We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

★★★☆☆ (2.50)19405297

Genre – Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Summary – 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.(Summary from GoodReads)
Initial Thoughts – This book might have been okay. Sure, the premise was a little cliche, but it just might of worked. Of course, it didn’t.
Plot – ★★★★☆ Since this book seemed to follow a lot of the cliches, it was pretty predictable. However, I did appreciate the stance it took on some serious issues such as sexual identity and sexual assault.
Characters – ★★☆☆☆ Ashley is a complete brat, which is fine–please give me your imperfect characters–except that she had no character arc whatsoever. She stayed a brat all the way through the end. Steward however had a miniscule character arc, though not much.
Storyworld – ★★★☆☆ The storyworld was okay. Nothing great, nothing horrible.
Style – ★☆☆☆☆ –  This is what really bothered me about this book. Though the characters were both supposed to be thirteen and fourteen, they both sounded about ten years old. The style fit middle grade, but some of the themes were more young adult.
Closing Thoughts -This book could have been greatly approved if the characters were written as their age.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)