Reviewed by Catwoman
8 out of 10
When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.
This had been a book that was so talked about in the school playground that it spark and interest in me. In the weekly coffee mornings all the mothers were raving about this ‘Raunchy’ book and their infatuations with Christian Grey, so even though I’m not a fan of romance books I decided to have a read so I could have some sort of opinion, which I thought would be a negative one.
First off I would like to add that I don’t think that this book is as some people said ‘Housewives porn’ I think it’s more of an alternative love story. The book twists and turns to show the different sides of both characters and how people change to different situations and people. To be honest I really didn’t like the two main characters at first and found them to be rather flat and one dimensional, but once I got into the book I found myself warming to them and being utterly sucked into their world. The so called ‘sex scenes’ for me were hyped. Yes of course there are some scenes that wouldn’t be in your normal Mills and Boons nor would you want to read to your Grandma, yet I didn’t not find them with distaste. They were wrote in a way that I found to repsectful of the reader. As the book develops so do the characters, with what can only be described as a ‘must continue with the series NOW’ Ending.
Is this a piece of wonderful literature. Goodness no! The writing style is awful, the dialogue is pretty naff and at times totally cringeworthy, but then I don’t think the author would hold her hands up and say that she is a literacy master up there with Bronte.
What she may lack in writing style she makes up with in story. I can’t put a finger on why I really liked this book. Should I have liked this book? No. I normally despise this sort of book, I hate relationship books with all there gooey eyes love passages. But this book had enough story behind the lust and love scenes to make me read on.
I loved the book so much that I read the next two in the sereis straight after, that on it’s own is a rarity for me to do so hats off to the woman!
Why do people like this book? I don’t think I can answer that. Why do I like this book? I don’t think I can answer that either. I just do.