Grey by E L James
Fifty Shades of as Told by Christian

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24 Critic Reviews

This new take on a familiar story would have been more powerful if Christian had shown the self-awareness and ability to change we saw through Ana's eyes in the original. Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn’t—and it's boring.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About E L James

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
 
Published June 18, 2015 by Vintage. 576 pages
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jun 22 2015

This new take on a familiar story would have been more powerful if Christian had shown the self-awareness and ability to change we saw through Ana's eyes in the original. Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn’t—and it's boring.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 26 2015

In this mediocre erotic romance that lacks both passion and intimacy, the events of Fifty Shades of Grey are retold from Christian Grey's perspective...It's a perfect portrayal of an unhealthy relationship...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Jenny Colgan on Jun 18 2015

The first trilogy was a fantasy. This book is far more realistic – and creepy beyond belief. I would never censor anything my daughter might want to read when she is older. But if she wants to read Grey, I’d make sure she knows that if anyone ever treats her like this, she should run like the wind.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Jun 22 2015

Grey is a very different book from the original. Yes, the writing is still of the same calibre (make of that what you will) and yes, the turn of phrase is still occasionally eye-watering...But Christian’s point of view changes the entire tone of the series and I can’t help but wonder why women were so desperate to get inside this man’s head.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Nick Clark on Jun 19 2015

Similar to the couple’s lovemaking in the book, the experience was drawn out, racy, frequently painful and unintentionally hilarious.

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Tampa Bay Times

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Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Jun 18 2015

Whether you read it to find out what Christian is really thinking or what he's really feeling in that Red Room of Pain, Grey turns out to be just a tease.

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Newsday

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Reviewed by Marion Winik on Jun 18 2015

Like its predecessors, this is not a book that can stand up to serious criticism -- literary, psychological or otherwise. But Grey is for the fans, not the critics.

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Library Journal

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Reviewed by Colleen Sargent on Jul 01 2015

Though some readers of the “Fifty Shades” series might be disappointed that the character they imagined is not the Christian Grey author James writes about here, others will be pleasantly surprised.

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Mail Online

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Reviewed by LIBBY PURVES on Jun 18 2015

The book’s final words, ‘Today, I win her back’, carry a horrid warning that E.L. James may be preparing more lumbering, clunking, lip-smackingly sadistic and cloyingly sentimental episodes in the whining voice of Christian Grey. Heaven help us.

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London Evening Standard

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Reviewed by David Sexton on Jun 18 2015

Grey re-presents the story of the first volume of the trilogy only (so there’s scope for two more in this series — you didn’t think she would miss that trick did you?) through the eyes and voice of Christian Grey. But it’s otherwise exactly the same. You can’t improve on perfection, she thinks, perhaps.

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Reviewed by JEAN MARIE BROWN on Jun 22 2015

Grey is awful, but James’ fans are already flocking to it, and a retelling of the second and third installments is probably in the works. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

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News Observer

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 04 2015

That’s right: James’ own imagination is limited, and she has already taken it about as far as it’ll go. The story doesn’t have much action, and all of it has already been described in intimate detail by Ana.

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Hindustan Times

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Reviewed by Simar Bhasin on Jun 28 2015

What fans -- that “asked and asked and asked and asked” for it -- should have gained from the book told through the eyes of the mysterious billionaire himself, was some insight into the persona that is Grey. However, even details about his troubled childhood are hidden beneath the veils of vagueness.

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Reviewed by Amber Cross on Jun 22 2015

I highly recommend GREY by E. L. James to any Fifty Shades of Grey fan. After reading the first three books, I always wondered what went through Christian Grey's head. In GREY, James captures the complexity that is Christian.

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Reviewed by Monique Daoust on Jun 19 2015

GREY does not cover the whole of FSoG, but only the first book; I was surprised and a bit disappointed at that...I am very much looking forward to two more books. Very well done, Ms. James and "Laters, baby"!

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Reviewed by Sandy on Jun 30 2015

...there are no new revelations in GREY that would suggest the reader was missing something the first time around. I was hoping for more details into Christian Grey’s earlier life.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

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Reviewed by Janet Webb on Jun 30 2015

Does E. L. James give us more than the movie–that is, how Christian feels after the elevator doors close? YES! We get Christian in pain, Christian sending flowers, Christian run/stalking Ana’s apartment, and lastly, focused, in-love Christian, determined to get Ana back.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by Redheadedgirl on Jun 29 2015

The writing is not improved from the original trilogy. The editing is even less evident (FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX PAGES YOU GUYS). I was deeply disappointed by Christian’s lack of Inner Goddess, but he did speak to his dick a lot...The sex is boring and repetitious and dull and deja vu-like.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by Gloriamarie on Jun 29 2015

Unfortunately, EL James did not choose to write an important story. Instead, she chose to write a story that would only make her wealthier.

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TotallyBookedBlog

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny on Jun 20 2015

So, yes we are chuffed to bits we got to hear Christian’s side and we’re glad we stuck with it; we just would have loved more. But as you all know – we’re greedy like that!

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Book Chick City

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Reviewed by Laura on Aug 26 2015

It’s a nice addition to be able to see things from Christian’s side. It’s not as good or as compelling as its counterpart Fifty Shades of Grey and it unearths some less than pleasant traits in Christian. Yet, the discovery of those traits didn’t detract or sour my view of the original love story.

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Booktopia Blog

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Reviewed by Shikha Shah on Jul 19 2015

While I really enjoyed the trilogy, I have to admit that the writing occasionally seemed a bit weak. Luckily this is not an issue with Grey. The writing is very fluid, which allows the story to flow smoothly.

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So many books, so little time

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Reviewed by So Many Books, So Little Time on Jul 22 2015

I genuinely hope if she goes on to write more from Christians point of view, she does so with more focus on him than the sex and makes him a bit less creepy stalker and more misunderstood needs to be loved...

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Book Passion for Life

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Reviewed by Melanie on Aug 07 2015

It was a great start to the series but very much a ‘setting the scene’ book that introduces the players, gives the hint of war and also a feel of forbidden love…. It remains to be seen what will happen next but I’d read it without a doubt.

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