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Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Je Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Jeremy, the loudmouth with temper issues; Isaiah, the solemn, silent horse racing obsessive; Andrew, who can't take rejection; and Luke, the giant, tattooed stunt biker. Over the course of a semester, Ellie works to overcome her feelings for Hunter, as well as deeper insecurities that have plagued her since middle school. As the weeks go by, she's surprised to find friendships in unexpected places... and sparks flying with the last guy she'd expect.


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Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Je Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Jeremy, the loudmouth with temper issues; Isaiah, the solemn, silent horse racing obsessive; Andrew, who can't take rejection; and Luke, the giant, tattooed stunt biker. Over the course of a semester, Ellie works to overcome her feelings for Hunter, as well as deeper insecurities that have plagued her since middle school. As the weeks go by, she's surprised to find friendships in unexpected places... and sparks flying with the last guy she'd expect.

30 review for The Secret Recipe for Moving on

  1. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars, rounded up. Karen Bischer's upcoming book, The Secret Recipe for Moving On , is a cute YA rom-com about overcoming heartache and finding your place. Having to switch high schools junior year was hard for Ellie, but after she quickly met and started dating Hunter, a handsome classmate, she quickly became part of his circle of friends and started doing things they wanted to do. But things between them seem strained just before senior year starts, although Hunter tells her everything is 3.5 stars, rounded up. Karen Bischer's upcoming book, The Secret Recipe for Moving On , is a cute YA rom-com about overcoming heartache and finding your place. Having to switch high schools junior year was hard for Ellie, but after she quickly met and started dating Hunter, a handsome classmate, she quickly became part of his circle of friends and started doing things they wanted to do. But things between them seem strained just before senior year starts, although Hunter tells her everything is fine. On the first day of school, Hunter dumps Ellie unexpectedly, and it’s not long before she finds out he’s already hooked up with his longtime friend, Brynn. (Perhaps even before he and Ellie broke up.) To make matters worse, she has to share a life skills class with both of them and watch everyone ship the adorable couple, saying how great it was that they finally got together. When Ellie gets teamed up with a group of misfits for a year-long competition in class, at first she feels like an outsider. But when her competitive spirit is awakened, and the team focuses on beating Hunter and Brynn’s team, Ellie allows herself to have fun with her new friends, especially Luke, a tattooed stunt-biker who is much more complex than she imagined. But is Ellie willing to trust someone again after Hunter’s lies? The more she focuses on competition the more she ignores the needs of those around her. She’ll need to figure out what she really wants—and whom she wants to be with. The Secret Recipe for Moving On was a really cute high school-based rom-com. There’s nothing quite like teenage drama! I was grateful to be part of the blog tour for this book. Storygram Tours, Fierce Reads, Swoon Reads, and NetGalley provided me with an advance complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! The Secret Recipe for Moving On publishes 3/23/2021! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    After Ellie's parents ran into some financial issues, her family was forced to move, and she had to start over at a new school. Before she even settled in, she met her boyfriend and was immediately absorbed into his life. His friends were her friends. His interests were her interest. When he breaks up with Ellie out of nowhere, she is forced to start over from scratch. She thought the breakup was one of the worst things to happen to her, but it just might have been one of the best. If I was forc After Ellie's parents ran into some financial issues, her family was forced to move, and she had to start over at a new school. Before she even settled in, she met her boyfriend and was immediately absorbed into his life. His friends were her friends. His interests were her interest. When he breaks up with Ellie out of nowhere, she is forced to start over from scratch. She thought the breakup was one of the worst things to happen to her, but it just might have been one of the best. If I was forced to be brief while describing this book, I could sum it up as super cute. There were just so many things in this story that brought a smile to my face. First and foremost, I was the #1 fan of Ellie's life skills "family". Ellie thought being in a group with these boys would be utter torture. She had some preconceptions about a few of them, but the more they worked together, the more they learned about each other, and they bonded. The combination of diverse personalities was a winning one, and they all won a place in my heart. I especially adored seeing them move from being "family" to being family. Joining this group was one of Ellie's first steps outside her comfort zone, and it didn't stop there. Ellie continued to stretch her wings throughout this story. She attended events her ex Hunter never liked, and you know what? She had a good time. She joined clubs Hunter didn't approve of, and there she discovered talents she never knew she had. The more independent decisions she made, the more she discovered about herself. Her confidence grew, her circle of friends grew, and Ellie grew. When I said this book was super cute, I was also talking about the romance. I will admit, my first meeting with Luke was less than stellar, but gosh darn it! He was a gem. The boy had layers, and underneath those layers were lots of surprises. However, it was more than just him for me. It was the combination of him and Ellie that was all sorts of adorable. You could feel the excitement and electricity flowing between them. I just loved it! I was definitely here for the romance, but the focus on friendship and Ellie finding her own path made it an even better experience for me. I think a lot of people will relate to Ellie's heartbreak and cheer for her as she attempts to find the secret recipe for moving on. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rayne ♥

