How to Hack a Heartbreak
by Kristin Rockaway
Pub Date 30 Jul 2019
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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.
THE ASSISTANTS meets Doree Shafrir’s STARTUP in this snarky, fun, and incredibly timely novel about women in tech and dating in NYC; a breezy read—with a conscience—for the BuzzFeed generation.
“Rockaway has masterfully painted the current dating landscape so many are navigating these days.” —Renée Carlino, USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss
“Smart, fun, fast-paced. Rockaway seamlessly blends the trials of modern dating with the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated workplace.” —Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
"Rockaway leads us on a charged ride through Internet dating and the start-up world through the shrewd eyes of S.T.E.M.-and-the-city girl, Melanie Strickland, and every bit of it is a page-turner.” - Robinne Lee, author of The Idea of You