Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.751695
*"This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Stewart, 13: Socially clueless genius.
Ashley, 14: Popular with everyone but her teachers

Ashley's and Stewart's worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it--he's always wanted a sister. 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're complete opposites, but they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

In this hilarious and deeply moving story, award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Nominated for the George Peach Book Award for Teen Readers
Nominated to the Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award

"A laugh-out-loud story of two teens learning to adjust to unusual family life that neither expected...Everyone from teenagers to adults will enjoy this story of ups and downs, laughter and tears, and the healing power of love."--VOYA

*"Drama, humour, poignancy, and suspense are rarely found in such perfect proportions..some truly funny writing...stellar, top notch stuff."—Quill & Quire, Starred

What Other Authors Are Saying
“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

“What a skilled, gifted writer Susin is!…There’s so much to love about this story . . . but what grabbed me the most is the humor.” —Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medal–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on May 12, 2015 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 0553496867
ISBN-13: 9780553496864
5 Book Reviews
  • pinkcat3
    pinkcat3about 1 year55 stars
    Great book
    • hiiiiiiiiiiover 1 year
      this book was amazing. best book ever.
      • kkgautamm
        kkgautammover 3 years33 stars
        a very heartwarming book, i really enjoyed it. i love how the relationships in this novel are very strong. it is very realistic and it shows something that could be a real situation for some kids.
        • moleculesalmost 6 yearsFeatured
          Author: Suzanne Nielsen Genre: Teen Drama “We Are All Made Of Molecules” is a book about two kids Stewart and Ashley who become stepbrother and sister. These totally different kids have to learn how to live with the new life they have. School problems, mistrusts ,and staying connected to those you love are just some things you will read about The main characters in this book are Stewart and Ashley. The main settings are their house and their school. When Stewart's mom dies of cancer and Ashley's dad finds out he's gay Stewart moves into Ashley's house. Ashley tries to hide the fact that Stewart who is a total “nerd” is sort of her brother. Stewart is gifted and gets bullied so he decides to join a club he was on at his old school the mathletes. At the beginning of the book Ashley doesn't get why Stewart does these weird things to remember his mom like breathing in her molecules ,and displaying her weird crematic figures but as Stewart and Ashley bond she realizes how important it's to remember those you love. Near the end of the book Ashley realizes her friends are going behind her back and spreading rumors so when she sits alone at lunch many kids who support her come sit with her. These kids who she would use to call odd are nice and supportive because they know what it's like when there are rumors about you. In my opinion this was a good book, a real nail bitter, and a realistic novel. Unfortunately there's not a second book. I would rate this book a 8.5 out of 10.
          • dance0714
            dance0714almost 6 years55 starsFeatured
            We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen is a wonderful teen drama about a blended family with real-life issues like boyfriends and popularity. After Stewart’s mom died, him and his dad moved into Caroline and Ashley’s house. Ashley is mad that they are taking over and shares it by yelling and being mean. After her kind step-brother Stewart overhears Ashley’s boyfriend talking trash about her in the boys change room at school, he tries to tell Ashley when he gets home. Ashley doesn’t listen and decides to leave it. When many things go wrong and she realizes Jared’s a liar, she starts being nice, but is it enough for Stewart to like her again? This is an enjoyable book for many reasons and I recommend it for all teens and pre-teens. One reason is that it’s a page turner. Every chapter has a surprise waiting to be found. Once you start reading it, you can’t stop. Another reason is the characters. They are relateable, lifelike, and funny.One more reason this book is great are all the events. They are exciting, sad, and scary, but everyone is intriguing and interesting. Overall, this book is a fun, enjoyable read. It’s a five out of five stars and many people will enjoy it.