    I came for the 'group of misfits' and stayed because I am obsessed with literally anything remotely close to cooking shows/competitions. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads I came for the 'group of misfits' and stayed because I am obsessed with literally anything remotely close to cooking shows/competitions. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I adored this book! And I have a feeling I’ll be buying a physical copy of this one for my school library, but also for my personal bookshelves as I love the cover so much! But this story had so much fun and romance and emotion and really teen angst that it was perfect! There were a lot of interesting characters, and not only the ones that were Ellie’s friends. The villains or people causing problems in the story had really interesting characteristics and stood out just as much. The romance was s I adored this book! And I have a feeling I’ll be buying a physical copy of this one for my school library, but also for my personal bookshelves as I love the cover so much! But this story had so much fun and romance and emotion and really teen angst that it was perfect! There were a lot of interesting characters, and not only the ones that were Ellie’s friends. The villains or people causing problems in the story had really interesting characteristics and stood out just as much. The romance was sweet and it made sense for a high school age relationship. I loved how Ellie even felt like at one point that what happened with her ex-boyfriend and his best friend sounded like something you’d normally be rooting for them in a romance, but this was her story and so it you weren’t rooting for them. It had good family scenes in the story as well. I really liked how the teacher was even realistic in how she dealt with a lot of the class problems and even complaints from students. She wasn’t the perfect storybook teacher, but she was real, and still a good teacher. There was a lot in this story I just really enjoyed, and I hope to share it with my high school students soon! Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    ***4.5/5 Stars*** The Secret Recipe for Moving On was an adorable, feel good story! This book had so much heart and would be the perfect beach side read! The pages were filled with finding yourself, trusting others, learning to stumble and rise above it and so much more. If you love YA Romance and a group of misfits pulling together, then this is your book! Bischer is an author to watch and I'll definitely be looking forward to whatever books she releases in the future! I stride into the p ***4.5/5 Stars*** The Secret Recipe for Moving On was an adorable, feel good story! This book had so much heart and would be the perfect beach side read! The pages were filled with finding yourself, trusting others, learning to stumble and rise above it and so much more. If you love YA Romance and a group of misfits pulling together, then this is your book! Bischer is an author to watch and I'll definitely be looking forward to whatever books she releases in the future! I stride into the pantry as the tears spill over. I can’t do this. No matter how much I think I’m over this.... Ellie had to change schools in the middle of her Junior year and she knew no one there. Thankfully Hunter took an interest in her and they started dating shortly after. The fact that his friends became hers seemed like an added bonus. The story started eight months into them dating annnnnnddd I was not a fan of Hunter or his catty friends. He showed his colors when Hunter dumped Ellie on the first day of school so he could date one of his friends. I felt so bad for Ellie! Especially since she was stuck for the whole next year watching them flirt, they all shared a life skills class together. And to top it all off, she got partnered with a group of misfits that had to work together as a "family". Ack. “Hey,” A.J. mouths, wiggling his eyebrows at me. I quickly turn my attention back to Mrs. Sanchez. What have I done? Oh god, what have I done? I was actually of unsure of Ellie to begin with. I didn't exactly see eye to eye with her in regards to dating Hunter and tolerating his friends. When they broke up, I was happy yet I felt bad for her *covers face*. She had been in such a cloud of darkness with Hunter's group and I was ready to watch her shine! As the story unfolded I loved watching Ellie grow up and I liked her so much! Every time she did something on her own, that made her happy, I was beyond proud of her. Like how she was passionate about becoming a meteorologist, I love the path that led her down. She was beyond brave! But she was still dealing with having to see Hunter and Brynn every single day in class. And deal with her "family" too. I think back to Luke telling me they’re not worth it last week, and now Isaiah. They don’t owe me anything and yet they’re seeing this from my point of view. I give him a wobbly smile. “Thank you.” In Ellie's group, there was A.J. who was beyond guarded and always acted like he was ready to fight and take on the world. Isaiah who seemed to be obsessed with horse racing. And Luke who was a tattooed stunt biker. They had kind of a rough start but you guys!! I LOVED watching them slowly come together as a team! They did not have an easy path. Every time they succeeded in class, it felt like a huge step. I laughed and smiled as they worked together. And the fact that it turned into sooo much more, my heart was extremely happy. Race day, house party and group texts were the best! “Agresti,” Luke says, stepping closer and surprising me by tilting up my chin with his finger. “If you didn’t hit him, I would have.” I look at Luke through the snowflakes. The way he’s staring at me right now is so intense, it makes my heart rate speed up and I have to catch my breath. My favorite in her group was Luke Burke. He offered an olive branch in the beginning, so to speak, and I was captivated. Luke was sweet, kind, and I loved how thoughtful he could be. When they were together they made me smile. But he had a girlfriend right?! I don't want to say more other then I loved how their story ended and that I was completely enchanted by Luke. He was swoon worthy and anytime he was on the pages my heart was happy. So yes, I loved learning more about Luke. I loved that we got to see A.J. work towards something. And I also loved where Isaiah's interests led him. They were my favorite group of misfits ever and the fact that we got a love story in there was such a huge added bonus, yay! They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. I’m glad I stayed. The Secret Recipe for Moving On had so much heart and was a delightful romance! I loved how flawed and relatable Ellie, Luke, Isaiah and even A.J. were. And I enjoyed how much fun this story was. This book ended with a HFN and I would love for a novella or epilogue showing where all the characters ended up on their last day of school. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to them, I got attached to every single one! They are memorable, heartwarming and I definitely recommend you meeting them! PS The spatula awwwwwwwwww!!! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is a cute and fun YA romance/coming-of-age story about Ellie, a high school girl who suffers a humiliating public break up. On top of that she realizes that all of her "friends" were through her ex and she feels completely alone. Worst of all, she is stuck with all of them in a home-ec class, giving her a front-row seat to her ex and his new girlfriend all over each other everyday! Cast out from her "friend" group, Ellie is forced to team up with a group of misfit guys for the class's team This is a cute and fun YA romance/coming-of-age story about Ellie, a high school girl who suffers a humiliating public break up. On top of that she realizes that all of her "friends" were through her ex and she feels completely alone. Worst of all, she is stuck with all of them in a home-ec class, giving her a front-row seat to her ex and his new girlfriend all over each other everyday! Cast out from her "friend" group, Ellie is forced to team up with a group of misfit guys for the class's team competition. At first she's miserable but she soon realizes there is so much more to her teammates than she thought. I could feel some Breakfast Club and One Of us is Lying (minus the murder mystery) vibes and I enjoyed reading this. For any concerned parents wondering if this is appropriate for younger teens: There is some underage drinking and peer pressure issues, but I'd say that most of the characters make good choices and it stays mostly PG-13.