DNF Book Review: How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

Title: How to Hack a Heartbreak

Author: Kristin Rockaway

Pages: 357

Format: Ebook


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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 her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight.
Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez–the only non-douchey guy at Hatch–has no idea she’s the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.

Here is a gif that reflects how I felt reading How to hack a heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway..

As a woman in the tech field, I was excited about picking this book up. It seemed like a book in where I could really connect with the character because I know the struggles of being a woman in a very male dominated industry. I was wrong…..so very wrong…..

The story revolves around Mel Stickland, a helpdesk technician at a startup incubator called Hatch, who is sick of entitled men. Both in the office and in the dating app world. After one “tick” pic too many and being stood up for an impromptu date, Mel takes her grievance for the losers that infest the dating app world to the internet. She creates a website where women can leave reviews on the horrible men they have encountered on the app, as a heads up to other women.

Now, I was on board with all of that. I was even okay with the sudden encounter with the love interest….but the story fell flat for me. There was no build up to her relationship with the guy, her friend’s characters were more of a filler moment than actual characters that help move the story forward, and I felt like there was a disconnect with how her work life was affecting her IRL. I made it to about half-way through the book and had to put it down because I couldn’t find something to care about.

I really wanted to like this book. It had a concept that I could relate to but it was not the book for me.

Things I did like:

  • Mel is a headstrong character and although she lacks confidence in her ability, she was slowly beginning to gain a back bone.
  • The insight to Mel’s work life as an IT and the only female in the company she works for.



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