Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Published: May 26th 2011 by Vintage
ISBN: 1612130291
Links: Goodreads
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5 of 5

My Thoughts: Curiosity got the better of me. Before I read this book I didn’t think it deserved a number one spot on Amazon. Before I read this book I was told I wouldn’t like it. Before I read this book I was told it was written badly, and would “piss me off”.

Apparently nobody knows I have a darker side.

I was in a two month reading slump after a hundred pages of Kathleen Peacock’s Hemlock, twenty four pages of Code Name Verity and a couple chapters here and there of Strange Places by Jefferson Smith and Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer.

Books are usually my distraction but honestly? Nothing on my TBR list was taking me away to “that” place. Last book that did it for me was Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits.

I’m not going to say Fifty Shades of Grey is my favorite book of all time. What I will say is that back in 2010 I was part of a review group. We were sent a variety of blurbs and had to choose which books we wanted to read. I hadn’t really developed my reading tastes yet so I took a bit of everything.

That included erotica.
And all of it was really bad.

Before reading Fifty Shades of Grey I wondered if anyone could write erotica properly. I wanted an erotic story that didn’t focus solely on sex. I wanted a potential for love, and a real story line to contend with.

Fifty Shades of Grey delivered. It is the best erotica novel I’ve ever read.

The only problem with the book is that it reads more like a second or third draft than a finished product. This book could have used another round of editing to shave off the unnecessary adverbs and repetition. I was in the moment for most of the book, but whenever Ana thought “Oh My” (and she does about fifty times in this book), all I could hear in my head was this:

George Takei aside, I don’t understand the hate on this book. It’s a good book, that’s worth a read, and frankly, it pulled me out of the book slump and got me away from my own crappy reality for awhile.


P.S. Every other thought I have about this book is too x rated to blog about.

Comments ( 3 )

    • Chrystal says:

      I literally bought this book this week to read soon. I decided to give it a shot. And I have a feeling I will agree with you on everything… I think I will enjoy it, but be frustrated with the fact that it isn't a totally polished book. But we will see. Thanks for your review! :)

    • Amber Elise says:

      My mom just told me that she bought this book and I don&#39;t know how to feel. I mean, it&#39;s my MOTHER. <br /><br />Regardless I don&#39;t know how I feel about this book either. I feel like curiosity will get the better of me but I still have some reserves. <br /><br />Thanks for your review! :)I&#39;ve read a lot of erotica so I&#39;ll have to take your word on it being the best you&#39;ve

    • RhiannonPaille says:

      Desperate doesn&#39;t cover it. I wanted more, so I bought the second book. I&#39;m 25% through it. Now I know why there was a lot of hate. I might be back to the book slump. Thank god I have my own novels to edit.

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