Review: How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

Harlequin-Graydon House, 2019


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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To be completely honest with you, How to Hack a Heartbreak kinda stressed me out. In fairness, I’ve been with the same man for almost thirteen years and married for nine years at the end of this month. Over and over again while reading this book I would think is this REALLY what dating is like in 2019?! and then I would grab my walker and hobble off to the kitchen to sort my coupons.

I liked the premise of this book. Girl coder, Mel, (yay!) gets sick of douchey guys screwing women over in the dating scene and creates an app to document and share bad dates and the misdeeds of A-holes.  And it goes viral. Mel also works in a male dominated field and is constantly demeaned by her male coworkers. I don’t know how accurate this portrayal of the ‘women in tech world’ truly is, but in this book it’s brutal and infuriating. For me though, the female friendships are the most enjoyable part of this book.

Here’s the thing though…I don’t think this book should be categorized as a romance. For one thing, the romance was not the driving force of the plot. Which is fine…if you’re not expecting a romance. The sex scenes aren’t exactly “closed doors” but they are perfunctory (just a few sentences) and described after the fact. So do with that info what you will. Something else that bugged me about this book was some of the behaviors of the characters. I guess, at 33, I can only describe them as…immature? I enjoyed this book. I just think it might have been written for a different audience than someone like me. (#old)

Goodreads reviews of How to Hack a Heartbreak are mostly GLOWING. So please, read this book and form your own opinions. This book is set to release in July. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.

Happy Romance Reading!