Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

May 10, 2012 book review 5

I know I know, I’m writing a review for the mommy porn book of they year.  I admit back in March when I first heard rumblings of this new e book that was capturing women across the country I had to know more.  For a mere $6.99 at the time I downloaded it to my Nook and it was a quick weekend read.  I had no idea what would transpire for this book and author in the subsequent two months.  Wow!

The Story– Anastasia is about to graduate from college, and she does a big favor for her roommate and best friend.   She interviews the elusive Christian Grey, 27 year old entrepreneur and millionaire.  She is struck by the cold and stark feeling of his office and staff, but she’s also drawn to Christian and is nervous in his presence.
So begins the relationship and unique affair between Ana and Christian, he wants her, but not in the typical man loves woman scenario in most romance books.  Christian woos Ana with gifts and unique dates.  Christian is upfront with Ana, he isn’t looking for love, but for a lover, a playmate, and his preferences are specific, he’s looking for a submissive.

My thoughts– I buzzed through this book in two days, very easy to read.  I didn’t find the story that interesting or realistic.  There was too much repetition in phrases used by Ana. She seems unnaturally innocent and unexposed to much in life.  How many men of 27 are that successful and wealthy? While he does come from some money it’s still far fetched.  I suppose it’s all part of the fantasy James has referred to in her interviews.l   
I will admit I thought the sex was well done.  I thought it was detailed and erotic. The language is blunt.  While Christian was into darker games and erotica, when he realized Ana was a virgin he knew he had to take things slowly with her.  The sex he showed her was perhaps a bit unrealistic, I mean really how many women are that responsive the very first time they have sex?  Then again maybe we all just had the wrong first lovers…ha ha!  I thought it was erotic fantasy.

I’ve been so surprised by everything associated with this book.  First the chatter, good lord, it’s an erotic romance novel, I’m sure there have been others.  I CANNOT get over the sales of this book, working in a book store and seeing the demand and sales for this book, and the others in the trilogy amazes me.  It’s selling to women (and bought for women) all ages and races.  Men are buying it, women are asking for it for Mother’s Day, and I’m asked daily if I’ve read it.  I give my honest opinion. Now it’s being banned in libraries, and people to be very opinionated about it.  I have no desire to read the second or third book, the story in book one does leave the reader hanging, but I simply didn’t care.
I’m not a prude, the sex didn’t offend me, and it perhaps opened up some discussion with my husband and it was sort of kinky.
So as I said in my goodreads review, I’d give the book a 2 out of 5 stars, and the sex a 5!  If your curious, read it.  Honestly there are just too many good books out there to give too much time to this kind of fiction, in my opinion.

5 Responses to “Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James”

  1. Zibilee

    I am so behind, and haven’t read it yet, but I am going to very soon. I can’t say that I am super excited, because I am not a lover of erotica, but I am also surprised by the reaction to this book. It seems that a lot of women out there want to spice things up…me, not so much. I will have to let you know what I think of it at book club.

  2. Beth

    I was at first interested but like most books..if they get over hyped I don’t take the time to read them…so probably won’t! I am glad i read Hunger Games before the hype and most of the HP series! Oh well!

  3. Jenny

    It’s so insane to me that this book is so popular. I’m a little annoyed that it seems to take erotica to get people to read!

  4. Terra

    I have had no interest in the book, and not because of the sex…it just seemed dumb. I am happy to read your honest review because it confirmed my suspicions and will save me $$$$

  5. Pam

    For the life of me, I can not figure out why there is so much hype about this book. There are more than 1000 holds on it at the library where I work. To put that in perspective, there were only 600+ holds on The Help at the height of its popularity. I have not read it and am not planning to, since the topic doesn’t interest me, but from what I’ve heard it is not very well written. So what’s the big deal. I heard someone on TV say that this is what women really want from men – to be dominated. Really?! I find that so hard to believe.

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