With Spring season upon us and Summer right around the corner, most people check the book racks for a light-hearted, fun read. I recently read a book that perfectly fits the bill — Synchronized Breathing, a refreshing and funny debut novel by Tara Ellison.
The novel centers around Scarlett, a thirty-something year old woman who has just left her husband and is stuck living with her zany, sex-crazy mother and toddler son. While it might seem like a slow start, keep with it and the book will instantly reel you in with its lovable characters. The book follows Scarlett through the perils of divorce, the ups and downs of dating, and the pursuit of a job she is passionate about. For a debut novel, Ellison has remarkably well-developed characters that you feel as if you’ve known forever, even those who only make quick cameos.
The novel is extremely relatable, even for those younger than the main character who haven’t experienced divorce. Let’s be honest, we’ve all dated people who are wrong for us and Scarlett is no exception. Her dating woes will have you both sympathizing with the character and guffawing with laughter. One of the best qualities of this book is its ability to literally make you laugh out loud. Ellison has an impressive aptitude for comedic writing, not to mention a certain proclivity to steamy spectacles.
While the initial descent into Synchronized Breathing may be a little slow and somewhat redundant, once you get into it, you will become invested in the characters and won’t be able to put it down. This light-hearted read takes you on a journey of self-discovery in a fun and approachable way. Ladies, get your wallets out.
Twisted Talk: What are you favorite Summer reads? Will you be getting a copy of Synchronized Breathing? Discuss below!