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The Secret Recipe for Moving On

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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..
Published March 23rd 2021 by Swoon Reads
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Larry H
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, blog-tour
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Rayne ♥
Dec 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: e-arc
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.

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Lisa Mandina
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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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.


When Ellie’s boyfriend dumps her on the f
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 ...more
Samantha Hastings
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Secret for Moving On

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
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
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 ...more
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 ...more
Stephanie Rivera
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc
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
Riddhi B.
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
B.R. Myers
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, just-ok
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!
Ms. Yingling
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
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!
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*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
Sam Taylor
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swoon-reads
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! ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Ashton Reed
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of found families and freaking adorable romance
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!

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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
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-romance-recs
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
Genie in a Novel
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this one! I liked Ellie or Mary Ellen and how she was coping and changing in her life. I felt like you get to see the real emotions of a teenager. She is broken-hearted, but she's also mad and trying to figure out where she fits in now. She was new to the school and just was accepted into her new boyfriend's circle of friends but then when he dumps her she isn't sure where she fits.
Ellie is also dealing with things at home, having moved, and her family has a lot less money than b
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Ellie Agresti is ready for an amazing senior year. That is until her boyfriend Hunter unceremoniously dumps her the first day. Now she’s forced to sit next to him in the life skills class that they signed up for together. When asked to split into groups to work together for the entirety of the year, Hunter’s group of friends shun her, forcing Ellie to join a group of “misfits”. There’s AJ, the loudmouth, class clown who is prone to frequent outbursts, Isaiah, the quiet loner who dreams of becomi ...more
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2021
4 1/2

Moving to a new school is hard enough, but moving during the middle of your junior year when all of the important school social events are happening is rougher. Fortunately Ellie met Hunter and soon they were dating and she found herself among the popular kids until the first day of senior year when Hunter dumps her and then immediately begins dating Brynn. This situation makes attending life skills class an emotional challenge, but Ellie can’t drop and then finds herself at the misfit tabl
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-ya
I haven't been reading a lot of YA romance lately, but The Secret Recipe for Moving On has such a cute premise and that cover art is to die for, so I just couldn't resist!

First thing, Bischer's writing is fantastic! I was super surprised that it looks like this is the author's first novel? It feels like the writing of a seasoned pro. I loved the dialogue and genuinely giggled at several points in the book.

What impressed me the most was how the teenagers were written. They felt realistic, withou
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