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How to Hack a Heartbreak

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  42 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 d
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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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", an
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
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
I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
After Mel is stood up by a date and then sent dick pics by another guy, she creates JerkAlert. It gives women the opportunity to warn other dating app users which guys are the bad ones so they can be avoided. It explodes into something bigger than she expected and she has to figure out what to do as it continues to grow.
This book was a lot more fun than I expected! What I enjoyed about this was that it showed that women can
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!
Showie Ford
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Mel Strickland is one of my favorite protagonists. She's smart, she's funny, and she doesn't take sh*t from anyone ... even if that means becoming a meme. I couldn't cheer loud enough as Mel ferociously and creatively fought back against the bro-dominated tech world and all the jerks online by creating JerkAlert, or as she navigated the rocky path of viral fame like a boss. Kristin Rockaway has once again written a sharp (and sexy) romcom starring a kickass, independent woman — and I hope she'll ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Ms. Rockaway and I really liked it.
I enjoyed the writing style of this author, and I liked the main characters. None of them particularly "stand out", but they are very likeable. Story itself is light, funny, enjoyable & at times even a little sad. It made me laugh out loud, it frustrated me, it annoyed the hell out of me at times and in the end, it left me with a smile on my face. But you should read this book only if you want to read simple, uncomplicated, plain c
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deliciously funny romcom set in the fascinating world of tech startups! Witty writing, poignant commentary on sexism in the tech industry and the struggles of online/app dating, plus an incredibly relatable main character make How to Hack a Heartbreak a ridiculously enjoyable read!
Mary Ann Marlowe
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun exploration of social media, gender disparities, 21st century ethics, and what it means to trust in a relationship. As a developer, I can say that while I don't encounter the kind of rampant sexism displayed in this book, everything about the tech environment was spot on--from the all-hands meetings to the Slack messaging. Although I don't encounter that level of sexism in my work environment (not that I encounter no sexism....), every one of the micro (and even macro) aggressions ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

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, s
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an ARC of How to Hack a Heartbreak in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I’ve heard a lot about Kristin Rockaway’s latest novel and I was excited to dive right in! How to... will keep you entertained, make you laugh, and make you proud to be a woman (if you are one reading this). The storyline is pretty relevant and takes you through the online dating world and the trails and tribulations which go along with it.

Melanie, the main
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
How to Hack a Heartbreak is a fun story. Mel works in the male driven world of computer coding and all that. These horrible men basically sexually harass and get away with it. Mel is fed up with her job and men. Some guy sends inappropriate pictures and she gets stood up. After hanging out drinking one night, she creates the JerkAlert app that women can use to warn others about disgusting men. Then it's a big hit, there's a guy involved, etc. It's a good story and it's funny and relatable. This ...more
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks, NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this story. From the blurb I was guessing this was a rom-com, while some parts were funny, overall it was just ok. It’s geared more toward young adult maybe even tweens with some tweaking with the casual sex. Overall it was entertaining to see a group of very young women support each other not only in business but their personal lives. Three stars
Kimberly Lund
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I had heard buzz about his book and going into it I thought I would love it. It was not what I expected. I expected a romance novel with a cute side story about app development and tech stuff. What I got was a book about app development and tech stuff with a side romance. Only the female lead was developed well, but even some of her friends were better developed than the male lead. And maybe this was my fault because it was advertised as chick lit rather than romance but when you go into expecti ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world needs more romcoms like this one! It's not every book that deftly balances humor, warmth, and smarts, but in Kristin Rockaway's latest, readers are treated to an emotionally engaging story that's as intelligent as it is fun.

Mel Strickland is the kind of protagonist I love. She's got goals, interests, talent, and a loyal group of girlfriends. Her character is fully developed and relatable in her quest for respect in both her career and her dating life. A talented coder who's unvalued i
Whitney the Bookgawker
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin/Graydon House Books for the advance digital copy of this book.

