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The Fragile Ordinary

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  752 Ratings  ·  250 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
Published June 26th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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4.5 stars!!!

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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 'parents'. They never wanted a child and basically t
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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 I ever met, I loved being in her mind.Loved her perso
Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
4.5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Samantha Young can write charming relatable characters like nobody else.... I know any time I pick up one of her books I am in for a treat.... she also has done an amazing job with the transition to young adult books... both books I have read from her in this genre have been wonderful and true to the genre.... Samantha writes beautiful emotional books filled with remarkable characters living relatable lives...

This book is aboutComet an intelligent, delightful, introver

Title: The Fragile Ordinary
Series: Standalone
Author: Samantha Young
Release date: June 26, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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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 young woman on the fringes of discovering her own
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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 bond with Comet. She was me at a younger age. And
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

The 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 and immerse myself in the story brings me joy.

Comet is a
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-06
2.5 stars


Ok. Another shot at YA with Chan 💚 Please don’t disappoint 🤞
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 quite happy with the HFN because I couldn't see a H
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 real human kind, our tendencies to get immersed into
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.
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. Those experiences make it easy to understand what she was
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
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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it


Comet Caldwell lives a fragile existence. Separated from total loneliness only by her two best friends and her books, she sits on the fringes of total obscruity in school, and at home is dimmed under the brilliance of her artist mother and writer father.

With a name like Comet one would envisage a trailblazer. A loud and outgoing individual whose mantra would be to seize the day. In actual fact Comet is a girl whose teenage insecurities are compounded by the knowledge the friendship sh
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 socialising. She had two friends, one of which I reall
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
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Nothing much to say. I LOVED IT!
It was an amazingly sweet and adorable and beautiful
and heartbreaking young adult romance.

I want my own Tobias to walk along that beautiful scottish beach with!


I wouldn't mind getting a 2nd one about those two one day - college romance! ☺


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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
Karen Mc
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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. Who doesn’t need a little hope in their life?

”How do y
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 coming of age stars

This is a beautiful and heartfelt coming of age story set in a seaside town in Scotland and tells the story of an extraordinary young girl figuring out her life, herself, and discovering the wonder of first love. It’s a gorgeous YA story by one of my all-time favourite authors, and I loved it!

Comet Caldwell is a 16 year old girl who is unique as her name. With a love of poetry, books, and a quirky sense of fashion, she is an individual who is comfortable with who she is, th
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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. Growing up in world where drugs are more easily access
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 vivre jusqu’à ce que les sentiments amoureux s’en mêlent. On voit cette fill
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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
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
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Even if for a couple more months I am considered a Young Adult, I feel as if I have grown out of it. Comet seemed immature in the beginning and I guess that comes with the age and in the end, she was the most normal person in the book. That doesn't mean much though since she spend the whole book thinking about herself only. She could have done something to help her friends and she shouldn't have made such a fuss about her relationship with Tobias when something huge had happened in the recent pa ...more
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Despite being a huge fan of Samantha Young's new adult and adult romances, I'd yet to make time to read any of her young adult books. I'm so glad I started with The Fragile Ordinary. What a beautiful book. Now, I know I absolutely need to go back and binge her YA backlist ASAP. This book gave me all the feels. Holy cow. I swear, I start to get emotional just thinking about these characters and everything that happened during this book. 

I should p
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 engaging storyline and endearing characters, though I didn’t e ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A 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 allowed herself this freedom even if her own friend moc
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. But then something happens to make them lose their c ...more
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
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Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several youn ...more
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“What if what I really want…is you?”
… My answer was instant and absolute. “Then you have me.”
“My anchor, he pulled me back to myself, to him, and slowly, but surely, I began to breathe again.” 0 likes
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