Is anyone surprised that I’m reviewing this book? At first, I was hesitant to start on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy- the whole concept just seemed really stupid to be honest. But who am I to throw stones- judging from my DVR I don’t particularly mind wasting a couple hours on something 100% pointless. So I gave it a shot.
(I feel like I need some sort of warning/parent advisory, I don’t know. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, this book is NOT for children. I feel like I’ve done my civic duty now. More on this later…)
Fifty Shades of Grey is the first novel in James’ trilogy. The main character, Ana, meets a rich entrepreneur by the name of Christian Grey. Fastforward to page 100 and the story really gets going. Ana soon learns that Christian has a unique set of sexual preferences. She is quickly swept up into his dark and dangerous world. Oh yeah and they have a lot of sex… many, many pages of sex. Just an FYI.
This book was pretty much exactly what I expected. No, it is not Pulitzer Prize winning material here.; but it is thoroughly entertaining. I basically read the entire book in one day. While the story is kind of pointless, it still draws you in. I immediately ordered the second book in the trilogy so I can find out what happens with Ana and Christian next. It won’t place on my favorite books list, but I would still recommend this to all my friends. Again, like I said in my Hunger Games review, I’m a fan of any type of book that gets people excited about reading again.
As stated at the beginning of my review, this book is not for children. However, I would even venture as far as to say this book is not appropriate for adolescent girls either. I don’t say this because of the graphic sex scenes- I say it more for the message that this book sends. I’m not a parent, but I don’t think I would want my impressionable daughter to get swept away by the “romance” of this novel. I don’t think that Ana is a good role model for young women nor is Christian the type of man I want my daughters to dream about. Therefore, I only recommend this book to women over the age of twenty. Not that I was so much mature at 20 than I was at 18 but whatever. Twenty just sounds right.
If you haven’t read this book yet, I say go for it! It’s basically the ideal summer read- not too much substance yet still highly entertaining. Plus, it is basically what everyone is talking about around the water cooler these days. Read it, pass it on to your friends, your sisters, your mom, your grandma (okay maybe not that one).
And on that note, Laters baby.