We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen


We Are All Made of Molecules
Title : We Are All Made of Molecules
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 256

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.


We Are All Made of Molecules Reviews


  • Lola  Reviewer

    First thing you need to know about this book It s not funny, let alone hilarious It didn t make me laugh or smile repeatedly, though it is an insightful, meaningful and, at some point, cute read.Second thing you need to know about this book It s not middle grade, or young adult It s something between the two, so I d call it a tween book.Stewart has, indeed, a young voice He doesn t feel thirteen But there s an explanation for that After all, it is clearly mentioned that he s socia First thing you need to know about this book It s not funny, let alone hilarious It didn t make me laugh or smile repeatedly, though it is an insightful, meaningful and, at some point, cute read.Second thing you need to know about this book It s not middle grade, or young adult It s something between the two, so I d call it a tween book.Stewart has, indeed, a young voice He doesn t feel thirteen But there s an explanation for that After all, it is clearly mentioned that he s socially clueless and quite awkward, too He s very innocent, I d say Not quite fully aware of the outside world s dangers I personally found him adorable, definitely of the hug worthy kind And the age is just a number Let s not forget that Plus he and Ashley both have their own character development Ashley is not a character that was written for you to love She s self absorbed, selfish, uncultivated, love blinded and clueless Her purpose is not to add dept to the story, but rather help show the importance of realizing who our real friends are, loving our family and that no must be understood as a full sentence.But the best thing about WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES is definitely the narration Both narrators make this an interesting story I liked all the references to science, history, literature and popular culture And let s not forget to mention the LGBT theme Miss Nielsen realistically portrays the life of two young people, Stewart 13 and Ashley 14 , who both struggle with life matters and family centered situations Nothing is rushed Everything makes sense and progresses at a suitable pacing If you enjoy stories filled with salient themes and family sibling drama, this one s for you Some of the characters actually reminded me of ones from the TV show MODERN FAMILY Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  • Emily May

    We Are All Made of Molecules is a quick read with some interesting themes bringing families together, grief and loss, Dads coming out and children having to deal with thatBut, sadly, it never quite lives up to its interesting premise The blurb on the hardcover copy promises a book that is hilarious but it is an incredibly immature humour like calling Stewart Spewart that I m fairly sure most people won t find funny And, on top of that, it s very hard to sell this book to anyone Th We Are All Made of Molecules is a quick read with some interesting themes bringing families together, grief and loss, Dads coming out and children having to deal with thatBut, sadly, it never quite lives up to its interesting premise The blurb on the hardcover copy promises a book that is hilarious but it is an incredibly immature humour like calling Stewart Spewart that I m fairly sure most people won t find funny And, on top of that, it s very hard to sell this book to anyone There are some adult older teen themes that feel at odds with the young, silly narrative I think it s meant to be YA because of it s content, but the simple language and young feeling humour have made many people shelve this as middle grade childrens, including me.The book is told from two POVs Stewart 13 and Ashley 14 Stewart s dad is marrying Ashley s mom and both of them have to deal with the new family, as well as dealing with the loss of Stewart s mom to cancer and Ashley s dad s coming out.Both of these characters feel so much younger than they are supposed to be Stewart thinks like a child of about seven years old If I didn t know his age, I would never guess he was supposed to be a teenage boy Ashley is the one who calls Stewart Spewart the kind of thing I recall kids doing at about five or six, yet she is supposed to be fourteen Not only that, but she is a horrible character that was never really redeemed for me I understand her parents divorce was hard on her, but it doesn t excuse how shallow, bratty and just plain nasty she is She is also pretty stupid, but if that s supposed to be an endearing balance to her meanness it isn t working.Not my cup of tea Not really sure whose cup of tea this would be, either.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest

