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Breathe In, Cash Out

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  155 reviews
“For when you want the ultimate beach read...Enter Madeleine Henry’s Breathe In, Cash Out. It’s The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street.” —The Skimm

“This is a portrait of the devil in Big Finance, which promises untold riches in return for serving an inhumane master. Allegra’s fictional story is raw, unnerving, and sadly, very true.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselli
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Atria Books
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Madeleine Henry has written a clever story packed with humor and reality. Allegra is a 20 something Financial analyst. Biding her time at her high power Wall Street job until her bonus comes in, then she can pursue her real passion.... yoga.🧘🏻♀ when Allegra meets her yoga hero Schuyler she thinks she has hit the jackpot. But Allegra soon learns that the yoga world is just as cutthroat as Wall Street. Loved this book! I just had such a fun time reading it. Allegra was such a fantastic character a ...more
Larry H
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars.

Allegra Cobb has spent nearly two years working as an analyst at one of the most well-known banks. Between working an unbelievable amount of hours each week, redoing PowerPoint slide decks and bar charts for her supervisors, and trying not to lose her mind, she dreams of quitting her job to start her own yoga practice—just as soon as her year-end bonus comes in.

She's spent most of her life being an overachiever, driven by a father whose primary mechanism of communication and affection
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Madeleine Henry’s Breathe In, Cash Out is a charming, laugh-out-loud story that had me hooked from page one! Allegra is so relatable to me, someone who also has a high-stress job (though my job is nothing compared to this one! I was exhausted just reading about how tired she is). The characters in this book are wonderful—trust me, this is a read-in-a-day book if you are able to!

Allegra works in the finance industry, and her job is INTENSE. She is expected to be available 24/7, and most of that t
Theresa Alan
3.5 stars. The writing of this novel is good. However, it gets repetitive, and contrary to what the marketing copy says, it’s not even remotely funny, let alone laugh-out-loud funny.

Allegra is just trying to survive until her two-year contract as a low-level analyst for a Wall Street banking firm is over and she gets her bonus. The hours she and the other folks at her level work is completely insane, no matter how much money they’re making. She’s basically on call 24/7, but she tries to sneak i
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Allegra Chopp has a plan—push through to Bonus Day, then quit her frantic job at the investment banking firm Anderson Shaw, get her 200 hour yoga teaching cert, and live her dream life as a yoga teacher. All she has to do is survive the next two months. Until she fucks her boss. And meets her new yoga guru, Skylar Smith.

I wanted to like this so much more than I did. But, I was tricked by that cute cover into thinking this would be a cute contemporary romance with laugh out loud mad-caps while sk
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hu
Breathe In, Cash Out

Madeleine Henry

Wow, all I can say is, this story kept me giggling! You will find yourself laughing out loud as you are reading BREATHE IN, CASH OUT by Madeleine Henry. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Allegra! What an awesome story. All of Madeleine's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on on
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeleine Henry is just the quick, laugh-out-loud funny book I needed right now!

What it's about: Allegra Cobb is a second-year analyst for Anderson Shaw and really hates her job. In a world where your work is already late when you get it and there is incessant use of the word 'team', all she really wants to do is teach yoga. So when her yoga idol, Skylar Smith, reaches out to her and offers to mentor her, Allegra jumps at the chance. But becoming a teacher and bri
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Allegra Cobb spends her days and nights glued to her desk at Anderson Shaw (aka Goldman Sachs) in the Healthcare Group, where most of her Princeton undergrad colleagues would kill to be. However, not one to go with the flow (yes, that's an awful yoga pun, sorry), Allegra finds herself dreaming of exploring more about Yoga and it's practice and principles. She hopes she can make enough money from her annual bonus to ahem "Breathe In, Cash Out" and start her own studio. But these last few months a ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was hilarious. The writing reminded me of Tom Wolfe in terms of giving an inside, jaundiced look at a secretive business. Putting a yogi in the middle of Wall Street set up many ripe situations that paid off. I liked that Allegra was trying to find her own way in a tough world and the scenes at work made me sweat as if I were there. The yoga scenes captured the vibe of the many yoga studios and students I’ve come across tho I’m nowhere near as accomplished as Allegra.

