Review: How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway


Release date: July 30, 2019

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.


I am absolutely loving the resurgence of the rom com, I’ve been loving them SO much lately and I am super impressed with how amazing this new batch of romance books has been in the last few months. From start to finish I adored this one, it was fun, light and totally modern and it also had depth and plenty of heart.

Lucky for me I was married long before online dating/apps became a common thing so while I couldn’t totally relate to Mel, that didn’t stop me from loving her! She’s a typical twenty something woman trying to navigate the dating world in the big city, but she’s fed up and ready to take action. She starts JerkAlert as a place where woman can review men they’ve met online as a way for them to prescreen potential dates and the ramifications are way more than she ever could’ve imagined. I loved her attitude and drive, both personally and professionally, she was constantly dealing with so many jerks in both areas and she not only made me laugh, she inspired me a little. It’s not cheesy girl power type of junk but instead an authentic feeling sense of women are badass, time to let the world know that I just enjoyed.

Highly recommended by me for a super fun summer read, it had everything I love in a rom com and more and I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more from the author.

How to Hack a Heartbreak in three words: Fresh, Hip and Fun

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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