Review: ‘We Are All Made of Molecules’ by Susin Nielsen

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Review: ‘We Are All Made of Molecules’ by Susin NielsenWe Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Published by Tundra Books on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Bullying, Contemporary, Family, Middle Grade
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent 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 thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

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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:

Harry Potter. That is, as far as I’m aware, the only correct answer to this question. Why? Because if I’d written Harry Potter, I would be one of the greatest creative geniuses ever. That sounds good to me.
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.


Being around her always makes me feel good about myself, because I’m always just a little bit better than her. (37)
Different people are smart in different ways. (65)
How could such an ugly word come out of such a beautiful mouth? (168)
I was determined to be a bitch all evening. (186)
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe. (219)
You call me a nerd, a freakazoid, just because I don’t worry constantly about what other people might think of me, just because I’m smart. If that’s what being a nerd means, then fine. I’d rather be a nerd than a coward. (220)
I couldn’t believe it. They were being nice to me even though I had not been very nice to them. (228)
So why do we feel so powerless when there are so many of us, and only one of him? (230)

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  1. Priscilla

    November 26, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    The Harry Potter quote is hilarious! I didn’t think this was a middle grade novel. Based on the design and title, I figured it was non-fiction 🙂
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    • giselle

      November 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      It was great! That’s why covers can be so deceiving 😀

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