English teacher, Mrs Dale, reviews “We are all Made of Molecules” by Susin Nielsen:
There are all sorts of resonances in the opening pages of this novel; the split narrative is told from the points of view of Stewart and Ashley. One reminds us a little of the narrative voice of Christopher in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” and the other reminds us of a slightly more malicious Clueless Cher-type character.
But then the characters develop their own dimensions and you forget about the similarities with other icons of YA culture, and they develop an authentic voice of their own. And it is funny – almost every page will make you smile once. The layers of this story build up with subtlety and the denouement is satisfying.
It is not a difficult read; perhaps a couple of afternoons in a sun spot – depending, of course, on where you are. This is ultimately a satisfying novel, and there is also a clever nod in the book to “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” by Sherman Alexie which we will feature next week.