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Intriguing Series ...
on July 23, 2014
There was such a hype about this book and its two 'follow-ups' completing the trilogy that I finally succumbed and started reading. To be perfectly honest, I almost stopped after about a hundred pages but am now glad I didn't.
Why did I almost give up on the novel? Quite frankly, it did look and feel like a man taking full advantage of a young and rather confused woman - something that happens all too often in real life, something I did not really want to 'experience' in my reading. However, as it turned out, there was a great deal more about and within Anastasia Steele than meets the eye and she started to stand her ground. In retrospect, she actually always did - right from the start, even if it had not been obvious. The man, in return, instead of looking for another 'victim' started to adjust to the situation and, if not exactly face, at least he openly acknowledged his 'demons'.
This is an exceptionally moving story of two people meeting unexpectedly and experiencing the emotional rollercoaster ride of trying to adjust to one another and getting to know each other despite their obvious differences. Add childhood issues (on both sides), innocence and money into the mix, and you have the basis of Fifty Shades of Grey.
E L James created a masterful story with in-depth exploration of issues that are usually 'not talked about' and spun it into an intriguing and compelling tale. The main message - in order for ANY relationship to last and flourish, communication with one another openly and honestly is an absolute must!
I am glad to have persevered and read the entire story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, and am now looking forward to reading Fifty Shades Darker and, eventually, Fifty Shades Freed, which, no doubt, will answer further questions about Christian Grey's demons ...