issues that the characters are dealing with intertwined with the romance of young love. Samantha captures the essence each character as they face their own demons. Despite the real life problems these characters face, there is a sweet love that gradually grows between Comet and Tobias. I love forward to meeting more characters from Samantha Young. I received this eARC from
Millionreads More than 1 year ago
It’s been awhile since I’ve read YA. Overall I did enjoy this book, despite it starting off slow. It took awhile for me to connect. I didn’t really like a lot of the characters, but some of them did eventually grow on me.
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
Oh man, I really loved this book. Comet was simply an amazing character that is sure to make any reader love her. I truly related to her on a very deep level simply because she lives her life in a way I wish I was brave enough to live (at her age). Each character was fleshed out and I loved the backstories that were present. I do wish that we learned a little more about the side characters but I truly loved Tobias & Comet. Their story was fresh and I loved that it didn't feel too young nor did it go into too much of an adult realm. At 28, I was still able to love the story. This is the first young adult novel that I have read by Samantha Young. I've been hooked by her books for years so I was a little nervous to go from adult romance to young adult romance. It's always interesting to see how a writer's writing changes when it comes to age. Though I prefer Samantha Young's adult novels, I truly loved this book. It is realistic, it's fast paced, and it is sure to make you think back to your high school woes (if you're older). Honestly, it was fantastic. I truly loved it. **I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Addicted_Reads More than 1 year ago
3.5 - 4 stars I’m a bit torn here. I absolutely loved both Comet and Tobias as individual characters, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the plot. So let me just get out of the way what I didn’t like so we can move onto the good! This was filled with high school stereotypes. There was your typical mean girl, absentee parents, bullying in school (and adults not caring about it), and yes, some insta-love. And there is one main plot point with a side character that I saw coming a mile away. Overall, the plot could have used some work. But the characters! This is a very character-driven book. Comet is a sixteen year old girl who loves to disappear into fictional worlds (don’t we all). She is a very shy and somewhat awkward character. She makes some decisions that kind of have you tilting your head. But she’s teenager! She’s growing and learning, and I for one was rooting for her throughout the book. On her first day of school she meets Tobias, an American exchange student. When he let his guard down and showed his trueself, I adored him! I thought he was very sweet and he clearly cared about Comet a lot. I liked that Tobias and Comet formed a bit of a friendship before getting together, it was a way of showing their connection a bit more clearly. Though I do wish we would have been able to see a deeper side to this. I could feel Comet’s struggle when it came to her parents very clearly. I just wanted to hug her and make sure no one ever hurt her. I was very unsure of her two best friends, Vicki and Steph, throughout most of the story. But Vicki especially was a great friend towards Comet. I was glad to see a positive relationship in Comet’s life. This was an okay love story, but an amazing coming-of-age YA book! I recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary stories.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
June's been a great month for me as far as YA reads are concerned, and Samantha Young's latest standalone lands rather comfortably among those very few and select novels that I loved and left a positive and lasting impression on me. There were aspects about Comet's personality and her own story that brought to mind my own memories back in high school and as a teen trying to find my own place in the sun. My heart went out to her--for the lack of attention from her parents and the almost awkward way that she was among her peers. And while Tobias was the boy who would change her world, he's not necessarily the boy-next-door type of guy. But see, that's what I loved about this book. Neither Comet nor Tobias are flawless and idealistic individuals just a couple of years from adulthood. They're young, impressionable, and already have cracks in their psyches. However, throughout this tale, it's Comet's resilience and later self-confidence that shines brightest, showing she is indeed extraordinary, as we are all capable of being if only we allow ourselves to be who we truly are. Five-plus stars for The Fragile Ordinary. ♥
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
" To Thine Own Self Be True - Be True To Yourself. " The Fragile Ordinary by the outstanding and incredibly talented author Samantha Young - I´ll love her On Dublin Street Series forever and ever - is a full-length, standalone young adult romance. Comet Caldwell is a young girl in her last year at highschool. She´s shy, highly intelligent and her life isn´t a easy one. Her dream is to attend a US college and master in literature. When Tobias crashes into her life everything´s about to change. Tobias King is a new student at Edinburgh highschool. He´s the bad boy from US, shakes the school up, but when they get assigned to a class project they form a connection. Comet´s world shifts. I started reading and was hooked from the beginning. I totally connected with Comet. M yheart was bleeding for this beautiful soul. Samantha Young painted a very fitting world with her words. You can feel every emotion of the characters. Every insecurity, pain, hope and blossoming love. Samantha Young blew me away with the story, the characters, her words and her writing. I recommend The Fragile Ordinary and give 5 wonderful stars.
