Novel: We Are All Made Of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Published: May 12th, 2015
This novel was generously sent to me for review from Penguin Random House.
Stewart is a thirteen-year-old genius, but it unable to socialize with children his own age. Stewart is different from most kids; he named his cat Schrodinger. Despite Stewart social inabilities, he was able to make friends with the kids just like him at a school called Little Genius Academy, which he transferred to after attempting to fit in at a “normal” school.
Ashley is on the top of the social ladder at Borden Secondary School. Ashley loves to socialize, and unlike Stewart, Ashley and her best friend Lauren rule the school when it come to the popularity hierarchy. When it comes to school and book smarts, Ashley doesn’t know the difference between algebra and the scientific formula.
All is about to change when Stewart’s dad Leonard and Ashley’s mom Caroline decide to move into Caroline’s house long term. After the tragic passing of Stewart’s mother and the unfortunate divorce of Ashley’s parents, Leonard and Caroline decided to pursue a relationship together. Stewart has always wanted a sister, and even bugged his parents constantly about having one, but until now, his wish had not come true. Ashley is no longer an only child, she is forced to share her house with people she does not know, and does not wish to know. Not only are these people strange, they are on the lowest rung of the social latter. As long as this secret does not get out, Ashley can maintain her level of popularity.
Who was my favourite character and why?
My favourite character was definitely Stewart. Despite and maybe because of his social inabilities to interact with people in a normal manner, he always made jokes to lighten the mood as an attempt to start conversations. Some people did not appreciate his humor, but others did and it definitely made the story more interesting to see not only how Stewart would react in this situation, but other people would as well.
Were the characters relatable and/or believable?
This novel is a middle school story, and I would say that the characters react like people I used to know in grade school. I can remember most girls being just as popularity crazy as Ashley was in the beginning of the novel. I would also say that the drama at school is definitely something in which most people can relate. Therefore, this novel had aspects that were definitely believable and realistic.
Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?
At the beginning, I thought this novel would be a bit juvenile, but Susin Nielsen was able to finish off the novel with a bang! Not only was the ending unexpected and well written, but also the overall message of this story would be great for any middle school readers out there.
Something I would change about the novel?
I would not change anything about this novel. It had a great conflict, but also came to a good resolution at the end of the novel. The main characters were able to put their differences aside to ensure that their troubles could be resolved peacefully.
This is a great story for anyone in middle school or around the age of 11 years old. This story explores some serious issues that are important for kids to learn, and understand how to deal with. Susin Nielsen was able to write a wonderful story with a beautiful message woven into the pages of this novel.
I would give this novel 3.5 out of 5 tea mugs, a good novel!
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