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.
Author's favorite rom-coms:
When Harry Met Sally: I’m a sucker for smart dialogue, especially if it’s witty, and this movie majorly delivers on that front!
The Big Sick: This is so bitingly funny while also being moving and sweet. It was my favorite movie of 2017!
Bridget Jones' Diary: The movie AND the book are total keepers in my house.
The Royal We: I'm a huge fan of the Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's wit and sharp pop-culture takes on Go Fug Yourself, and this book delivers all that and more!
10 Things I Hate About You: Not only is this essential YA viewing, I have total house-envy every time I watch! Kat and Bianca's home is a dream!
Crazy Rich Asians: Before this came out, It felt like there had been a good rom-com dry spell for awhile, so this was such a welcome delight.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993): It's sun-dappled, the whole cast is ridiculously good-looking and it's a ton of fun.
The Princess Diaries series: The books are a wonderful read driven with authentic humor, and Meg Cabot laces them with sweet, awkward teen romance.
The Goodbye Girl (1977): This movie is so charming, the dialogue is great, and even if I put it on for background noise, I end up getting sucked in every time.
The Wedding Singer: It's cheery, adorable, has an excellent soundtrack, and really satisfies my love for all things 80s!
Which ones are your favorites? Tell us in the comments.
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.
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