Review: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James

About the book:

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.

Ok. I have several different thoughts about this book. I’ve decided to do a numbered list instead of a regular review.


  1. The writing – The writing isn’t great. It’s not even good. There are sentences that make no sense. There is a confusion of British and american terms. Also, lots of repetition. It feels like it wasn’t edited.
  2. The sex – I must read a lot of dirty books, because this didn’t seem all that scandalous to me. I believe that Maya Banks and Lauren Dane’s erotic romances are much hotter. There is an abundance of naught-times in the book, but they actually do feel right within the story.
  3. The characters – This is the one thing that I liked and the reason I kept reading. Christian and Ana are both so intriguing.  I wanted to know more about them and their relationship. Christian is so aloof and doesn’t really reveal much about himself and Ana is a pretty open book.

Will I be reading the rest of the trilogy? Yes, I will. The first book ends on a cliff-hanger of sorts and I want to know what happens between the couple next.

the book girl gives FIFTY SHADES OF GREY a 3/5 (mainly for the characters and not the writing)

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