We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin NielsenWe Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

We Are All Made Of Molecules

bySusin Nielsen

Hardcover | May 12, 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 grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. "The Brady Bunch" it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth behind her parents' divorce; "Spewart" could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they--like the rest of us--are all made of molecules.
     Written in alternating voices, Susin Nielsen deftly explores family tragedy and family ties; sibling rivalry and union; and adolescent confusion and revelation.
Susin Nielsen got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit show and four of the Degrassi books. Since then, she has received two Canadian Screenwriter Awards and a Gemini Award. She has written for many TV series, including Heartland, Arctic A...
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Title:We Are All Made Of MoleculesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.53 × 5.71 × 0.9 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177049779X

ISBN - 13:9781770497795

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I read this book for the Red Maple Reading Club. Good book. Not the most amazing thing you'll ever read and in no way is it life changing. When I think about a good book I feel excited, I just feel so so about this book. Worth a read, but maybe not two.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This was a pretty good book, but it was a bit cheesy. It has a happy ending which most people like.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick, enjoyable with subtle takeaways This book was funny and light but was still emotional heavy at different times. It touches on lots of themes like divorce and bullying but had elements of joy like new families and friendship. It was a great book and I'll read it again and again and again
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised A beautiful story about coping with loss, divorce, new families, and bullying. Wonderful!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read Loved the characters, loved the dynamic between them and overall it was a quick, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, quick read! I thought this book was hilarious! Couldn't put it down so I read it in a day! I highly recommend this book for ages 11-15.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Such a pleasure to read. Susin Nielsen really got into the mids of these two teenagers, and told it so beautifully! I would definitely recommend this!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO good! I absolutely love Susin Nielsen and this book is adorable. While Word Nerd is still my favorite, I enjoyed this book and pretty much read it cover to cover in one sitting. Stewart calls like it is and I enjoyed his social ineptitude - I think we all feel like it would be wonderful to just blurt things out at times.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book was so good! Indigo delivered it so quickly and it was honestly great. The characters are some of my favorite to this day. The story really kicks off to a great start. If you're looking for a light and easy read, you should pick it up
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular This book was beautiful. A quick and easy beach read, it was incredibly insightful. The characters are beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite book... Although many seem to love and often rave about this book, it was not my favourite. It took me a long time to finish this book and as an avid reader this was a surprise. I just couldn't get into the book. I like how it addressed problems that are currently happening in this world, making it a relatable book to teens. In my opinion, the book lacked character development as the characters often didn't learn from their mistakes. I also think that the author wrote the characters to be too childish for their ages. While reading the book there were many moments where I felt the main characters actions were similiar to that of a 5 year old. Overall, I probably wouldn't reccommend this book to a friend unless they were looking for a light, fluffy amd super easy read.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved!! I read this book a couple of months ago and I'm so glad I did! This book was just what I wanted at the time. It's a super fun and light read. In the book you get two different points of view, Stewart's and Ashley's who start living together. One of the main focal points of the story is the family dynamics. Ashley and Stewart both have completely different interests and personalities and it's fun to see how they function and interact under the same roof. I really loved the story and it definitely left a meaningful impact on me. I definitely recommend picking this book up if you're in the mood for a cute contemporary read!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously the Best Book! I got this book from my school's library after the librarian telling me how good it was.I was pleasent suprised and read it in a night with having to force myself to put it down!
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loooove 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 more 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.
Date published: 2015-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant & Heartfelt Ever since her parent's amicable divorce, Ashley can't stop feeling hurt and angry. Their family was always perfect in her eyes, so it devastates her that their marriage is now over. Nobody at school knows the true reason behind their divorce, and Ashley wants to keep it that way. Stewart is feeling a much different kind of hurt. His mother passed away over a year ago and he still very much misses her. When Stewart and his father move in with Ashley and his mother, he takes everything in stride and hopes to have a happy family again. When you first meet Ashley, she seems like a stereotypical airhead. She completely believes the world revolves around her, and I just rolled my eyes at her dramatic attitude. She's so superficial and self-centered that you can't really take her seriously, but that's exactly the point of her character. She has the most potential for personal growth if only she could learn to look beyond appearances. Stewart is the BEST. He's a brilliant boy, academically-speaking, but he doesn't always understand how to socialize with other teens at his school. Eternally optimistic and positive, it breaks your heart to see Stewart quietly struggling to cope with his mother's death as he puts on a bright smile in front of everyone else. Stewart is so honest, kind, and openly accepting that it's difficult to warm up to immature Ashley in comparison, but the alternating perspectives really helped to understand their opposing personalities. Stewart and Ashley couldn't be any more different, but they may just need each other more than they realize. The bonds of family are tested and rearranged as they learn to live together and find a sense of balance. Charming and funny, yet still poignant and heartfelt, We Are All Made of Molecules is written in Susin Nielsen's signature style that I've come to recognize as uniquely her own. It's a coming-of-age story that will appeal to readers of all ages, exploring and confronting difficult subjects in a candid manner that encourages discussion of its themes. Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made of Molecules will hit you in the feels.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Read This Collection of Molecules I've read all of Susin Nielsen's middle school Young Adult novels and would recommend every one of them but "We Are All Made of Molecules" beats the others novels out as my favourite (albeit, by a very small margin as all Susin's novels are excellent). The molecules used to create this work are truly tremendous in Susin Nielsen's arrangement of them. You may even find yourself clutching this book fondly to yourself while taking deep breaths (just a suggestion for a way to enjoy it as well as by reading it). Susin Nielsen, Governor General Award Winner for "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, has an admirable ability to write books that are not only appealing to a general audience but also has a lot of appeal for pre-teen and teen male readers. Somehow, she has the magic to crack what can be a very tough reading nut! "Molecules" is no different in sharing this appeal. "We Are All Made of Molecules" is told in first person, alternating viewpoints - Stewart, a child genius who a year and a half ago lost his mother to cancer; and Ashley, the popular and often mean girl who has an innate understanding of the precarious of her position on top of the social hierarchy and whose parents have separated when her father realized he is gay. Ashley first appeared in "Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom" as a secondary character but is transformed into a unique, well-rounded and interesting protagonist. When Stewart's father and Ashley's mother begin a romantic relationship and move in with one another, the genius and the queen bee are forced into living together by their respective parents in a small house with an even smaller house in the backyard housing Ashley's father. Stewart is thoughtful, intelligent, likeable and innocent. He is small for his age and younger than his classmates due to being skipped ahead. His character has a lot of appeal due to his sweetness. Without giving away too much, Stewart understands science in a way in which he is desperately trying to keep his mother alive in his changing, new life both on an emotional level but also a molecular one. Stewart also has a cat named Schroedinger who helped fill some of the void his mother's death left and Stewart sees his father's new relationship with Ashley's mom as a way for his father to sometimes feel less of the same loss because of having someone/thing to fill part of the void. Ashley also sees herself as having suffered a loss, the loss of her family unit and also, in some ways, of the father she thought she knew. While Ashley claims she is ok with gay people, she doesn't want anyone finding out about her father as it could reflect on her and her social standing. Ashley occupies an interesting and unique position in writing as she is a typical queen bee mean girl but Susin Nielsen undercuts this with humour (such as Ashley's malapropisms) and by giving an insight into Ashley's world of popularity and her insecurities within that world. Although Ashley is undoubtedly mean, she is also incredibly appealing to readers as she is filled with contradictions - she is vapid at times and thoughtful at others; concerned with appearances and self-centred, yet also able to recognize larger issues around her and manipulate social cues. She is at once very real in her strengths and vulnerabilities. The fact that Ashley was a character of contradictions and that Susin Nielsen never hid Ashley's bad qualities but tempered them so well, made her a character that could not only be related to but also liked. I also found myself nervous of certain situations Ashley became involved in and rooting for her on more than one occasion. To pull off making the mean girl sympathetic and likeable is testament to Susin's abilities. Both Stewart and Ashley are dealing with their changing landscapes on a family level, but also at school where the new boy, Jared has taken an interest in Stewart because of his oddity and Ashley because of her attractiveness. Jared plays nice with Stewart to get closer to Ashley but while Ashley's maliciousness has redemption attached to it, that isn't so clear with Jared. In reading this novel, I was moved both to laughter (often because Stewart and Ashley lack total self-awareness and so the reader is able to laugh alongside them) and also moved on a more emotional level. Stewart's loss of his mother is endearing and touches an emotional core for readers and could be a very useful story for those who have survived the death of someone close to them. Ashley's struggle is also just as endearing and touching, if not nerve-wracking at points, as her social world is so precarious and Ashley knows this better than those around her. Ashley's choices which sustain her social standing, while not always admirable, are understandable and follow their own logic in keeping her on the top of the social ladder and left this reader invested in and concerned for Ashley's well-being. As I stated, this is my current favourite of Susin Nielsen's middle grade young adult novels (which include: "Word Nerd", "Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom" and "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen"). I will not only recommend this novel but will also be gifting it to others. The handling of characters as well as the appeal of Susin's portrayal of scientific fact which is able to hit to an emotional core in this work is worth reading and thinking about as the skill needed to properly temper these potentially conflicting items is truly admirable. Susin Nielsen has her characters reappear/cross-over/make cameos in her other works and it will be with eager anticipation that I wait for her next novel with the hopes that Ashley and Stewart will make an appearance and, even if only momentarily, continue their story.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! Not only is this beautifully written, it is easy to connect with, a page turner and a very interesting topic. This is worth your money people. Put down Divergent and read this!
Date published: 2015-05-10

