Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “How to Hack a Heartbreak” by Kristin Rockaway. Graydon Books, July 30, 2019
Kristin Rockaway, Author of “Hot to Hack a Heartbreak” has written a different, witty, entertaining and intriguing novel. The Genres for this Novel are Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Fiction, and Romance. There is a touch of satire as well. The timeline for this story is in the present. The author describes the characters as complex, complicated, quirky, intelligent, dysfunctional, and flawed.
Mel Strickland has been working at a computer startup company called “Hatch” basically helping to fix the computers for the last few years. Most of the workers are male, and there is a fraternity feel or brotherhood expression to this workplace. Most of the men are “hatching ” up apps and ideas for programming. Mel, being one of the few women working there gets plenty of attitude from the men. What some of the men don’t realize is that Mel is an intelligent woman and very capable in the workplace.
Mel is fortunate to have some really loyal girlfriends that give her emotional support. It seems Mel has had to resort to using “Fluttr” a dating app, where you swipe with your finger who you might be compatible with. She is at a bar waiting for her latest” Fluttr” date when she sees one of the male workers. The “Fluttr “date never shows.
After being disgusted with dating apps, Mel uses her own coding skills to launch her own app “JerkAlert” for mostly women to vent and share their experiences. This becomes an overnight success and sets Mel off to an adventure she never expected. Mel is going to have to make some very important decisions and choices.
I love the way the author discusses the importance of friendship, loyalty, love, and hope. I would recommend this entertaining novel.