This is
Megan C.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, fun read! I haven't run across a really well-written women's fiction story in so long - this one hit the spot! I found myself completely engrossed in the story and finished it in just a handful of sittings over a couple of days. The characters were dimensional and likeable, the setting immersive, and the ending completely satisfying. I've recommended it to all my friends as a great summer read!
Lara Blackman
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, cinematic, and entertaining on every page! A perfect summer beach read, especially for any fans of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA or Netflix's SET IT UP. Love to see a young woman's ambitions driving the plot :)
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this was the funniest, can’t-put-it-down books I’ve read in years. A must read for any current, former or aspiring Wall Streeters. Nails the junior banker experience. Madeleine Henry worked at Goldman Sachs so she knows her stuff. (A few senior folks there must be a little nervous!) As a guy, I hesitated at the pink cover, but I’m glad I trusted my instincts. This will definitely be a movie or Netflix series.
Maria Lokken
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breathe in Cash Out, was hilarious. The opening chapter signaled there’s a new voice on the book scene and a voice I very much wanted to listen to.

The writing style is clever, fun and fresh. The characters are written to pitch perfect perfection. I wasn’t simply reading the book, I felt as if I was sitting in the office with these characters, watching their antics and enjoying their banter.
The author manages to capture what it’s like to work in a world where you have no life, and are on constant
Meredith Schorr
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars.

I'd recommend this book to fans of Lauren Weisberger and readers who enjoyed such novels as Bond Girl, The Devil Wears Prada, and Big Law. It was a great look inside the world of banking. And, OMG, I'm so happy I chose a different path!!

I was so stressed out while reading this book as well as vicariously exhausted and hungry. The main character Allegra tried really hard to balance her day (more like 24-7) job with her yoga aspirations and thought she'd hit the jackpot when she caught
Samantha March
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a standout! I had so much fun from beginning to end with this. Breathe In, Cash Out is a smartly written debut novel, taking readers from the depths of Wall Street to the online yoga world. As someone who works in social media, it was so fun to read about Instagram personalities – and how what you see while scrolling might not be the same in real life. I’m also a dedicated yogi, so I knew immediately I wanted to review this book. I found Allegra so relatable (even though I know squat about ...more
Shawna (what.shawna.reads)
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Breathe In, Cash Out was just as fun and funny as I expected it to be. It’s the perfect amalgam of so many of my interests; finance, yoga, Instagram. There’s ways in which I relate to Allegra and ways in which I want to be her. I’m not sure how interesting this book would be to anyone who is not in finance (or doesn’t know someone who is) since so much of it is a very tongue in cheek take on the workplace culture.

I know that this was very much inspired by her own life so I’m curious to see what
Bradeigh Godfrey
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allegra Cobb is a second-year analyst at a top-tier bank in Manhattan, working 100-hour weeks and dreaming of when she gets her end of year bonus and can quit to teach yoga, who meets a yoga mega-influencer who sees potential in her. Torn between her desire to make her beloved dad proud and her desire to do what she really loves, Allegra finds herself succeeding at nothing and more stressed than ever.

