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About the Author

Cynthia Langston grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Northwestern University. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she owns and operates a company that researches consumer trends and insights. This is her second novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cynthia\Langston (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615654096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615654096
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,534,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed The Very First Bite. It is a delightful and insightful look in to the mind of a contemporary woman struggling to fit into society's description of perfect. As I read the pages I laughed out loud and thought, " Oh my gosh that's so true"!!! I have often thought to myself that if anyone could actually see all the insecure thoughts that bounce through my head in a given day there would be enough material for a sitcom. Cynthia Langston put all these thoughts down in the continuously and humorous flow that is Lanie's life.

Lanie's is a typical woman who happens to be single. She is in a monogamous relationship with a great guy, Mark, but she struggles with why he can't seem to commit. She has great friends, Sara, Lance and her younger sister Libby that she loves. She also has great job that affords her the luxury of working from home. She is attractive, despite the fact that she is 20 pounds over her ideal weight, and she is on the look for the perfect fad diet to instantly and effortlessly make those pounds virtually disappear. Like so many of us that strive to attain that great fit body but find that a bigger pair of jeans is the easier answer, Lanie bounces from one promise of the perfect diet to another. And to add to the pressure, she has only 10 weeks to lose said 20 pounds before her 15th year high school reunion where she will undoubtedly see her ex boyfriend and first love, Chad Michelson.

Now the latest gossip on Facebook (that Lanie accesses though her younger sisters account) has Chad either divorced or separated. Hmmm, with Mark unwilling to commit to even being labelled her boyfriend, Lanie wonders if the reunion could be the catalyst to renewing her relationship with Chad.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Very First Bite is a fun & light read that follows Lanie Albers during her quest to lose weight for her upcoming high school reunion, her desire to make things more permanent with her boyfriend and as she deals with friendship that abruptly ended seven years ago. Lanie tries several different diet programs, diet supplements, fat burners & exercise plans. The road she travels is one we've all been down before and I enjoyed the funny and light-hearted voice that Ms. Langston gave her character.

Lanie hated the weight she'd gained but she hated, even more, what she had to do to lose it. Her obsession with food, weight gain/loss & exercise are at the forefront of this story and, at times, drove me a little insane. There were a few times when I felt like screaming, "Enough already! That dead horse has been beaten quite thoroughly." Her internal monologues were constant and just reiterated the same point over & over. What I wanted & needed was more of her relationship with Mark, but since this more a Chick Lit genre book instead of Romance, that did not take center stage and I really missed that interaction. I wanted more interaction with any of the secondary characters.

About halfway through the book, the book did pick up for me because, that interaction was introduced. The story finally progresses nicely and we get a sugary sweet ending that I did enjoy. If you are a fan of Chick Lit, this is definitely a book for you. However, if you are a true romance fan - just know that while there is romance, it plays a small part but it's enough to still be enjoyable.
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Last year, I reviewed the well written Bicoastal Babe by Cynthia Langston and I was sent the author's newest novel last week free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed the author's first novel, so I was more than eager to start reading The Very First Bite. I know it sounds like the title of a vampire book, but there is no supernatural plot here.

Actually, the plot is very realistic involving a thirty-something-year-old Lanie Albers who is dreading, but somewhat looking forward to her upcoming fifteenth high school reunion, which is only ten weeks away. She can't fit into that old prom dress anymore as she has put on around twenty pounds extra weight and baggage over the years. She is not the kind of person who likes to exercise or diet, but she is desperate to try anything from extreme diets (Adkins, Nutrisystem, Organic, diet pills, etc), overcrowded gyms, to an at home yoga DVD.

Lanie's life isn't perfect as she has a dead-end job and a non-committing UPS driver boyfriend (Mark). She gets advice from her younger and thinner sister, Libby, and several friends, including the guy, Lance, who lives in her apartment building. Memories of the past keeping haunting her, mostly about her high school boyfriend, Chad, and her ex-best-friend, Candace, forcing her to fall off every diet she tries. Despite some setbacks, Lanie is determined to drop those twenty pounds so she can flaunt her new body at the reunion, but she might not have a date as things with Mark are quickly going down the toilet.

I have never laughed so hard while reading a book before, like I did with The Very First Bite.
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