Sunday, April 8, 2012

50 Shades of Grey- Review

Title:  Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E L James
Source:  Nook

Goodreads Summary:

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. 

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. 

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds? 

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:

Please, if this is your thing, or you liked the not be offended. 

I only read to the end of this book to see if there was a conclusion that I could be happy with - one of the main characters had to change for me to be happy.  And fortunately for me, one of them does.

Christian Grey is a millionaire at a young age - I am not sure what he does for a living, but I do know that he owns a company and has a helicopter.  Anastasia Steele is a 21 year old college student who has never been in love, dated, or even kissed anyone.  These characters are based on Edward and Bella from Twilight -and when I read Twilight  I was disgusted with the unhealthiness of their relationship.  I was Team Jacob.  Well, this book takes their relationship in a totally different direction!   Although Anastasia is a virgin, she decides it would be a good idea for her first sexual relationship to be one with a contract and chains.  Christian is a BDSM master, and Ana his submissive.  She lets him do pretty much what he wants.  We learn that Christian got into the life when he was 15 years old, and his mom's friend made him her submissive.  We are supposed to believe this saved his life, keeping him from drugs; I think it is child abuse.  We learn his mom was a crack addict who abused him and most likely starved him.  He is a man with many demons, and to be honest I felt sorry for him.  This was obviously the way he felt he was in control of his life.  I just thought it was wrong for Anastasia, her introduction to sex to be one of pain, slavery, submission, and fear.  

I know that none of my opinions are based in any fact about why Christian does what he does - that was my conclusion from reading the book.

The shoddy writing didn't help.  I was going to poke my eyes out if I had to read him scolding her for biting her lip and rolling her eyes one more time.  And her crazy inner goddess and subconcious! Oh my god. That drove me insane!  

The summary says this book will stay with you forever, and I think it is right.  It just won't stay with you in a good way.

1 comment:

  1. You forgot about the "hitch" in their throats they get every second page...I have about 100 pages left to go and if I have to read about these "hitches" and the blushing and the eye rolling much more I am gonna scream! I wish it would have been better written...


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