Tots 100 Book Club – Fifty Shades of Grey

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard mention of the erotic (kinky) book trilogy which is topping the best sellers list at the moment? Fifty Shades Of Grey is the first book in the E.L. James Trilogy.

The book seems to be a bit like Marmite – people either love it or hate it. I decided to review it for the Tots 100 Book Club to give fellow bloggers a bit of an insight into it – not because it is my favourite ever book.


Fifty Shades Of Grey follows the story of Ana – a 22 year old student with no sexual experience and Christian – a 27 year old billionaire who, behind closed doors (and behind the safety of a none disclosure agreement) is partial to dominating brunettes. Their paths cross when Ana is forced to interview him for her College newspaper, and the sparks start to fly immediately. The first 6 or 7 chapters involve him trying to see more of her, in the hope of getting her to become his new submissive. To be honest, these first half a dozen chapters were a little tedious at times. I had been warned about this, so I stuck with it. By the 8th chapter, I was hooked.

The book does have a lot of sexual scenes, and some quite graphic descriptions of S&M acts, but this was not what kept me interested. I was desperate to find out WHY Christian was the way he was, and keen to see how Ana would respond to his request to become his Submissive. There are plenty of unexpected twists along the way, and their relationship has many ups and downs.

It is a great book to pick up and lose yourself in for half an hour, and it doesn’t demand a great deal of brain power to process what is going on (though if you’re anything like me, you may need google close to hand for some of the terminology)! If you like to read on the train, you might get a few strange looks if you’re holding this book. Men seem to be under the impression reading the book will turn you into a sex crazed passion addict – My husband was bitterly disappointed to find out this isn’t the case!

There are plenty of funny moments, and the odd cringe worthy part too. Some of the writing could have been better, and at times, the story feels a little rushed. There are other bits (mainly the first 6-7 chapters) which feel painfully overwritten, and could probably have been cut down to 3 chapters. That being said, the trilogy is good for some light reading. It won’t change your life (unless you decide to become a submissive on the back of reading the book), but it will probably keep you entertained for a good few hours. You’ll also have something to talk about with your friends the next time you meet for vino (or a coffee).

One final observation – I am yet to find anyone who has read the book who doesn’t have a crush on Christian Grey. Despite his arrogant attitude, I found myself reading on to find out why he was so troubled, and in the hope he would find true happiness. The big question on everybody’s lips now is “Who will play Christian in the Film(s)?”

All in all, I’d give Fifty Shades Of Grey 4 out of 5 – I enjoyed reading it and it has certainly been a conversation piece.

Fifty Shades of Grey is available from Tesco Books and all good book shops!

I’d love to send a copy of the book over to Chloe at CookieJarLife

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