We Are All Made Of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules 
By: Susin Nielsen 

Release Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 256 
Audience: Ages 12 and up 

The Story 

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% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% 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 they in common: they- like everyone else-are made of molecules.

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I liked how Stewart and Ashley were complete opposites. It gave this book a lot of humor.

For example, Stewart thinks Ashley is hard of hearing because she ignores him. This leads to some humorous scenes where Stewart is yelling at Ashley because he thinks she can't hear. 

It gave this book a great rhythm, and I had trouble putting it down! 

I also appreciate the cover and the theme. I think it could appeal to both boys and girls. 


I would categorize this book as young adult. There is a scene where Ashley's boyfriend Jared gets Ashley drunk. He gets her so drunk she passes out, and Jared takes her up to her room. While she is passed out, Jared invites his buddies up to her room too. There they take off her clothes and take pictures of her in her underwear. Stewart stops it, but it is hinted that there was more going on that the character Stewart didn't understand. We need books like this to share with kids, but this content is a little much for my 8-12 audience. It would be better suited for 8th grade and up. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book! I think it has the elements that could put it on some state award lists. 

Have you read this book yet? What did you think? 


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