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The Very First Bite Paperback – August 8, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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The Very First Bite was a fun, easy read. It's a book that makes you want to keep reading to see what happens. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Kristen
Cynthia Langston's second novel, The Very First Bite, follows the main character, Lanie, as she prepares for her high school reunion by attempting to lose twenty pounds. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Jen @ Under a Gray Sky
Angie's review was first posted at Romancing the Book's blog.
Losing weight is difficult for so many of us. Read more
Lanie Albers has ten weeks until her class reunion. She has twenty pounds of extra weight, a job she doesn't like, and a non-boyfriend. Lanie is panicking. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Charlotte Lynn
Cynthia Langston's The Very First Bite is a fun and entertaining novel that many women will easily relate to. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by OSUCandace
This book is a must read! If you're looking for something fun and light, this is the book for you! The main character, Lanie, is hilarious in her attempts to get ready for her... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Hunter
Totally enjoyed this book. It is such a fun, easy read that every woman can relate to. I was rooting for Lanie until the very end. Cynthia, please keep writing. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Lilybelle
"The Very First Bite" is a funny, touching and at times heartbreaking book! Every woman that has ever struggled with romance, insecurity and the struggle to lose weight should read... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by ioanapilgrim
The Very First Bite This book was a great and easy read! Had me laughing out loud! Another great book by Cynthia Langston...cant wait for more!Published on September 11, 2012 by greatsmile419