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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (June 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075QZLWML
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Samantha Young shines! THE FRAGILE ORDINARY is heart wrenching and beautiful. Exquisitely done."
-Addison Moore, New York Times bestselling author
"The Fragile Ordinary is a perfect read. First it made me swoon, then it broke me and put me back together again. For those who feel like they don't quite fit in anywhere, Comet's character shows you can be true to yourself and still find your place in life and love." -Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan
"I deeply loved this emotional, beautifully told story. Samantha Young is a master craftsman when it comes to creating complicated and lovable characters. I can't recommend The Fragile Ordinary enough!"-Rachel Higginson, bestselling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love
"The Fragile Ordinary is a five-star book for me. Samantha Young writes a poignant coming-of-age story and explores significant issues with finesse and a deep-seated understanding of human nature. Do yourself a favor and add this novel to your library." -Amy A. Bartol, USA Today bestselling author of The Premonition Series
"Samantha Young writes amazing and emotional characters who steal my heart." -Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits and Say You'll Remember Me
"Endearing and relatable, Comet-the girl who is searching for her place in this world-will shoot through the sky and into your heart." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Erin Watt
"Young understands teen turmoil and writes with sensitivity, honesty, and respect. This coming-of-age story will shatter the reader's heart, restore it, and bring it to the brink of breaking again." -Booklist
"This deeply imagined story with its fully developed cast of characters invites readers to examine their own lives and relationships as they root for Comet and her friends...for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jandy Nelson."
-School Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Comet was all of us. She was strange and awkward, contemplative and self-deprecating, shy and introverted. I easily identified with her and understood her desires. The pain she had suffered at the neglect of her parents was hard to cope with; sometimes I feel like absent parenting is just as damaging and abusive parenting – in different ways of course. Seeing how her lack of parental care manifested in her other relationships was hard. Knowing that she was just a child and she truly had no model to understand what a person should do for the people they love, yet she still strived to be a kind and sympathetic friend made me fall a little bit in love with her.
The primary focus of The Fragile Ordinary was the interpersonal relationships Comet experienced as she finally found herself and how those connections changed. Tobias helped her begin to find the strength she needed to speak up for herself to her friends, her parents, her bullies, and him. Since her life had been so void of real love and affection before he entered it, it was lovely to see how beautifully she flourished when given something so simple as genuine compassion and support.
The Fragile Ordinary was a snapshot of Comet’s life in a certain, pivotal moment of her life. She changed and grew into herself so much over the course of the novel; I almost wonder if she’d have recognized herself. Witnessing her transformation from somewhat of a doormat to the girl who finally found her voice was fantastic. I did feel like we were left hanging as far as where she stood with most of the people in her life, though.
I wish at least one of the many storylines going on in this novel had a satisfying resolution. There is a case to be made for Comet’s relationship with Tobias finding some sort of resolution, but it felt so rushed, I found it frustrating. I just wish there were a few more chapters to tie up more of the loose ends in Comet’s life.
The Fragile Ordinary is a standalone young adult novel. While there are elements of romance in this book, I wouldn’t qualify it as a romance, but a coming-of-age story. The book is written in first-person perspective, narrated by Comet.
Samantha Young writes powerful young adult stories. She manages to touch on several issues facing teens today in a manner that feels timely and real. She also manages to tie several themes that affect people of all ages, like drug use and the loss of loved ones, into those stories to add a note of poignancy readers of all ages can identify with.
I think we've all spent a good deal of time trying to figure out where we fit in the world and how we want to live our lives. I remember being just like Comet once upon a time and the book dug up those feelings that I thought long forgotten. This book is about Comet and her journey to find herself, but it’s also so much more. It’s about the pressures of society, of our peers. It’s about the pressure we feel from our families to help out or to be the best.
The Fragile Ordinary is an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down. Samantha Young has written a book that hits right in the feels. More than once I felt that ache in my chest while reading this book. I shed tears while reading this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good book. Whether you read young adult or not, I think this book is an absolute must-read.
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"This is an amazing coming of age book. That took me back to time of when I was a school girl years ago. ( to many to count ) The social levels of school, the clicks the bad boys and girls, the bullies. The good teachers. the bad teachers who scared you for life."The Fragile Ordinary
Comet I loved, her inner dialogue was superb, awkwardness, never quite fitting in. Tobias I loved, but Stevie my heart broke for over and over again. When walking this path called life, people are judgmental, harsh unforgiving monsters when we reach the teen stage of life, with the mind set that no one before them will ever understand what it’s like to be a teenager, this mentality is and always will be a social etiquette of living, my teenage years were horrific. I survived them, and now watching my own children going through them is unbelievable.
This beautiful story of a young girls coming into her own was like a rose bud slowly blossoming, she was her own person, introverted yes but individual and I love that in a person regardless of age. I loved the fact that she dressed how she wanted. My heart broke for her over her parents treatment of her, especially her mother. She was as individual as you can get, yet at the same time she wasn’t. We all judge someone wrongly, by the company they keep, how true is that still today, yet they are just like you and me they’re the same have you ever given someone the benefit of doubt. No, then maybe this book will make you understand better, Never judge a book by it’s cover, people are often the way they are because of circumstances does it make them bad, no just misunderstood and left to fester, because they have been judge tried and punished not only by their peers but by their Elders and betters, The saying people in glass houses shouldn’t through stones rings loud in this book.
Tobias a tortured soul full of pain and anger. Screaming out for help, gets it from the most unlikeliest one, Comet. The only reason I have given this a 4 star instead of 5 is I now prefer duel ‘POV’ I would have loved to have seen his words and Most definitely Stevie’s, even though I knew in my heart how he would end, I prayed that it didn’t that some where he would be rescued.
The trials of teenage living should never be dismissed as foible, they do suffer from angst, self degradation, bullying, not fitting in, Invisible to all. Their pain is real to dismiss a teenager trying to reach out to you is as bad as you can get. They can fall in love deeply, they can hurt, even the biggest bully is deep inside hurting. Go in blind reading this book take it slow and savor the story for what it is a painful, joy filled, happy, angry entrance in to a teenagers life and her coming of age.
Enter Tobias, the perfect American bad boy, in Scotland. They have to be partners for a class. They learn more about each others life and become friends, and more.. But that doesn't pleased everyone around them...
First I have to say I'm a huge fan of Samantha Young's books. I love Scotland, and I dream to go there one day. The Fragile Ordinary takes place in Scotland so it's the first good point for me.
Comet and Tobias are two beautiful characters. Comet tries so hard to live her life and I'm happy I could see her became the real Comet : the one who chooses herself.
Tobias is not what he seems to be at their first encounter. He had to left his life in America to be in Scotland with his mother, and it's hard for him.
The Fragile Ordinary is a very well-written story.
Yes the ending was a bit abrupt and I would have liked it go on a little more but Comet and Tobias are only young don’t forget they had their careers ahead of them unfortunately we will never know what they chose to do... were they too young to settle down together... I’d like to think they did.!