I want to rent a commercial trailer, hire a truck driver and fill the van with Molecules and travel across the country delivering this book to people, schools, hospitals, sports teams.. everywhere.
We are all made of Molecules is written from the viewpoint of two different teens. One, a gifted young boy named Stewart who is socially challenged and Ashley, a popular young girl who is obsessed with fashion and climbing the social ladder at school. Their parents are dating and they find themselves forced to live under the same roof. Through them, we meet their parents and friends. We get a first hand look at the challenges they face and how they deal with them. The book alternates between the two teenagers, starting with Stewart. Now, if you are thinking “but stories like this have been told a gazillion times” Well, I say… Susin Nielsen draws you in with authentic characters and emotion. She brings you on a bumpy ride towards change and finding the power of genuine friendship.
Bonus points for getting me teary eyed within the first few pages! I found myself chuckling throughout the novel (I loved the humor in this read), but the book deals with some serious and sensitive topics such as death and dying, bulling, homophobia and more !! The ending was a smidge candied but that doesn’t take away the overall feel of this novel.
Nielsen sucked me in right away with her writing style, her humor and well, of course, Stewart. I could have read this book in one sitting, but when I realized that I was half way through I put it down. I didn’t want this book to end. I wanted to have at least another day with Molecules and with Stewart…. therefore I kept some reading for morning.
We are all made of Molecules is touching, actual, funny and an absolute must read! I’m so taken with this book, I want to read this book again, I want to gift it and I also want to buy the T-Shirt. Oh, and if you are wondering about the marshmallows and the spaghetti on the image I took, I’m not giving that away either..you’ll have to read the book to get this particular reference.
I follow Susin Nielsen on Twitter, you should too !! Last week, she tweeted that she was going to give away three copies of Molecules and I won one by answering a question regarding some of her previous novels. I’m going to be happy dancing when I open my post box and I’ve already spotted a place on my bookshelf for Molecules !!
We are all made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Published by Tundra Books, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, a Penguin Random House Company
I read this book on my kindle as an advance readers copy.