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The Fragile Ordinary

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Miranda Kenneally
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 world and experiences with tempestuous words. In a
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 she is. And I can’t tell you how much that broke my heart in
May 24, 2018 marked it as wishlist
Shelves: 2018-06
OMG I love Samantha Young and I need this book like I need my next breath. Eeeeeeeek!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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 extremely fascinating.

I loved the setting of this
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Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

There'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 use, bullying, peer pressure, rocky friendships, ac
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

My 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 story that will tear me apart and put me back toge
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 changes when the hot American, Tobias King enrolls at he
Crescent Moon
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 with and where he'd come from. So it's not that he
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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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 words brings to light issues that maybe hidden by the wo
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
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 really good reasons for being as angsty as she was.
The Fragile Ordinary

I Picked Up This Book Because: I like the author.

The Characters:

Comet Caldwell: loner and bookworm
Tobias King: new guy, delinquent reformed to his previous good guy statis
Comet’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 living with his cousin. After being assigned to w
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelly
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 story was sometimes bogged down in detail and move
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
**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 county, I love the different dialogue from the characte
Greyland Reviews
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.25 stars
ARC provided by NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN for honest review

This 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.
Apr 03, 2018 added it
I’ve never read anything by this author before but I really really liked this book.
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 quite a bit.

The voice of the book (first person
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Release date: June 26, 2018

Comet 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 Comet wants to do is go home and get lost in her book
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 supposedly for her own protection. To better explain, T ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 wit
Maddie ++ Munch Reviews
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Gosh 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 with roommates than actual parents. They even
Jennifer Shanahan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-giveaways
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, relaxed, confident and cocky, and also falling in with ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
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 he developed a friendship with Comet, their attractio
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 bad boy hanging around the wrong crowd. Then he be
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***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 in the world and when Tobias King enters her world
Audrey Forest
Oct 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: want-now
OMG OMG OMG... I'm assuming this is Caleb Scott's book??



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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Central Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series a ...more
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