Fifty Shades of Grey – a Controversial Must Read Book

By on March 2, 2012

I had heard about 50 Shades of Grey on Facebook. Everyone was talking about the fact that once you pick it up, you CANNOT put it down.


My book club decided to give it a try with the warning – it’s very erotic. X-Rated.

The synopsis for the book:

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

As someone who does not engage in reading erotic books, I was nervous – and as it turns out – rightfully so. There were several points in the first book where I had to put it down and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue reading.  I had to continue reading the book – since it was “for the book club”.    Once I made it through the disturbing parts of the book, I was able to forge ahead and putting the book down did become a hard to do thing.


The trilogy, that has sparked conversation and controversy, can best be described as a submission, sex fantasy.  The first book leaves you hanging and getting the second book is a MUST.  I completed the trilogy and found it to be a great read.  Again – the first book is disturbing on so many levels – with discussion of contracts, the sex in the book and the fact that this is Anastasia Steele’s first “real” relationship – it keeps the reader’s interest from beginning to end.

If you do read the series, consider yourself warned.  Once you pick it up – there is a 99.9999% chance you will not put it down.


  1. Sara@ Handmade Jewelry

    April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I am certainly not into BDSM stories, but I need to say that I truly liked this one. This was those types of books that keeps you glued to the pages; staying up reading in to the early morning. I found it to be absolute addicting which is really disturbing for me personally.

    How surprised I was to find out it was the closest thing to female erotica that I have read. But my interest in psychology kept me reading. After just thinking, this guy is “F’d UP!” I began to think of the possibilities of how he got that way. That made me keep reading on.

  2. Wendy

    March 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am not into BDSM stories, but I have to say that I really loved “Fifty Shades of Grey”. This was one of those books that keeps you glued to the pages; staying up reading into the early morning. I found it to be very addicting which is really disturbing for me.

    This is the love story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Christian is such a complex character. You love him and hate him at the same time and it’s really confusing. He’s the ultimate alpha male, bad boy with a very dark and disturbing desire to inflict pain. He literally gets off on it. He meets and falls for Anastasia. When they meet she is an innocent college student and happens to still be a virgin. This is their love story and its deeply disturbing. Our boy Christian has some serious demons and its making Ana think long and hard about their relationship. This is not your typical boy meets girl let’s date and fall in love romance. He wants to dominate her and he wants her submissive. He comes up with a contract that he wants her to sign. She’s torn between her love for him and her fear of him. She wants to know why he is so Fifty Shades of “f’d” up. She wants to get to the bottom of what happened in his past to make him need this type of relationship and why he hates to be touched. He introduces her to the “dark side” of his sexual habits and in his desire to keep her and make her happy, tries for the “vanilla relationship” she desires. Will Ana embrace Christian’s dark side or will it be more than she can handle? The way he makes love to her is so erotic, steamy, sexy and scary all at the same time.

    I know it does not sound like it, but there is a real love story there. Ana brings out feelings in Christian that he has never felt with anyone else. As crazy as it sounds, I have a lot of hope for these two and I am eager to read the next installment.

    Have a lovely day,

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