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We Are All Made of Molecules

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We Are All Made of Molecules

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

I will not lie, the main reason I was drawn to this book was the fact that the word “molecule” was in it --- I used to be a big fan of anything having to do with chemistry. While this unfortunately changed because of my recent (brutal) brush with the AP Chemistry exam, I still get excited at the idea of getting to learn about science and how it affects us in everyday life.

The author does a good job of creating both lovable characters and characters that grate your skin the wrong way, which is an impressive feat.

WE ARE ALLMADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen had exactly what I was looking for. I could identify with Stewart, the nerd (although his character was a bit stereotypical) and I felt a healthy dislike for Ashley. The author does a good job of creating both lovable characters and characters that grate your skin the wrong way, which is an impressive feat.

One of my favorite things about this book was how it explores relationships between people who never thought they would be crossing each other’s paths. An obvious example of this is, of course, the relationship between Ashley and Stewart. They had essentially no interactions before their parents decided to move in together but suddenly, the two are thrust into a relationship unlike any other. Another example is the relationship between Ashley’s mom and Stewart’s dad. They are the complete opposites of their children, which provides a nice contrast and lets us see them in a brighter light. 

The nerdy side of this book definitely spoke to me a lot and I found myself chuckling at several of the incidents that happen. This was a fun and light read with some important themes running throughout it. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member on May 11, 2015

We Are All Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen

  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN-10: 0553496891
  • ISBN-13: 9780553496895