Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
AuthorE.L. James
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date: May 25th 2011
Pages: 356
Genre(s): New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ 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. ❞

I have never suffered so much while reading a book, wishing so badly it was over already. And no, it’s not even because of the erotica. I’m still wondering how the hell this got published, why it has become a bestseller and why it is commonly listed as “a great love story”. I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey because I had read a lot of reviews about it and was kind of curious what had gotten people so worked up. So I decided to give it a try, intending to have a good laugh about it if it did turn out to be as horrible as I’d heard. And guess what? Even a good laugh was impossible.

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