Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer! This is one YA contemporary that you won’t want to miss this spring. Keep reading to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway to win a copy for yourself. (INT)Title: The Secret Recipe for Moving On
Author: Karen Bischer
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer
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.