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We Are All Made of Molecules

Written by: Susin Nielsen
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.

Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed "it" girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; "Spewart" could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet they have one thing in common: They - like everyone else - are made of molecules.

©2015 Susin Nielsen (P)2015 Listening Library

What the critics say

"This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"There's so much to love about this story...but what grabbed me the most is the humor." (Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal)
"Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today. In We Are All Made of Molecules, her astonishing ability to combine insight, tenderness, poignancy, and uproarious humor is in full flower. Susin Nielsen is a genius, and kids and adults alike will adore this book." (Susan Juby, author of The Truth Commission)

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such a great young adult read.

strong character development. great casual dealings of 'issues' without sounding preachy. no stereotyped teens. i am an adult and loved it

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A Review from a Christian Perspective

I listened to this book because it is being given to grade 8 students as a novel study in one of my local schools.

IN GENERAL - The female narrator's voice was whiny and annoying and also sounded very plugged up, making it hard to listen to.

MY PROBLEMS WITH THIS BOOK AS A CHRISTIAN MOM: While I was listening to it I was jotting down the issues that I have as a Christian parent with this book being given to 13 year olds to read in the classroom as a novel study:

SEX STUFF - a brief but descriptive attempted rape scene between 2 young men & the main female character, includes description of two boys getting the girl drunk taking her upstairs to the bedroom lifting up her skirt and taking pictures of her while she's passed out and half naked before they get to the act of rape
- very sexual talk in general from the main characters, i.e. the main character comparing his tiny balls to a larger boys well hung set when they are in the boys changing room all naked, the female main character talks about her small breasts before puberty compared to her large breastswhich get her a lot of attention after puberty, 'rubbing her tits' language, etc.

- LGBTQ - the main storyline in the book is the gay dad as he has just come out of the closet and how the two children in the family have to adjust and accept it
- openly gay relationship with the expectation and lessons that it is completely normal and SHOULD BE accepted by all
- the gay relationship obviously turned sexual as the man spends the night, a couple of scenes where the men kiss on the lips
- the gay men are not married and neither are the straight parents living together
- also a brief mention of two teachers having an affair

- the main male character believes & talks about reincarnation
- lots of yoga done by the main character and her mother
- Christians being painted in a bad light, i.e a neighbor (Christian one I assume) writing an annonymous note to 'repent' to the gay dad at the same time graffiti is spray painted on the gay dad's house 'faggot'

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  • Gershon
  • 2019-07-21

Nice but predictable

I love that the characters are complex and the book pulls you into the way they think. But the plot is very predictable and feels too educational.

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  • AJ
  • 2018-09-21

I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!

The twist at the end really got me, this book is actually incredible! 10/10 would definitely recommend/read again!

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  • O'Connell
  • 2018-01-22

Amazing

I am 13 years old and I have to say I loved this book. It teaches you a lot of lessons

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  • Drew Peerless
  • 2017-12-29

Funny, insightful, delightful.

Great story with lovely characters. A typical high school story with enough new twists to be very relevant.

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  • Jocelyn
  • 2017-10-21

Worth It

Though I'm well past my my teenage years, I still decided to purchase this book mainly because I like both narrators. I wasn't even familiar with the author. I purchased this with only skimming through the blurb and the comments, but I wasn't disappointed. Besides the excellent narration, the plot was beautiful. I loved how smart yet innocent Stewart was and how "mature" yet innocent Ashley was.

Also, this book touched various subjects which I also transcends to adult life - family relationship, genuine friendship, frenemies, love, LGBT, social structure (albeit it's mostly in the school setting), self acceptance, and more.

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  • L. Roberson
  • 2016-05-14

My favorite so far!

Wow! i loved both voice actors. Thank you for painting a mental picture of Stewart, Ashley jared and Schrodinger

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  • Virginia G. Pratt
  • 2015-07-09

An important story teens will relate to

I really enjoyed how real Susin Nielsen's characters were and how she deals with some important issues many kids have to cope with. The story is engrossing, and I didn't ever want to stop listening. The two performers reading Stewart's and Ashley's roles were very effective. I highly recommend this title!

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  • Amanda J.
  • 2015-07-07

Loved!

So great! Loved every minute. Great characters and great message
As a middle school teacher I may recommend to my mature readers due to content.