We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Released: April 30th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Characters: Stewart, Ashley, Lauren, Leonard (Stewart’s dad), Caroline (Ashley’s mum), Phil (Ashley’s dad), Micheal (Phil’s bf), Alistair Singh, …
Synopsis (Goodreads) :
There are two sides to every story
Stewart is geeky, gifted but socially clueless. His mom has died and he misses her every day.
Ashley is popular, cool but her grades stink. Her dad has come out and moved out – but not far enough.Their worlds are about to collide: Stewart and his dad are moving in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it even as he struggles to fit in at his new school. But Ashley is 110% horrified and can’t quite get used to her totally awkward home. And things are about to get a whole lot more mixed up when they attract the wrong kind of attention…
My Review :
Starting off this book, I immediately love the writing style and the font of this book. It was reader friendly, I could easily fly through the pages. It was quite surprising for a slow reader like me to finish a book in one and a half day. Also because I hardly slept reading this book, it was so hard to be put down.
Next, the story revolves around two very different characters. They were trying to get along, at least Stewart was trying while Ashley were being horrible. They moved in together and things kinda went disaster for the both family. Even though things could be sucks at times, this book is full of hilarious scenes. I laughed a lot reading it, Ashley could be so effortlessly lack of intellectual skill while Stewart was very honest and naive. The journey of them getting along was a very satisfying process to read through, it was fast paced indeed.
The plot development was great and every event fell perfectly in their places. The growth of the characters was also significant. For instance, Ashley’s changes could be seen clearly and it was so much fun to see how the events happened made her into a better sister and a better person overall. She’s not a bad character to start off to be honest, but she was just a teenage girl who was caught up with the social status and popularity ranking in school.
We Are All Made of Molecules also includes some POC, like Micheal and Alistair Singh. Even though they were just minor characters, I somehow glad that these characters were included. This book also offers LGBTQ related issue. Ashley’s dad is gay thus this book discusses on society acceptance regarding this issue and it shows us how mean or kind people could be when it comes to this topic. Besides, the issue on bullying was also voiced out by the author. Stewart is gifted thus he got picked a lot and as the story went by, there were a lot of awareness regarding bullying was instilled through this book. Nonetheless, as heavy as the issues discussed, they were all told in a really light and easy going manner. As you read the book, you’ll be laughing and enjoying yourself and at the same time, getting those input.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book. Easily one of my top read this year. Glad that I picked this up.
Rating : 5 / 5 stars