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer is the kind of book that will make you smile. Following a class competition, this one is full of cooking and conflict. The main character is relatable, and the group of misfits she is paired with bring even more entertainment to the story. I would definitely recommend this one to those looking for a book about navigating high school with a unique twist. ❀ REALISTIC DESCRIPTIONS When Ellie’s boyfriend dumps her on the f Full Review on The Candid Cover The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer is the kind of book that will make you smile. Following a class competition, this one is full of cooking and conflict. The main character is relatable, and the group of misfits she is paired with bring even more entertainment to the story. I would definitely recommend this one to those looking for a book about navigating high school with a unique twist. ❀ REALISTIC DESCRIPTIONS When Ellie’s boyfriend dumps her on the first day of school and then ends up in her life skills class, Ellie is less than thrilled. However, when she is placed in a rival “family” competing against him for an in-class competition, things start looking up. Any book about cooking is a win for me, and I loved the descriptions of the life skills class, from grocery shopping as a team to preparing a Thanksgiving feast. These classroom scenes might honestly be the most realistic I’ve read in a long time, and I really enjoyed following the group through their highs and lows. ❀ DYNAMIC MAIN CHARACTER Ellie is an easy character to relate to, and I was rooting for her as she regained her confidence after the breakup. Times are tough for her since she is starting at a new school, and she was banking on her ex’s friend group for support, but she slowly starts to leave her comfort zone and learn to trust again, while discovering some new interests. Even though Ellie is struggling, I really liked how she stands up for herself. These moments, while a bit dramatic at times, make her a more dynamic character. ❀ QUIRKY SIDE CHARACTERS Another one of my favourite elements in YA is a group of unlikely friends. This book really delivers with its quirky side characters who are thrown together for the competition. Each of the boys in Ellie’s group has their own mini arc, and I loved watching them start to bond. Other groups in the class make fun of their family, but the team’s support for each other carries them through. This made for a really wholesome read, inviting the reader to celebrate each of the group’s successes along with them. ❀ A FUN YA CONTEMPORARY The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer is a story all about newfound friendship and finding your true self. I loved the descriptions of the life skills class and the main character’s growth. The group of misfits Ellie meets in class is another highlight. Those looking for a fun contemporary with a bit of competition will enjoy this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I absolutely loved the meteorology rep so thank you Bischer for making this meteorologist happy. The cast of characters were a hilarious and beautiful combination. My favorite was A.J. due to his comical personality, and even Ellie had some great one-liners every now and then. This wasn't quite a four star rating because the angst and problems would have been solved much quicker if the characters had only talked with one another which I would have preferred. Thank you E Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I absolutely loved the meteorology rep so thank you Bischer for making this meteorologist happy. The cast of characters were a hilarious and beautiful combination. My favorite was A.J. due to his comical personality, and even Ellie had some great one-liners every now and then. This wasn't quite a four star rating because the angst and problems would have been solved much quicker if the characters had only talked with one another which I would have preferred. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5! it was so amazing to see the JAILE family come together. they are so cute and i laughed out loud so many times with their banter and antics. also, extra points for having such uncommon interests for the mcs like meteorology, bmx and horse racing —a really refreshing take.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    The Secret for Moving On INGREDIENTS: 1 dumped girlfriend named Ellie 1 rotten ex boyfriend named Hunter 1 snotty new girlfriend named Brynn 2 fair-weather friends named Steve and Hannah 3 delinquents named: Luke, A.J., and Isaiah Step 1: Put all ingredients into one high school home economics class. Step 2: Separate into family groups of four. Step 3: Compete for the most class points. Step 4: Turn up the heat. Notes: Ellie is a likable heroine who you can’t help but cheer for as she navigates high sc The Secret for Moving On INGREDIENTS: 1 dumped girlfriend named Ellie 1 rotten ex boyfriend named Hunter 1 snotty new girlfriend named Brynn 2 fair-weather friends named Steve and Hannah 3 delinquents named: Luke, A.J., and Isaiah Step 1: Put all ingredients into one high school home economics class. Step 2: Separate into family groups of four. Step 3: Compete for the most class points. Step 4: Turn up the heat. Notes: Ellie is a likable heroine who you can’t help but cheer for as she navigates high school, love life, school broadcasting, friendships, and family.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I am living for Karen Bischer's high school drama rom-com right now. The Secret Recipe for Moving on was delightful and made me want to see some sweet, sweet high school vengeance. Mary Ellen Agresti is a woman scored. Her high school boyfriend breaks up with her after she professes she is ready to have sex with him. He starts to date their mutual friend, Brynn, shortly after (emphasis on shortly). And she has to sit in the same home economics class with them for the whole year and watch their I am living for Karen Bischer's high school drama rom-com right now. The Secret Recipe for Moving on was delightful and made me want to see some sweet, sweet high school vengeance. Mary Ellen Agresti is a woman scored. Her high school boyfriend breaks up with her after she professes she is ready to have sex with him. He starts to date their mutual friend, Brynn, shortly after (emphasis on shortly). And she has to sit in the same home economics class with them for the whole year and watch their PDA and exhausting flirtations front and center. Add a breakfast club-esque group of characters, a dash of the school's unofficial internet gossip column, sprinkle an in-class competition, and flambé a new crush who is off limits. Turn up the heat until conflict and pent-up feelings arise. I really enjoyed this book and watching Ellie grow into herself. She loses the only "friends" she knows at school after the break-up. Having already been the new girl at school, she's basically back at square one again. At first, many of her actions are taken to spite her ex-boyfriend, which I completely understand, but soon she starts to come into her own, and enjoys doing these things that she would have never done before (like going to a high school football game or joining the school's TV station) because her ex's bias got in the way while they dated. Ellie breaks out of her shell and starts to become a name around the school. The romance between Ellie and Luke is super sweet. The drama that sparks between them is something that could have been easily avoided, especially since Ellie is on the warpath of being this strong, outgoing character. I would have loved some of her growth to include communication, because I think her blossoming relationship with Luke would have been a dominating structure to the novel rather than the typical silent treatment/avoiding-the-elephant-in-the-room trope caused by a misunderstanding on the main character's part. Even Luke, who had ample amount of time to explain the situation, would rather storm away than help solve the problem. This is really the only gripe I have with the novel. I love the rag-tag group of Ellie, Luke, A.J., and Isaiah and how friends come out of the woodwork in even home economics classes your senior year of high school. They all pump each other up, and is a complete 180 from the people Ellie was hanging around at the beginning of the novel. The drama is juicy and really grinds your gears in the best possible way where you are rooting for Ellie from the get-go and hoping for a huge slice of karma for Hunter and Brynn. The Secrete Recipe for Moving On is a ice cream sundae topped with hot fudge and all the toppings kind-of novel that wraps up sweetly and leaves you happy you picked it up in the first place.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Secret Recipe for Moving On is a young adult contemporary romance by Karen Bischer. This book was an adorable coming of age story. It is perfect for young adult readers of all ages. There are some references to under age drinking, but overall I think this book had characters that were very age appropriate, which I always like to see in young adult stories. The Secret Recipe for Moving On is equal parts emotional , funny and sweet. It is a lighthearted read about how to get past a breakup and The Secret Recipe for Moving On is a young adult contemporary romance by Karen Bischer. This book was an adorable coming of age story. It is perfect for young adult readers of all ages. There are some references to under age drinking, but overall I think this book had characters that were very age appropriate, which I always like to see in young adult stories. The Secret Recipe for Moving On is equal parts emotional , funny and sweet. It is a lighthearted read about how to get past a breakup and how to put the pieces of yourself back together. I really enjoyed this coming of age tale. In The Secret Recipe for Moving On we meet our main character Ellie as she has to deal with a public abrupt breakup at school. To make matters worse, she is now forced to not only watch her ex move on right before her eyes, but she also feels very alone because she met all of her friends through her ex. Ellie is so relatable as a character, and I loved watching her come into her own throughout the story! As she pairs up with a group of guys in her life skills class, so many adorable moments happen throughout the book. Some embarrassing ones too, but overall I really enjoyed this cute and easy read. Her partners in life skills are great. She gets teamed up with A.J., Isaiah and Luke who are dubbed the “misfits” of the class. I loved them all! Ellie and the boys turn out to be a great team, and the class overall was great! I loved the eclectic mix of assignments they have, and I really appreciated how they pushed Ellie to grow as a young adult. As a side note, this life skills class seems like a really wonderful class to take in high school. I wish they had a class like that when I was in school. It seemed useful and fun. Bottom line: This book is a really cute read that will appeal to character driven readers of all ages. I loved watching Ellie come into her own as a young woman. She is super likeable and relatable. I wanted to see her shine, and I was so happy when I did! I really enjoyed The Secret Recipe for Moving On. 3.5/5 gavels

