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Als Stewart (13) und sein Vater aus ihrem kruschigen Häuschen samt Kater und Häkeldecke ins gestylte Designerheim von Ashley (14) und ihrer Mom ziehen, sind nicht alle gleich glücklich. Während Stewart doch nur eine gute Geschwisterbeziehung aufbauen will, geht Ashley der nerdige Patchworkbruder total auf den Keks. Denn womöglich könnte »Spewart« ihr peinlichstes Geheimnis ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 25th 2015 by cbt (first published January 1st 2015)
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Cornmaven There are some pretty tough scenes in it, that would make for good discussion. I think it depends on your demographics and whether you would have to…moreThere are some pretty tough scenes in it, that would make for good discussion. I think it depends on your demographics and whether you would have to face objections from parents, and whether you would want to expend energy weathering that storm. Definitely for more mature readers. (less)
Anaum Osman Would be great! I loved it, but it depends on what kind of book taste he has. It's really meaningful and interesting.
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Lola
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thing you need to know about this book: It’s not funny, let alone ‘‘hilarious.’’ It didn’t make me laugh or smile repeatedly, though it is an insightful, meaningful and, at some point, cute read.

Second thing you need to know about this book: It’s not middle grade, or young adult. It’s something between the two, so I’d call it a ‘‘tween’’ book.

Stewart has, indeed, a young voice. He doesn’t feel thirteen. But there’s an explanation for that. After all, it is clearly mentioned that he’s socia
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Emily May
We Are All Made of Molecules is a quick read with some interesting themes: bringing families together, grief and loss, Dads "coming out" and children having to deal with that...

But, sadly, it never quite lives up to its interesting premise. The blurb on the hardcover copy promises a book that is "hilarious" but it is an incredibly immature humour (like calling Stewart "Spewart") that I'm fairly sure most people won't find funny.

And, on top of that, it's very hard to sell this book to anyone. Th
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Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Love the narrative voice, and the idea of a book about blending a family (including the girl's recently out father and his new boyfriend). There are a few sweet moments, and some touching, if brief, memories of a mom who has passed away.

But Stewart seems really young--so much so that this reads almost more like middle grade, except that there are some unpleasant things that happen later on which would make this inappropriate for a younger age group. He's nerdy and endearing, but he fe
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Giselle
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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 st
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Simona Stoica
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recenzie: http://bit.ly/2zmAAna

Aş vrea să găsesc un termen potrivit pentru a descrie ce am simțit citind „Cu toții suntem făcuți din molecule”, însă nu cred că există. Mi-a amintit de „Îți voi dărui soarele”, un alt roman pe care l-am adorat.

La prima vedere, pare doar un roman pentru adolescenți, dar nu este o lectură obișnuită. Susin Nielsen împletește armonios o serie dificilă de teme, de la hărțuire şi abuz, până la discriminare sexuală, relatând o poveste emoționantă, minunat scrisă, prin oc
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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Really great, quick read. Absolutely loved Stewart! And I loved reading a story that took place in Vancouver, and in my neighbourhood! So incredibly cool.
Erin Bow
I got the ARC of this at OLA today and read the entire thing on a packed commuter train home to Kitchener. It made me both snort-laugh (loudly, like an elephant seal) and tear up. People -- more grown-up people, Muggles probably -- stared. I will get the hardcover of this when it comes out to support Susin in the writing of Many More Excellent Books. I'm becoming such a fan!

... Joie de beaver .... !!!!
Paul Bryant
Jun 24, 2015 marked it as probably-never  ·  review of another edition
PRODUCT PLACEMENT QUESTION - IS THIS NOW A THING?

