How to Hack a Heartbreak – Published 2019
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Girls who code! I love that Mel was defying gender stereotypes and breaking the mold in so many ways. She’s also very headstrong and independent and has a lot of self control even when people are being very rude to her, especially at work. I really enjoyed her, her roommate, her friends, and her love interest. All of the characters were purposeful and likable, except for those who aren’t supposed to be.
This is the third book I’ve read recently about online dating, and I really enjoyed it. It was my audiobook for the last month or so for car napping my youngest, and I always find that if I listen to a book in its entirety I like it even more. The narrator for this one is great! Another book that reminds me I am glad to have met my husband in person and didn’t swipe one way or another to find him. I am not sure I could survive meetups with strangers and unsolicited DPs.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE (non-vital spoiler included)
Melanie is strong. There were times when I really wanted her to stand up for herself, especially at work. She works at a helpdesk, despite being a great coder, and the employees there treat her like absolute trash. To the point where it could be considered sexual harassment or bullying. Spoiler – she never really stands up for herself to her bosses, and I really wanted her to get vindication that she never really got. That’s the only reason I took a star off; it felt like this piece was unresolved and really important.