This book takes a sexy swipe at online dating and swipe culture. Mel Strickland is fed up with being stood up, being sent unsolicited dick pics and generally meeting jerk guys who are interested in only one thing. Are there any men left in New York worth actually dating? By day she runs the helpdesk at a company, Hatch, that funds start ups, and while she's got a degree in computer science and is awes

Melanie Strickland is a help desk assistant at Hatch, a start up company. Since childhood, Melanie has had a paranoia towards love and men, which has made it more than difficult for her to trust. Melanie also has a secret undertaking that could ruin her life.

Alex Hernandez is an honest gentleman working towards funding his start up at Hatch. Alex is also falling hard for Melanie, but doesn't know
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, chicklit
Swipe left or swipe right?? Fluttr is the latest and greatest dating app. In seconds you decide if you want to match with someone or not. Mel Strickland has had a batch of bad dates and too many bad messages from the app to count. She may work a helpdesk fixing tech “geniuses” computers at Hatch, but she in fact can code herself. In a weekend she comes up with Jerkalert (.biz not .com) after one too many dick pics. This is a forum for women to post reviews on the men they met on Fluttr. It sound ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Let's start with a personal note: I shuffled this to the top of my 'to read' pile after enduring my own heartbreak. Not being in the mood for the heavier fare on my shelf, How to Hack a Heartbreak was the perfect escapist novel. Its protagonist strikes the perfect balance of intelligent and feminine; she is a coder, guys-- get used to it. I liked that the book isn't all silly rom com or smutty/eye-rolling romance. There's a little bit of meat here, some unexpected and much appreciated depth, as ...more
Mercedes MacLean
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book higher stars than I normally would because i feel like this book has been marketed wrong. This is not a true romance. This book is a nerdy sex and the city for a new generation. This book follows Mel and her friends in New York City as they try to find love. But the sex and the city girls never had to deal with tinder. This book is hilarious and a timely. It has a wonderful introspective look at dating in the real world today, discussion of gender stereotypes, and friendshi ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a good representation of a lot of the struggles women deal with in life. I do think it's all obviously exaggerated to one person for the sake of the story, but these are all things women deal with. Dealing with all of that BS makes you cynical and irritable and I could relate to the MC, Mel, so much for that very reason.
I also just really liked the journey that Mel took, she was sooooo cynical and skeptical and didn't trust anything that the men in her life did because of the men
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To start, I want to say how much I love this title.

The main character Mel Strickland works at a start up incubator as a help desk/IT analyst, and many of her day-to-day (sexist) encounters would resonate with women who have worked in Corporate America. So many of her inner thoughts and worries made me think, "ugh, I know!" and "wow, she's me!"

The secondary characters were also refreshing to see in a women's fiction novel. I particularly enjoyed Whitney, an unapologetic go-getter who I wish cou
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
What I liked: This book features strong women in the workplace and specifically women in tech. Which is something I love seeing in all spaces, especially romance.

What I didn't like: Mel simply had too many daddy issues. All of her conflicts could have been solved with the ability to have an honest conversation.

*I received an arc of this title in exchange for an honest review
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
While I really wanted to root for the computer-savvy protagonist, the plot moved way too slowly to keep my attention. If your preference runs to chicklit-style "girls" hanging around bars rather than a plot with characters doing things, you'll probably enjoy this.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast, enjoyable read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline very much. Found it quite hard to put this book down.
Nicki K.
Review to come closer to release date!
Jacqueline Francis
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story for the tech-friendly dating world we live in! I so enjoyed the story and it flowed so well. It was like reading a friend's blog!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mel Strickland is tired of meeting men on the Flutr app who keep sending her dick pics or turn out to be just plain jerks. She takes matters into her own hands and creates an app JerkAlert as her way to help fellow women weed out the Jerks on Flutr. She starts to date Alex a guy who works at one of the starts in her job Hatch. Will she be able to tell him she is the one behind the app? Will the app launch her career?

A fun book and in a world where the dating world is online a very relatable book
rated it it was amazing
Sep 21, 2018
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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