I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer
Published by Swoon Reads on March 23, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
When Ellie is dumped by her boyfriend, she’s forced to make new friends (while watching her ex swoon over his new girlfriend) in The Secret Recipe for Moving On, a smart and funny YA debut from Karen Bischer.
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 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!