The Fragile Ordinary, Samantha Young

A blue-ish background that fades to a pinkish purple near the bottom. There is a couple, sketched only in white who stands on the beginning of the title.

I honestly don’t know how to review this book. There are pieces in Comet that are pieces in me, and sometimes the lines of what Comet was going through blurred so much with my teenage self that I felt my heart breaking for her repeatedly. Even when her strength was shining through, it was a strength she had built all on her own.

I appreciate Young’s note in writing that she, too, had put so many pieces of herself into Comet. I should have known to expect something moving and wonderful in this book. After all, The Impossible Vastness Of Us is an entire experience in itself. She should definitely do more YA, but I will be reading more of her backlist either way. A wonderful read.

The Fragile Ordinary is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:

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.


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