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What's in a Name?: Help Us Find a Title for Karen Bischer's New Book!

We are now closed to title suggestions. Thanks for all your input!

As you know, we rely on you, our trusty Swoon Readers, to help us choose the cover direction for our titles. We also have come to trust you for coming up with great titles (like Jennifer Honeybourn’s When Life Gives You Demons, which came from a post just like this one!).

Now we need your help again! We’re so excited about Karen Bischer’s debut novel, and we need a title just as great as the book itself.

Here’s what it’s about:

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 home economics 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.

What are we looking for in a new title? We want something that is…

  • Voice-y: Karen’s book has a lot of voice; the main character comes alive on every page. We’d love a title that has a sense of voice to it (think To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before—that title immediately tells you so much about Lara Jean!).
  • Funny: This book has a wonderful, warm sense of humor. The perfect title would hint at the book’s humorous tone without being silly.
  • Smart: Karen’s debut has a lot of interesting things to say about relationships, gender roles, and starting over. We’d love a title that hints to that.

To get the juices flowing, here are some titles that have been rattling around in our brains:

  • Home Ick – This is Karen’s original title, and while it hints at the theme of the book (a home ec class, taken reluctantly), it feels too light for this book.
  • The Secret Recipe for Moving On – This title tells you two things about the plot—it’s about a character starting over and about food!—but it’s missing the book’s sense of humor.
  • Your Title Here – We want to hear what title you think would be great for Karen’s debut! Tell us your ideas in the comments below (and don’t forget that you can “like” other people’s comments with your fave titles). If you submit your title, you could see it on a PUBLISHED book! And if you love one of the titles above, tell us that, too!

Happy titling!

Please share your thoughts by noon EST on Monday, Nov. 18.

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