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
Once in a while, I need a great YA story to remind me of those long ago days where life seemed just a bit more simple. With The Fragile Ordinary, I got just that and more. Samantha Young beautifully depicts the very crux of teenage angst with this tale of Comet Caldwell and her quest to figure out just exactly where she belongs. From the very start, it was hard not to feel a kinship with the 16 year old Comet, the nerdy book lover who despite her less than attentive parents, has managed to have two best friends in Vicki and Steph. Two girls who try their hardest to get Comet to branch out of her comfort zone, which is her room lined with her favorite books. There is push and pull as Comet just wants to stay in her sanctuary yet at the same time she just wants to find her place in the world. Oh how I could commiserate with her! I remember those awkward years and all the mean girls nonsense that could destroy a day, week, month or even year of high school! And then Tobias King enters her closed-off existence and suddenly our dear Comet has feelings she tries so hard to ignore but is a victim to each and every one. And who could blame her: a handsome American transfer student who both intrigues and confuses her almost daily is someone she can't help but notice. The Author perfectly relays all the confusion, the muddled emotions that a teenager like Comet feels and oh my goodness did I cringe often for her. Remembering all too well what it felt like to be in like with someone who feels so far out of your league. But at the same time as Comet is dealing with all this insecurity, she's starting to come out of her shell in the most unexpected of ways and those stolen moments with Tobias were some of the most beautiful in this story. We get inside Comet's world and all of the pitfalls of living your life as a 16 year old are there in all its painful glory. I was in awe at how she found a way to break free of her self-imposed chains and became the Comet she deserved to be. This book is at times heartbreaking and yet there is such hope in the Comet's discovery that she is worthy of all the goodness. Watching as she realizes that she has the strength to overcome her naivete and her struggles with fitting in was worth all the pain. She is such a good person without being overly sweet and I was beyond thrilled those around her finally knew it too. She steps out of that afore-mentioned comfort zone and what is on the other side is never easy but is oh so worth it. This is a tale of perseverance and of the power of friendship and love. I found it hard to let go once the last page was read and I am hopeful we hear from this eclectic cast of characters again in the future. It's never easy portraying a time in one's life that was perhaps a bit mired in heartache but the Author took a bit of her own past and gave it a voice that exemplified all that it means to be a teenager. Set in Scotland, I loved the comparisons to an American high school and the realization that no matter where one lives, all that goes with being 16 remains quite familiar. A well-written book that is more than worth your time, Samantha Young has created one very memorable story that I will not soon forget. 5 solid stars!
Jeanette Zio More than 1 year ago
There is nothing ordinary about this new book from Samantha Young, however she does deal with the fragility of what we deal with in everyday life, especially the struggles of young teens and adults. She writes and describes these issues so well that it almost becomes inspiring in demonstrating how one can go from not so sure of yourself to being very sure of yourself. This is my favourite part of the book and the journey the main character goes on. It is amazing to see her character development and it is very much something everyone can relate to as I was often thinking about my younger self. Tobias King is a great contrast character to Comet and brings a whole different host of issues into Comet's world. He makes her even more fragile than she was before but at the same time extremely brave and strong. It is truly the conflict many feel and go through with young love, I certainly did, so it is extremely relatable. I think it is a great read and will teach young adults to really love themselves, be brave and stand up for what they believe in. Being yourself is extremely important and Samantha Young captures this struggle so very well. It is worth going on the journey with them.
kvsgrimes More than 1 year ago
Since I have finished The Fragile Ordinary, I have been trying to come up with the right words to express the enormity of this book. This book...THIS BOOK... I mean.. I couldn't put it down. I was so captivated from the very beginning as we meet Comet. She is so eccentric and so many could connect with her today. I mean, come on, who doesn't just want to shut the world out and curl up with a book and escape inside that world? But, Comet taught us so much more than just settling and hiding. She showed us that being ourselves and living every moment to the fullest can be just as adventurous and amazing. Don't get me wrong. This story captures so many struggles of our teens today. From bullying, self-assurance, drugs, associations within certain groups, to friendships and romantic love. Samantha Young tackles these issues within this story of Comet brilliantly. You become Comet and journey through this epic tale feeling her hopes and fears. You experience her joys and heartaches...*sighs*...She is just amazing!! While I am talking about Comet, I need to mention the other person that we fall for and that is Tobias. Young couldn't have written a more imperfect love interest. And I mean that in the most perfect way. I loved how Comet had this picture in her mind from what a "book boyfriend" would be and how Tobias would destroy that dream. But this brought us to how much this story was epic. Each and every moment that we spent with Comet and Tobias was genuine and real. I LOVED their relationship and I totally FELT each emotion they went through... All this brings me to the ingenious, talented brilliance that Samantha Young has given us in The Fragile Ordinary. A truly epic coming of age tale that is a must read for all!!
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
4.5 Book Boyfriend Stars What a rollercoaster of emotions I have coursing through my body at the moment. Comet Caldwell is a bookworm, she’s sweet, shy and quirky. I loved her quirky side, her dress sense and most definitely her shoe sense, she’s my kind of girl. Tobias King is arrogant, cocky and he’s in with a bad crowd. As much as Comet is drawn to him she decides he is not book boyfriend material. That is until they become friends (secret friends at that), and everything changes, shy Comet finally comes out of herself and finds her voice. A wonderful story about self discovery, first love and friendship. A very emotional story, especially during the latter chapters, I have to admit I shed more than a few tears. Why not five stars you may ask, here’s why. The first half of the story I give 4 stars, I wasn’t truly invested in Comet and I couldn’t relate to her. Then during the second half of the story, Comet finally came out of her shell and took charge of her life, a definite 5 star performance. I loved the confidence she gained. Tobias too, during the second half turned into what Comet would describe as book boyfriend material. I couldn’t wait to find out where their relationship would take them and which of their friends and family would stand by their sides..