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How to Hack a Heartbreak

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  5,268 ratings  ·  1,066 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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Kristin Rockaway Lots of swear words, if that's what you're talking about. In terms of sex, though, it's all closed door, so no explicit sex scenes!…moreLots of swear words, if that's what you're talking about. In terms of sex, though, it's all closed door, so no explicit sex scenes!(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Four, finally I found a smart, entertaining, heart melting rom-com match of mine stars!

Amazing mashup of Sex and the City and Silicon Valley! What a genius, funny, enjoyable ride!

Reading book is so much better to scroll down your non-existing options and find mediocre television movie kind of Netflix rom-coms! Because:

This book gives you joy, encouragement, fun that you need!


There ar
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Raise Your Hand if You’ve Ever Had a Bad Online Date!! (Yep, Hand Raised right here!). Melanie Strickland has too and boy is her story Fraking Awesome!

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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This wasn't the ~*wOrSt BoOk EvEr*~ but it definitely was Not Very Good. Bleghhhhhhhhhhh ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I find myself smiling wide through another fun rom-com!
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.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 b
Shoshanna Ford
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Mar 24, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t even get a 100 pages in but I just had to DNF it. The tone of this book was completely off and rubbed me the wrong way.
It felt to me that it was trying to force a message across. A message of feminism, adding a voice to the #MeToo movement, which I appreciate, but it was written in such a cliche manner, it didn’t flow nor did it feel natural and so I couldn’t get behind it. Neither could I see it through.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: standalone
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
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Mar 25, 2020 marked it as d-n-f
Shelves: 2019-release
Nope. No thanks.
♛ may
i finished this book early this morning and i can only recall such little about it. just goes to show how my mind is trying to protect me from what i had to endure

okay, maybe im being a little dramatic because this book wasn't the WORST THING I READ

but it was kinda awful.

- it's the story of a woman who is tired of the awful dating scene where she only gets ghosted, treated badly, or sent.....unsolicited pics
- so in attempts to fight back against the terror she has to suffer, she, a profession
h o l l i s
What I loved most about HOW TO HACK A HEARTBREAK was Melanie. Our lead character is doggedly using the author’s version of Tinder, Fluttr, to try and find a connection. An enduring one. Not just for the night, though she’s willing to compromise, at least, on The One. She’d be fine with The One For Now. Unfortunately she’s constantly stood up or fielding dick picks. And by day, she’s working in a toxic start-up culture populated by frat bros who treat her, and her role as technical support, with ...more
Yna from Books and Boybands
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"Never trust anything you read on the internet. And never trust the internet with your heart. If you’re looking for love, stop swiping. Instead, look up. Look around. The love of your life could be working in your office, or sitting next to you in a bar, or standing right beside you on a crowded city street. Get off the internet for a little while. Otherwise, you might let the one get away."
Much thanks to Edelweiss, Harper Collins and Graydon House for sending me an ARC. 💕
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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
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

Never trust anything you read on the internet.

I loved this book SO MUCH! Maybe it's because I am a female in tech and this book highlights all the struggles that we consistently go through in a male dominated field. If you read this book and cringed at how Mel was treated, know that this is how we are constantly treated by some (not all!) men in our field.

Mel works for the start up incubator - Hatch. She works with "Hatchlings" who are mostly men that are trying to get their start up
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I went into this expecting more focus on the romance, but it definitely took a backseat. Personally, I'd call this a contemporary over a romance, and while it was good, it wasn't what I wanted or needed at the time. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Light, cute, and timely!

How to Hack a Heartbreak is a sassy, witty rom-com about the determined, underestimated Melanie Strickland who after struggling through numerous bad dates, unsolicited dirty pics, and no shows decides to take online dating to another level by creating a website, JerkAlert, where women can identify those men who are not only sexist, obnoxious, and rude, but should definitely be avoided.

The writing style is sharp and clever. The characters are quirky, brazen, and amusing. A
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
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 ...more
Avani ✨
Jun 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
Outright Boring.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
I was expecting to read a fun and cute contemporary romance when I started How to Hack a Heartbreak but instead I got a book about a main character that just seems to be angry at all men and kept sabotaging her own love life.

I fully support calling men out on their sexist behaviour and I liked how this was thematised in this book. However, this book talked about being groped on public transport, being sent dick pics, being stood up on a date, being bashed and laughed at for working in the IT se
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
First off, I have to say that overall I did like this novel but I'm having difficulty putting my thoughts into words when it comes to this story. It was an enjoyable read, it had laughable moments, and it had moments that made me cringe. However, for the most part, the majority of this novel read similar to any romantic comedy that is on the market in abundance. Due to this, I'm having difficulty distinguishing what could be considered unique in this particular novel.

One of the elements of this
Jaye Berry
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, contemporary, 2019, ya
Thanks, I hate it.

How to Hack a Heartbreak is about a woman named Melanie who works as a helpdesk tech at a startup incubator. Mel fixes their laptops while dealing with their verbal abuse and goes on crappy online dates via an app called Fluttr. Tired of getting ghosted or unsolicited dick pics, Mel decides to create her own site called JerkAlert where women can review dates from Fluttr. When it goes viral, Mel is in over her head and her almost boyfriend Alex- the only non-asshole guy from wor
Mar 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
omg guys this was such a fun read !! i’ve been feeling such a whirlwind of emotions whilst reading this, that honestly doesn’t happen often to me with romcoms 😂

i really really enjoyed that, while ofc there was romance in this book, the majority of it was literally about how the MC Mel was being f’ed by life 😂 and also i loved the fact that this book was hugely involving computer science career !
i loved that Mel was so relatable and so real. the story wasn’t convenient, as majority of romance bo
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel requires a longer than usual review-copy disclaimer.

Back when I used to work in book publishing, the bane of my life was being asked to read the work of friends or worse, friends and relatives of friends. Some of them had an absurdly inflated sense of my influence; others just wanted me to read their work and provide detailed feedback on it, similar to how it is completely normal to ask a dentist to give you a teeth cleaning during a birthday party. I dreaded this not just because of
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
That was a fun, light hearted story bit also had some strong themes. Thank goodness I am not single anymore! I actually met my now husband online, before it was all apps. I really enjoyed listening to this book, it was a long week and this made it a bit more bearable
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance, chick-lit
I let this go a week, which makes me sad. I'm trying to figure out how best to characterize this story. Mel is apparently the only woman working at her company and happens to be the IT person tasked with supporting their, um, people. It's a startup incubator and is filled with entrepreneurs trying to get that first app up and running. And they're all raging douchebags of the "bro" variety, and that includes her boss, the owner, and frankly every other male in the story with two exceptions. Let m ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to Hack a Heartbreak is SO FUN.

I really loved reading this one and highly recommend it!

Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.

Mel Strickland runs the helpdesk of a tech startup and has been feeling pretty uninspired that she isn’t coding the next big thing,

Instead she’s helping dummy “Brogrammers” at a tech startup company named “Hatch” wipe porn viruses off their laptops every day. They can program and code insanely technical apps, but they can’t figure out how to fix their own compu
Liz Fenton
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it. It’s laugh out loud funny for sure. But underneath its incredible charm is a timely message that will resonate. Will no doubt be the beach read of Summer 2019!
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Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her ...more

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