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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  927,963 ratings  ·  64,616 reviews
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spiri...more
ebook, 385 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2011)
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Deborah Vespo Just the conversations between them, I found myself pounding my head on my desk. Miss Steele or whatever her name is drives me out of my mind! She…moreJust the conversations between them, I found myself pounding my head on my desk. Miss Steele or whatever her name is drives me out of my mind! She kept referring to her internal feelings or reactions of her 'inner goddess' and I kept wishing her 'inner goddess' would knock her upside the head. I read it once before and went back again thinking the movie is coming out... I'll go ahead and reread it. No more!! I've read a young adult author that started writing a series when she was 13 years old. That was written better.(less)

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Steph Sinclair
Introducing an even more abusive and disturbing TWILIGHT! Now with whips and chains!


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Fifty Shades of Shit


Haters, please exit stage left.

I'm not sure what possessed me to pick up Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought I might genuinely like it before I started, but all I was left with was one hell of a mindfuck. Whatever it was that brought on this knee jerk purchase seems to have mercifully left me with enough common sense to say I will not be continuing on with this series.

Recently I discovered on...more
Kruti
In the words of Miss Steele, "You need to sort your shit out, Grey!" Good day, sir!

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Fifty Shades of Grey, more like Fifty shades of fucked up nonsense *rolls eyes* I should get a medal for just finishing this tripe.

I honestly do NOT feel like revisiting this book and writing a review. I’d rather spend the time searching for ways to remove this utter nonsense from my memory. However, this book is so bad that I feel the need to warn others from this drivel. Luckily, I did not buy this garbage. I d...more
P.A. Lupton
Dec 02, 2012 P.A. Lupton rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all fans of erotic contemporary romance
Those of you who have had the privilege of reading Fifty Shades of Grey will appreciate the context in which this review was written. For those of you who have not read the book, well, you’ll have to buy a copy to understand the inside joke.

CONTRACT
Dated this day 28th day of October, 2011

BETWEEN
P.A. LUPTON (reader, and fan, Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James)
And
ALL FANS OF EROTIC, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

EXPECTATIONS
Readers can expect to find within the pages of this book a flawless rendering of the...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
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“Sex is more than an act of pleasure, it's the ability to be able to feel so close to a person, so connected, so comfortable that it's almost breathtaking to the point you feel you can’t take it. And at this moment you're a part of them.
- Author unknown -


Well, let me come down to business. I didn't like this book. FSoG couldn't live up to my expectations--not by a long shot! It was a huge disappointment. Ultimately, I had to cave in--I couldn’t finish FSoG.

I dislike the author’s writing style-...more
Wigs
You know, I was beginning to wonder if I needed to change some of my two star books to one star. I was thinking that I might not ever personally read a book worthy of one star, and I was messing up my scale by giving some of the more lame books I've read lately two stars instead of one.

Thank you E.L. James, for proving to me there was something worth waiting for. Something that truly exemplifies the meaning of terrible.



Now hold up, all you would-be defenders. I read this whole thing. I did not s...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I didn’t want to start this book. Many people are praising it but I’m simply not into erotica, it’s too cheap for me. But here I am in the mind of the innocent waiting to be devoured by the big bad wolf. Sounds pornographic, doesn’t it? That’s because it is…




Christian Grey. A hot dude that melts a woman’s panties off with just one look. The perfect sex toy set out to conquer an innocent girl. Grey (the sick f*ck) is considered one of the hottest characters out there but he doesn’t get to me. His...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
WARNING: This review will probably involve me swearing profusely, and quoting/discussing sex scenes that children should not be reading.

UPDATE: And another quick note before you read this, since I seem to be getting a lot of similar comments. Let me spell this out for you: BDSM DOES NOT OFFEND ME. If a couple decides to engage in BDSM, that's totally fine. I don't care. It's none of my business, and everyone is entitled to their personal choices. However, I think couples need to come to a proper...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
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What in the hell just happened? Did I really read that? Oh, my god, I did. I did read that.

Meet Anastasia Steele:
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Ana is just a giant mess of a human being. She's insecure to the point of it being laughable, 'klutzy' (even though she only trips twice in the entire book), and a complete ditz. She's a virgin (of course) who's never taken any sexual interest in anyone before. Right. I'm fairly certain there hasn't been a woman this naive since 'round about 1954. At one point, she thinks putting h...more
Claire
From: Claire
Sent: 08 December 2011 12:45
To: Christian Grey
Subject: Best Book Ever?

