Publisher: Graydon House / Harlequin Audio
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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.
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway is SUCH a fun book!! It was unique, refreshing, and packed full of characters to love. I laughed out loud throughout the entire book and the romance parts made my heart happy. I also loved the focus on female friendships and Mel’s girl gang is amazing enough to make any girl jealous.
This was a really quick read for me, and I decided to do the audio which was great! Amy McFadden is the narrator and I thought she did a really good job with it. She was also good on 2.2x speed in case anyone listens at that pace like I do! How to Hack a Heartbreak is definitely a feel-good novel which was not heavy on the romance although I would love to see it on TV in some form. This is what I would call Romcom perfection and it has very little steam which is perfect for me. I love the way Rockaway brought strong female characters into this book and it made me feel empowered while entertained at the same time.
If you are looking for a lighter, easy read and you love Romcoms then I highly recommend How to Hack a Heartbreak whether you chose to listen to the audio or read the physical copy. I loved the ending of the book and the last line was so perfect I immediately started She’s Faking It even though it has nothing to do with this book. The only thing that made me give this anything lower than 5-stars is because it wasn’t emotional for me which is what usually pushes me past that point where it becomes a 5. However, Rockaway clearly has an instant fan in me, and I am so excited to read anything and everything she writes!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the Harlequin Publicity Team and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book! All opinions and thoughts are my own.