I definitely got teary at the end of this book. Another AMAZING love story by Katie McGarry! Her characters are so real that after reading any of her...moreI definitely got teary at the end of this book. Another AMAZING love story by Katie McGarry! Her characters are so real that after reading any of her books, I feel like they're actual people. (This includes the two main characters, of course, along with the secondary ones!) Looking forward to Take Me on! (less)
Let’s Get Lost is one of my favorite books of the past year! Uniquely told in five segments, Leila’s inspirational road trip to see the Northern Light...moreLet’s Get Lost is one of my favorite books of the past year! Uniquely told in five segments, Leila’s inspirational road trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska leads her to cross paths with four very different people in pivotal points of their lives. Even though they only know Leila for a short amount of time, she has a huge impact on their future. It leads you to think about the importance of every decision you make. And I don’t want to give away the ending, but it was beautifully done, and caught me by surprise! Definitely pick up Let’s Get Lost … you won’t regret it.(less)
Loved it as much (or even more) as the first one! Kitsy is so sweet, and I loved reading about her adventures in the city. A fantastic coming-of-age s...moreLoved it as much (or even more) as the first one! Kitsy is so sweet, and I loved reading about her adventures in the city. A fantastic coming-of-age story!(less)
This book received a lot of attention from the media, and after one of my best friends recommended I read it, I decided to give it a try.
I'm happy I r...moreThis book received a lot of attention from the media, and after one of my best friends recommended I read it, I decided to give it a try.
I'm happy I read it so I can be aware of what the fuss is about. However, I do not understand the hype that surrounds this book. I didn't love it, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless they want to read it to be able to discuss their opinions with everyone else who is talking about it.
- I liked the beginning of the story: up until about 60% of the way through, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
- The ending. I'm extremely happy with Ana's decision at the end. It was 100% the right decision, since she was in an abusive relationship and unhappy (even though her happy moments with Christian made her mistakenly believe she was happy, I do not think she was.)
- Katherine and Elliott's relationship. I wish I saw more of them.
- My #1 issue with this book is that so many women are going around declaring Christian Grey their "dream man." WHY would anyone admire him?! He is crazy, abusive, disrespectful of women, a control freak, and a stalker! NONE of those traits sound appealing to me. Also, throughout the book I wasn't even given enough information about his past to sympathize with him. I flat-out didn't like him.
Example: "I like the control [hitting you] gives me, Anastasia. I want you to behave in a particular way, and if you don't, I shall punish you, and you will learn to behave the way I desire."
That is in NO way attractive. If in real life anyone says that to a person, they should get far away and get a restraining order.
It's not the BDSM lifestyle I'm opposed to -- it's not my cup of tea, but if both people participating enjoy it, that's their business. Ana was not enjoying it -- she tried putting up with it because she feared Christian would leave her if she didn't, and it was making her unhappy. I do not believe that is a healthy relationship.
- This story began as a Twilight fan-fiction, with Ana as Bella and Christian as Edward. In Twilight, the reason Edward is attracted to Bella even though Bella is average is because she is the one person whose mind he cannot read. This makes her extremely different from everyone else, and allowed me to believe their relationship. There was no reason given to me throughout 50 Shades why Christian would be interested in Ana, and I never believed their relationship.
- The length. This book was way too long, and needed more editing to par it down. When I reached the 70% point, I was ready for the book to end. It dragged on much longer than necessary.
- I wanted to strangle the "inner goddess." Did she really have to be mentioned so many times? Along with the subconscious, at points it sounded like Ana had multiple personality disorder.
I do not recommend this book, unless you are curious about the hype and want to be able to discuss it with others. There are so many other great books out there to read. The only reason I gave it two stars is because in the first half, I was turning the pages and curious about what happened next. This book glamorizes abusive relationships, and I did not support the "romance" in it one bit. I will not be continuing with the series.(less)