- Digital: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Young Adult; ePub edition edition (26 June 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1474084052
- ISBN-13: 978-1474084055
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"Samantha Young shines! THE FRAGILE ORDINARY is heart wrenching and beautiful. Exquisitely done."
– Addison Moore, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Samantha Young is a New York Times bestselling author who resides in Scotland. Her novels have been published in thirty countries. When Samantha's not writing books she's reading them. Or she's shoe shopping.
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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.
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.
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