We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules

Book - 2015
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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
Branch Call Number: Y NIE
Characteristics: 248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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List - BC Book Awards 2016
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Nominee, Children's Literature 2016

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Nominee, Children's Literature 2016

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Oct 20, 2020

This book is about a popular girl who seems like she has it all and about a socially-challenged yet super smart boy. When Ashley’s mom and Stewart’s dad decide to move in together, their lives take an unexpected turn and this book has all of their hilarious stories and mishaps in it!

Overall, I would rate this book 4/5. The story moves at a nice pace which makes it easy to keep up with reading the different points of views. But what makes the book an attention-grabber is how the author, Susan Nielsen, builds the story from 2 completely opposite perspectives. It really highlights the differences in Stewart and Ashley’s actions whenever they are faced with a situation, while it also points out major similarities in their feelings. Both of them grieve over the “loss” of their respective parents, but each of them have a huge contradiction in their behaviors. It’s like what the title says: in the end, “We Are All Made Of Molecules”.

It provides quite a bit of insight into human behavior, along with humorous moments and intense incidents which make you wonder how Stewart and Ashley will face them. There aren’t many repetitive scenes described in the same way to bore you, but there is enough written about each of the characters to let the reader know how they reacted and felt when any event
took place. In the end, I liked how the story was concluded, with each protagonist finding a new side to themselves and embracing it.

I liked how Ashley learned from her mistakes and realized that she wasn’t always right and wouldn’t always get what she wanted, while Stewart learned to explore and broaden his social life as he struggled with standing up for his new “sister” and adjusting to his new life. It’s like all the movies and books in which a popular girl falls in love with the introverted new guy. Except, this book focuses more on their growing relationship as a family and how they would each feel during the given situation.

It will be a wonderful page-turning read for ages 13 and older, and an interesting glimpse into the lives of two complete opposites.

Jun 28, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book, once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I really liked how the story was told from the perspective of two, very different, people. Not only that the story also progressed very smoothly, everything made sense and the way the characters developed throughout the story was very interesting. The story has not only humor but at the same time, it was also very heart-warming. The story showed the characters' weaknesses and strong points which I thought was really relatable and encouraging. I highly recommend this book to mainly, children but anyone can read it if they want a good laugh or a touching story.

Apr 27, 2019

I did enjoy this book, but it felt like reading an unrealistic story. There was nothing interesting about this book. It was too cliche-like. The book made sense and it was humorous, however, there was something missing from it. I felt like I was reading an empty book with no emotion. There was nothing compelling for me to read it. I understand that this situation is common and it was very relatable in some aspects, but I think the author made the books too stereotypical. It was still a good read though, that's why I rated it 4/5 stars.

Dec 26, 2018

I actually really enjoyed this book. It had a bunch of Vancouver references (extra special for those who are from Van). Touched on topics such as homophobia, divorce, special ed, death. Could have been a bit longer or wrapped up a bit better, but I'll take this.

Dec 13, 2018

I highly recommend this one as a read-along between a parent and a tween.

Two great voices tell a story that is expertly packed with hot-button topics. There are some charged scenes that will lead to very deep discussions about the nature of sexual consent, bullying, and even homophobia. It is all made palatable through the use of expertly placed humor.

Nov 09, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read! If you haven't read it, you should read it NOW!

Jul 11, 2018

This book was really interesting because both the characters were total opposite’s. It was also cool how the setting was here in Vancouver. In total, This book was interesting because of how the characters would react to each other .

Jun 24, 2018

This is a really great book and it was interesting to see the character development throughout the book. I would recommend this to pre-teens and teens.

Feb 24, 2018

Better than I expected!

Aug 22, 2017

Excellent book for teens and for parents of teens!

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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

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InnisfilTeenReads Sep 15, 2020

This novel starts off with the story of how the protagonist, Stewart, lost his mom to cancer. However, his father Leonard could not pull off living alone with Stewart and his cat, so he started dating a woman named Caroline. This brought the two families together, which resulted in a series of problems. Caroline had a daughter named Ashley, who had her own struggles as well. As Stewart and Ashley were not friends, but when Stewart was bumped up a grade, he found himself at the same school as Ashley. Stewart's classes caused him headaches, P.E, where a bully named Jared gave Stewart plenty of trouble. At the same time, Jared was interested in Ashley (at least physically). Lots of drama followed as Ashley and Stewart learn to have each others’ backs. - Jonathan

Mar 08, 2018

Stewart has always wanted a sister. So when his father's co-worker/girlfriend invites them to move into their home, he feels ecstatic. However, his father's girlfriends daughter is not so excited about having new members in their home.
This story is realistic and interesting. Susin Nielsen's wonderful novel is filled with ups and downs, pains, doubts, but overall, I enjoyed it. I'd recommend this novel for those who love to hear both sides of the story. For those who seek drama, love, and excitement. This book is for you. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. Or even better.

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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