Fifty Shades of Grey
About the Book


Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. 
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. 
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. 
But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view ...
About the Author
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 career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780099579939
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country Of Origin: United Kingdom
Gardner Classification Code: F08
Language: English
No of Pages: 528
PrintOnDemand: N
Series Title: Fifty Shades
Star Rating: 5
Year Of Publication: 2012
ISBN-10: 0099579936
Binding: Paperback
Dewey: FIC
Height: 198 mm
MediaMail: Y
Pagination: 528 pages
Returnable: Y
Spine Width: 30 mm
Width: 125 mm
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(Having an open mind)

A little backstory on me, I do not like books like Twilight, The Notebook, Dear John, etc… I love the movies, but do not like reading them. My book tastes are more along the lines of Angels and Demons, Helter Skelter, Deception Point, Drive Me Crazy, etc… Most of my friends do not share the same taste in books as I do.

A while ago, a friend told me she started reading a book called Fifty Shades of Grey. Assuming it was her typical sappy love novel, I didn’t want to hear anything about it. A few weeks later, every girl at work was talking about it. Remembering how annoyed I was when every girl was talking about Twilight, I walked away from the conversations again. It seemed everywhere I went someone was talking about Fifty Shades. (This was one of the only times I was relieved I didn’t have cable.) Finally after dodging so many conversations, I tuned in. I could not believe what I heard! It wasn’t some sappy love novel at all. It was a sex novel! What?! I was shocked. There is no way that so many people were talking about a sex novel so nonchalant! I had to check out this book ASAP.

If you paid attention to my backstory, you probably noticed the novel Drive Me Crazy. If you know nothing about this novel, look it up. It is a sex novel. Clearly, I was not shocked that people were reading a sex novel. I was shocked that people were talking about it so freely. Regardless how I or others feel after reading Fifty Shades, I would like to think we could all thank E L James. For the first time, people started speaking about sex openly, comfortably. Some people may be repulsed by that. To those people I would like to say this, it is 2013 and a part of life. Most cultures express their sexuality freely, yet we think that is improper and disgusting? Why? Are we ashamed?

After my little rant, I will state my opinion on Fifty Shades. I loved how erotic and kinky it was. Christian Grey was very amusing. (Side note: I read a few reviews that said Christian’s character and the book was a little too unrealistic. I am confused by that. Don’t the majority of us read novels to escape our daily “realistic” lives?) The only thing that did bother me was how often Anastasia Steele cried. Riding her emotional rollercoaster was not a pleasant one for me. I also liked that it promoted safe sex. Good job E L James! That aside, I did enjoy Fifty Shades. I will be purchasing the next one and will be keeping an open mind to future book conversations.

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