Now I said I was not going to read it, but I fell victim to curiosity and having read the other three, I decided to give this one a go and was pleasantly surprised
See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
This book is intended for mature audiences.
So I was really wary of this book, I didn’t think that it was going to be any good. I was worried that E L was just trying to capitalize off of her success and was vehemently against letting that happen. Not that I didn’t like her Fifty series, but just because most books that are rewritten from a different point of view, tend to be tedious and just nonsensical in my mind. But as I mentioned before, curiosity got the better of me and I picked this up off my best friend’s shelf during a lull in our pool time over the summer. As I curled up next to the pool, to get my yearly sunburn, I began to discover I was pleasantly surprised.
I really wanted to tear this book apart, I wanted to talk about how after writing a few books E L still managed to have a fan fiction feel with Grey but she didn’t. I wanted to say there was so much of the first Fifty Shades in this book that it wasn’t worth picking it up but it wasn’t. This book really is like reading a whole new book. There had been so many questions if you read the series, based around just exactly who Christian was and what really happened in his past. The book not only documents what happens between him and Ana but also delves into his past and what made him who he was when we come to meet him. It discusses why exactly he was so preoccupied with dominant behavior and why he was so intensely preoccupied with Ana.
It was honestly quite interesting to see E L’s growth as an author. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling for Christian as a person and as a character. I empathized with his past and wanted him to achieve some sort of self-evolution. I wanted to see him succeed, not in capturing Ana but in getting past his own demons. As for Ana, she was still Ana. I never had any sympathies for that character and seeing it from his point of view, though he is terribly in love with her, it makes her seem like a less sympathetic character.
With all of that in mind, I have to give the book 4 tasty treats, if you have the chance read it, let me know what you think.