How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak

Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers—"Hatchlings"—who can't even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she's matched with on the ubiquitous dat...

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Title:How to Hack a Heartbreak
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How to Hack a Heartbreak Reviews

  • Jamie

    I know it's only January, but without a doubt, How to Hack a Heartbreak WILL be making my top books of 2019 list! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Mel Strickland is fed up with being a tech professional in a male driven industry, but even more than that, she's sick of the current dating environment - being sent inappropriate pictures before even exchanging a word, being "ghosted, being stood up with no apology - so when Mel goes out drinking with girlfriends, she stumbles home

    I know it's only January, but without a doubt, How to Hack a Heartbreak WILL be making my top books of 2019 list! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Mel Strickland is fed up with being a tech professional in a male driven industry, but even more than that, she's sick of the current dating environment - being sent inappropriate pictures before even exchanging a word, being "ghosted, being stood up with no apology - so when Mel goes out drinking with girlfriends, she stumbles home and decides to create a little website called JerkAlert as a goof, where women can rate the jerk's they've gone out with to warn other women of what's out there.

    There was so much about Mel I found myself relating to (and ugh, in the whole online dating/swipe culture situation), I quite possibly thought Rockaway was observing me and my friends while writing this (hello SoulCycle references!!!)... I was finding every moment possible to read this today, including finishing up on my lunch break, it was just that good! I think anyone who is a fan of

    's work would love this one or maybe just someone else who has swiped on one too many wastes of time!

    Thank you to Graydon House for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Kendall

    Kristin Rockaway is a new favorite author of mine!!! <3.

    What a breathe of fresh air! I had SO much fun with this book!!

    Kristin delivers a sassy, funny, uplifting, and addicting romance novel. I was hooked after the first five pages and devoured this book in less than two days.

    Let's meet Melanie. Melanie works for Hatch in a male driven industry and she is FED up. Mind you... she is also even more fed up with the dating scene of getting harassed with nude photos from men, being "ghosted", an

    Kristin Rockaway is a new favorite author of mine!!! <3.

    What a breathe of fresh air! I had SO much fun with this book!!

    Kristin delivers a sassy, funny, uplifting, and addicting romance novel. I was hooked after the first five pages and devoured this book in less than two days.

    Let's meet Melanie. Melanie works for Hatch in a male driven industry and she is FED up. Mind you... she is also even more fed up with the dating scene of getting harassed with nude photos from men, being "ghosted", and being stood up. Mel goes out with her girlfriends one night and she decides to make an app called JerkAlert. This was all supposed to be a joke... where women rate men on this site and can tell other women to watch out for each of these "jerks". But, slowly word gets out and the app starts to spread.

    I could not put this book down! I loved Melanie and her girlfriends! Talk about strong, supportive, and loving women to keep you going!!

    Loved this!!! This is one not to miss my friends... get this on your summer TBR! ;)

    4.5 heartbreak stars

    Thank you so much to Harlequin/Graydon and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 7/30/19

    Published to Goodreads: 2/12/19

  • Obsidian

    Well this was downright delightful. I really got a kick out of Rockway's book and the characters she introduced in this one. Besides the main character of Mel, she has some really awesome best friends (Whitney, Lia, and Dani) and a great roommate (Vanessa). I loved the book taking a look at women who are very good at coding (like Mel) and how hard it was to break into the tech world due to the douchebros that

    Well this was downright delightful. I really got a kick out of Rockway's book and the characters she introduced in this one. Besides the main character of Mel, she has some really awesome best friends (Whitney, Lia, and Dani) and a great roommate (Vanessa). I loved the book taking a look at women who are very good at coding (like Mel) and how hard it was to break into the tech world due to the douchebros that seem to inhabit it. The writing was very crisp and the flow was great. I loved the romance and the ending!

    "How to Hack a Heartbreak" has 20 something year old Mel ready to hang up dating. She has used all of the dating apps, and the latest craze, Fluttr, is still not providing her with a guy that actually wants to date her. After being stood up and receiving one more "[redacted] pic" she has enough. After being egged on by her friends, she sets up a site called JerkAlert which women can anonymously post to about guys they have met or messaged on Fluttr. After JerkAlert goes viral, Mel also finds herself trying to start a relationship with her coworker Alex and wonders if she can trust him, or is he a jerk in sheep's clothing.

