How to Hack a Heartbreak – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

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.

Female coder badassery might just be the best thing about this book! Dating Apps might just be the worst/best thing for a twenty-something year old like me. JerkAlert might just be the smartest not-yet invented idea yet. Mel Strickland is one word is my, shero!

Unlike my other reviews, I will just simply lay out what I like and dislike about the book. 

The Good: Diverse female friend group! I loved that the main characters are four women who are true blue best friends. And I loved Mel’s roommate, Vanessa even more. There was little to none of the cattiness usually witnessed in stories that include a female friend group. Instead, there was honesty, humor and above all true support of one another. I also enjoyed the fact that they each had their separate professions that didn’t necessarily shape their identity but added to it. Lia, is an optimistic graphic designer, Dani is a holds no bar doctorate—PhD in sociology, student. And flirtatious Whit works in Public Relations. And finally, the love interest, Alex. Without any spoilers, he shockingly surprised me. I thought I knew exactly the type of character he was within the first few chapters. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was wrong.

The Bad: Overall, certain characters were predictable and one-dimensional. Which sort of took away from the enjoyment of the story. The overarching plot wasn’t bad but the sub-plots were a bit sub-par. 

Overall: The character development, especially for the main character Melissa Strickland, was phenomenal and the best part of the story. I absolutely loved the ending and I think it did a great job of wrapping up the story. I also found the story to be relatable, as I think women have all had bad experiences with online dating.

I’d recommend it to fans of Contemporary Romance who don’t mind a bit of predictability. 

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Author: Kristin Hackaway

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin – Grayden House Books for an e-Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book. Receiving How to Hack a Heartbreak did not affect my review or rating.