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How to Hack a Heartbreak
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How to Hack a Heartbreak
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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.
Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.
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.
Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.
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  • Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.
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    April 8, 2019
    Rockaway (The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World) delivers a sharp and funny tale of female empowerment with a side order of romance. Four years after college, programmer Melanie Strickland is still working the helpdesk at a New York City start-up incubator called Hatch. The only good things about her job fixing laptops for ungrateful male chauvinist “Hatchlings” are the paycheck, benefits, and a cute programmer named Alex Hernandez. After yet another crappy online dating meetup goes wrong, Mel creates JerkAlert, a site where women can warn others about online daters who are rude, thoughtless, lying, or sexist. While she begins a tentative romance with Alex, JerkAlert goes viral and Mel dreams of starting a company. But she’ll need to challenge a world that still believes “girls can’t code” and find her own way to success—in business and in love. Rockaway creates an entertaining, if somewhat black-and-white, world of high-tech winners and losers, from Mel’s indomitable girlfriends to the rapacious businessmen in her way. A brisk plot and Mel’s determination will see readers through to the triumphant finish. Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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