Title: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Published: May 12th 2015 by Wendy Lamb Books
"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."
Review: You guys, this a beautifully written, wonderfully crafted coming of age novel about loss, love, family, hope, and more. . It says something when a book brings tears to your eyes, and you're only in the first chapter. WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES is an incredibly touching novel, and though I knew it was going to be good, I wasn't expecting how crazy good it really is. Thank you, Susin, for exceeding my expectations!
First off, I absolutely loved that the novel was told in dual points of views and how the author depicted them. Both Ashley and Stewart were realistic (flaws and all!), and so were the situations they dealt with (death of a parent, a gay father, etc.). Poor Ashley is stuck between being who everyone wants her to be and yearning to be herself. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I'd like Ashley. There were times where I thought she was downright cruel to Stewart and became increasingly irritated with her overall bratty nature. Once I started realizing her own struggles, I began opening my heart out to her and am glad I did.
Then you have Stewart, Sweet Stewart, who lost his mother and is coping with being the smart yet "dorky" kid at school. He's brilliant but doesn't know how to talk or really be around another people. He's going through this awkward time period, and life just keeps handing him lemons.
Together, I felt like the both of them, even though they had a rocky start, grew so much in such a short period of time. I honestly didn't know if they'd make their new family situation work, and believe me, it was work for them. It's amazing certain circumstances can completely change the course of someone's life.
Would I recommend this novel? Of course! It's heartfelt and just overall extraordinary book about the different types of families out there and adapting as you go.
Giveaway: Thanks to the amazing people at Penguin Random House, I am giving away one copy of WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends November 1st.
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