Fifty Shades of Grey book 1 by Vintage Books - review by SweetSouthernGirl

Didn't live up to the Hype

This book is pretty hit or miss. The sex is hot, but the writing is not. It could be a fun vacation read, but don't expect major literary value.
A quick read with themes that are new to a lot of people.
Choppy writing style, a fairly weak plot.
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useful review

Content / Style / Audience

This book is about a young woman, Anastasia Steele, who is just graduating for college. She meets a wealthy business man when she helps her friend with an interview for the school paper. Christian Grey is young for the wealth he has acquired. He is only in his late twenties though his strict professionalism makes him seem older. He is fascinated with Anastasia as she is with him. They begin to see each other and Anastasia is introduced to the world of BDSM. Christian wants her to become his submissive, but inexperienced Anastatia isn't sure. As Chrisitan shows Anastasia what it's like to be submissive, she has to examine herself to determine if she can handle this intense "relationship"/

This book has been marketed towards the general public. I know that many moms, teachers, and bloggers have raving over it. I've noticed that reviewers who primarily work with YA books seem to be loving the 50 Shades series, while more seasoned erotica reviewers are critical.

The writing is pretty straight forward. There is not a lot of flowery descriptive language, and the author has some key phrases that she repeats over and over. There isn't much variety there. There is a lot of dialogue in the book as well as e-mails between the two characters. All that being said, it was a quick and easy read. I read this 540 page book in 5 evenings before going to bed at night.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone over the age of 17
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
    • Fiction


I was pleased with the cover of the book, a simple picture of a tie is nothing to alert the people around you that you are reading erotica, however the widespread media attention has ensured that everyone knows what this book is about.

This paperback was pretty sturdy, published by Vintage the binding was well done and easy to carry in a purse or bag without worrying it would tear.
    • Discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made


While the sex was hot, this book didn't get into the BDSM themes quite the way I expected. However, this is only the first book, so I will probably finish the series to see. The writing style and descriptions were fairly uninspiring, but the chemistry between the characters was well written. The plot is a little weak for me, but the dialogue kept it entertaining and it was an easy read. I will probably finish the series, but I doubt I will re-read it as so many have.

If you are a seasoned erotica reader, don't expect to be overwhelmed by this novel. If you are new to the genre then give it a shot, you may really enjoy it. But this novel is clearly written for the hot sex and novelty of the subject. Don't expect a great literary work.
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  • BG529
    thanks for the review
  • FriskyInFlorida
    I wasn't a huge fan either, her incessant saying of "oh my" really got on my nerves. great review!
  • SweetSouthernGirl
    Yeah, I was kinda sick of the Inner Goddess. Not to mention the way she kept referring to him as 50 Shades at the end. It just came across cheesy to me.
  • AshMegYo
    I only have the sample of this on my kindle and after reading this I'm a little unsure about getting the full book.. Hm.. Great review though Thanks for sharing~~
  • Lioncub
    I just finished the book this morning and was not overly impressed with it. Thanks for your review.
  • hybridinsurge
    I've been hearing a lot about this series so I was considering reading it. Now I probably won't! Thanks for saving me some time.
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  • falalena
    i opened it up to a random page and couldnt stop laughing. not very impressed, very lame characters.
  • Terri69
    Great review!
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