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    Ellie Agresti was dumped by her boyfriend Hunter on the first day of senior year in the worst possible way, he just ghosted her and didn’t actually break up with her until she confronted him later that day. To make matters worse he got together with his best friend Brynn pretty much right after and she has to see them being all coupley every day in the Life Skills Class they all take together. So she has no boyfriend as well as no real friends since she just moved to the school in the middle of Ellie Agresti was dumped by her boyfriend Hunter on the first day of senior year in the worst possible way, he just ghosted her and didn’t actually break up with her until she confronted him later that day. To make matters worse he got together with his best friend Brynn pretty much right after and she has to see them being all coupley every day in the Life Skills Class they all take together. So she has no boyfriend as well as no real friends since she just moved to the school in the middle of her junior year and hooked up with Hunter right away and never made any friends that weren’t his and who all picked him in the break-up. She ends up partnered for the year In Life Skills Class with A.J., Isaiah and Luke who are the “misfits” of the class as a family unit and she realizes that there is more to her class family then she knew and they end up becoming really good friends. I really love how much Ellie starts pushing outside her comfort zone by getting in front of the camera for her school’s TV station where she does some interviews and ends up doing the weather report every day since she wants to be a meteorologist. The interactions with Ellie and the boys were really good and all the class assignments in Life Skills really helped them get to know each other and become really good friends by the end of the book. I just really loved this book and it was a really fast read once I started I couldn’t put it down. There were of course the misunderstandings between Luke and Ellie that were all resolved in the end where she overheard someone saying something and jumped to conclusions that weren’t accurate since she was still dealing or not dealing with the repercussions of knowing about Hunter and Brynn and how they got together. But this was a really cute story and I can’t wait to read more by Karen Bischer. Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Thanks to Net Galley for a digital ARC of this book! Ellie Agresti is still feeling like the new girl at Ringvale Heights High, but has a great boyfriend...until she doesn't. What she thought was going to be a fun senior year suddenly begins all wrong and Ellie makes a plan to get back at her boyfriend and his new girl through a competition in Home Ec. Ellie builds new friendships and ends up learning more about herself and how to put what other people think about her behind her. This novel becom Thanks to Net Galley for a digital ARC of this book! Ellie Agresti is still feeling like the new girl at Ringvale Heights High, but has a great boyfriend...until she doesn't. What she thought was going to be a fun senior year suddenly begins all wrong and Ellie makes a plan to get back at her boyfriend and his new girl through a competition in Home Ec. Ellie builds new friendships and ends up learning more about herself and how to put what other people think about her behind her. This novel become more than what it appeared at the start. Schools can be challenging places teens to be themselves and accepted and I think that Bischer does a great job with Ellie's evolution as a person and friend. Ellie learned not to let what people thought of her stop her from doing what she wanted and by being open and accepting to different people, she was able to develop great friendships.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Riddhi B.