  • Wendy Darling

    2.5 stars Love the narrative voice, and the idea of a book about blending a family including the girl s recently out father and his new boyfriend There are a few sweet moments, and some touching, if brief, memories of a mom who has passed away But Stewart seems really young so much so that this reads almost like middle grade, except that there are some unpleasant things that happen later on which would make this inappropriate for a younger age group He s nerdy and endearing, but he fe 2.5 stars Love the narrative voice, and the idea of a book about blending a family including the girl s recently out father and his new boyfriend There are a few sweet moments, and some touching, if brief, memories of a mom who has passed away But Stewart seems really young so much so that this reads almost like middle grade, except that there are some unpleasant things that happen later on which would make this inappropriate for a younger age group He s nerdy and endearing, but he feels very much like a character his perspective doesn t feel like a thirteen year old boy s at all I also really, really disliked Ashley, the other POV I m pretty patient with YA characters, and obviously her parents divorce is hard on her But she is a selfish, shallow brat, plain and simple, and the very few redeeming things she eventually does aren t enough to negate all the terrible, mean spirited, and dumb things she says and does throughout the rest of the book I guess she s supposed to be a Cher from Clueless type character, but this misses the mark in making her at all sympathetic or interesting I m kind of annoyed at two serious moments that feel jarring in this type of lighthearted narrative, too view spoiler Rape comes up twice, as does someone taking compromising photos on a cell phone hide spoiler And actually, there s another thing a hate crime directed towards Ashley s father We move past these incidents too quickly and without enough thought for the physical and emotional consequences I expect out of any book, let alone a book written for young readers So a very mixed bag for me I m not the audience for this book, but beyond that, I m not really sure who the audience would really be An review copy was provided by the publisher.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.Stewart and Ashley are step siblings and each one has to learn how to accept one another in their life Stewart is intelligent and loves school while Ashley is the most popular girl of grade nine When times are tough, they end up realizing how important family really is and they realize how much they need each other in their lives.I had no idea how funny this book would be because when you start it, it s not the happiest of st A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.Stewart and Ashley are step siblings and each one has to learn how to accept one another in their life Stewart is intelligent and loves school while Ashley is the most popular girl of grade nine When times are tough, they end up realizing how important family really is and they realize how much they need each other in their lives.I had no idea how funny this book would be because when you start it, it s not the happiest of starts We find out something terrible and I was afraid it would be depressing Glad I was wrong, because not only was this book funny, it also had the cutest moments We see two very different sides of the social ladder at a high school and I love how it s from two different social cliques We see how each character thinks and feels and how their actions become muddled I love how both Stewart and Ashley aren t perfect They re wholly realistic I just knew both of the characters would learn something by the end, and I m so happy they do because they grow and mature and it s was just so nice to see Susin Nielsen really understands how they both think and feel and then executes the story in a serious but warm hearted way I flew through this one Not only were there parts about school, but about family and friendship It was a well rounded middle grade contemporary read which I really enjoyed.I needed to highlight some of the hilarious quotes where I actually giggled out loud I am counting the days till I can become unconstipated 62 High school is a doggy dog world 75 We Are All Made of Molecules is a quick humorous and poignant read about teens who are just trying to live their lives in the best way possible You ll laugh and cry along with these two characters, for sure

  • Simona Stoica

    Recenzie vrea s g sesc un termen potrivit pentru a descrie ce am sim it citind Cu to ii suntem f cu i din molecule , ns nu cred c exist Mi a amintit de i voi d rui soarele , un alt roman pe care l am adorat.La prima vedere, pare doar un roman pentru adolescen i, dar nu este o lectur obi nuit Susin Nielsen mplete te armonios o serie dificil de teme, de la h r uire i abuz, p n la discriminare sexual , relat nd o poveste emo ionant , minunat scris , prin oc Recenzie vrea s g sesc un termen potrivit pentru a descrie ce am sim it citind Cu to ii suntem f cu i din molecule , ns nu cred c exist Mi a amintit de i voi d rui soarele , un alt roman pe care l am adorat.La prima vedere, pare doar un roman pentru adolescen i, dar nu este o lectur obi nuit Susin Nielsen mplete te armonios o serie dificil de teme, de la h r uire i abuz, p n la discriminare sexual , relat nd o poveste emo ionant , minunat scris , prin ochii a doi copii, cople i i i speria i de schimb rile din jurul lor Stewart i Ashley sunt dou personaje incredibile, iar interac iunile dintre ei, at t cele bune, c t i cele rele, te vor face s pl ngi i s r zi n acela i timp Sunt diferi i, dureros de diferi i, dar atunci c nd Ashley r m ne f r cuvinte i ncearc s l mbr i eze pe Stewart sau c nd el vrea s o protejeze i s aib grij de ea, vei sim i nevoia s str ngi cartea n bra e i s i mul ume ti autoarei pentru aceast lectur extraordinar

  • Erin Bow

    I got the ARC of this at OLA today and read the entire thing on a packed commuter train home to Kitchener It made me both snort laugh loudly, like an elephant seal and tear up People grown up people, Muggles probably stared I will get the hardcover of this when it comes out to support Susin in the writing of Many More Excellent Books I m becoming such a fan Joie de beaver.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Really great, quick read Absolutely loved Stewart And I loved reading a story that took place in Vancouver, and in my neighbourhood So incredibly cool.

