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.
Reading The Secret Recipe For Moving On felt like being cocooned in a warm, comfy blanket. :’) From having great friendships and romance to themes of self-discovery, this book has everything I want in a coming-of-age story. 💞
Seeing Ellie grow throughout the entire plot of TSROMO was my favourite thing about the book. YA books tend to blurry out the character development of the protagonist sometimes with the romance involved, but I’m so glad that this wasn’t the case for The Secret Recipe At All! It’s very common for teens to feel “alone” during high-school, and the author bought up this fact in the best way possible. I loved how Ellie got the space to grow as a person while forming special friendships along the way. 🥺💜
Ellie’s (unexpected) support system A.K.A her friend circle consisting of Luke, A.J and Isaiah was just the best thing ever! 😍 I loved how I could clearly see the difference between Ellie’s friend group at the beginning of the book and her current one. Kudos to the author for showing that like romantic relationships, friendships can be toxic too. Having a healthy circle of people around you can do wonders for self-development ~ the book mirrored this aspect through and through. 🙌
The only thing that disappointed me about The Secret Recipe for Moving On was the romance between Ellie and Luke. They had many communication issues ~ which could have been easily solved without the added layer of drama, in my opinion. I kind of got tired of how things went down between them. 😔It might be just me though.
Highly recommended if you’re a fan of uplifting and comforting contemporaries! 💞
Book Links :
Karen Bischer has written short stories for Girls’ World and Animal Tales magazines and currently works as a copyeditor. She lives in her native New Jersey, where she has never encountered Bruce Springsteen in the wild, but does have a cat named after a member of the E Street Band.