Late to the Party Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Posted February 10, 2017 by Tiffani @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Late to the Party Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James
Published by Vintage Books on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Adult, BDSM
Pages: 514
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1), Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

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 spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.


I’m SUPER late to the party for this series, but I don’t mind. I’m only 21, so it’s probably better this way. I watched the first Fifty Shades in theaters last year, and today I’m heading out with the S.O. to see Fifty Shades Darker, so I decided I needed to freshen my memory and figured reading the book finally would be a good way to do that.

As I was reading I noticed how accurate the movie actually was, in hindsight, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I loved every torturous minute of this book. I’m obsessed with Christian Grey, and I’m obsessed with Seattle now, as well.

Anastasia is a very peculiar heroine, and I found that I quite adore her. If you know anything about this series, you know it contains a lot of explicit content, and Anastasia goes into this book not only a virgin (at 21), but having no real experience at all concerning relationships. She’s beautiful, but a little bookish (like us) and a little quirky (like us, also). I love her. I love her bravery. I love her judgement of right and wrong in such a racy book. She’s a fantastic heroine, in my opinion.

Christian Grey. What a man. He’s sexy and smart and EVERYWHERE. Ya’ll, the dude is a total stalker, and the author has me all gooey over it. I should be running for the hills. The dude is crazy, but in the most delicious way. He grows in this novel, and from the Fifty Shades Darker preview, makes a total 180 degree for Ana, and we know how precious that always is. He’s lovely, and I can’t wait to see how he progresses throughout the trilogy, and how their relationship fares.


So, did you love the book or the movie? Not going to lie, I don’t remember the gliding (and a few other things, wink, wink) in the movie (update, 3 hours later after rewatching the movie, they did go gliding, I’m sorry). I loved them both, however, and will keep you posted on the sequel! Happy reading!


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I love anime, Halloween, makeup, my cat Dexter, and strange music. Currently a Barnes & Noble barista.

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