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Fifty Shades of Grey

James, E. L.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Fifty Shades of Grey
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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. 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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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780804172073
9780345803481
0345803485
Branch Call Number: FIC J
Characteristics: 514 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: 50 shades of grey

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This was by far the worst book ever written. I read about 30 books a year and I have never stopped reading a book. I finish everything no matter what. This I returned after page 30. And I have not loved everything.
I was not offended by the content. Hey, you like S&M? Good for you. Enjoy. But the characters were weak and stupid and the writing was horrible. Please, save your time. This was horrible.

Haven't read this book, but from everything I've heard & read about it (including the upcoming film version), it seems to have a lot of all-too-coincidental similarities to the 2002 film "Secretary" (also available in the library catalog).

Jan 11, 2015
  • courtws rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

** spoiler alert ** Talk about polarized reviews. People curse this book with all they have, or love it. I saw either one star "hated this worse than anything" reviews or 5 star "love erotica" reviews. The writing sucks, which is why I returned it to the library with less than 15 pages read the first time I ever checked it out (glad I didn't invest anything in it -- it took four times checking it out before I finally read it.) But with all the hype, well, I decided if Hunger Games and Divergent and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo all made the big screen, as did this one, I should see what all the hoopla is about. Not big into kinky, but something about Ana made me keep reading. What will her heart decide? er, body? Yes, I'm ashamed to admit I read the whole thing. Only books that don't take me to the end get one stars. I give this 1.5. And in the end (spoiler alert!) I'm glad she dumped Christian, he was one f**ed up dude. Women who dream of what it's like to be swept up off your feet by Mr. Wonderful-with-a-dark-past and those wanting secretly to be dominated in every way, read away. Those who cherish good writing, don't bother. This is a quick mindless airplane read if you don't mind a lot of kinks, swearing, and unrealistic drivel. Millions have bought it so the publishers must have known what they were doing. Will I read more by E.L. James? No. I have too many "worthy reads" on my list to waste any more time.

Honestly, I first thought it was a colossal mix-up followed by a collective hallucination: the author actually wrote an erotic parody of Twilight, it somehow got misunderstood for real fiction, the author said, OK, whatever, and... voila!
Well, as we know, it wasn't that simple.
What I like: The title and the cover page.

Nov 23, 2014
  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A waste of my money. Wish I never bought it.

Nov 21, 2014
  • Shrektastic rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Fifty shades of shrek

Nov 17, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book made "Twilight" seem well-written

Sep 09, 2014
  • svinetas rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terrible, terrible book. The prose is really horrendous. I have absolutely no idea how this got past an editor. Besides the obviously terrible and often painful writing, I found this book completely offensive. Not because of the BDSM, of which there was surprisingly little, but because this is a description of an abusive relationship. The main character is repeatedly manipulated and guilted by the main love interest. She has crippling self esteem issues which he appears to prey upon. She also appears to have some sort of body dysmorphia/ eating disorder. This would be bad enough on its own, but its written in first person, present tense. So we get a wonderful front row view of her enabling and self loathing mentality. The only way I could see this book having any value is if it were used in like a social work class as an exercise in identifying victims' verbal and behavioral cues. Other than that, "Oh jeez", it's trash.

Curious, I purchased this book only to be so appalled that I threw it into the recycling. Vulgar & without any redeemable value.

I am a fan! You will be a fan of this book! The author really knows how to introduce each character. The work is well put together!!

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Jul 25, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2014
  • arrivederci12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 14, 2013
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Other: Way too graphic. And totally unrealistic.

Sexual Content: 24/7 apparently.

Violence: beating, etc

Sep 17, 2012
  • KazNic rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Very explicit.

Sep 17, 2012
  • KazNic rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: The book is centered around BSDM, so there are explicit scenes where Grey beats Ana.

Sep 17, 2012
  • KazNic rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There is a bit of swearing in this book.

Sexual Content: BDSM

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Jul 05, 2013
  • _aabigailx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS BOOK HELPED VERY MUCH IN MY INCREASE OF VOCABULARY WORDS. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ "FIFTY SHADES DARKER". BESIDES THE FACT THAT I HAD A CHANCE TO INCREASE IN VOCABULARY, THIS BOOK WAS REALLY INTERESTING, THAT I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK. (:

Anastasia and Christian engage in bondage exploration as they feel they fumble their way toward a real relationship.

TAKE THE SPECIFIC AGE FACTOR OUT AND IT COULD BE,FROM THE ROMANTIC ASPECT ALONE,EVERY WOMAN'S FANTASY GUY.
RICH, EXTREMELY HANDSOME,INTELLIGENT AND VERY ASTUTE IN HIS CAREER.
DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO BE EDGY BUT HAVING A SENSITIVE(ALBEIT HIDDEN)AND ROMANTIC SIDE.
I'D DATE HIM! LOL

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Jul 10, 2014
  • scorpiolicaddict98 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

“Sometimes I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Perhaps I've spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”
~ Fifty Shades Of Grey ~

"Nothing plain or old about vanilla - it's a very intriguing flavor", he breathes

“Why don't you like to be touched" Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
"Because I'm fifty shades of f*****-up, Anastasia”

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