Editorial Reviews

Selected, CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Roger's list of Best Summer Reads for Children and Teens, 2015“Stewart['s] disarming honesty about his intelligence and especially about his weaknesses holds the entire book together, allowing readers to take self-absorbed Ashley with a grain of salt as she goes through what her mother terms the ‘demon seed’ stage. This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs.” - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews“Alternating between the teens' perspectives, Nielsen humorously conveys Stewart's attempts to befriend Ashley, whose anger is actually about her father, who recently announced that he's gay and moved into the cottage in their yard. Stewart's analytical perspective and Ashley's sarcastic narration are as different as they are entertaining ....” - Publisher’s Weekly“By turns humorous and heartbreaking .... the contrast between the two characters makes for a compelling read, particularly as they begin to challenge and influence each other .... The book will appeal to fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and Jo Knowles’s See You at Harry’s .... This work of realistic fiction should find a place in most libraries serving teens.” - School Library Journal“Drama, humour, poignancy, and suspense are rarely found in such perfect proportions as in Governor General’s Literary Award–winner Susin Nielsen’s new novel about a teen odd couple forced together in a blended family situation .... We Are All Made of Molecules is chockablock with timely and weighty issues, yet it feels feather-light thanks in large part to some truly funny writing. Teens will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re thinking. This is stellar, top-notch stuff.” - Starred Review, Quill & Quire  “.... no one–absolutely no one–captures the lovable flaws of the pubescent human creature like Susin Nielsen .... A joyful, effortless read with some squeal-worthy moments for Nielsen fans who will recognize character cameos from past books.” - The Globe and Mail