    OMG, I loved this book! It was so so sweet and funny and had me keep a small smile on my face a lot of the time! This book has been on my radar since it came out, but since I went into a slump after that, I just came around to reading it. Plot: Well, the plot was a tad-bit-typical YA romance. It deals with certain real life issues too, and I like how it doesnt forget to mention college and stuff, like other books. I do wish we had been shown more conversations between Luke and Ellie, as well, thei OMG, I loved this book! It was so so sweet and funny and had me keep a small smile on my face a lot of the time! This book has been on my radar since it came out, but since I went into a slump after that, I just came around to reading it. Plot: Well, the plot was a tad-bit-typical YA romance. It deals with certain real life issues too, and I like how it doesnt forget to mention college and stuff, like other books. I do wish we had been shown more conversations between Luke and Ellie, as well, their relationship did not initially have a very strong base. Characters: Characters were probably the best thing in this book. YA books usually have protagonists that are two dimensional or not exactly teenagery but this wasnt the case here. Writing Style: Oh, it was good! It was easy going and fun. Definitely looking forward to reading more books by the author!

  16. 5 out of 5

    B.R. Myers

    Hooligans, home economics, and hilarity are prominently featured in this YA contemporary romance about the tragedy and eventual recovery of first heartbreak. With its genuine narration and diverse cast of players THE SECRET RECIPE FOR MOVING ON by Karen Bischer is a sweet read that will appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This book was a decent read, maybe not a favorite, but the author did a good job of keeping the story moving and the characters interesting. There were some things I didn't care for, but others that made it enjoyable. Decent read if you're looking for something light hearted and fun. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC! This book was a decent read, maybe not a favorite, but the author did a good job of keeping the story moving and the characters interesting. There were some things I didn't care for, but others that made it enjoyable. Decent read if you're looking for something light hearted and fun. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While I enjoyed the story, this almost approached New Adult lit. Would probably buy for high school but will pass for middle school. Love the idea of a life skills class, and the description of the 1970s era food lab was great!

  19. 4 out of 5

    MeiLing

    4.5 stars Yes, it took me a really long time to read this, but the ending was super cute. I will for sure reread this in the future because I love Ellie and the boys so much. Found family is a superior trope. Can we get an epilogue or novella about everyone in the future? Pretty please? I wasn't ready to leave them yet. 4.5 stars Yes, it took me a really long time to read this, but the ending was super cute. I will for sure reread this in the future because I love Ellie and the boys so much. Found family is a superior trope. Can we get an epilogue or novella about everyone in the future? Pretty please? I wasn't ready to leave them yet.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *This earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I really enjoyed reading this book. Ellie moves to a new school but is cheated on by her boyfriend on the first day of school. She is in the same home ec class as her ex who is all over his new girlfriend but Ellie gets partnered up with 3 boys. It's a competition and Ellie needs her team to beat her ex but she also needs to find herself. I thought this was a cute contemporary book. I enjoyed the author's writing for t *This earc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I really enjoyed reading this book. Ellie moves to a new school but is cheated on by her boyfriend on the first day of school. She is in the same home ec class as her ex who is all over his new girlfriend but Ellie gets partnered up with 3 boys. It's a competition and Ellie needs her team to beat her ex but she also needs to find herself. I thought this was a cute contemporary book. I enjoyed the author's writing for this book and was hooked to the first page. I loved the plotline and setting but thought that the pacing was off at some points. Other than that the writing was well done. The characters were my favorite part of this book. I enjoyed reading about Ellie and seeing her find her true self also get over her ex. There were amazing supporting characters and Ellie's group was fun to read about. There is romance involved of course since this is a contemporary read. There is also some comedy in this book which I enjoyed. This was a great comfy read which I totally enjoyed. The story was original and something I haven't really read before. The ending was also great for this book. The only problem I had was of the pacing and that it wasn't a wow book that I usually feel for fantasy. I totally recommend this book to those who love contemporary reads!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Taylor

