Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules
By Susin Nielsen
Wendy Lamb Books, 2015. 248 pages. Young Adult

Brilliant but socially awkward, Stewart has always wanted a sister so when a few years after his mother’s death, his father makes plans to move them out of the only home Stewart has ever know and into his new girlfriend’s house, Stewart is 89.9% excited to get to know popular queen bee, Ashley. Ashley, on the other hand, in typical teenage girl style is horrified. She refuses to speak to Stewart or his dad at their first dinner together and even storms off to her room.

Told in alternating chapters from Stewart and Ashley’s perspectives, Nielsen effectively portrays how our experiences and attitudes affect the way we perceive the world around us while tackling such topics as bullying, bigotry, and what it means to be a family. I also enjoyed the mixture of both sad and funny moments.


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