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Fifty Shades of Grey


3.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars43%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star13%
3.73 / 5 based on 6,465 Reviews

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  • "I enjoy reading all the time , am a big romance genre reader, once I picked up the first book I was hooked, enjoyed the movie but book is a lot better." in 667 reviews
  • "once you get past all the adult content the story line is actually decent, but by the third book you are kind of bored with all the adult content and the story is quite predictable." in 373 reviews
  • "I know these were not the best READ, but I gave it a shot and I did enjoy them... again, not the best read, but I did read all three books in two weeks.." in 195 reviews
  • "Not only does it portray the bdsm lifestyle in a completely incorrect way, but it also is incredibly poorly written and a fan fiction based on the also equally poorly written Twilight series." in 191 reviews
  • "For awhile there, I was pretty captivated by the plot, but after awhile, it can be quite dry and become repetitive reading the same sex scenes over and over again." in 174 reviews
Tiffany H.
Cleveland, TN
117 reviews
I borrowed the series because my friends were raving about it and were pressuring me to read it.  They insisted that I needed to read it so we could discuss it properly.  But there isn't anything that I liked about the series and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  I didn't like Anastasia Steele who is supposed to be college educated but continues to make the dumbest decisions and mistakes.  Christian is supposed to be hot and rich with a lot of business acumen.  But I didn't find descriptions of him or his actions be hot in any way.  The parts of the stories that my friends raved about the most, the sex scenes, just fell flat for me.  They were dull and boring.  I found the book to be riddled with errors and inconsistencies; there was no romance, just obsession.  I'm just glad I borrowed, rather than paying for these books. 
Adriana V.
172 reviews
I read this book series as part of a book club with very close friends, but the writing in this book was *distractingly* bad. I am all for the occasional fluffy romance novel, but it is impossible to suspend my disbelief and enjoy a smutty story when a 23 year old female protagonist's inner monologue is mostly "Holy cow." What 23 year old woman thinks "Holy cow" to herself ever, let alone every five pages in a book?! Terrible, just terrible.
Brittany B.
Port Orchard, WA
273 reviews
I love these books so much, I got them on sale for 3$ each which wasn't bad at all! I don't live far from Seattle so that is exciting to read books that take place not too far from where you live. I am a sucker for romance and I just love everything about this and wish they were actually real. I often picture myself as Ana and my boyfriend as Christian lol. The books are way better than the movies, they stimulate your mind and are definitely worth the read. My favorite books and movies!
Amber W.
Springtown, TX
1465 reviews
Bookworm Expert Level 1
If you are looking for a dirty book- this is it. If you're looking for romance and a good read- look elsewhere. I'm not an English major in any way, but the typos and grammar in the 50 shades book is enough to turn off any nerd. Sorry. If he was a guy living in a trailer, it'd be a horror movie. But give a guy a little money and suddenly he's hot lol. Give me a break!
Heather C.
Lake Village, AR
222 reviews
My friends lent me this trilogy a few years ago saying that they liked the overall storyline of it even if some of the actions in it were questionable. WhenI read it i agreed with them that the story was pretty good and there are a few questionable moments but overall its a good story. It just needs a few tweaks
Gabrielle H.
Highland Park, MI
177 reviews
I enjoyed this franchise as a movie chain versus the books for some reason. There’s something about the transition of the storyline in print that’s over thought and drags on. I do like that it opened up dialogue about being comfortable with exploring sexuality and alternative relationships.
Mikaela K.
Bellefonte, PA
132 reviews
One of my all time very book series. Yes, it does have sexual parts that some people do not approve or agree with, but I personally think that including this was necessary to understand the whole story and the characters. The story line in the 2nd and 3rd book is great, and yes it is a little cheesy at times but I love this one of a kind love story. I feel this book is ground breaking in the book realm, where the rawness of the writing is great and keeps you hooked. Highly recommend for young adult readers with an open mind.
Bethany M.
96 reviews
This adult book series is one that I was sceptical about reading, but once I picked it up-Icould barely put it down. The way she writes will keep you hooked and wanting to read more. Beyond the obvious aspects of the story-I loved the suspenseful parts as well.
Gina L.
Stamford, CT
508 reviews
Bookworm Expert Level 1
Love this series. this is the series that got me reading many books through mt college career. the story line is so good and easy to fallow comparing to many other authors. the author writes great. would recommend to others if you are into books like these
Shelby W.
Portland, OR
243 reviews
Bookworm Expert Level 1
I began reading the books because I got them for free. So far I'm on book number 2. The reading is so easy, you could read it in middle school (but I wouldn't recommend it due to mature themes). There are definitely better books out there, especially on this subject.
patty a.
New York, NY
289 reviews
Who do you think should play Christian Grey in the movie?
Shannon C.
Beaumont, MS
383 reviews
What was the reason why you started to read this book/series?
Davia G.
Huntsville, AL
457 reviews
Seriously does anyone else feel like this wasn't that great of a read?
Crystal C.
New York, NY
63 reviews
If EL James were to write a new series based on Christian's view would you read it?
Kristina W.
Rochester, NH
152 reviews
Why is everyone so against something different?! Why are people not keeping an open mind and giving this series a chance! The people saying this is just like Twilight clearly haven't read the entire series, and I am saying that as a true fan of BOTH series! I, too, hoping for a continuation of this series.

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