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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1)
Fifty Shades of Grey - Fifty Shades, Bk 1
Author: E L James
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781612130286
ISBN-10: 1612130283
Publication Date: 3/12/2012
Pages: 380
Edition: First
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 170 ratings
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Book Type: Perfect Paperback
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 46
This book was terrible. It was written by someone who has zero command for a creative use of the English language. Repetitive - not very interesting - and not even very racy. If you want to read a book of porn, or a book that caters to the BDSM lifestyle, start somewhere else - ANYWHERE else.

This is one of the most annoying books I have ever had to read (thanks to book club). Read the reviews on before you dive into this. It just is NOT worth your time - and you'll never get the time you waste reading it back.


reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 45
read this in an afternoon as it is definitely light reading. Let's be honest, the buzz about this book is the sex, and it's all pretty vanilla. As far as the rest of it: dialogue, character development, story line....this is middle school stuff. The female protagonist utters the same dialogue over and over whether it is out loud or in her head and it is boring and tired by page 5. Christian Grey is the epitome of every girl's bad boy fantasy, typical and predictable. All that being said, I couldn't put it down and am headed to Target now to get the other two in the series. This is poolside reading, an afternoon's distraction. I will be adding the other two as soon as I'm finished as these are definitely not books I need in my library.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
Based on some reviews, I thought this book would be a thinly-plotted, loosely narrated jumble of sex scenes, but since I kept hearing about it everywhere, I decided to read it anyway; I didn't want to be the only human on Earth who hasn't. Boy was I wrong! Although there IS a lot of sex in this book (a LOT!), the main focus is the relationship between Ana and Christian. I'm not saying it's great literature--it's not, but I recommend this book to anyone who can handle (or likes) erotic writing--this one is definitely worth reading.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I managed to get about half way through the book. I cant finish it. one of the worst books I've ever... attempted to read and wont be finishing it. SO tired of her chewing on her lip, and her inner Goddess. In real life if someone hunts down ever bit of information on you, your cell number, wants to know everything your doing, mad if you talk to another male it's stalking. this dope thinks it's ok to do?? I dont understand the hype about the books to me they are just so horribly written I cant even struggle through.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It has so many fans and glowing reviews. But after 3/4 of the book, I wasn't left with an understanding of why it has been so well received. Instead, I was scratching my head. I have a love for emotionally charged BDSM romantic fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey was not was I was looking for. To be quite honest, I found it boring and the narrator was so very annoying.

The author obviously has talent and a love of words, many, many words, some of which are misused and redundant. This book could have used a very thorough edit. It's overwritten, the protagonist is the epitome of a Mary Sue and the pacing drags. I found myself skimming to get to the meat of the story, hoping Ms. James would finally alleviate the boredom and give me something, anything, to keep me reading. Unfortunately, that never happened.

I know this book started its life as Twilight fanfic and it really shows. Ana was very similar to Bella -- banal, flaky and irritating with her endless maudlin ruminating. Christian was very like Edward if you simply changed vampire to dominant. He was also creepy, controlling and immature. Sound familiar?

As I said, I really wanted to like this and I'm disappointed I didn't.
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