Dear Mr Grey

Or should I call you Sir? I have recently finished the first part of your trilogy about the romance between yourself and Miss Anastasia Steele and like Miss Steele I thought it would be easier for me to write my feelings down in an e-mail to you. You see I don’t tend to read books like the one written about you. In fact if you take a look at my bookshelf you will see less than five.

So where shall I be...more
Kira
Head's up: If any of you fucking fucks comment at the bottom of this fucking review and say, "You don't understand BDSM" I'mma hunt you down and make you eat your fucking computer, plus the mouse, plus the keyboard, plus any other internet-connected devices in your home, including but not limited to iPhones, iPods, iPads, Androids, games consoles and ereaders. This book is not an accurate or healthy portrayal of a real BDSM relationship between two consensual and enthusiastic parties. Thus, by d...more
Molly
Really.. blah, blah. On & on. No purpose, no plot, meandering for meandering's sake. I didn't finish it because, quite frankly, the 'heroine' got on my last fucking nerve. The writing style is atrocious and I can't fathom how or why so many people love this tiny slice of interweb fan fiction garbage.
Mel
Garbage. Absolutely horrifying, utter trash. A waste of trees, bookshelf space and precious, oh so very fucking precious braincells. Honestly, why is this even published? Every single book store in Sydney is promoting this tripe, claiming it to be some kind of awesome romance novel. Are you absolutely shitting me? There is nothing romantic at all about this 'book'. And I don't mean the BDSM erotica themes, I mean the fifty levels of abuse in this friggin' thing.

In fact, that's what this book sh...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Puma
I only bought this on Kindle because I was curious to see whether a professional edit made it any better than the original fanfic (which I abandoned once I realized the plot wasn't original enough for me to suffer through the cut-rate writing). Paging through this "published" version makes me more embarrassed for the author than I was when it was in the fanfic domain, and it DEFINITELY made me lose respect for The Writer's Coffee Shop.

Most distracting is the schizophrenic voice of the main chara...more
Juliana
Post Script on May 8, 2012
This book has exploded since I first read it and it seems to be one that is either loved or hated. I'm actually very thankful that I read it before any of my GR friends or anyone I knew, because I feel like if I read it now, after hearing all the hype, it would probably disappoint.

People have very strong reactions to Fifty Shades and just to put in my two cents: you read different books for different reasons. In my opinion!!! ...: Was this book a great piece of literatu
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karen

now hear me out, people. i liked it, but i didn't like it-like it. the writing is shitty, it is, but i am a sucker for enthusiasm. and you can tell she has it. at the reading of hers i worked, she didn't come across as some fame-hungry monster -she seems as baffled by her success as i am. it's like people with ugly kids. they know what they have brought into the world, but they love it regardless, and they're just happy when the other kids play with it on the playground. and it's not that i thin...more
Abbi Glines
Okay… I realized by people's comments that I never said exactly what I thought about this book. Well, I loved it. I've now read it four times. Christian Grey ranks right up there with Travis Maddox in my book boyfriend world. This series is addicting. When I need a good read this is my "go to" series. I didn't know what to think about this because I wasn't sure how I felt about BDSM… but this is sooooo much more than that. One of the BEST love stories I've read to date.
Holly
Let me start by saying.... Wow! Just Wow!!

This book is 5+ stars for me!! It is my favorite kind of story. You know what I mean...just so intense that the characters get so far under your skin that you can't stand to be away from them for any length of time? Well, that was me while reading this book, I couldn't concentrate to get anything done :)

There are a lot of reviews on this book, and obviously the majority love it, so I am simply going to explain some of the reasons that this story grabbed...more
Manny
Bad Book Is Like Other Bad Book Shock

At a standing-room-only press conference earlier today, top researchers from the world famous Goodreads Center for Bodice-Ripping, Bondage and Twilight Studies revealed that a bad book was quite a lot like another bad book.

"When I saw the final results of the data analysis, a cold shiver went down my spine," said the Center's director. "The chain of inference is long, and at first we weren't sure all the steps were watertight, but now we're confident enough t...more
Litchick (aka Navessa Allen)
*Trigger Warning: This review contains strong themes, to include rape.*

Before I begin what will likely become a very long rant/public service announcement, let me first say a few words. I have nothing against E.L. James. Nothing. She’s said that this series is a fantasy she managed to put on paper and that she never expected it to gain such momentum. Good for her for perusing her dream of writing. If this book also fulfills one of your fantasies or if you just plain enjoyed it, good for you too....more
Nikki
May 21, 2012 Nikki rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers that enjoy angst, shades of BDSM and don't mind immature heroines.
Recommended to Nikki by: Juliana
2.5 stars.

