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.
The Very First Biteby Cynthia Langston
With twenty pounds of extra weight, a dead-end job and a boyfriend who won’t commit, the prospect of revisiting old classmates has Lanie reeling with panic.
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The Very First Bite chronicles the toils and triumphs of Lanie Albers, who has just ten weeks to mentally and physically prepare for the ultimate day of reckoning: her high school class reunion.
With twenty pounds of extra weight, a dead-end job and a boyfriend who won’t commit, the prospect of revisiting old classmates has Lanie reeling with panic. Not to mention the loose ends she’ll finally have to face, like Chad, her first love, for whom she suspects she might still have feelings. And Candace, her lifelong best friend, who abruptly ended their friendship seven years ago with no explanation.
By examining the ghosts of her past, Lanie begins to prepare for the revelations and confrontations of the big night. She also launches a desperate campaign to lose weight: an uproarious battle with fad diets and disastrous workouts, most of which lead her right back to the cookie jar.
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Reviewed by Angie Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Losing weight is difficult for so many of us. Many of us fail in our goals, while those with steel wills can manage to lose the majority of the weight they need/want to lose. But like Lanie Albers, very few of us ever learn to love the person who looks back at us in the mirror even after we’ve lost weight. I disliked Lanie a lot and found her too obsessed with losing weight so that she didn’t look like she’d let herself go to high school classmates she hadn’t seen in over five years since their ten year reunion. She was trying to please everyone else, and that’s when I realized the reason why I disliked her was because she reminded me of me. You should never, ever lose weight to please anyone but yourself. The Very First Bite will have you laughing, crying, seething in anger, and reaching for a bottle of water and a cheeseburger. You’ll find yourself holding your breath each time Lanie steps on the scale and rolling your eyes as she flits from one diet to the next. I didn’t much care for her sister, Libbie, at all. Sara proved to be a great friend, even when Lanie pushed her to her breaking point. Lance was amusing and the twist at the end involving him had me giggling. Candace and Chad were an interesting – and somewhat surprising – mix. And Mark…I spent half the book shaking my head at him and the other half shaking my head at Lanie. Overall this is a really good book that makes you really think about yourself and food and how you can coexist. Warning: There are several uses of a derogatory word depicting homosexual males.
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. She knows her ex, Chad, from high school will be at the reunion and they never really settled things. Candace, her best friend from high school, who moved out and never talked to her again, might be at the reunion. The Very First Bite tells all of Lanie’s struggles to get a handle on everything. While reading The Very First Bite, I saw some of myself. The self esteem and body images issues are something most readers will relate to on some level. Watching Lanie bounce from diet to diet and not get the results she wants and then seeing her realize that hard work, not the easy answers, are the way to get the results she wants, just made her seem so much more real to me. But I will say there were times I wanted to skip parts and move on, a little too much dwelling on food for me. I did enjoy the romance part of the story. Mark, who won’t commit, and Chad, who never really broke up, were lovable. The hope of getting back together with Chat, although they haven’t talked in years and have no clue if there is still an attraction between then. With Mark you could feel he just needed a little push and that he really did love Lanie, and he loved her as she was. Which made him perfect to me. The Very First Bite is a witty and funny story that all women will relate to. I definitely recommend it.
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. *Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review