Author: E.L. James
Release Date: June 20th, 2011
Publisher: Vintage Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Format: Paperback, Bought
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.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
This is my second time reading this book. I read it the first time when my mom actually read the books. This was a shock for me because I have never seen my mom read a book...ever. She hated reading. I was shocked for sure when I saw her sitting down reading it. She devoured the whole trilogy in less than a week. After that she had to go buy a kindle because she didn't want to be seen reading those kinds of books out in public. Now she reads a lot, even if they are dirty reads.
Since my mom read the books, I had to see what could possibly get my mom to read something. I found out very quickly why. The second time around, I knew most of what was going to happen, but since it has been years since I have read these, I definitely didn't remember everything. I felt almost like I was reading it for the first time.
I was worried that I wouldn't like this book the second time around. I hear a lot of bloggers saying how much they hated the trilogy or others saying they wouldn't read it no matter what. I respect both decisions, but I know I loved it the first time around. I thought maybe since I have read so many books now that I wouldn't like it so much. This did not come true. I loved it just as much if not more the second time around.
I love Christian. I know he has so much in his life that made him the way he is, and to most he would be considered an asshole. Sorry for the word, but it fits it perfectly. For some reason though, no matter all the awful things he does or how insensitive he can be, I still feel a pull of sympathy for him. I did the first time I read the book, too. I felt that there had to be more there and I am right. The little things he ends up doing throughout the story can make anyone melt.
Ana is hilarious. The things that she comes up with to say to Christian make me laugh. She is so witty and sarcastic that I instantly loved her, too. I love how innocent she starts out as and how she blossoms as a person because of Christian. It isn't just the sex in the story that makes her who she becomes. There is this side of her that was hidden and scared until she met Christian. His demands give her the confidence to come out and be her own person without worrying too much. I love this about her and I love watching her sprout into something completely beautiful.
This was the first majorly sexual novel I have read. I didn't know how I would like it, but even though there are sex scenes in the pages, I don't feel like the book is nothing but that. I love this book for the story and watching things unfold. There is a great story behind all of it and I love being able to watch as it plays out. The sex scenes are graphic but not in a way that would make your mouth fall open. It is balanced wonderfully and easy to follow.
One of my favorite things about the books are the emails. Christian and Ana email back and forth throughout the pages. Sometimes it is one here or there, or other times it is a long string of emails. I love reading them because they both tend to be more honest and open with each other as they type. You feel like you are really seeing who they are since they are not afraid to say things in the emails. They have serious times as well as goofy times. I love seeing how they seem to be falling for each other without them fully realizing it. You watch the emails progress as their own relationships in person progress also.
This trilogy definitely isn't for everyone. I can understand the reservations some have to reading it, but I know in my case, I am glad that I have read it. I am even more glad to re-read it and get back into the work of Christian Grey. I am not ashamed of what I have read and I hope if you do pick this up, you will love it like I did. There is so much more to the story and if you decide to give it a chance, I am pretty sure you will see the wonderful story that the author has created and not just the raunchiness.