We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

We Are All Made of Molecules book cover

“My dad works at an advertising agency and my mom anchors the local evening news. They are both very good-looking for old people, and I’m not being arrogant but just stating a fact when I say I inherited the best from both of them.” – Ashley, We Are All Made of Molecules

Ashley is the best-looking and most popular person in high school. Stewart, not so much. Stewart is a certifiable genius. Ashley? Well, let’s just say she’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

Whether you’re at the top of the ladder socially or academically, there are only two ways you can go. You can cling to your spot like a life preserver in a tsunami or you can slip down a rung. Or two. Or ten. Ashley thinks she’s losing her grip on the top rung when her father announces that he’s gay and is moving into their guest house. Her hold becomes a bit more precarious when her mom’s new boyfriend and his son, His Royal Geekishness Stewart, move in. (Of course tender-hearted Stewart has longed for a sister ever since he taught himself to read the newspaper in preschool.) When Ashley’s ugly stepbrother transfers from his special school for brainiacs and ends up in her class, she sees herself losing face as fast as she’s losing her grip.

A stepsibling match made in Hades, extreme bullying, and bigotry are themes in We Are All Made of Molecules. But in spite of serious themes, Nielsen-Furnlund’s sense of humor will have you laughing your way through this book. We Are All Made of Molecules is available from CRRL in print and audiobook formats.    

If you’d like to read another realistic fiction book about teens living with the challenges of blended families, try Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen. It’s available from CRRL in print and eBook formats.