How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak

Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.


By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed help-desk 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.

Praise for How to Hack a Heartbreak

July 2019 LibraryReads Pick

Featured on Goodreads Hottest Romances of 2019

“Rockaway offers an entirely relatable take on the infuriating casual sexism that can permeate everything from a workplace to online dating apps, while also reminding readers to take a breath and a chance on themselves.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Rockaway delivers a sharp and funny tale of female empowerment with a side order of romance.”  — Publishers Weekly

“As sexy as it is topical. Providing a peek into the world of twentysomethings dating in the digital age and (s)wiping out, the fast-paced tale will have readers laughing and celebrating as Mel shows what she’s made of in the worlds of romance and tech.” — Booklist

“Set in the New York City tech scene, this is a funny, fast-paced romance that shows that romance and real love can happen — if you’re willing to take it offline.” — NPR

How to Hack a Heartbreak tackles the issues of sexism and discrimination in the workplace while delivering a satisfying romance, some incredible female friendships, and a happily-ever-after ending. Kristin Rockaway has written a winner of a story that seems destined for the screen.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

“…a story about how a new romance, a few good friends and a whole lot of code can change everything.” — Shelf Awareness

“For everyone who has been wronged in the world of online dating! Revenge is a dish best served digitally in Kristin Rockaway’s book capturing what it’s like to pursue ambition and love in New York City. Snappy pacing, a delightful group of best friends, women innovating in tech and a workplace love interest made this a book I really enjoyed.” — Sally Thorne, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine

“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

“A current and clever read, impossible to put down… Rockaway has masterfully painted the current dating landscape so many are navigating these days.” — Renée CarlinoUSA TODAY Bestselling Author of Blind Kiss

“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

Foreign Editions

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RED (Czech)


Hauteville (French)

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MIRA Taschenbuch (German)

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HarperCollins Italia (Italian)

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