Review: Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeline Henry


Release date: July 9, 2019

Publisher: Atria

Genre: Women’s Fiction


Allegra Cobb’s resume: Straight-A Princeton grad, second-year analyst at a top-tier bank, one-time USA Yoga National Champion. Allegra Cobb’s reality: Spends twenty-four hours a day changing the colors on bar charts, overusing the word “team,” and daydreaming about quitting the minute her year-end bonus hits her account. She has no interest in the cutthroat banking world—she’s going to launch her very own yoga practice.

But her plan isn’t quite as perfect as the beachfront yoga pictures she double-taps on Instagram. On top of the 100 emails an hour and coworkers already suspicious of her escape plan, Allegra’s hard-driving single father has always expected fiercely high achievement above all else. That his daughter works on Wall Street means everything to him. Still, she marches on, taking it day by extremely caffeinated day.

But after (1) unknowingly sleeping with the man now leading her banking cohort on one of their biggest deals to date and (2) meeting the #blessed yoga guru who might just be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted, it really hits her: her happy-ever-after will be harder to manifest than she thought.

Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, and totally irresistible, this is the story of a fearless young woman determined to center herself in the life she truly wants.


The publisher compared this one to The Devil Wears Prada and while I usually hate those type of comparisons, this one was dead on. I had NO idea the world of investment banking was so cutthroat and harsh and seeing it juxtaposed alongside the yoga world was not only fun, I was fascinated by the inside look to both worlds.

Besides Allegra, who by the way won me over early on with her biting wit and sheer determination, there was a supporting cast of characters that added even more snark and dry humor, the type that just really speaks to my soul. Tripp is in Allegra’s pod at work and his bro jokes and stupid one liners made me crack up. Her budding friendship with yoga guru Skylar was also amusing as well. There was much more to this one than just humor though, it had a lot of depth and dimension, both in the characterization and the overall story itself. This is a beach read with bite, it’s incredibly smart and has enough juiciness to satisfy my need for gossip as well. Super impressive debut, I would definitely read more from the author and I can totally recommend this as a summer read!

Breathe In, Cash Out in three words: Smart, Sharp and Witty.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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