How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

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 dating app, Fluttr.But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using ...

Details How to Hack a Heartbreak

TitleHow to Hack a Heartbreak
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherGraydon House
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Fiction

Reviews How to Hack a Heartbreak

  • Susanne Strong
    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...
  • Kaceey
    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 ana...
  • Kendall
    Kristin Rockaway is a new favorite author of mine!!!
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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:IT MAKE YOU FEEL SO GOOD:This book gives you joy, encouragement, fun that you need!THERE ARE SO MANY YESSS THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN...
  • Nicole ❤
    "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...
  • 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 al...
  • 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...
  • Zoe
    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....
  • 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 ...
  • 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 goe...
  • 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...
  • Obsidian
    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 br...
  • Hollis
    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 ...
  • Shelby
    26-year old, Melanie (Mel), has been working the same IT job for the last 4-years. Although she is a software developer, she hasn’t climbed up the career ladder since graduating college. Working in a male-dominated environment, Mel feels she’s never taken seriously.Mel’s career isn’t the only part of her life that’s lacking. After dozens of lackluster dates, dick-pics and New York jerks, Mel’s fed up with online dating. If only there ...
  • Emily
    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 b...
  • Liz Fenton
    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!
  • Juliana
    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 en...
  • 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...
  • Kathleen
    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 starrin...
  • Mara
    3.5 stars -- This is one the rare examples of "chick lit" that I really enjoyed, though to be fair, it reads as somewhere between contemporary romance & chick lit, so I may have enjoyed it more for having had some romance DNA mixed in. I so appreciated that this book actually inhabits what the dating/romance landscape looks like in 2019, and I really enjoyed the exploration of the pros & cons that technology has brought to people's love lives. I ...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    I had to DNF this one. Full review to come.
  • Dali
    Melanie Strickland was unhappy. She’s been working at the same unfulfilling, going nowhere job since she graduated from college. As if that weren’t enough, she’s had terrible luck with online dating. Until she gets one too many unsolicited dick pics and decides to use her software developing knowledge to give the douche canoes a taste of their own medicine. She never expected her online website – where women could warn other woman about d...
  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    This was a cute read. I expected more romance but I was still pleased with it. Pockets for having a woman in STEM as the MC. She codes without help and (clearly) is a beast because she made a website, an app, fixed a work-jerk’s computer, and installed a keytracker without him knowing.Snaps for the best friends as well. Each were separately successful in their own right and came together to help their friend start her business. Also. Props for ...
  • Steph
    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!
  • Moon Love
    4.5 stars!This was great! I loved the mix of romance, womens' fiction and chick lit this book had! I couldn't put it down! I will admit to wanting more from the story and epilogue, especially when it came to Melanie's friends, but in this case it's good that I want more!The topics mentioned in this book also really touched me. Especially the one regarding how addicted we are to tech and how we use it to meet people. Not to mention how toxic tech ...
  • Susan
    Having recently finished “How to Hack a Heartbreak” by Kristin Rockaway, I am happy to have had the chance for the preview; thank you NetGalley and Graydon House! A fast paced read and a look into the downfalls of the online dating world where choices to date someone are primarily made using photo apps. I really enjoyed this story and was able to “keep up and follow along” with the techie talk and twenty-something lifestyle moments, even ...
  • Elaine
    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 y...
  • Mary Ann Marlowe
    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....), e...