Now I was innocently thinking that the concept of product placement would not really apply to books - I mean I can't see Givenchy calling up Sarah Waters' agent with a great deal although I can see a nice comedy sketch you could write - but anyway, I found a genuine product placement thing right here in this very book page 194. It's the summer holidays and Georgia my daughter has finished her exams and can now read novels again - so she was readin
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
It took a while for me to get into this book, because I didn't really like Ashely, but Stewart was wonderful! If you liked 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio, then this funny and complicated blended family will warm your heart!
Evie
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to pick this book up mainly because an author friend of mine whom I respect and adore wrote this on her Facebook page: "I think tearing up on PAGE 2 of a book has to be a record for me. Seriously, from a smile to a gasp in like 200 or so words is not what normally happens to me at the beginning of reading a book. But yeah, these last 24 or so hours have been filled with those moments." And because I am a sucker for emotionally gutting stories and I always trust Joanne Levy's opinions, ...more
Laurence R.
What an emotional ride! I would be lying if I said this book didn't make me shed a tear or two - although I did have to look as composed as I could because I read it in the school bus. It was truly amazing.

While I cried, or really wanted to, of sadness, I was also really touched, especially at the end. I had a huge smile on my face and watery eyes, but by then I didn't care what everyone else thought of me. It was just too beautiful for me not to cry. This is by far my favourite part of the book
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Yoda
It's a great feel-good novel. Most of new YA novels are about romance and finding "the one" etc. This one is all about family and it's GREAT! I loved it from start to finish, I like that we get two points of view. I loved the innocence I had to laugh a bit for myself sometimes just because it was a bit cute/adorable.
Krista Regester
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so sweet - it's perfect for someone about to go into high school. The characters weren't so lovable at first but somewhere throughout the book you start to feel like you really know them. I also appreciated the subtle lgbt parts.
Ms. Yingling
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stewart is the very definition of a nerd-- loves academics, socially awkward, eccentric. His father is a bit that way as well, but after the death of Stewart's mother, meets Caroline, a newswoman who works at the same station he does, and the two decide to combine their families. Caroline's daughter, Ashley, is an obnoxious, not-very-bright fashionista who refers to Stewart as "[Leonard's] midget-egghead-freakazoid of a son". Part of Ashley's trauma is dure to the fact that her much loved father ...more
Rissa
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75⭐

His mom died of cancer her dad turned out to be gay. His dad and him moved in with her and her mom forced to put up with each other Ashley doesn't know what to do and Stewart he always wanted a sister both of the worlds have been flipped upside down. I have to deal with this they have to adjust to a new everything new life without their parent a life with a new parent a new sibling Facebook was very real to say the least she talked about different food shows and sitcom his school friends wo
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)


Actual rating: 4.5 Stars!

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I'm not sure what I was expecting from this novel, but I got way more than I had hoped for. We Are All Made Of Molecules teaches so many important lessons all packed into one short, but sweet, novel. It deals with bullying, homophobia, sexual assault on top of so many other things. This is one of those books that every young teen should be reading.
Lucija The Reader
Thanks to Penguin UK for providing me a physical copy for a review.

This book is amazing. It is so fast-pace and fun. I loved the story and I couldn't put this book down. But, I didn't like Ashley in the beggining at all, and Jared was clearly just using Stewart to get Ashley. The writing was very good. Stewart was weird, but in a good way. I like this book a lot, it is so heartwarming, and I recommend it to anyone.
Lara
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
We Are All Made of Molecules is a heart warming tale of unsuspected friendships and the true meaning of family....
This book is told in two different perspectives. The first is of Ashley (a typical fashion diva and a school wide popular girl) and the second is of Stewart ( a "gifted" A+ student with a large flaw for people). These two teens have but 1 thing alike, they are both made of molecules. After Stewart's mom dies of cancer and Ashley's dad announces that he's gay, both Stewart's dad an
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eceLestrange
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
4.5