    God, I felt Mel. I still am on some dating apps, but don't even check in anymore. Once you have someone send you a picture of them in full black leather (with a mask on) with a message asking can they call you a slave, I pretty much decided that books and my cat were sufficient. I regret nothing.

    Mel keeps getting her hopes up, but she either meets guys that are just looking for a one night stand, ghosted her after a while, and or she gets the before mentioned "[redacted] pics." She wishes she was more like her friend Whitney who is not looking for anything serious and relishes her one night stands. But after her friend Lia has seemingly met the one on Fluttr, Mel is wondering as all women do, what's wrong with her. Mel is also a pretty great coder. She is stuck working at the help desk at a company called Hatch and sits around and watches a lot of men trying to get their start-ups off the ground. She's verbally abused and if she tries to stand up for herself, her jerk of a boss acts like she's being a bit too "female".

    Besides Mel, I loved her friends. Whitney was fearless and also scared me a bit. She's protective of her friends and tells it like she sees it. Lia is a romantic at heart and no spoilers, but I was shrieking while reading about her and Mr. Right. Dani was good, but we really don't get in depth with her that much in this book. Not a criticism, but definitely she didn't feel as present in the book as Whitney and Lia did. I will also say that the girls remind me of my friends and I at that age. Getting together at night, wondering why all the guys we went out with were such a PITA and holding out hope for a nice guy.

    The other characters we get, Vanessa (Mel's roommate) and Alex (her love interest) were written very well too. I get why Mel was apprehensive about Alex.

    The writing was very good. I loved Mel's voice throughout. When her site goes viral you get her emotions about it (yeah she's great at coding and yikes what if someone finds out) and her realizing that parts of JerkAlert aren't that great. The flow was really good from beginning to end. I honestly couldn't put this book down once I started.

    The setting of New York was pretty great. I loved how realistic it felt with Mel being stuck at her job at the help desk and she had to room with someone to afford to live in New York. I am always baffled at the romance reads I get into when some 20 year old is living in some sun lit two bedroom apartment somewhere. And there's no mention of the tininess of their apartment, commuting on the subway, and the insane rent.

    Really loved the ending and the message it was pushing!

  • Nicole ❤

    No.

    Romance / Women's Fiction

    First person.

    No.

    Sexism and Workplace Harassment. Lying/Miscommunication.

    you are looking for a light but fun techie-love read.

    How to Hack a Heartbreak is an enjoyable read from new-to-me author, Kristin Rockaway. It is about Mel, a helpdesk tech who is underemployed and should be a developer instead of assisting the all-male programmers who only belittle her and harass her.

    One wrong date through Fluttr (dating app a la Tinder) sent Mel to a coding spree, then developing the website JerkAlert, where females can dish about the bad dates and unsolicited dick picks they encounter in the online world.

    As her career might go to a crossroads, so does her lovelife, when workmate Alex asked her out and actually seem like a potential

    .

    I surely enjoyed the rollercoaster of fun and emotions this was. Generally light and easy to read, this book highlights how unfair the tech world views women and belittle their skills and potential to revolutionize technology as we know it. It shows how there still is a blind eye to female inventors and start ups, and how unfair and unbalanced career opportunities are.

    I admire how the author chose to give Mel an amazing group of girl friends who lift each other up and help boost each others careers.

    I love how honest the romance development was. It's definitely a slow burn as there were issues our MC is going through. It seems like this book treats romance as one of the plot points but not the most important thing in the story.

    Love the author's style and am looking forward for her future works.

  • Jayme

    Swipe Right for this Rom-Com if you are a twenty something reader who has used a dating APP to try and find “love”! You are bound to relate to this book!

    Swipe Right for this Rom-Com if you are of an “earlier generation” who has never used a dating APP but would like insight on how the younger generation date in today’s world. (You will probably be relieved that you found your significant other in a more “traditional” way....)

    Swipe Right if you love this colorful, comical book cover!! (Gorgeous

    Swipe Right for this Rom-Com if you are a twenty something reader who has used a dating APP to try and find “love”! You are bound to relate to this book!

    Swipe Right for this Rom-Com if you are of an “earlier generation” who has never used a dating APP but would like insight on how the younger generation date in today’s world. (You will probably be relieved that you found your significant other in a more “traditional” way....)

    Swipe Right if you love this colorful, comical book cover!! (Gorgeous!)

    And Swipe Right, if you love books with Smart, Strong Women who support one another through the ups and downs of being a young, single woman in NY, finding dates with a dating APP called Fluttr!