  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)

    It took a while for me to get into this book, because I didn t really like Ashely, but Stewart was wonderful If you liked Wonder by R.J Palacio, then this funny and complicated blended family will warm your heart

  • Evie

    I decided to pick this book up mainly because an author friend of mine whom I respect and adore wrote this on her Facebook page I think tearing up on PAGE 2 of a book has to be a record for me Seriously, from a smile to a gasp in like 200 or so words is not what normally happens to me at the beginning of reading a book But yeah, these last 24 or so hours have been filled with those moments And because I am a sucker for emotionally gutting stories and I always trust Joanne Levy s opinions, I decided to pick this book up mainly because an author friend of mine whom I respect and adore wrote this on her Facebook page I think tearing up on PAGE 2 of a book has to be a record for me Seriously, from a smile to a gasp in like 200 or so words is not what normally happens to me at the beginning of reading a book But yeah, these last 24 or so hours have been filled with those moments And because I am a sucker for emotionally gutting stories and I always trust Joanne Levy s opinions, I immediately reached for my copy of We Are All Made of Molecules Joanne wasn t lying or exaggerating when she said this book made her cry and on page 2 I experienced the exact same thing And even though I already knew I should brace myself for waterworks, I still cried I think I even sobbed a bit I mean, the way that opening scene was written totally got to me Being a mom of a 16 month old baby girl, I tend to get ridiculously emotional about anything family related, baby related, mom related and especially loss related and yes, that also includes Sarah Mclachlan and her SPCA tear jerkers Of course, not everyone will feel the same about the opening chapter, but if you re anything like me soft on the inside and slightly hormonal be sure to have a box of tissues handy We Are All Made of Molecules tells a story of a family torn apart by illness and death and stitched back together with a delicate and fragile thread of hope, new beginnings and love Stewart s mom died from cancer two years ago and his entire life pretty much fell apart Both Stewart and his father are still in pain because of that, but it is time to move on Stewart s dad had found and a new partner and they are moving in with her and her daughter New beginnings are never easy and this one is looking particularly tough for all parties involved Stewart is 13 years old and he is very intellectually gifted Unfortunately, his social skills are lacking and he simply doesn t know how to go about making new friends That proves particularly problematic when he s faced with moving to a new place, going to a new school and living with a 14 year old girl who seems to hate him from the get go and for no reason at all Ashley is a bratty teenager with a mean streak and plenty of attitude She hates having to live with her mom s new boyfriend and his freakazoid son and she makes it very clear every chance she gets She s downright rude and unnecessarily cruel, and I really did not like her at all, even though I kind of understand where she was coming from After all, her own life wasn t exactly perfect Still, there are worse things that could happen than your dad announcing he is gay and it doesn t excuse her drama queen attitude, snobbish behavior and disrespecting her parents That being said, I do think both Stewart and Ashley were very realistically portrayed, with all the character flaws, quirks and annoying tendencies appropriate for young teenagers in a very challenging and emotional situation I thought Susin did an outstanding job showing the emotional torment of the kids, as well as the struggles of their parents We Are All Made of Molecules is a beautiful, engaging and meaningful tale about two fractured families being blended into one whole one again The beginnings are never easy heck, they are scary and intimidating and seemingly disastrous but in the end, love wins The message here is clear and powerful, and delivered in a very convincing, thoughtful way I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys heartfelt contemporary fiction dealing with difficult but very important themes

  • Paul Bryant

    PRODUCT PLACEMENT QUESTION IS THIS NOW A THING Now I was innocently thinking that the concept of product placement would not really apply to books I mean I can t see Givenchy calling up Sarah Waters agent with a great deal although I can see a nice comedy sketch you could write but anyway, I found a genuine product placement thing right here in this very book page 194 It s the summer holidays and Georgia my daughter has finished her exams and can now read novels again so she was readin PRODUCT PLACEMENT QUESTION IS THIS NOW A THING Now I was innocently thinking that the concept of product placement would not really apply to books I mean I can t see Givenchy calling up Sarah Waters agent with a great deal although I can see a nice comedy sketch you could write but anyway, I found a genuine product placement thing right here in this very book page 194 It s the summer holidays and Georgia my daughter has finished her exams and can now read novels again so she was reading this one and pointed it out to me So, on the second anniversary of her death, we spent the morning visiting all of her favourite places, Dad even bought me a book that was recommended by one of the staff at Kidsbooks, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.And at the end of this volume, lo and behold, an advert for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.And both books are published by Andersen Press I mean, it s trivial, but still I never saw that before