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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 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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345803481
ISBN-10: 0345803485
Publication Date: 4/3/2012
Pages: 514
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1079 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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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 + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
This book is as sad and depressing as they come.
Sure, EVERYONE is reading it, but that's probably because no one wants to be left out from having something to say about it.
This is NOT a steamy, erotic romance story, like it's being advertised. It's domestic violence. Seriously. It actually hurt to read, partially because the writing itself is wretchedly un-adult, and partially because Ana is so stupid.
Christian is NOT a likable guy at all. His only positive traits are his wealth and his willingness to spend it on Ana. He is cold, shallow, uptight, possessive and a total @$$.
Ana is a pathetic dumb fawn who tragically mistakes physical attraction for love. Seriously. She does. He's hot, so she thinks she loves him, despite him being OCD-level obsessed with stifling her. He actually sells her car against her will because he doesn't like it. He buys her a Blackberry, and has it delivered to her at work, so he demand she talk to him whenever he wants. He follows her, against her wishes, on a vacation to visit her family.
It is a sad commentary on our society that this book is as popular as it is. If I'd known how pathetic this story is, I would have avoided it.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
It is rare that I don't finish a book, even a bad one. I always have faith that it will grab me eventually and be worth my time. But this was so very poorly written I didn't make it past 50 pages or so. The characters lacked depth and were completely unbelievable. They seemed like caricature of a caricature. The innocent virgin turned vixen, the gruff, young, handsome billionaire that is inexplicably drawn to her. My inner goddess was rolling her eyes until I finally just gave up in disgust.
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reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
This trilogy is a train wreck. Poorly written and at times you have to just tell yourself that it is trashy and light, so do not over think it because if you do, you will find the holes in the storyline. All that said, I was horrified that I could not stop reading the book. At least it was easy to read because I read all 1600 pages of the trilogy in the matter of days.

If you decide to read it, I apologize and recommend that you stay the distance even though the whole book must be the same cycle of violence on replay over 50 times. At least when at the end, it feels like you accomplished something while horrified that you stayed with it.

My belief is that woman are not entranced by the intimate partner abuse and pedophilia that the media mentions, but the idea that a man can and wants to change. Again, horrified and unable to stop reading.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 550 more book reviews
Heard about this book for years, but it's just an Elora's cave, sex tension filled book.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 37 more book reviews
I was sceptical of this book as if erotica hasnt been around for centuries...what was all the hype? I have read more than my fair of this genre. I also had read that it was poorly written etc. It sat on my shelf for months. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!!! Once you learn to ignore the constant 'Er's and 'um's, is Ana really a college grad??? Anyhow, I thought the character development was excellent. and I can say that for all the players in the book. The author is exceptional at that. I adored both Ana and Christian and that rarely happens. Its usually the simpering female and the hard as steel male (no pun intended...well possibly).
In short I couldnt put the book down and I have actually read it twice desperate to receive the next 2 installments.
Brava Brava E.L.

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