Author: E.L. James
Release Date: April 2012 (originally 2011)
Pages: 514 (Paperback) | 3852 (ebook)
Genre: Erotic | Romance | Adult
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Read: from October 25 to 27
Source & Shelf: Gift | Kobo
ISBN: 9780345803481 (Paperback)
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.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
*This review might contain spoilers*
Okay, I did it… I’ve read it… I’ve survived it and… I sort of liked it… sort of!
So, 50 Shades of Grey is the book which has been exterminating the charts around the globe. And, as someone who loves to read, I was curious to know why an erotic book would be climbing the stairs to the very top and remain there for weeks. I wouldn’t judge a book without having read it even though I kept telling my best-friend to kill me if she ever saw me buying the book.
I guess my expectations were really low due to the various negative reviews of the people I follow so I read the book without any hope of liking it whatsoever.
The truth is: I did enjoy it! Yes, I did!
It’s not the best book in the world but neither is it the worst. There’s not much of a plot to it, that’s for sure, but the little it has, it caught my attention.
The writing was slightly childish and perhaps a bit too sloppy… but it was fine with me. It did’t had all those flourish things I’m used to but it didn’t had me cringe all over the place.
I believe there’s no need for me to go around telling the story of the book, right? We all know this is the story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s strange contract in which he wants her to be his submissive… in a sexual way. This is the main plot of the first volume. Ana is caught in this obscure world where Christian lives but she can’t run from it since she has a strange attraction to the man. And if the man was something like this or this (the favourite for the role), I’m sure I would be just like her (contract or no contract).
I’ll just say what made me give this book 3 cups/stars: the flaws! Yes, the flaws of the story, the characters. Despite my utterly hatred towards Christian Grey in this book and my totally annoyance towards Ana, I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen in the rest of the saga. That’s the main reason of my round 3 and not 2,5 (which was what I had planned)!
This story is based on Twilight and you can see that almost everywhere in the book: in the “I’m-not-the-guy-for-you-‘cause-I’m-evil” thing Christian keeps telling Ana; in the strange almost creepy thing in which he can read her mind (not like Edward Cullen though); in the “I’m-prone-to-accidents” Ana Steele; in the “I-almost-died-but-Christian-saved-me” moment in the story and so on… there are a lot of connections to enumerate. And in those, I just rolled my eyes of how obvious it was.
Christian had me on my nerves the entire time. He’s a stalker, a control freak, jealous like hell and bossy… I have to admit I completely hated him in this book. I just wanted him to open his eyes and see what kind of life he lived and what he was doing to Ana. I wanted to kick him hard in the parts!!!
Ana also got on my nerves but in a more subtle way. In fact, despite several things she did and said (or didn’t), I liked the detail of her being a person with flaws and someone who is trying to understand Christian and help him. Other than that, she’s a nymphomaniac… that’s all I’ve to say.
Expect this book to have a LOT of sex! And when I say a LOT I mean that 90% of the book is sex – pornographic sex as it were. If I thought The Turning was awkward to read with only four sex scenes in there, this one was beyond awkward; though the spanking, and the binding, and the whipping scenes were, for me, the worst of them all. I must have looked like a tomato whenever I read those scenes… I even skipped a few sentences to get into the drama and leave the “action” (if you know what I mean) behind. Just… too… awkward!
Anyway, moving on to some solid ground… there’s not much of a plot to it. Most of the book is Ana trying to deal with her attraction to Christian, then his bizarre contract and his sexual cravings and then her realization she’s in love with him. You felt that he only wanted her for the sex (at least till somewhere near the end) and then he changed into something perhaps a bit more delicate… not only sex but also something else more deep. As for her, she wanted to lose her virginity with him… a very poor reason in my humble opinion. After that, it was the emotion of falling in love with a troubled soul.
Nonetheless, this book made me curious to read more of the saga. Despite the obvious and big flaws it has, it wasn’t that bad. I was expecting a lot worse and when I finished, I just shrugged and was like “This is it?! That’s the book which is making the world go mental?! It’s just an erotic/romance book! I’ve read far worse than this.” It’s an okay book… not perfect, not bad… just okay!
I’m currently reading 50 Shades Darker and, as a friend of mine told me, the story gets slightly better. So far, 50 Shades of Grey is the worst and perhaps most embarrassed, uncomfortable, awkward book in the trilogy. But I’ll get there eventually, as soon as I finish the second volume and begin the third I’ll let you know.