    Mel Strickland is a help desk tech by day, and a person trying to find “the one” by night and after being stood up, again, and receiving yet ANOTHER unsolicited picture of what should be a man’s “private part”..she designs an APP of her own....JerkAlert.

    It goes viral overnight, with women logging the names of the men on Fluttr who behave in all sorts of unacceptable ways...

    From the time Mel swipes “left” on a shirtless man (I ignore those friend requests on Goodreads too! 🤣) till the last page, I was engaged and rooting for Mel to find love! ❤️

    Refreshing and Relevant, it was just what I needed to get summer started!

    One of my favorite lines: “It was funny: modern technology could forge a connection between two people on opposite ends of the earth, but it could just as easily drive a wedge between two people standing side by side in the same room”. So very true.

    I would like to thank Netgalley, Grayson House and Kristin Rockaway for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on July 30th, 2019! A perfect beach read! Pre-order now!!

  • Susanne  Strong

    Sick and tired of working in a male driven industry with guys who treat her like doo doo and then going on online date after online date, either getting stood up or getting sent wholly inappropriate pics, Melanie (“Mel”) Strickland fights back. She creates an app called “Jerk Alert” which rates the guys she found online and has had some i

    Sick and tired of working in a male driven industry with guys who treat her like doo doo and then going on online date after online date, either getting stood up or getting sent wholly inappropriate pics, Melanie (“Mel”) Strickland fights back. She creates an app called “Jerk Alert” which rates the guys she found online and has had some interaction with, warning other girls about them. It, of course goes viral.

    Jerk Alert gives Mel and other women everywhere, a voice. In this day and age, we all know how important that is!

    If you’ve ever had an experience with online dating, you know how humiliating it can be. Thus, the idea Jerk Alert sort of makes you stand up and take notice.

    Now, where’s the romance here you ask? Well, there just might be some! You have to read this novel to find out for yourself. “How to Hack a Heartbreak” by Kristin Rockaway is a book to be devoured and it’s one that will make you break into a smile.

    I grabbed this book on NetGalley after seeing my friend Kendall’s review (which is awesome): "

    " and I am so glad that I did. Thanks Kendall!

    This was a buddy read with Kaceey! Lately we have been reading a lot of women’s fiction are so happy that we discovered a new (to us) genre.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin - Graydon House Books and Kristin Rockaway for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 4.24.19.

    Will be published on Amazon on 7.30.19.

  • Kaceey

    This genre is quickly becoming one of my favorites! They rarely disappoint, I’m always entertained, and they leave me feeling satiated at the end. What more could you ask from a book?!

    Like many of today’s women, Mel Strickland is fed up with the quagmire of online dating.

    Her dates are no shows...she is ghosted, or worse. She continually receives unsolicited pics of certain anatomical regions. Gee, thanks gentlemen – how romantic.

    This genre is quickly becoming one of my favorites! They rarely disappoint, I’m always entertained, and they leave me feeling satiated at the end. What more could you ask from a book?!

    Like many of today’s women, Mel Strickland is fed up with the quagmire of online dating.

    Her dates are no shows...she is ghosted, or worse. She continually receives unsolicited pics of certain anatomical regions. Gee, thanks gentlemen – how romantic.🙄

    Enough is enough. Time to develop her own online app to weed out those creeps that are not truly looking for love! She’s about to go head to head against the big boys at the start up company

    .

    A thoroughly adorable and heartwarming book about searching for love in a digital world. It reminds us that maybe love isn’t just a swipe away, but perhaps standing right in front of you. Or, maybe even in the next cubicle over.

    A story with some sage insight. Perhaps it’s time to open our eyes and reconnect with the world! We may be missing

    as our noses are face-down in our phones and our fingers are busy swiping left....or even right!

    Another endearing rom-com buddy read with Susanne!🌸

    Thank you to NetGalley Harlequin Graydon House and Kristin Rockaway for an ARC to read and review.

  • Corina

    Online dating has become a minefield. And making it the plot of a romance novel isn’t exactly new but it’s always entertaining.

    The trouble with online dating is REAL. Personally I love this kind of trope. The horrible and very real dating mishaps, the time for ghosting and looking nothing like the profile pic – is entertaining as hell. And it’s this universal dilemma that Mel is going through. And while she learned it the hard way, she also figured out that developing her own app might just be t

    Online dating has become a minefield. And making it the plot of a romance novel isn’t exactly new but it’s always entertaining.

