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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Book rating: 02 Paperback 50 Shades Trilogy

By (author) E L James

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 514 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 25mm | 372g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345803485
  • ISBN 13: 9780345803481
  • Sales rank: 147

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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.

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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By Valentina 23 Jul 2012 1

First let me start by saying I've only picked up the book because of all the "hype". So, I thought, 'why not give it a chance?' Well, this has to be one of the worst books I've ever picked up. I have a vast range of books I like to read, and am open to most anything. The writing style was that of a teenager's. At first, I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but once I found that the author was British, it completely made sense to me. She has no concept of how American's speak to each other. Tone, word choice, and mannerisms. Granted it can't be that hard to try and understand the way American's speak, but she didn't really get it right. There were many uses of British slang and terminology, and on top of all that it was redundant. The whole book is comprised of repetitious phrases. I also caught a few too many grammar mistakes (probably because she is not America, and writing of American people). I think this would be a fine read if you're a teenager in the same position as Ana, the main character. The book continually gets weirder and weirder. From sex contracts (NDA's stated in the book) to S&M torture chambers. Don't get me wrong, if that's what you're into, then hey, go for it. But suspension of disbelief is very unattainable while reading this book. A billionaire, millionaire "somethingaire" (as stated in the book) who is head over heels for this demure undergrad with a super freak flag he likes to fly at night in his sex dungeon? Not all control freaks like to use whips and shackles on shy unsuspecting girls.
Aside from the super fictitious nature of this story, the word phrasing again, is just unbearable. "My muscles cringing in the most delicious fashion" is by far a European phrasing. Americans use delicious to describe one thing only...FOOD. There are several more phrases you can pick out immediately. Not to mention the only books "Ana" the character seems to know of are the ones that are British, that the author has probably read six thousand times over. I'm a very bright and studious undergrad student, and even I cannot say anything good about this book. So if you're looking for an actual good read, try a less "hyped up" best seller, and if you're looking to get your rocks off, make sure you're a teenager disconnected from reality....

By kimberley Bender 23 Jul 2012 4

I hadn't planned on reading this series, but I am glad that I did.
It was definitely not as 'graphic' as I had expected it to be (I have read far more graphic romance novels... has anyone read Rachel Cray's work?).

I really enjoyed the 1st and 2nd book but found it hard to connect again with the 3rd, although the romantic scenes were repetitive I found myself giggling like a school girl at certain scenes.

This book actually has a story line, a backbone to why and how the characters are the way that they are (with a little promiscuity thrown in).
I think this book is definitely for people who don't mind 'rude' or 'crude' humour and are a little bit young at heart (teenage young at heart).

But don't judge the book by what we say, if I had listened to everyone else I would have thought that the book was 'pornographic' and very poorly written... I disagreed with both.

By achraf 20 Jun 2012 3

didn't like so much

By nicola bowyer 13 May 2012 5

a friend gave me this book and at first it annoyed me. The writings not great and there are some discrepancies, but half way through I couldn't put it down.

I'm now just about to start the 3rd and while it may be repetitive i'm really enjoying it. My husband seems to be really enjoying me reading it too!

By Janice Margaret Warne 02 May 2012 1

What was I thinking! I should have read the above review more carefully. This book is Barabara Cartland on steroids!!To think that they're considering making this into a move (!?) Why bother. Still, I bet there's a market for this kind of book out there, but NOT for me.

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A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance `In a class by itself.` --`Entertainment Weekly`