The Fragile Ordinary
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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, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.
When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are.
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!!
Love, Loss, and Growing Up
I don't seem to read as much YA since I have left my teenage years behind. Samantha Young is one of my favorites so I thought I should give The Fragile Ordinary a try. It kept me up reading in the wee hours of the night. I went through so many emotions reading this book.
This is also a book about teenagers, who sometimes make questionable decisions. I liked that all the teenage characters were fleshed out. They all made mistakes. I can obviously relate to Comet, the introvert and bookworm. She feels like a kindred spirit most of the time. We don't just get the story of her romance with Tobias. We also get the story of her relationships with her family and friends.
Will I ever read it again? Probably not, but I appreciate the journey and the message. This story has themes that include love, loss, growing up, bullying and drug use.
I voluntarily read an early copy.
Amazing characters that any reader is sure to fall in love with
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.**