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 fiction novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are.
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 Comet has never wanted to be the centre of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from high school in Edinburgh and leave 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.
"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.
Comet Caldwell, 16, is sure she will never live up to her cool name. She has friends, but she doesn't do social media, and she's certainly not hooking up; the boys she knows are nothing like the "brave and loyal and swoonworthy" heroes of the romances she reads. Then Tobias King moves to Edinburgh from America; he's smart and handsome, but he hides his brains and pals around with a bad crowd, which includes his cousin Stevie. Comet is surprised when Tobias is interested, but their getting together leads to her being bullied and Tobias becoming estranged from his cousin, who really needs a friend. Young (The Impossible Vastness of Us) creates a genuine and relatable heroine in Comet, but the narrative relies heavily on exposition, with Comet dictating her thoughts and emotions in a manner that can come across as forced. And when Stevie gets into real trouble, it feels less like a plot development and more like an arbitrary event needed to create an obstacle to Comet and Tobias's otherwise perfect love. Ages 14-18.