We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules

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Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781770497795
177049779X
Characteristics: 248 pages

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esgouliaras Aug 22, 2017

Excellent book for teens and for parents of teens!

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anisamusic
Aug 02, 2017

Susan Nielsen is the incredible author of the book, 'We are all Made of Molecules'. This book had me hooked from the very first page because of the way she portrays her characters and the way that she relates to the readers throughout her story.

Ashley and Stewart are completely opposite people. Ashley is a popular 'It' girl who seems to only care about herself and her glam whereas Stewart is an academic whiz who seems to know everything...except how to survive in high school. When Stewart's dad and Ashley's mom get together, their two families decide to move in together. As Stewart is trying to analyze the situation and put it into the most positive way possible, Ashley is completely against it. Stewart gets transferred to Ashley's school and soon makes her life a living hell by even existing.

As the story moves forward, Stewart realises that not everything in life can be solved by some mathematical equation and that sometimes you have to let loose a bit and in the same way, Ashley realises that popularity and status should never be held above your family, friends, safety and happiness. Because in the end, 'We are all Made of Molecules'.

I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11 and is looking for an interesting and beautiful story.

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JuliaH68
Apr 02, 2017

I loved this book so much. I loved how the chapters changed in between the two characters, and I loved how the main characters were very different, but at the end, they came together and cared for each other! 4.5 rating

samcmar Mar 29, 2017

To be honest, I am aware that Susin Nielsen is a house hold name in Canadian Kit Lit, having written quite a number of middle grade novels and was a writer on Degrassi (which I enjoyed as a youngin'). This is my first Susin Nielsen book, and I can easily say it will not be my last. We Are All Made of Molecules is just such a peculiar book, chock full of humour and heart.

Stewart has lost his mother to cancer, his father is remarrying, and he gets himself a new sister. At first he's completely thrilled, thinking he and his new sister will be besties. Scratch that out when Stewart meets Ashley, a dippy, full of herself girl who wants nothing more than her father to NOT be gay and her mother to NOT remarry. She wants nothing to do with Stewart, and that's where the novel begins.

For the record, Nielsen plays with a lot of different stereotypes, but she does it in such a wonderful and charming way. Ashley is very ditzy, but speaks in such a matter of fact way, and yet she's not actually as stupid as she comes across. Part of it is a defense mechanism, the other felt like she was sincere when she didn't know something. She's quite the frustrating character, and reminds me a bit of my own sibling in terms of having to always be right, always needing the approval of others, which really is what makes her work so well contrasted to Stewart.

Stewart simply wants to be accepted. He's hyper-intelligent, kind, and social awkward. He feels as though he has some great qualities and yet he doesn't entirely understand why he's at the bottom of the food chain at school. He's a character that wants to build relationship with others his own age, and yet he gravitates to those much older to him. I could totally relate to his character, especially at his age because I did a lot of the same things because I felt like people didn't understand me or want to accept me. Nielsen does a great job making both Ashley and Stewart feels so natural.

And the humour in this book is wonderful and cheeky. There are so many moments where both Stewart and Ashley just made me burst out laughing because they are both crazy and yet neither of them see it. I also liked how Nielsen handled parents in this novel, as they all felt just real enough, especially when they would intervene between the two protagonists.

I found myself very fond of Ashley's dad, who came out very late in his life, and admits to changing his family's dynamic, but never ever loving them any less. Ashley struggles throughout the novel with having a gay parent -- she feels it will make her less popular or people will pick on her, and yet her father gets it, respects it, but tries to make her see that this is something she must either accept or walk away from. Nielsen nails this with ease, and she makes the problems between Ashley and her father complicated, but really moving at the same time.

I loved, loved, loved this book and I'm so happy I was given the opportunity to check it out. Susin Nielson really knows how to balance humour, complicated emotions and heart with such ease, and writing is just a lot of fun. I found myself constantly thinking about this book well after I finished it, because I loved the complexity of the characters in this story, even if they really were built off of simple stereotypes. This one is definitely worth checking out, especially because Stewart really will warm his way into your heart.

JCLEmilyD Jan 30, 2017

For me, this book was so so. Stewart, the 13 year old boy, is very smart and is trying to make it through freshman year. Ashley's mom and Stewart's dad are in a relationship and now going to live together. Ashley is not having it but Stewart always wanted a sister. I disliked the 14 year old girl, Ashley, so much that I didn't want to read her chapters, she was just snotty and selfish. It made the book annoying to read.

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twhitehead24
Oct 28, 2016

Ashley and Stewart come from two different walks of life and are merged together as a family when their parents decide to move in together. Would recommend to a mature middle-schooler as there are some issues (almost rape, bullying, gay issues) that are sensitive to some readers. Ashley is part of the popular crowd in school and Stewart, who is advanced a grade because he is smart, is considered a nerd. Stewart tries hard to get along with Ashley but Ashley doesn’t want to be his friend, let alone his brother. Stewart is missing his mom and Ashley’s dad lives in the garage apartment behind the house. Strange circumstances but a good story behind it all and in the end, Ashley and Stewart learn that family and acceptance is important.

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TANYANG
Oct 20, 2016

this is one of those books where when your finished, you stare at the cover thinking, "o my gosh this is the best book ever!"

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 27, 2016

This book is a really good book to read in this certain day and age. It covers topics that are extremely relatable to for both girls and boys today. Susin Nielsen did an excellent job writing this book. I would advise this book for mature readers as it does contain some profanity. Preferably to 13 and above. Ashley and Stewart are two different people. They have different interests, different types of people in their lives and different social statuses. However, when Ashley's mother and Stewart's father end up getting into a relationship which means that they will have to live in the same house and talk to each other. Stewart is 89.9% happy about it as this means that his life-long dream of having a sister will come true but Ashley on the other hand is 110% horrified. This might be partly because she has a very high position on the social ladder and Stewart might bring it all crashing down. They have one thing in common though- they (just like everyone else) are made up of molecules. Christopher Paul Curtis, a Newbery Medal winning author, had this to say about the book. "There is so much to love about this story- most of all, the humor... How do I join the Susin Nielsen fan club?"
- @WizardingInitiate of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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LIUYANG2012
Aug 20, 2016

A truly magical novel about family, loss, love and many other topics. The struggles both Stewart and Ashley face are relatable and very real. A book that'll make you say "wow" when you've finished.

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egedefne
Jul 14, 2016

I honestly loved this book and I didn't think I would. This book is about two family's who move in together. One of the siblings is really mean to the other but when something tragic happens they start becoming friends. I recommend this book because it's really interesting and I really loved it.

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lshastine
Jul 27, 2015

Stewart is excited to move in with his dad's new girlfriend and her daughter,Ashley. Ashley is not excited at all. She is very popular and Stewart is not. They come together to make a new family.

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