‘We are all made of Molecules’ was one of the books that I wanted to read for a long time but when it came to seeing it in bookstores there was always some other book that I wanted to buy more (*cough* generally books by Holly Bourne or Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison). I’d heard a lot about it so when I saw it in the library I simply had to borrow it.
And let me tell you, when I started it I couldn’t put it down.
If you’ve ever wanted to read a book where the main characters resemble a teenage Penny and Leonard from the Big Bang Theory then this is the book for you. (Although unlike Penny and Leonard, the main characters are step-siblings so there’s no romance).
The book is written in two perspectives, on one hand you have the Stewart, he’s academically brilliant but socially clueless and on the other hand you have Ashley, the ‘it’ girl. Their worlds collide when Ashley’s mum and Stewart’s dad start living together.
One thing I will say about this book is that it had a lot going on (perhaps too much going on?) Stewart is still dealing with his mother’s death, Ashley is still coming to terms with her dad being gay, Stewart is going to a regular high school after going to a gifted school; and he gets bullied and Ashley gets into a tricky situation with the most popular boy in a school. Needless to say a lot happens, and while a lot of it is covered well I think there a bit too much going on.
I really liked the idea of having two characters, who are complete opposites. I didn’t particularly care for Ashley’s character (for me she was far too much of a stereotypical it girl). I really liked Stewart’s character, and I liked the fact that despite how small he was, he wasn’t afraid to stand up for Ashley.
After all sometimes it’s far easier to stand up for others than it is for yourself.
I also liked the fact that you had two opposite ends of the spectrum, on the one hand you have Stewart is happy for his dad, but then you have Ashley who is still very bitter about her parents divorce. I also liked the fact that during the novel Ashley was able to move on and accept Stewart and his dad as family.
Overall I’d give this novel 4/5 stars, it was a highly enjoyable read but I found that there was a bit too much going on in some areas.