This book was brilliant. I have seen the adverts for the film over the last few weeks and felt that I had to read the book before I went to see the fi...moreThis book was brilliant. I have seen the adverts for the film over the last few weeks and felt that I had to read the book before I went to see the film. Having read the book, I don't think I can now go and watch the film without the story being spoiled.
Charlie is adorable and a very typical teenager. Although I am not familiar with the American high school setting having attended british schools, this lack of understanding did not detract from the enjoyment of the story.
I think from the film adverts I expected something different from the book, but the characters all had personalities even those with minor roles, and not being too many years from high school, I found myself transported back to those days where I was the Charlie character, on the outer edge, with closer friends in the more senior year than my own.
I don't often read books written in the style of letters, We need to talk about Kevin is one of the other ones I understand is in this format, and it took me a little while to get used to this style, until I thought about it as like having a conversation in my head. This book was very much thoughts down on paper and once I got used to this style, I found this very enjoyable.
This book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched ha...moreThis book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched hand is no longer a gesture but a moment of love, lasting until sleep, until waking, until everyday life"(less)
I have now finished this trilogy, my completer-finisher subconscious rejoices. Oops, and I have now started to write like the book...
Really this book...moreI have now finished this trilogy, my completer-finisher subconscious rejoices. Oops, and I have now started to write like the book...
Really this book did nothing for me, and it ended with a happily ever after which was oh so predictable. Do real people actually have relationships like this?
For me so much context is missing from this book, but I was impressed that the characters kept their clothes on for quite a while towards the end. This book jumps in time quite significantly and it makes it feel a bit disjointed, one minute she is an assistant next thing she's an acting editor after what, a week working there and the next thing she is an editor and sitting on board meetings? I'm sorry but even I can't buy into career progression that fast.
Christian is his usual brooding over protective self and ana plays the meek and mild card whenever his mood turns, the only time we seem to see much character from her is in the repetitive and boring continual orgasm scenes. She does have a few fiery moments but always seems to back off and get weepy when the going gets tough.
I don't think this will be a trilogy that I will read again, but now that I have I can at least follow the workplace discussion with a few views of my own...(less)
My completer-finisher nature forced me to continue with this series that has frustrated me through the last 500 odd pages - and not frustrated in a go...moreMy completer-finisher nature forced me to continue with this series that has frustrated me through the last 500 odd pages - and not frustrated in a good way! I was hoping that the back story was going to be explored further in this book without ana and Christian having the constant need to rip each others clothes off, whilst drawing in a "stalker" character, a boss that wants more than his letters typed and a jealous middle aged woman who seems to feel that she is the only person who can give Christian what he needs and is frankly just irritating.
This book appears to span the length of a fortnight and throughout the book there are references to this new apartment that nobody appears to stay at as one of them is in Barbados and the other is indulging in a rather affluent lifestyle. Unfortunately the plot does not move very fast, despite the number of orgasms that occur in the story, and by about the 30% mark I was ready to give up, or slash my wrists, with this story. I would like to meet real people who talked and acted like this as its a very big stretch for my poor imagination.
The problem with this book comes right at the end when you realise that this is only book two of the trilogy and you have another one to go before you can safely say that you can put them behind you. Just as it seems like it may be happily ever after another twist is introduced and sets the scene for the third book, in which I am hopeful that the characters can survive and remain both clothed and upright for more than 5% of the time.(less)
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? This probably wouldn't have been a book that I would have picked up had there not been a...moreWhat can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? This probably wouldn't have been a book that I would have picked up had there not been all the hype surrounding it as the fastest selling book since Harry Potter. A number of the people at work have been reading this book and their views have ranged from scandalous, to this is rather tame, to - well - another extreme at the opposite end of the scale, which actually probably isn't for workplace conversation, let alone a book review!
There was a great review in the guardian yesterday which made me smile and made me want to read this book to see what the fuss was all about. If you get a chance to lay your hands on a copy of that review, it is well worth a read.
There are two primary characters in this book - Ana Steele and Christian Grey - but these are moderated by other characters: Kate; Jose; Elliott; Taylor; and the parents on both sides. What can I say about these characters? Ana - a naive and innocent 21 year old on the verge of graduation from College; a person who transforms from not knowing what she wants, to a realisation that she can't have what she wants without consequences Christian - a twenty something billionaire, CEO of his own company, with a host of cars, a helicopter and a private jet...and an obsession Kate - seemingly sensible and stable, she's the kind of character who knows her mind, and you wonder if she had gone to the interview with Christian would she have ended up in this situation and how would she handle it? Jose - the photographer, with a love obsession with Ana, and who drives the obsessive Christian a little made Elliott - Christian's brother, who appears relatively normal.... Taylor - ever present, and somehow also controlled in his service to Mr Grey.
Ana is annoying. Her naivety and innocence is endearing at first, and then it just gets frustrating. Christian on the other hand, maintains not wanting anything above his contract and then blows hot and cold every chance he gets - and he does this for over 500 pages! This book has clearly been toned down a little to get a wider audience, but to anyone who says this is a young adult book - please think twice. I like a good romance, and a splash of the behaviour in this book isn't bad, but when every other page is about "pleasure" which seems to take a form of abuse in this book, i got a little tired of it. And there are two more books to go...I actually have to wonder how much further the books will go....
Despite the disturbing nature of the text, and the odd relationship between Christian and Ana that goes from hot to cold, to sexually disturbing for those of an innocent nature...there is something captivating about the way there are issues that sit behind the physical relationship. Despite the early annoyance you feel with Ana, you start to relate to her as the book continues and you feel her confusion with the hot and cold and the demands of the relationship. As for Christian, there is an element of mystery that has you wonder what he has been through and why he is the way he is.
I've given this four stars, because despite the fact the sex scenes made me feel quite uncomfortable, there is something captivating in the underlying story and I hope that this will be the way that the story goes, and that it is not going to get more graphic - I'm too innocent for that!(less)
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. This is a real feel good story where good wins out over the bad and there is a happy ever after.
Nick is...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. This is a real feel good story where good wins out over the bad and there is a happy ever after.
Nick is the main character of this story, and its much easier to call him Nick than Copernicus which for me is a struggle to say. Nick is a twinkie eating super hero. Now, I will be honest here, I did have to go and investigate what Twinkies were as these don't exist in the UK but I discovered that these were a type of cake. I found it quite amusing that Nick is portrayed as a bit of a health nut outside of his Twinkie obsession! Nobody really knows who he is, there is one person determined to find out, but Nick isn't a glory hunter, he's looking to do good where he can but isn't looking for the credit. Even at the end of the book there is no way to know how far Nick's knowledge and expertise spreads, just that he is very smart and has done a lot of things in his life.
But Nick isn't alone in this book, he has a group of friends in the hospital, most of whom he has tried to help in one way or another. Nick's aim seems to be to make bad good, which in a time when we are all suffering with austerity measures and cut backs, this is the kind of story that makes you feel a bit warm and fuzzy on the inside. There are many character stories that all affect Nick as he goes around trying to make things better with a bag of one hundred dollar bills. Theres Jemima and her kids, Monty, Cathy, Yukiko...all of whom have different life stories but are brought together under one roof to improve their own lives and the lives of others through the good work projects. One area that wasn't resolved for me was the child kidnap story, it added a new dimension to the story, but what happened to the kidnapped children in the end?
I found this book funny, I found it sad and I found it really interesting as Nick's life story unfolded and this was what made him how he was. The ending was really good too - I think we need a sequel! This is well worth a read if you like stories with a happy ending, stories where people make a difference to others, and generally if you are into feel good young adult literature.(less)