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Fifty Shades of Grey | by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
(Vintage, 2012, 528 pages)

It had to be read… Let’s see what I can say about it đŸ˜‰ Obviously everyone has heard of this book and most people have read it, whether they choose to admit it or not. I started this book with very low expectations and I have to say that this book was nowhere near as awful as I thought it would be. It far exceeded my expectations in that regard.

The story revolves around the relationship that forms between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. The two meet while Ana is a senior in college – she is sent to interview Christian for her school paper when her best friend (who also happens to be the paper’s editor) falls ill. To say Christian becomes smitten with her is an understatement. There is chemistry between them from the very beginning, but despite Christian’s obvious interest, he seems wary about pursuing Anastasia. The reason for the wariness is because Christian wants Ana on his terms, and these are of a darkly sexual nature that Ana has never before been exposed to. Ana is as innocent as a person can be and Christian wants her to enter into a very “unique” relationship with him – one that requires non-disclosure agreements, rules, and punishments… Christian’s preference for this type of relationship stems from a very dark past he tries to keep hidden from Ana.

There’s no question that Fifty Shades of Grey more or less revolves around sex. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll certainly enjoy this book. If you’re reading this expecting literary greatness, you’re not going to be happy. If you read the book for what it is, I think you’ll appreciate it. There’s no question that it’s a unique text and premise – it certainly has a plot, which is more than you can say about a lot of other books in this vein of writing. Read it for yourself and see what you think – if you can’t handle explicit sexual content, this will not be the book for you.

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