Upon finishing “Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, I am left in a state of shock. I recently chose a list of five books to read in March, this being the first of the five.
Having not read the summary before picking up this book, I was pretty much in the dark as to what the storyline entailed. Oh man, was I at a loss for words when I realized the story went very dark and sexual.
The book started out like any normal romance, introducing a girl and her basic lifestyle. Anastasia Steele is, by all means, an innocent. She is the epitome of “good girl” – a senior in college, good grades and a virgin. But, all is lost when she meets the mysterious and breathtakingly handsome billionaire businessman Christian Grey. Their not-so-chance meeting involves her going in place of her sick best friend, Kate, to interview him for their Universities newspaper.
From the time Christian comes into the picture, I felt there was something slightly dark about him. My first impression was a bossy, control freak, egomaniac. Honestly, I figured he was some sort of serial killer or something of that sort. I will not go into details, so as to not ruin the story for anyone, but I will say that I was far off on the “killer” guess.
The whole story revolves around Christian making an indecent proposal to Ana and her internal struggle regarding whether or not to take him up on it. In between all the steamy sex scenes, she falls in love for the first time with the man who deflowered her. She is sucked into his world and cannot figure out how to get away without losing him. But, is he worth it?
Christian, on the other hand, is as the book say “fifty shades of [screwed] up”. I was struggling along with Ana to try and figure out his character the entire book. Mysterious and creepy does not even begin to cover it. I learned very little about him and why he is the way he is. The one thing I did learn is that in his own twisted way, he does have some sort of feeling for Ana.
In my opinion, this book was better than I had thought when I was halfway through. The darkness is intriguing, even if it’s not normal. I found myself unable to put the book down just to find out what choice Ana made. Along with that, the banter is witty and comical and the times that love (or whatever feeling Christian has towards Ana) shines through I was left wanting to read more. The end was not resolved, however, I am captivated enough to read the second and third books in the trilogy. Well done E.L. James and can I just say….Oh My.