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Fifty Shades of Grey: A Book Review

I wasn’t going to do a book review on Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James for one reason….my mom!  My mom reads this blog and I blushed at the thought of the response I was going to get from her!  But on the other hand I didn’t want yall to think I stopped reading, so here goes!

Here’s the Amazon product description:

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.

My Thoughts

My friend Kaleena recommended this book- when she could not longer have skype conversations with me, was going to bed early to read and was missing stops while on the train, I knew there was something intriguing about this book and was likely just what I needed to get over my reading rut.  It just so happens this was the book selected by my book club as well so I was able to kill two birds with one stone.  I am shocked that no one in my book club liked this book!  This speaks to how different my tastes are (seeing how I haven’t enjoyed the last 3-4 books selected that others tend to rave about) and I LOVED THIS ONE!  This book read so quickly and was so interesting that I read the whole trilogy in less than a week.  This book had me wanting to call out of work and nearly got in the way of my weekend getaway to Melbourne.  Ok, let me know hold you in suspense any longer.

Ana Steele is a college student and a boring one, this girl has no social life and is very inexperienced when it comes to men.  Her life will change with one request for a favor from her roommate- conduct an interview on her behalf (as she is suffering from the flu).  Ana stumbles through the interview, she is flustered by Christian’s good looks and is trying to stick to her roommate’s script.  You can feel Christian’s confidence beaming off the page and can vividly picture his good looks!  Christian pursues Ana (to what extent is not clear until the very end of book 3!) and introduces to her a world that none of us could see coming!  This book has been dubbed “mommy porn” but it is actually classified as erotica.  Let me break this down…there is alot of sex, over the top sex, sex that will have you blushing in public places and looking around to see if anyone is looking at you.  But beyond the sex there is a story line.  Ana’s character starts to grow and develop in book 1, she falls in love and really comes into her own.  Christian is a hand full, he is a very dark man with a childhood that he has not overcome even as an adult man.  I admire Ana for sticking with it, relationships are hard enough even without this level of baggage.  Ana’s inner goddess (the bad girl) and her conscience (the good girl) also play a key role in this book.  I really like how the author captures Ana’s thoughts as she makes decisions and explores her sexuality.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.  The half of star missing is due to how it’s written.  It is very much in a college student/high school student’s voice.  There are lots of oh my’s and the like throughout the book.  At times the vocabulary becomes predictable and could be a bit more mature.  That is not a deal breaker for me, you can easily get past this as the story line is gripping!

I know quite a few of my facebook friends jumped on board and read this book as well, have you read it?  What did you think?


April 22, 2012 - Posted by | regular


  1. I loved it of course. Both of my mom’s have read it and they love as well. My mom even called me yesterday to inform me that she was in search of the “silver balls.” lol! I agree that some of the writing was immature but overall I loved it and it had a happy ending which is always a plus! It was a nice way to spend my vacation.

    Comment by Jacinta | April 23, 2012 | Reply

    • HAHA, I am not sure how I feel about Mom looking for the silver balls BUT your line sister (Stephanie W) could sort that out for you if you are looking for a mother’s day present 😉

      Comment by Kyishia | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Loved the triology!! OMG!! I just read Jacinta’s comment about her mom wanting the the “silver balls”! Too funny!

    Comment by Heavenly Delightful Foods | April 24, 2012 | Reply

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