ARC Review: The Fragile Ordinary

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

3.5 stars

I’m a bit torn here. I absolutely loved both Comet and Tobias as individual characters, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the plot.

So let me just get out of the way what I didn’t like so we can move onto the good! This was filled with high school stereotypes. There was your typical mean girl, absentee parents, bullying in school (and adults not caring about it), and yes, some insta-love. And there is one main plot point with a side character that I saw coming a mile away. Overall, the plot could have used some work.

But the characters! This is a very character-driven book. Comet is a sixteen year old girl who loves to disappear into fictional worlds (don’t we all). She is a very shy and somewhat awkward character. She makes some decisions that kind of have you tilting your head. But she’s teenager! She’s growing and learning, and I for one was rooting for her throughout the book.

On her first day of school she meets Tobias, an American exchange student. When he let his guard down and showed his trueself, I adored him! I thought he was very sweet and he clearly cared about Comet a lot. I liked that Tobias and Comet formed a bit of a friendship before getting together, it was a way of showing their connection a bit more clearly. Though I do wish we would have been able to see a deeper side to this.

I could feel Comet’s struggle when it came to her parents very clearly. I just wanted to hug her and make sure no one ever hurt her. I was very unsure of her two best friends, Vicki and Steph, throughout most of the story. But Vicki especially was a great friend towards Comet. I was glad to see a positive relationship in Comet’s life.

This was an okay love story, but an amazing coming-of-age YA book! I recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary stories.

** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review **

three stars

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