I was very reluctant to delve into the dark life of Christian Grey, but I had heard many good things about Fifty Shades of Grey and was curious as to whether or not I myself would enjoy it. And quite honestly, I have some mixed feelings.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel about a young miss Anastasia Steele that falls in love with the dark and mysterious multi-billionaire Christian Grey. Christian Grey is the epitome of the average female fantasy: tall, handsome, mysterious and even rich! However, he had a very unfortunate past that lead him to have a very dark and dangerous side that few people ever see.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with the author’s writing skills, and Anastasia herself seemed a little bit underdeveloped in the language and grammar aspect; surprising for the English major that she was.
As far as characters go, there are four main characters that the novel revolves around: Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele (or Ana), Ana’s “inner goddess” and Ana’s conscience. This was a very confusing and frustrating concept that the novel had. Although it was sometimes nice to know what was going on in Ana’s mind, there was too much focus on her inner projections of herself and I feel as if it took away from the story. Ana in general was a difficult character to follow and seemed to regress as a character as the story progressed. My favorite character was Katherine Cavanaugh because she kept a constant look out for her best friend even though sometimes she acted as a mother. Kate was a voice of reason for Ana, which is something that she desperately needed.
There were parts of this novel that were downright disturbing to me (the contract, for example), and the ending was very abrupt and didn’t flow with the rest of the story. However, I’ll admit that there were also scenes that I thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed the delightful dates that Christian and Ana found themselves on: when he took her for a ride in his helicopter over the Seattle skyline, or when he took her gliding in Georgia. These were very touching moments in the relationship, and I felt like they brought an actual plot to the story.
Overall, I would rate this book a 4/10. I’m unsure as to whether I’ll be reading the other books in this series, but I can certainly see why it has a lot of women that are swooning over the brooding Christian Grey.