Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: May 26, 2011
Series: Fifty Shades Series (1)
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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.
I only made the decision to read this book after my cousin invited me to a book club meeting and this was the book of choice. While the book wasn’t god awful, it just wasn’t that great of a read for me.
When Anastasia Steele stumbles into uber rich Christian Grey’s office, they are both immediately attracted to one another. Christian spends the first few chapters trying to convince Ana that he’s no good for her, and in typical I think I can change him fashion, Ana doesn’t care. But Ana gets much more than she bargains for when she realizes the type of relationship Christian is interested in.
This story pretty much had me infuriated and at times bored me to tears. I found the initial interactions between Ana and Christian to be fairly frustrating as neither seemed to want to give up any pertinent information about themselves. But when much of the relationship came down to contract negotiations between the two I was not impressed, nor was I shocked. I was pissed. I couldn’t believe that this girl, who’d never experienced sex or love (at the age of 22), was even contemplating entering into the kind of relationship that Christian wanted, when she had such strong misgivings about being able to fulfill his requirements. Why she would even consider such an arrangement as her first love experience I can’t fathom.
I understand this book is erotica, but after a while I really got bored with the sex. It was almost as if the author were challenging herself to see just how dark and freaky she could get with it, but I just wasn’t interested. And they had sex so much when the scenes came I just wanted them to be over and this should not be. Despite all the sex going on, I really wanted to see more development in the actual relationship. These two had such a hard time dealing with each other, and the only time either seemed to open up at all was in their email correspondence with each other.
Other irritating aspects of the books include phrases that were repeated over and over and over again! I swear on almost every page there was an Oh my, shit, fuck, damn or some variation thereof. These two are also the most gaspening (yeah I made that up) characters I’ve ever met. And constant gasping is so NOT SEXY in a man. There was also way too many references to her inner goddess and they both were constantly blushing. Very annoying.
I found many aspects of the book degrading to women and overall distasteful. Christian constantly treated Ana like a child, and though she tried to assert herself, at many times she acted like one. This just isn’t MY cup of tea and the only reason I’m considering reading the other books is because my cuz wants me to join her bookclub discussion about the whole trilogy. I’m considering just reading spoilery reviews for the last two books. In case I do suck it up and read them, someone please tell me they get better!
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