Book Review: The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

The Fragile Ordinary
Title: The Fragile Ordinary
Author: Samantha Young
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Pages: 304
Format: ARC Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.
How can you not love a girl named Comet? Her personality, sensibilities, and outward appearance fit her to a tee. Meaning, she's so shy but secretly talented at poetry it hurts. And despite the fact that she's so shy, she certainly doesn't dress as if she doesn't want to be noticed. In one scene, she wears boots and the heels are Alice from Alice in Wonderland (the Disney version, not the Lewis Carroll version - which she makes sure to point out!). That just gives you a little sense of Comet Caldwell. And her parents barely acknowledge that she exists. Which is why she was such a welcome heroine because she's so put together and just simply knows what she wants because she's had to figure it out way before her friends in high school have had to. She tries to live by the motto on her wall, To Thine Own Self Be True! Because why would someone like Comet Caldwell not have a huge Shakespeare mantra on her wall! 

The fact that she's completely oblivious as to how cool she is and so far ahead of her time is what makes her absolutely endearing, adorable, and someone I wish I would've been like in high school. But all of her togetherness gets completely disrupted the moment Tobias King a/k/a The American walks in through the doors of her school in Edinburgh, Scotland. And the build-up to this romance is just so absolutely swoon-worthy!!

This is my first Samantha Young but it won't be my last. I've already got Hero and The Impossible Vastness of Us lined up on my TBR as I type this review.

If you like nerdy main characters, slow-build romance, and lines that will make you absolutely laugh, then this is the book for you. Yes, there are some very serious moments that are built into the narrative, but it makes high school life altogether real and poignant. I highly recommend this one! There have been some great ones in 2018 and this one is certainly one of them.

As always, happy reading. 


  1. I'm so glad to hear you liked this one! I really want to check it out. I'll definitely be sure to put a copy on hold at my library.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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