Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L James
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date: April 3rd 2012
Pages: 528
Read it in: Just over a day
Source: Present, Andy


You can buy it on amazon.


Synopsis: Goodreads:


When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.


My Review:


Where the hell do I begin? First of all, I don’t think anyone under the age of 16 should be reading this book. Heck, I don’t think anyone of MY age (17) should be reading this book, but if you’re old enough to partake in the activities, then go ahead and read Fifty Shades of Grey. 


First of all, I have to say I loved Fifty Shades. It has had a lot of bad reviews, especially about the BDSM topic – I can happily say everyone is over reacting. It’s not as bad as I was made to believe, sure there are definitely some events that took place that made me feel a little uncomfortable but nothing majorly bad? 


I was unsure of my feelings towards Mr Grey until I read his emails, which seems to be everyone’s reaction. You see a playful side and it’s a side I hope is explored more in Fifty Shades Darker. I’m interested in where Ana and Grey’s relationship will go after the ending of Fifty Shades, so I can’t wait to begin book two. 


Grey’s past is haunting himself and me because I don’t know what it is! I have suspicions – don’t we all? – but James isn’t letting anything slip! Something else I’m hoping is explored in the sequel. 


I quite like Grey, well his playful side anyway – his dominating side… not so much. The book wasn’t as awkward to read as I thought it would be, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the trilogy at college or on the train to my boyfriends. Definitely something I feel a lot more comfortable reading alone – I wonder if that’s me being weird and self-concious or if everyone has felt that way? 


I completely understand why Ana annoys some people, one minute she wants to please him, the next she wants out. I understand that it’s annoying, but she’s innocent and her first introduction to the world of sex is this? I’d want out too! That being said, when she and Christian both admit they want more I love them both a little more. I’m pleased that Christian is willing to try for what Ana wants just as she’s willing to try what he wants. 


I’m slightly confused about the ending, as I’m not sure what is going to happen next… 


Like I said, no one under the age of consent should read this book, and I really think only adults should read it (Do I count? I’m an adult in a few months!). That being said, it was a really good read – which is shown by the fact it really own took me about 8 hours to read it!


Rating: 5/5 

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