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. Order your copy of THE FRAGILE ORDINARY today!
Title: The Fragile Ordinary
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: June 26th, 2018
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.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, as part of this Blog Tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*
It's no secret that I absolutely love Samantha Young's novels and whatever she writes, I read without second thought! I just wanted to clarify that in this review and let you guys know that, The Fragile Ordinary not only reached but also exceeded my expectations! It was everything I'd hoped it would be and I cannot stress my love for it enough! I basically devoured it in a day and nothing could stop me from finishing it at whatever hour in the morning!
As with every Samantha Young novel, the characters were perfectly imperfect and well thought out! I absolutely loved Comet's quirkiness and how she stood out from the crowd. We were never born to fit in with the rest, after all! She's extremely likable from the very beginning of the novel and I felt a beautiful connection with her as soon as I started reading! She's probably one of the most relatable characters in YA that I've come across this far and I just loved watching her discover herself and become who she was always meant to be! The way she handled things was truly mature and I admired her inner strength when it came to dealing with difficult and unexpected circumstances! She grew so much as a person throughout the novel and her character development was quite impressive! She owned up to who she was and never made excuses for it, which set her apart from everyone else! Her parents never wanted to have a child and the way they treated her was atrocious and unacceptable but, I was glad when she finally decided to openly call them out for their shitty behavior! I was glad to see her dad come around at the end of the novel because, truth be told, better late than never but, I absolutely despised her mother! I could definitely understand where they were both coming from but, it did nothing to ease the pain Comet felt because of their blatant disregard for who she was and who she strived to be!
Tobias was also an amazing character that I couldn't help but connect with as soon as he was introduced in the novel! He gave off such mysterious vibes that drew people to him but, he had his own demons to deal with and as the novel progressed, we learned more about him and where he came from! He had his flaws because who doesn't but, he proved to be a caring friend and later on, an attentive boyfriend! I immensely enjoyed how his relationship with Comet developed and the fact that it wasn't an insta love romance restored my faith in humanity! With him, Comet could be herself one hundred percent and I literally swooned every time he encouraged her to do so throughout the novel, instead of trying to change or control her. His faith in her abilities was something we don't see often in YA Contemporaries and that definitely needs to change, ASAP!
As much as I loved this beautiful story, I couldn't help myself and bawled my eyes out - in public, just to clarify that - at a couple of things that happened but, I obviously cannot talk about. What would be the fun in that? Apart from that though, The Fragile Ordinary was a roller coaster of emotions and it made me feel an abundance of things while reading it, which just shows how skilled Samantha Young is at writing novels that tear your soul apart and then stitch it back together effortlessly! I don't even need to talk about the writing and the world building because, guess what!? MAGNIFICENT!
Overall, I was mind blown by The Fragile Ordinary and I cannot express how much I loved it enough! It was a beautifully written coming of age story that explored the truths of life and how they can completely change you, while spinning a tale of romance that was anything but ordinary! I cannot recommend it enough but, be warned! It will probably break you hear in million tiny pieces and then just make it whole again without even trying and within a matter of chapters!
Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of theShallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, wasthe Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.