Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

Why I Read It:

For months, I’ve been seeing this novel pop up among different blogs, entertainment shows, and magazines.  And for months, I passed it up.  I didn’t want to get sucked into the hype.  It wasn’t my type of novel.  I was too embarrassed to let anyone know I was reading it.  I gave a million different excuses.  And then one night, after the baby was asleep and my husband was already in bed, I found myself surfing Amazon’s top 100 list and there it was again staring me straight in the face.  Before I even knew what was happening, my finger had tapped the “buy” button on my Kindle and within minutes I was meeting Christian Grey for the first time.

What I Thought:

Fifty Shades of Grey is by no means great literature.  But, that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t an addictive and fast paced story that will keep you on your toes.  Once I was introduced to Anastasia and Christian, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  I had to know where their story was headed.  In fact, at one point, I could have read about them watching paint dry and still would have been entertained.  That’s how into this novel I was.

Character wise, Anastasia didn’t really stand out to me.  There wasn’t anything super special about her.  If fact, I thought she was a bit whiney and weak.  At one point, I clearly remember looking at my Kindle and telling her to get a back bone, distracting my son from his marathon of Curious George because mommy was talking to that “thing that made sounds” again.  However, Christian Grey made up for all that was wrong with Anastasia.  I must say, I’m pretty sure I have a thing for screwed up, angry heroes.  There was just something about Mr. Grey that made me want to know everything about him.  The way he dressed, the way he spoke, and the way he acted with Anastasia all worked together to create one of the most enticing characters in fiction today.  I had to have more.

Why You Should Read It:

If you are even the tiniest bit curious about this book, you should, by all means, give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it.  It’s one of those fun beach reads, for times when you just want the story to take you away.  But be warned, once it has you in its grasp, it doesn’t let go lightly.  Don’t plan on getting a lot of other things done when you’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey, because if you’re anything like me, it will not happen!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Mc
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 15:07:24

    You know…I’m a prude…but the more I read reviews, the more I’m tempted to read this…just don’t tell anyone! 🙂


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