Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Fifty Shades of Grey" By: EL James Review

"Fifty Shades of Grey"
By: EL James

Synopsis from Amazon:
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

My Thoughts:

    Woah. Seriously. I wanted to hate this book, I really did, but it's like ice cream. You know you shouldn't want it, you know its gonna end up being bad for you, but oh boy do you want to be bad. 
    I originally picked this book up because of a discussion I found online. People either really really liked the book or they hated it. So, what's a good librarian to do but check it out for herself? Surprised to find that my library's copy had holds on it, I put myself on the list and waited for it to come in. AND to be totally honest, when it came in, I devoured it like Ben & Jerry's.
    "Fifty Shades of Grey" is the story of Ana and Christian. Ana is graduating from college when she meets this mysterious millionaire and is "drawn to him." Christian is said millionaire who is drawn to Ana and begins to pursue her.
     Flat out first, this book is erotic fiction. There are people tying people up, sexual aids, etc. It's not as naughty as a Lorelei James book for example, but it definitely goes there so be prepared. That said, the book was so intense and I LOVED it! I couldn't put it down. I checked out the physical copy of the book at work brought it home and ended up buying it halfway through because I knew I had to have it. The characters are so intense, its so strange, yet brilliant. Ana and Christian don't know who they are until they find one another...and it seems like they become the people they were meant to be.
     Knowing how much I like it, I will admit it does have its flaws. The author writes at a very simple level. I saw my English Teacher at Wal-Mart this week and she told me it was like a seventh grader wrote it, which I kind of agreed with. She repeats the same sentences over and over while using the same wording as well. Sure it gets repetitive and it does get on your nerves, but the story is so genius its easy to skim over.
     Why do I like it? Well, it just seems like anyone could be Ana. I am that shy girl in the corner that loved Jane Eyre. I am that girl who when faced with a problem would rather not confront it. I am that girl who isn't noticed but when I do, I open up. Christian, our hero, is such an anti-hero that you just want to hold his hand and tell him it will all be all right. I want that dark stare aimed at me, I want that barely controlled feeling to bubble over. We all do.
     I know a lot of reviewers didn't care for this one, but I devoured it in an evening. I read it on a Monday, and by Tuesday had already bought the second book in the trilogy. If you try this one, be prepared for its flaws, but enjoy its wonder.

Fifty Shades Trilogy
"Fifty Shades of Grey"
"Fifty Shades Darker"
"Fifty Shades Freed"

Book Details
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Date of Publication: March 6, 2012
# of Pages: 380
ISBN: 978-1612130286


  1. Hey, nothing wrong with a guilty pleasure book. We all have them. I'm not sold on this one yet, but I might check for it at the library.

  2. I agree it had flaws but I still gave it a 5 because the storyline was so addictive with great characters. It was my favourite in the trilogy but loved the trilogy as a whole package.

    Enjoy reading the others :-)

    BTW - I see Beautiful Disaster on your sidebar going to read that, which is better in your opinion as both are being recommended to fans of one or the other.

  3. I need to sit and write my review (thanks for linking to your post, I will include it in my review).

    I enjoyed the book and am reading book 2, just a few pages a day... I do think there's too much sex. Today I read three scenes from when they woke up to having breakfast! That might be a little too much but the DOM part seems to be gone so it's readable and a sweet love story.