I don't think I've ever read a book that's left me quite as bemused as this one has. The writing left a lot to be desired, the heroine didn't impress me at all and yet I find myself wanting to read the next in the series.

After having a day to let this sink in I have to try and put my feelings succinctly into a review. How do I say this exactly......... Anastasia damn near killed me. There were just too many things about her that turned me off bigtime. I can understand how her vulnerab...more
Haleema
Huh. Let's see how bad this book really is.

*reads some quotes from others' statuses*

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You see. I read anything. I've read M...m...m...m...m...m Marked and survived (view spoiler)

But this.

This.

Call me a coward. Call me a hypocrite. Call me a sissy. Call me anything.
(view spoiler)

I WILL NEVER READ THIS BOOK! I will not be under the influence of this devilry! Not even for...more
♡Karlyn P♡

Uh, wow. So this is IT?!! The book that the whole world is in utter fascination with?!! I think someone is laughing their way to the bank.

First, here is a mini review of this book in two GIFs:
About the plot:

About the writing:


Got that??

OK, now more of my sordid thoughts on this MASTERPIECE (**cough, cough**):

So I shamelessly caved and read this book after repeatedly swearing I never would, but the publicity and hype finally won me over. (I also got a free copy of the book, no way was I going to p...more
Emily May

I have finally made a decision about Fifty Shades of Grey. I know, I know, my review of this isn't really needed, everybody's talking about this book, everybody's got the general gist of what it's about. But I've spent quite a long time thinking about this novel, the characters, and the relationship portrayed. I've been thinking about all the reasons people hate this so much and love it so much. I need to confess - for those who missed it - that I originally reviewed this first book immediately...more
Ceilidh
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Inge
Read this review and more on Bookshelf Reflections

ONE HUNDRED BILLION NEGATIVE STARS

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Well, I think it’s safe to say that I’m buying myself a chastity belt and am joining a nunnery. This book has put me off sex for ever and ever.

I know I said I was never going to touch this with a ten-foot pole, but then this happened:

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Basically, my co-blogger dared me to read the books after a joke about the author, or I was never allowed to diss the books again.

… the joke wasn’t worth it.

This piece of shit, thi...more
Ezmirelda
THERE ARE SPOILERS FROM THIS BOOK AND QUOTES FROM THE OTHER TWO IN THE SERIES. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

First off read the third half of this review. It's literally the best review out there written on this book so I highly reccommend it.

Or this review.

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I saw Fifty Shades of Grey mentioned on morning talk shows, on the radio, and all over the internet. Basically, everywhere you went someone was whispering about it. Later that same week I came across an article and learned that it...more
Jess
"Did you just splash me?" "Yes." Holy shit...that look. "Oh, Miss Steele." He grabs me onto his lap, sloshing water all over the floor. "I think we've done enough talking for now."

Ah what can I say. I sort of want to keep this short and sweet, but I can't guarantee that will be the case. It's been a long time since I read anything remotely adult, and the first time since I read something classed as 'Erotica'. I wouldn't say Fifty Shades is erotica, it's more romance that has lots of hot sex in.....more
~J~ Riverina Romantics
1.5 stars

I don't enjoy writing bad reviews, honestly it puts a sick feeling in my stomach, but at the moment I am feeling too annoyed not to write one. So please don't get snarky - I do realise I am in the minority with my opinions.

OK, I couldn't finish this book. I tried, holy hell did I try - but by 88% I was so annoyed I had to put it down.

And after a lot of contemplation I have decided not to rant and rave, but simple state in point form what I didn't like.

~ The writing was too sterile. Th...more
little machines
See Selena Gomez parodying this book, Fifty Shades of Blue! I had no feelings for her before, but after watching that, I think I might love her. xD

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I remember finding a free ebook of this once and skimming through it, cause I wanted to see what the fuss was all about, because I've seen a lot of women on here go all "OH FIFTY! MY FIFTY! YES, I LOVE YOU FIFTY! MY FIFTY! OH MR. GREY, YOU MAKE MY WOMAN PARTS BURN UP!"

Of course, I was fully aware that this was an erotica novel, and...more
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