We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules

Book - 2015
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Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but ungifted' socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed 'It' girl of her school, but her academic performances leave something to be desired. Their worlds eventfully collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mum. In alternating voices, family tragedy and family ties are deftly explored, alongside sibling rivalry and union, adolescent confusion and revelation.'
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781770497795
Characteristics: 248 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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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!

esgouliaras Aug 22, 2017

Excellent book for teens and for parents of teens!

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.

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.

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Mar 08, 2018

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

Jun 29, 2016

" I like science!!!!"

Jul 15, 2015

I miss her like crazy, since she was a quality human being.

Jul 15, 2015

"Aorta tell you I think you're awesome"


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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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