This was a surprise hit for me! Allegra’s voice is darkly funny and I found myself frequently ch
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, 2019
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

This book reads like a financial sector, Millennial version of The Devil Wears Prada (which is such a cultural touchstone that I hope that comes across as the compliment that it is). Definitely the perfect book for summer poolside/beach reading, and a great one for some inspiration for anyone who feels stuck by their job or industry.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeleine Henry reminded me a bit of When Life Gives You Lululemons by Laura Weisberger. It was a quick summer read about Princeton grad Allegra who has been working as a banking analyst at one of the top investment banking firms. She decides that what she really wants to do is be a yoga teacher but she needs to wait until her big year end bonus to do it. Will she actually do it? There were funny moments, a touching relationship with her father, and crazy work stories. If ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun quick read . Little glimpses into the world of finance and the instagram yogi world. This book was graciously provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Roger T.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you work in finance, you will love this book. Nails the types. Hilarious.
Ann Woolliams
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Hey, I’m into stocks and yoga, so this book had a head start on a skyward trend from the get-go. But I read at least two books a week and find myself a little (dare I say) picky in my old age, so an author has to keep me right to the last page to be a winner in my book. I like a read that is creative, young, fun, and fresh- like this! Loved the easy style- very readable- and funny. Could Madeleine Henry be a brand new star?
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Allegra Cobb works constantly. As a second-year analyst for Anderson Shaw, she is constantly on call to help her bosses put together multi-million dollar deals for their clients. The emails come constantly, seven days a week, and she keeps up her stellar work there. Because there is something she wants. Well, everyone at Anderson Shaw wants something. Money, power, prestige. Allegra wants money too, but not like the others. She’s just waiting to get her bonus so she can go after what she really ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to review Breathe In, Cash Out because of my love for The Devil Wears Prada. I'm glad I gave this one a chance. It's a nice refresher to have a book that reminds you of a book you've enjoyed without trying to be a copycat version of it.

This story introduces us to Allegra - a banking analyst during the day and...well a banking analyst during the night too because the job has you working 24/7 with the only benefit being how much money you can make during bonus time. Allegra has dreams
Sarah Ann
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First- huge thanks to Atria for sending me a copy of this book!!

Second- wow! As a female entering her second year in the finance world (big four accounting firm->hedge fund->financial service firm) I can very easily relate to Allegra(main character).

Many people don't understand what it's like to be an individual in finance, especially a female in finance. Even more so when you have a passion for something outside of the 8-1AM job. Aka me with a blog. But Allegras character will give anyon
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allegra Cobb hates her job. She is a banking analyst at a prestigious investment firm; a job that pays very well but requires her to work 24/7. Leaving the office before 11 p.m. (or at all) is seen as slacking on the job. She regularly gets emails at 1 a.m. asking her to re-do everything she and her team just spent hours doing. Allegra's dream job is to teach yoga but she does not want to disappoint her father. Allegra meets yoga guru, Skylar, and is thrilled when Skylar says she has potential. ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful first novel that clearly defines what many of us have lived thru. We go to work everyday, trying to climb that corporate pyramid and realize at some point that this may not be the life you should be living. The corporate world owns you, damaged relationships, and turns people into exhausted robots. Allegra is Princeton educated and working in the financial world... her parents dream for her. The author cleverly weaves in the monotony, the round the clock on call, lost weekends, workin ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
When I initially heard about this book, I was super excited for it as practicing yoga is my other passion besides reading. I liked how work pressure was expressed in this novel and the main character’s relationships with her coworkers. The big part I did not like about this book at all was how yoga was represented in here and the whole side story about Instagram influencers which was a yawn. The author makes it as so shallow and ‘basic’, but there’s so much more to that. Yoga is not all about fl ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed so many times reading this! I loved the humor throughout the book. The main character is a young woman who works in the high pressure world of Wall Street but really wants to teach yoga. So on one hand, this is a very light read ( no murders, mystery, etc.) but wow how the author captures what it’s like to be torn between working to pay your bills vs doing what you love and being young working in a high pressure environment. Parts are a little repetitive but always so funny you don’t m ...more
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Madeleine Henry's debut, Breathe In, Cash Out: A Novel , is out now from Simon & Schuster. She has appeared on NBC, WABC, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and Inspire Living with Yogi Cameron. She has been featured in the New York Post, Parade, and Observer Media. Her second novel, a love story, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs and in investment manage ...more