Bu okuduğum en iyi çocuk kitaplarından biriydi. Öncelikle kitap "çocuk kitabı" klişelerini içermiyor. Yani herkesin mükemmel olduğu, herkesin suçsuz olduğu bir dünya yok. Ve bunun daha öğretici olduğunu düşünüyorum.
Kitap daha çok 12-13-14 yaş gruplarına hitap ediyor. Ama ben bu kitaba BA-YIL-DIM!!
Cameron S.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-9-weeks
We are all Made of Molecules is about a girl named Ashley, who's father turns out to be gay, and he leaves Ashley and her mom alone to fend for themselves. Ashley is the most popular girl in school, and cares way more about clothes than about her grades. She is hating her dad from the very first second he said that he was gay. Stewart is a boy very small for his age, but that doesn't let things get to him. He is the smartest person in his grade, maybe even his school. His mom died of cancer, and ...more
Megan G
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Emery K
Ashley and Stewart are nothing alike. Ashley is a social genius. She is at the top rung of the “Social Ladder” and is good at everything when it comes to popularity. Her only flaw: she’s just stupid. She doesn’t know the difference between the words “emancipated” and “unconstipated” and doesn’t seem to care. Stewart, on the other hand, is a genius. He can take everyday problems and turn them into math easily. Although he’s so smart, something he’s not so good at is being social. He gets teased a ...more
Valerie
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
I actually went into We Are All Made of Molecules without any expectations, and blindly. I read maybe one review for it when it was being published, and I thought "Well if it's good then I'll add it to the TBR!". So in conclusion, this wasn't on my highly anticipated list or anything! However, even with saying that, I felt that the novel fell short a little for me.

Stewart was by far my favorite character. Even though it's 13, he's more intelligent than the others in his grade, which is why he wa
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A Canadian Girl
Using the themes of death and divorce, Susin Nielsen’s We Are All Made of Molecules explores how families can change and adapt. Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the book was tempered by: 1) the character of Ashley and 2) the use of rape as a plot device.

Told from the alternating points of Stewart and Ashley, We Are All Made of Molecules chronicles what happens when two families decide to merge. Although I thought both Stewart and Ashley seemed very stereotypical, Stewart was at least a pretty dece
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
A moving and funny Canadian #YA #audiobook set in Vancouver and North Vancouver told from the perspectives of two VERY different characters who have become step-siblings: Stewart, a sweet neurodivergent 13-year-old nerd and Ashley, a superficial 14-year-old caught up in mean girl culture. While Stewart is instantly lovable, Ashley is pretty awful (although still empathetic). But she's also the character who grows the most as the story deals with parental death, sexual assault, and a gay dad. Gre ...more
Maddie
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be so easy to say that Stewart was adorable and Ashley was horrible, but it's not as black-and-white as that. Although Ashley is unlikeable because of her reaction to Stewart and his dad, Stewart isn't perfect in comparison. I really liked that this was dual perspective first-person, and the family dynamic was so unique and fun. I'm so pleased that story all about family are out there, and this has definitely encouraged me to find more of them!
Rachel Watkins
This story of a blended family tackles heavy issues in such healthy ways: the death of a parent, bullying, and a parent realizing they are gay. The narrators are two very different teenagers - a gifted, socially-awkward boy and a shallow self-centered girl. This is a perfect book club book as the discussion is guaranteed to be rich. I loved this book!
Cassandra
Quickly picked this one up to try and catch up on my reading challenge (which I'm still behind oops). Full review here!
Jessica
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When this book arrived in the mail for me for possible review, I had no idea what it was about. I hadn't ever heard of it before, but it looked cute and quick, so I decided to give it a try.

Stewart and Ashley couldn't be more different. Stewart is brilliant but socially awkward 13-year-old while Ashley is the 14-year-old queen bee at school but not so smart academically. When Stewart's dad decides it's time to move in with his girlfriend, who just so happens to be Ashley's mom, Ashley is anythi
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Taylor B
We are All Made of Molecules is about a teenage girl named Ashley and a teenage boy named Stewart. Ashley's dad left Ashley and her mom, Caroline, when he realized he was gay. Stewart's mom died of cancer a few years ago. When Caroline and Stewart's dad, Leonard, find that they are both single, they start dating. They both decided they should move in with each other. For Stewart, this is awesome news because he has always wanted a sister. Ashley is a different story. She, being on the top of th ...more
Carole-Ann
Another one of the Costa finalists :) , this time dealing with difficult things: death of a parent, homophobia, bullying, divorce, merging two/three families together, adolescence, etc.

I usually don't read contemporary stuff because I find life depressing enough as it is, but I tried this one because I thought I might like Stewart's "gifted" viewpoint. And I did! I enjoyed his reflections on his mother (bravely done), and his propensity for making (quite clever) jokes. But his 'voice' came over
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Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice ...more
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