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The Fragile Ordinary: Book Review

The Fragile Ordinary: Book Review

TITLE: The Fragile Ordinary

Author: Samantha Young

Expected publication: June 26th 2018

RATING: ★★★★★

3 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 304

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Series? No, it’s a standalone.

MY REVIEW OF THE Fragile Ordinary:

This was a sweet story that was much more emotional than I anticipated. It is full of young love, heartache, and the ebbs and flows of a high school student who is trying to find her place in the world.

This is a fun coming of age story, that will wrap you in a warm hug as you follow Comet as she blossoms into a young woman, as she falls in love and as she confronts her parents.

This book takes an interesting turn and holds a very serious tone as it reminds us that life is fragile.

This book takes place in Scotland and some of the characters are written with an accent, which made me read the story slowly at times as I got hung up on what words the different chracters with thicker accents were saying.

As a whole, the cast of characters was well written, but I personally found some of the secondary cast of characters to be a bit annoying at times. I really enjoyed Comet, Tobias and Vicki’s characters.

There were a few times in the story that I felt were a bit boring.

If you enjoy reading young adult contemporary romance, than this book is a good and light summer read that I know that you will just fly through!

All in all I enjoyed this story, but would recommend it for readers who are older than 16 as there are a few inappropriate scenes (not graphic).

Thank you to the publisher (Harlequin Teen) for sending me an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!

Sarah June


*All opinions are my own.

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2 thoughts on “The Fragile Ordinary: Book Review”

  • How do you find the time to read all of these books? I’ve only been a follower a few weeks, but I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on the books you read. I love to read but I can’t seem to find any time

    • Hi Kiersten! Thanks for commenting! One thing that I do is that I read the books ahead of time and schedule all of my posts ahead of time as well. I am currently able to read a lot of books because I am in between semesters at school. Something that helps me read a lot of books is to read just a little bit everyday, even if its only a few chapters! I hope that helps!! xo

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