Fifty Shades of Grey, book one of the Fifty Shades trilogy, was not what I expected at all. I hadn’t heard anything about the trilogy, as it was not very popular at the time, and I was going straight from the book description when I decided to read it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As soon as I started reading, I was captured. I can’t even begin to compare it to any other book I have read. It’s a twisted and strange, but captivating love story that always keeps you guessing.
You would think the story itself is very typical: young, naïve, shy girl falls in love with a young, rich, beautiful and powerful man. But it is far from that. A college senior, Anastasia (Ana) Steele, goes to interview a young entrepreneur, Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate. Ana is totally unprepared for what happens next. When she steps into Grey’s office, there is feeling that she cannot explain. After the interview, Ana finds herself thinking about Grey, wanting Grey. And every time she succeeds in getting him out of her head, he shows up. Eventually, Grey admits that he feels the same and wants her, too. The only thing is- he wants her to be his and only his.
Grey has a dark, tormented past and his way of coping is dominance over women. He confronts Ana with a proposition that makes her want to run for the hills. The proposition: she will become his submissive, signing a contract, and obeying him. Ana is confused and scared, yet she brings out another side to Grey as she keeps refusing to sign the contract. Throughout the book, it’s a constant battle between the two about what their relationship is and what she wants it to be. But in the end, he pushes her too far leading to a cliffhanger that has you needing to read the next book in the series. This book is about passion, physical attraction, lust and most of all love.
Fifty Shades of Grey was not what I had pictured when I decided to read it, it was better. I couldn’t put the book down, always wanting more. At times while I was reading, I felt embarrassed, afraid and sad, but that’s what makes this a great read.
You will want to read this book, and when you do, I hope you have a day to spare because you will not be able to stop reading.