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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1)
Fifty Shades of Grey - Fifty Shades, Bk 1
Author: E. L. James
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345803481
ISBN-10: 0345803485
Publication Date: 4/3/2012
Pages: 514
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1099 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 46
This book was terrible. It was written by someone who has zero command for a creative use of the English language. Repetitive - not very interesting - and not even very racy. If you want to read a book of porn, or a book that caters to the BDSM lifestyle, start somewhere else - ANYWHERE else.

This is one of the most annoying books I have ever had to read (thanks to book club). Read the reviews on before you dive into this. It just is NOT worth your time - and you'll never get the time you waste reading it back.


reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 46
read this in an afternoon as it is definitely light reading. Let's be honest, the buzz about this book is the sex, and it's all pretty vanilla. As far as the rest of it: dialogue, character development, story line....this is middle school stuff. The female protagonist utters the same dialogue over and over whether it is out loud or in her head and it is boring and tired by page 5. Christian Grey is the epitome of every girl's bad boy fantasy, typical and predictable. All that being said, I couldn't put it down and am headed to Target now to get the other two in the series. This is poolside reading, an afternoon's distraction. I will be adding the other two as soon as I'm finished as these are definitely not books I need in my library.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 19
Based on some reviews, I thought this book would be a thinly-plotted, loosely narrated jumble of sex scenes, but since I kept hearing about it everywhere, I decided to read it anyway; I didn't want to be the only human on Earth who hasn't. Boy was I wrong! Although there IS a lot of sex in this book (a LOT!), the main focus is the relationship between Ana and Christian. I'm not saying it's great literature--it's not, but I recommend this book to anyone who can handle (or likes) erotic writing--this one is definitely worth reading.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I managed to get about half way through the book. I cant finish it. one of the worst books I've ever... attempted to read and wont be finishing it. SO tired of her chewing on her lip, and her inner Goddess. In real life if someone hunts down ever bit of information on you, your cell number, wants to know everything your doing, mad if you talk to another male it's stalking. this dope thinks it's ok to do?? I dont understand the hype about the books to me they are just so horribly written I cant even struggle through.
janekrahe avatar reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 11
Written by someone who clearly doesn't understand either sex or BDSM relationships.
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reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
This trilogy is a train wreck. Poorly written and at times you have to just tell yourself that it is trashy and light, so do not over think it because if you do, you will find the holes in the storyline. All that said, I was horrified that I could not stop reading the book. At least it was easy to read because I read all 1600 pages of the trilogy in the matter of days.

If you decide to read it, I apologize and recommend that you stay the distance even though the whole book must be the same cycle of violence on replay over 50 times. At least when at the end, it feels like you accomplished something while horrified that you stayed with it.

My belief is that woman are not entranced by the intimate partner abuse and pedophilia that the media mentions, but the idea that a man can and wants to change. Again, horrified and unable to stop reading.
KellitaJ avatar reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 550 more book reviews
Heard about this book for years, but it's just an Elora's cave, sex tension filled book.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on + 37 more book reviews
I was sceptical of this book as if erotica hasnt been around for centuries...what was all the hype? I have read more than my fair of this genre. I also had read that it was poorly written etc. It sat on my shelf for months. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!!! Once you learn to ignore the constant 'Er's and 'um's, is Ana really a college grad??? Anyhow, I thought the character development was excellent. and I can say that for all the players in the book. The author is exceptional at that. I adored both Ana and Christian and that rarely happens. Its usually the simpering female and the hard as steel male (no pun intended...well possibly).
In short I couldnt put the book down and I have actually read it twice desperate to receive the next 2 installments.
Brava Brava E.L.
reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Bk 1) on
This book has no real literary merit. I read it and found myself laughing at the odd choice of words, like, "he cupped my sex." What?? It's like it is written for someone with the understanding of fifth grade language, but is supposedly an adult book. There is no real plot or character development, and overall was a mess. I understand the hype because of the sexual content, but that's it. You could get more excitement from watching late night cable.

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