Published by Vintage Books on June 20, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 514 pages
Series: Fifty Shades #1
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.
Before I start voicing my thoughts about Fifty Shades of Grey, I would like to say how sorry I am for my actions towards this book and series. It saddens me that I was so willing to discredit an entire book and series because I didn’t like the first five chapters. Usually, when a book is unappealing to me that early I chalk it up to a bad experience and move on, but never do I take the time out to voice my confusion and disgust to the public, especially when I haven’t read the whole book. If it hadn’t been for the movie I would’ve still been making a fool out of myself by yapping away at the mouth every time news involving this book and series would surface on my newsfeed somewhere. I sincerely apologize to anyone who felt any negative way from the things I said, I am truly sorry.
My redemption comes in the form of me actually purchasing all three books in this series and cracking open their pages to get the full story of who Christian Grey is, why does almost all of my book friends love him, what made Ana fall in love with him, and will I love or continue on with the hate? It brings a smile to my face to say that I loved this book. Yes, the beginning was truly rocky and would’ve costs this book a star in the rating, but I chose to take into account that the beginnings and endings are always the hardest parts for an author. Also, once I got to the end of Fifty Shades of Grey I was able to understand the beginning so much more.
I truly don’t know what to say about Christian that hasn’t already been said before, so I will just do a slight comparison about what I enjoyed about Christian Grey in the movie and the Christian Grey in the book. Jamie, in all honesty, is not how I pictured Christian Grey, but I believe the mannerisms and expressions that Jamie Dornan made helped a tremendous amount in bringing authenticity from the Christian Grey in the book.
Christian was such a complex character that I sometimes felt that while he seemed so confident and in control he didn’t really know his true self, if the number of times he was shocked by Ana’s reactions and his own responses are anything to go by. Just how Ana craved his attention, I found myself obsessed with any mention of his name, his past, his present, and yes, his facial expressions through Ana’s eyes. My fascination doesn’t just stop with Christian, Ana proved a challenge to understand as well.
Ana ended up being who grabbed my attention first, with her quirkiness-slash-awkwardness, and also because I could relate to her since we shared similar experiences, pre-Christian Grey.
While some readers and reviewers viewed her “inner goddess” in a negative way, I quite enjoyed its presence. To me it showed a rebellious and accepting side of Ana that was rarely seen in her day-to-day life. While at the beginning she did have her naive moments she really redeemed herself when she started making changes to that contract, proving that she could think for herself and she was prepared to take her life in her own hands. I was probably her biggest and happiest cheerleader, having my own “inner goddess” chanting, “Go girl, go,” over and over again!
Now as I am reflecting back on the story, the only things that I didn’t like about Fifty Shades of Grey comes in the form of two characters; Kate, who felt her interfering was justifiable when I’m sure if the tables were turned she would’ve blown a gasket and went off on whoever dared involve themselves in her relationship, and Mrs. Robinson, or Elena, who I think is going to become a problem in the future for the simple fact that she still interacts with Christian even after she’s lost her husband because of their involvement, it shows she has more feelings for Christian than Christian, himself, knows.
Ugh! So happy I took the plunge and read this baby, truly worth the read. Book two will be in my hands shortly, since it’s looking at me from my bookshelf, because I need to know what’s next for Ana and Christian! I need answers!