When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?
To be able to write this review I had to basically erase all opinions I had of this book. Before I started reading it I knew that some people hated it but I also knew that Fifty Shades of Grey had something that made LOTS of people go crazy for it. So I gave it a try. After I finished it, I still didn't know what to make of it. While I think James writing is not the best, and certainly not the worst, it wasn’t her writing what bothered me. What upset me the most was Ana. The reason why, is because Ana made me feel different emotions for her. Sometimes I wanted to slap her silly and sometimes I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was going to be okay.
Ana is probably one of the most frustrating characters I have ever read. But yet there was something about her that made me want to see her happy. But I decided I had enough of her indecisions, internal dialogues and “innocence”. After being 38 % done with the book I wrote a review, where I let my emotions do the writing instead of the reviewer in me. I also bashed Ana for being stupid, not speaking her mind and for having such long lashes. I wasn’t happy with the review so I discarded it and decided not to finish Fifty Shades. I hate not finishing books.
So, I picked it up again and decided to read at least 50% of it. Here is where my internal battle really began. How can I hate a book so much but still not be able to put it down? Did I really hate the book, or just parts of it? What I can tell you is this; after I started reading it again I didn’t even notice time going by. I was trapped in the story. I wanted to know what happen to the characters. At the end my opinion completely changed from, “What the hell am I reading” to “I see why people love this book.” Do I love this book? Probably not. Am I going to read the rest of the series? Hell yeah.