    This was a really fun and heartfelt contemporary YA! Loved following Ellie's story as she redefines what love and friendship mean for her while navigating through the most unlikely team of misfits to set foot in a home economics class. Readers will cheer for Ellie and her endearing found family like any underdog team to sweep through a lively cooking show. This book will leave you smiling! This was a really fun and heartfelt contemporary YA! Loved following Ellie's story as she redefines what love and friendship mean for her while navigating through the most unlikely team of misfits to set foot in a home economics class. Readers will cheer for Ellie and her endearing found family like any underdog team to sweep through a lively cooking show. This book will leave you smiling!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Fun and cute book, this would be good Netflix movie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Ellie Agresti is looking forward to her senior year. After having to change schools the previous year, she’d met Hunter, and they’d started dating. She’d spent her time with him and his friends, feeling safe from high school politics in this group. But when Hunter dumped her brutally right as senior year was starting, Ellie realized that she’d not taken the time to make other friends. And then her guidance counselor refused to let her out of the popular Home Economics class that is basically Adu Ellie Agresti is looking forward to her senior year. After having to change schools the previous year, she’d met Hunter, and they’d started dating. She’d spent her time with him and his friends, feeling safe from high school politics in this group. But when Hunter dumped her brutally right as senior year was starting, Ellie realized that she’d not taken the time to make other friends. And then her guidance counselor refused to let her out of the popular Home Economics class that is basically Adulting 101, even though Hunter is also in the class. As is the girl he dumped Ellie for. Ellie tries to make the best of it and joins another group, a “family” for the class. Each family will be assigned a situation where they have a family income and have to come up with a budget. Ellie and her group—Luke, A.J., and Isaiah—are a single mother with 2 kids and a job as a bus driver. They are disappointed that they’ll have to struggle to make ends meet, but all of them are have some real life experience with it. But then Ellie finds out the best part of the class—it will all be a competition. All the tasks are points-based, and she has the chance to lead her team to beat Hunter and Brynn’s team, proving herself the better person. As Ellie gets to know her fellow family members better, she realizes that she likes them. She works with them, encourages them, and stands up for them. And as she’s making new friends in class, she also volunteers to help with the student television news program. She wants to be a meteorologist and offers to help them with the weather segments, but they need someone to help with sports, and she soon finds that her features on different athletes wins her accolades and acceptance as herself, not just as Hunter’s girlfriend. At a party, a game of soda pong turns into genuine feelings for Home Ec classmate Luke, and he seems to share the warm feelings for Ellie. But when she finds out that he lied to her, the way Hunter had lied to her, Ellie shuts down and refuses to listen to anything he has to say, even though Luke insists he didn’t lie. Will Ellie be able to get past her own hurt and hear what Luke has to say, or will she lose all the good things she’d been stirring up all semester? The Secret Recipe for Moving On is a sweet, warm redemption story about growing out of situations where you no longer belong and finding the path that is truly yours. Author Karen Bischer has created a story with realistic (and beautifully snarky) characters, a believable situation, lots of laughs, a little heartbreak, a borrowed sweatshirt, a dead cell phone, and a bejeweled spatula. When I read The Secret Recipe for Moving On, I found it to be exactly the book I was needing. I was tired and stressed out, maybe even burned out, and it offered me the escape, the grins, and the belief in humanity that I so badly needed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone needing some time away from life’s problems, some snark, some warmth, some comfort, or the novel equivalent of a John Hughes movie to spend time with. Egalleys for The Secret Recipe for Moving On were provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (Swoon Reads) through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    Ellie wants nothing more but to continue her life just like it is, with her perfect relationship with her boyfriend and her friends, a happy senior year just as it should be. But when her boyfriend starts ghosting her just as the year begins and then next thing she knows he is hooking up with his long time best friend, and all the people she thought were her friends pick a side that is not hers, she is not really certain how to move forward. It seems like Ellie is in a for a lot of changes her l Ellie wants nothing more but to continue her life just like it is, with her perfect relationship with her boyfriend and her friends, a happy senior year just as it should be. But when her boyfriend starts ghosting her just as the year begins and then next thing she knows he is hooking up with his long time best friend, and all the people she thought were her friends pick a side that is not hers, she is not really certain how to move forward. It seems like Ellie is in a for a lot of changes her last year of high school, most unexpected in the best of ways. This book gets all the stars from me- if there were more than 5, I would give them for sure! I stumbled across this book months ago on my book social media sites and was instantly drawn to it from the delicious looking cover alone- I confess that I have a pretty severe obsession with ficiton novels having anything to do with food, be it eating or cooking and a whisk covered in yummy pink batter seemed just about perfect. Fast forward to now, and I was really hesitant to actually start readingin this novel due to my recent reading experience. I have been in a reading slump the last month or two, especially when it comes to YA contemporary, nothing has worked well for me. I came to the sad conclusion that maybe I reached the age where I am just too old for a YA romance/coming of age story, but now after having read The Secret Recipe For Moving On I can say that I am back on the YA contemprary bandwagon- at least when it comes to this adorable, feel good read. The Secret Recipe for Moving On is hands down my favorite read of the month (and I read a LOT so that means something, I swear) and my favorite YA contemporary of the year so far. I would not change a single thing about this story, it all just worked so well to create a feel good story with heart and humor and I think everyone should go pick this up. I have already told all my freinds about how they need to read this book and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes resilient main characters, a solid plot with character growth and direction as well as the best quirky bunch of side characters. I can't wait to get my hands on anything else this author wants to create and I have no idea how this is her debut novel, it was basically perfect in my totally fan-girl opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    4.25/5 stars The Secret Recipe for Moving On is a GEM, a precious precious gem 😭😭 Thank you, Swoon Reads, for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review! My Bookstagram Post Netgalley Synopsis: Ellie Agresti's not sure anything could be worse than being dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter, the first day of senior year. But sharing a "life skills" class with him and his new girlfriend, Brynn? AND getting partnered with a "family" of misfits (A.J., the loudmouth; Isaiah, the horse-racing ob 4.25/5 stars The Secret Recipe for Moving On is a GEM, a precious precious gem 😭😭 Thank you, Swoon Reads, for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review! My Bookstagram Post Netgalley Synopsis: Ellie Agresti's not sure anything could be worse than being dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter, the first day of senior year. But sharing a "life skills" class with him and his new girlfriend, Brynn? AND getting partnered with a "family" of misfits (A.J., the loudmouth; Isaiah, the horse-racing obsessive; and Luke, the tattooed stunt-biker)? It's a recipe for certain disaster...until an in-class competition allows Ellie to channel her angst into beating Hunter and Brynn's team, and she unexpectedly bonds with her own group–especially Luke–in the process. But as Ellie soon discovers, it will take more than classroom triumphs to heal her broken heart–and find herself again. I seriously... I have so many fluffy, amazing emotions with this contemporary romance. The main character, Ellie, has her embarrassingly teenager moments (that probably could have easily been avoided), but in a lot of ways, I related to the way Bischer depicts her as a teenager; from the way she describes the elation of football games to the confusion of relationships, to just being overwhelmed and making mistakes - it was all so SOLID, and I felt myself really connecting to her experiences! And she really comes into herself throughout the novel, and she embraces her SASS!! So many laugh-out-loud moments! The real stars of the show, though, were the found family trope and the romance. YES you read right - this has the most precious found family EVER!! It had me smiling so hard at times, I'm not sure I can even explain how literally precious it is to watch. But the romanceee 😭😭 can I have a Luke? I literally feel in love, what is going on? He is sweet, and funny, and HOT - where can I find one?! But in all seriousness, the build-up of this relationship is literal perfection! Their chemistry is intense yet sweet👌 they put a goofy smile on my face the entire time, I absolutely love love love the romance. Wow can you tell I love this book?? 😅 it was exactly the sweetness and positivity I needed right now, and it just hit differently for me I think; I saw myself in Ellie's sass and thought process, and I fell in love along with her. Ugh, my heart is soooo full! This book was released on March 23rd, so go get yourself a copy!! If you enjoyed this review, you can friend me here on Goodreads and follow my Bookstagram/Pinterest/Twitter @ashton_reads. Thanks for reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    From that beautiful, pastel cover to the romance and teen drama, this is a sugar-sweet YA novel about, well, life as a teenager. This book was just a whole heap of fun. Yes, there is drama. Lots of drama. From high school gossip blogs to breakups in the worst of circumstances. Crying, losing tempers, showdowns and attacking classmates in the middle of class. There are also so many moments that just made me grin or happy dance. I adored the time Ellie spends with her Home Ec teammates. As they le From that beautiful, pastel cover to the romance and teen drama, this is a sugar-sweet YA novel about, well, life as a teenager. This book was just a whole heap of fun. Yes, there is drama. Lots of drama. From high school gossip blogs to breakups in the worst of circumstances. Crying, losing tempers, showdowns and attacking classmates in the middle of class. There are also so many moments that just made me grin or happy dance. I adored the time Ellie spends with her Home Ec teammates. As they learn to work together and slowly learn more about each other, as they go on team excursions, they become a great group and it was this dynamic that I really loved about this book. You could have doubled these interactions in the book and I would have loved every minute spent with them. Ellie is our narrator and she is a teenager who is struggling to find her place in the high school world. She was bullied in middle school and starting at a new high school was daunting. Finding a boyfriend so quickly and falling in with his friends seemed the perfect way to both fly under the radar but also not be invisible. Just when Ellie is ready to take the next, big step with Hunter, she finds him distant. It’s pretty obvious to the reader what is going to happen, but when he dumps her, Ellie is devastated. From my reader perspective, it was good riddance, but to Ellie, her heart and trust has been broken. Enter her new Home Ec class. She has to share it with her ex and his new girlfriend, and she is forced to join a team of - in here eyes - losers. But, those losers turn out to be great guys, and together they vow to beat the other teams. Ellie also finds herself romantically drawn to one of her teammates, Luke. But he is in a relationship and the last thing she wants to do is be on the other side of a messy breakup. Honestly, this feels like the perfect YA contemporary romance. It’s fun and light, yet touches on some of the big things teens have to deal with - bullying, building and breaking relationships, first love and first heartbreak, and judging and being judged by classmates. It’s full of emotion and drama but doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are some great scenes, like the football game and the visit to the racecourse. It’s also great as an opener to discussing the proper response to bullying, and learning not to be judgemental of classmates based on looks or gossip. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    4.5-5 stars Thank you so much to Macmillan publishing, Fierce Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an arc copy of The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer! I’m a huge fantasy lover, but from time to time I can’t resist a cute YA contemporary romance read <3 And I’m so happy I got to read this one! This definitely gave me my fix. I can now happily add this in my favourites list. This book was sooo addicting! I just couldn’t put it down. And I of course finished it in one day! This book 4.5-5 stars Thank you so much to Macmillan publishing, Fierce Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an arc copy of The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer! I’m a huge fantasy lover, but from time to time I can’t resist a cute YA contemporary romance read <3 And I’m so happy I got to read this one! This definitely gave me my fix. I can now happily add this in my favourites list. This book was sooo addicting! I just couldn’t put it down. And I of course finished it in one day! This book had great character development and I love the portrayal of the family and friendships in this. Thank you to the author for being so diverse in her characters! Honestly everyone can relate to at least one character! And for me, my heart goes out to the main character. I love the main character so much. I enjoyed seeing Ellie grow as an individual and fighting for what she believes in. I love how resilient she is. (view spoiler)[honestly Hunter can go *** :) (hide spoiler)] I love how passionate she is about meteorology! (honestly I think that is the coolest thing ever!). But I cannot forget the “biggest misfit guys”. ISAIAH AJ LUKE …. My heart has a soft spot for Luke (like how can I not???), but honestly all the characters were amazing! Each of their storylines was so fascinating. I’m happy we got to see a deeper level and understand them for who they were and not from what the rumours suggest. All characters were so unique. It was interesting seeing the challenges in their life and I love how they got to bond over the course of the school year. I’m happy they not only found friendship in one another, but a FAMILY MEMBER! ~This book really gave me all the feels~ It made me angry, smile, laugh and swoon! I can go on and on about each and every detail (and about each one of the guys ;)...but please check it out for yourselves!) If you are a contemporary lover this is for you! Definitely a guilty pleasure read from me and I cannot wait to reread it :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars Okay, admission here; I don’t usually read romance novels, because they usually end the same: the guy gets the girl, or girl gets the guy or some variation of guy gets guy, girl gets girl (trying to ensure I cover those who identify as something beyond CIS here), but you get what I mean. On that note, I specifically promised some of my followers who ask me for suggestions that I will really try to include at least one YA romance annually in my reviews and you know what? I survived. Ok t 3.5 stars Okay, admission here; I don’t usually read romance novels, because they usually end the same: the guy gets the girl, or girl gets the guy or some variation of guy gets guy, girl gets girl (trying to ensure I cover those who identify as something beyond CIS here), but you get what I mean. On that note, I specifically promised some of my followers who ask me for suggestions that I will really try to include at least one YA romance annually in my reviews and you know what? I survived. Ok that’s not fair, I actually enjoyed it a bit too! I hear all my romance readers yelling “I told you so!” You’re right, you did. This is another light read but not 100% light. Bischer touches on heavier topics dealing with the high school gossip blog and the humiliation that happens in the school halls, young love that goes awry, students that are at the mercy of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, a girl who finds her voice and her way among the cutthroat world of high school, along with a group of students thrown together who need to compete for points in home economics class. The story flows well and does a nice job of tying together the characters surrounding Ellie Agresti, and I was happy to see an independent girl who despite experiencing the social challenges of being in high school (ugh, who didn’t?!), she knows what she wants to become: a meteorologist. Not necessarily in front of the camera meteorologist but rather the research and get all nerdy in weather science kind. By the end of the book there’s at least one breakup, one hookup, the classy bully gets his own, team JAILE forms a quirky team in home ec, Ellie Agresti takes a stand, and gets the guy in the end. Don’t roll your eyes! It’s a romance! Of course she gets the guy.... but which guy??? Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Swoon Reads for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. This title will be out for sale on March 23, 2021.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Genie in a Novel

