The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

As you know, I’m not a big fan of YA contemporaries. But I loved this one? So check out what I have to say!

A huge thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for the ARC via Netgalley but I will be using the finalized version to complete this review.

*The summary below states an Andrew. As I pull my summaries from Goodreads, please note that the main group of guys is A.J. (Jeremy), Isaiah, and Luke).

Happy Reading!

The Secret Recipe for Moving On

Karen Bischer

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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.


I don’t know what I was thinking when I got a copy of this ARC. I’ve read and disliked so many YA contemporaries that I made a little promise to myself that I wouldn’t read anymore since they weren’t for me. But I made a promise to read it and so I did. And I loved this. So much. I devoured this whole book because I just couldn’t stop. It starts with Ellie’s decision to finally sleep with her boyfriend. But before she can, Hunter breaks up with her. The worst part? He immediately starts dating Brynn. Oh, it gets worse? They are all in home economics together and since Hunter and Brynn have been friends forever, everyone is non-stop about how cute they are and how they are finally together. Yeah… it would suck. Due to uneven groups, Ellie makes a somewhat rash decision to join the group of guys that was done one. It happened to be the random group that really don’t fit together. Of course Ellie is considering what she has done but as the story teller that Karen was, it all works out. One of the issues I have with YA contemporary is it is so hard for me to relate because the situations seems so unrealistic. However, these situations all seemed very real and how Ellie handled them, honestly were so realistic. I felt like everything made sense and of course I was rooting for Ellie the whole time to get over Hunter and be with the obvious love interest. The whole journey felt wholesome though and I really loved every single moment.

I really actually loved Ellie’s character. It was obvious in the beginning due to her history that she doesn’t like change too much and when things are tough, she tries to find the most convenient way out of the situation. As she can’t drop Home Ec. though, she is forced to face the uncomfortableness of Hunter and Brynn. It took a bit but she starts to become friends with the group of guys in her “Jaile Family”. I really liked their dynamic and how the relationships really start to turn into something more than just a fake family. Ellie had always relied on Hunter for the friends since she was new to the school but it was starting to show who Ellie really was and how much better off she was without Hunter. Of course, since this is a YA contemporary story, there was a big blow out and usually these are the moments that I hate in the stories. But this was worked so well. It wasn’t anything outrageous or unbelievable and I thought the way it flushed out was perfect for this story.

Final Thoughts

Overall, The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer was such a successful YA contemporary. I usually don’t like this genre but I immensely enjoyed this book. I thought that the scenarios were easily relatable and all seemed within realistic events. Ellie was great and I just loved her. I know she struggled a bit in the beginning but I thought her character really developed throughout the book. I flew through this whole thing because I really wanted to know what happened next. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy this genre or you just want to read about a character who really figures out her own after a break up.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

I loved this narration. Amanda Friday nails every part of this story and it was so much fun to listen to. I highly, highly recommend listening to this book!

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