We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Pages – 336
Released – 7th April 2016
Publisher – Anderson
Rating – 4/5
This book is a quick read which contains some interesting themes : grief and loss, bringing families together, LGBT, “coming out” and children having to cope with all of that.
Stewart (aged 13) and Ashley (aged 14) have just become step-siblings after Stewart and his Dad move in with Ashley and her Mum. Both of them have to learn how to accept one another into their lives. Stewart is extremely intelligent and adores school whereas Ashley is the most popular girl in grade nine and hates school. They both come to realise that when the times are tough that family is really important and that they need each other in their lives.
I had no idea how I would feel about this book when I started it, because it does not have the happiest of starts. We find out something terrible and I was afraid that this would effect the entire feel of the book. I was very wrong. Not only is this book hilarious and relatable to anyone going though high school or who has been through high school, but it also has some extremely sweet moments. Throughout the book we see two very different sides of the high school social ladder. I love that fact that you see two different social cliques. We see both characters side to the story and how each of them thinks and feels and how their actions often are not the best things to do. I love how different Stewart and Ashley are and how the author Susin Nielsen makes you feel different things about both characters. Be this loving them or hating them. I love that both characters learn things through their troubles and mature towards the end. Susin Nielsen understands how both characters feel and think about things and then executes it in a serious yet warm-hearted way. I read this within no time. Not only were there parts about school and social cliques, but also parts about family and friendships. Overall it is a very well-rounded young adult contemporary read which I really enjoyed.
A hilarious quote from the book which made me laugh out loud:
“I am counting the days ‘till I can become unconstipated”
“We Are All Made of Molecules” is a quick, poignant and humorous read about teenage who are just learning to live their lives in the best way possible. You will laugh and cry along with the two characters in this book.