    On the first day of senior year, Ellie is dumped out of the blue by her boyfriend, Hunter, aka: the person who got her through the unfortunate event of transferring schools mid-junior year. The fact that he was her first friend at school means that all his friends became her friends, and unfortunately, she lost custody of them when he broke up with her. And what’s even worse is that she now has to share Home Ec with Hunter and his new girlfriend. When the class gets divided up into teams for a yea On the first day of senior year, Ellie is dumped out of the blue by her boyfriend, Hunter, aka: the person who got her through the unfortunate event of transferring schools mid-junior year. The fact that he was her first friend at school means that all his friends became her friends, and unfortunately, she lost custody of them when he broke up with her. And what’s even worse is that she now has to share Home Ec with Hunter and his new girlfriend. When the class gets divided up into teams for a year-long class competition, Ellie is paired up with a group of misfits – the quiet junior, Isaiah, the outspoken and always ready to fight, AJ, and the tattooed stunt biker, Luke. She’s suddenly filled with the desire to take down Hunter’s team to show him up – that she doesn’t need him. As the weeks go by, she chips away at her teammates’ exteriors and begins making friends with them. She even finds herself possibly, maybe falling for Luke. But is she ready to trust someone again after what Hunter did to her? I completely enjoyed this story and the characters. I felt for Ellie whenever she talked about how hard it was to transfer back to public school after the bullying she’d gone through in middle school, and for her after the breakup with Hunter. Hunter was honestly such a douche, as was Jared – and I don’t use that term lightly, but they were. Probably worse than that, if you ask me. But Ellie was a likable character and I loved how she found a way to bond with each of the members in her class group. And speaking of them, the boys were all so lovable. Isaiah was such a sweetheart, and I could see that AJ could be underneath his tough exterior. Luke was, of course, easy to love with his humor and wit, and I hated to see him hurt when Ellie wasn’t sure if she could trust him or not (though her reasons were valid). Overall, this book was adorable and I loved Ellie’s transformation of leaning on her boyfriend’s friends to finding herself and making her own when she had no one else. In addition to the obvious romance, the relationships between friends was just as enjoyable and made this book worth reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gothikarose