    The trouble with online dating is REAL. Personally I love this kind of trope. The horrible and very real dating mishaps, the time for ghosting and looking nothing like the profile pic – is entertaining as hell. And it’s this universal dilemma that Mel is going through. And while she learned it the hard way, she also figured out that developing her own app might just be the way to go. BTW best app ever!! The author should get it developed ASAP!

    The story is adorable, and charming. A light hearted romance, with an overall enjoyable and entertaining plot.

    The female friendships in this book were amazing!!! Really, AMAZING! And probably the aspect I enjoyed the most about this book.

    About the romance:

    I wasn’t 100% convinced about Mel and Alex. They didn’t immediately click for me. It could have been because I didn’t’ feel that Alex was prominent. Like an afterthought he hovered around the edges of the plot but never felt present. He was nice and sweet, but also a bit clueless and displayed some typical male behavior that were just meh. And I honestly didn’t see the attraction between the couple. But for each their own.

    Also, I hate to say this, but Mel wasn’t my kind of person. People/characters that only complain but never change a thing about a situation get quickly on my nerves, because I’m the opposite of it. Mel should have quit and moved on. It’s hard to connect with a female character if they display such opposite traits.

    But otherwise the book was well written and I ended up enjoying most of the book.

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  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    I hadn’t heard about this book until it was pitched to me and I was intrigued at the synopsis.

    I liked Melanie. She’s smart and loyal and has a great set of friends. I loved seeing a woman coding and the strong female relationships were fantastic. Mel’s friends were supportive and all amazing. I would easily read a story about any of them. I won’t say much about Alex {because spoilers}, but I will say his actions are tempered by Mel’s POV.

    Plot wise, it was okay. The tech stuff wasn’t t

    3.5 stars

    I hadn’t heard about this book until it was pitched to me and I was intrigued at the synopsis.

    I liked Melanie. She’s smart and loyal and has a great set of friends. I loved seeing a woman coding and the strong female relationships were fantastic. Mel’s friends were supportive and all amazing. I would easily read a story about any of them. I won’t say much about Alex {because spoilers}, but I will say his actions are tempered by Mel’s POV.

    Plot wise, it was okay. The tech stuff wasn’t too tech-y and the guys were just as gross as expected. I was cringing and sympathizing with these fictional women on nearly every page. My main complaint is that I got a bit tired of Mel’s negativity and wishy-washy behavior. Yes, conflict and all that, but even though it felt realistic, it was repetitive.

    Overall, it was a quick read with characters that had me invested. I look forward to future books from Kristin.

    **Huge thanks to Graydon House for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Showie Ford

    I REALLY wanted to love this book. I really did. I am a woman in IT. I like to code. I love the idea of this book. This book missed the mark for me. The whole book comes across as too preachy. I am 100% a feminist and a girl trying to make a start in the tech industry, but this book beats you over the head. All men are bad. The IT industry is full of pervs and men who excuse that behavior. It’s simply not true. There are pervs out there. There are men willing to look the other way out there, abs

    I REALLY wanted to love this book. I really did. I am a woman in IT. I like to code. I love the idea of this book. This book missed the mark for me. The whole book comes across as too preachy. I am 100% a feminist and a girl trying to make a start in the tech industry, but this book beats you over the head. All men are bad. The IT industry is full of pervs and men who excuse that behavior. It’s simply not true. There are pervs out there. There are men willing to look the other way out there, absolutely.

    First of all, Mel should’ve quit that job. She’s a girl who codes, the industry is booming. She could get a new job in no time. She’s working a bottom tier helpdesk gig when she should be working in application development or even web design. Her job is beneath her, she gets verbally abused every. dang. day. She does nothing to make it stop. It is in no way her fault, but she could take steps to make it stop. Her immediate supervisor is willing to look the other way, but why doesn’t she go to HR? Why doesn’t she go to the owner of the company? Why doesn’t she go above her boss’ head? I would! Nobody deserves to be talked to that way.

    Alex is a mostly absent character. We don’t see anything from his point of view, and he features only peripherally. I can’t honestly say anything about his character, because I don’t know anything about his character. He apologizes a lot, and he is sweet, but distracted, when they are together. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

    Honestly, the only thing I liked about this story was the site Mel designed. JerkAlert was an awesome idea. Everyone that has ever used a dating app would love that idea. For sure.

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