Kristin Rockaway comes to the blog today with a story of love, laughter and swipes in
How to Hack a Heartbreak
Mel left university and went straight into working at the helpdesk for a startup incubator company. For four years she has been nearly invisible unless or until she is needed, the lone (or close to it) woman in the frat house – subject to verbal abuse, put downs and little to no support from her ‘boss’. Of course, she knew that being a woman in tech meant that it would be tough, the boy’ club doesn’t like the encroachment, and there’s plenty of moments to show that. But, with her friends and her trusty app, she’s swiping left and right to see if she can’t find her own happy ending.
But anyone who’s a woman and been on line knows that sometimes people are stupid. And that stupidity often tends to them leading with body parts – not the ones we care about either – always below the belt, usually unsolicited, and when questioned – they are offended! This causes Mel to start a ‘slam page’ about all the bad dates she’s had through THE popular ‘swipe’ app for singles.
In the midst of the chaos, there is one man developing an app, and he and Mel hit it off. Unfortunately, his partner is everything that you don’t want in a guy, and while Alex is wonderful, Mel is tentatively testing the waters – and finding that things are even more difficult. But her app, and the response is garnering attention – does she have the will and the courage to strike out on her own, find a new situation and support in her chosen career? Oh yes, she does. And the growth, her friends and the very real incidents of harassment and devaluation simply based on her sex are wonderfully and honestly portrayed, and show just how a sense of humor, support and being good at what you do offer options and choices to change the ‘how it is” to the “how it should be”. A wonderful, quick read that surprised with it’s depth and characterizations, and brought an ‘everyday girl’ into a heroic position based on her desire to do good while making the world of computers better for women.
Title: How to Hack a Heartbreak
Author: Kristin Rockaway
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: Graydon House
Published on: 30 July, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 38 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.