    Oh dear God was this book a bore. The main character Ellie was such a little weakling, desperate doormat. I understand her heart was broken and she's just a teen, but damn dude play it cool every now and then. Hunter was a bastard, I mean he seriously was a callous, heartless, piece of shit, and I felt like he didn't really get any kind of comeuppance at the end. The way he cheated and the way he dumped Ellie was so damn cruel, and he never apologizes for it. Brynn was an ass too, a dumbass at t Oh dear God was this book a bore. The main character Ellie was such a little weakling, desperate doormat. I understand her heart was broken and she's just a teen, but damn dude play it cool every now and then. Hunter was a bastard, I mean he seriously was a callous, heartless, piece of shit, and I felt like he didn't really get any kind of comeuppance at the end. The way he cheated and the way he dumped Ellie was so damn cruel, and he never apologizes for it. Brynn was an ass too, a dumbass at that. Like you seriously believed this guy when he said he dumped his gf before he started fooling around with you? You all hung out in the same group, how could you not know that was a lie? None of the other characters had any affect on me, and I was just bored throughout most of this. So bored that I skimmed so many paragraphs and yet I missed nothing. One thing that happens a lot in YA books (not only YA does this but they seem to do it the most), is someone will treat the heroine awfully and continue to make her feel bad. And instead of defending herself and telling these people to go fuck off, she just takes it all without saying anything. And sometimes, she will even help those who hurt her, I guess to be the bigger person or whatever. That happened at one point in this story and it annoyed me so much. Come on Ellie, these people did you so dirty, the hell are you helping them out because they're drunk for? No one even asked her to do it, she just freaking volunteers. For once I would love to read a book with a confident, "bitchy" heroine who has no issues with putting people in their place after they've hurt her. I'm sick of these weak pushovers man. Nothing about this moved me or made me laugh. It was just a lame ass story with a lame ass plot, and it was also about 90 pages too long. ZERO OUT OF FIVE!

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