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Book Review | ‘Grey’ by E.L. James

I had a crappy week last week, so instead of doing something healthy about it, like yoga, I read Grey by E.L. James, who apparently needed more money, so she rewrote Fifty Shades of Grey from Edward Christian’s perspective.

As I have documented in my book 50 Shades of Frayed, I read the original trilogy and it got me pregnant. At the time of this posting, I have not received a single dime of child support (so hey, E.L.—since this book was #1 on Amazon about five minutes after it was announced, please hook a girl up). When I told my husband I was going to read Grey, he spelled out in no uncertain terms that I should not expect a Baby Shades #2 out of this.

But still, I plunged into Grey.

And as Ana would say, “Holy crap!”

Pros of Grey by EL James

So there were some major plusses to this book. I’m going to go ahead and list them right now:

  1. No references to Ana’s inner goddess.
  2. No references to Ana’s snarky subconscious, who apparently wears half-moon specs…much like E.L. James.
  3. The words “Oh jeez!” and “Holy crap!” did not appear at all.
  4. There were no italicized mentions of being touched



There were some things.

And the Other Stuff About Grey

One of my main reasons for wanting to read Grey was I hoped that it would address some unanswered issues from the first books. I wanted to know why Ana’s second stepdad was so terrible. I also hoped that I could figure out why Christian was attracted to her in the first place, because I was pretty unclear as to why he thought Ana was so awesome.

Luckily, Grey gave me a few clues…and made for some super snarky tweets.


Eventually I had to stop snarking because I realized that the book was taking itself pretty seriously.

I did find myself asking my husband many questions after reading this:

“So, would you ever use the line, ‘I’m going to make you come like a freight train, baby’?”

“Has your cock ever concurred?”

“Would you say that, when I speak to you, the sound travels directly to your groin?”

I really don’t understand why he was laughing so hard.

The fact is, if you liked the Fifty Shades Trilogy, you will probably like Grey. If you did not enjoy them or were iffy on the “hero” of the piece, any benefit of the doubt you had given him is demolished in this book. It serves as confirmation that Christian Grey is every bit as controlling and stalker-like as Ana makes him out to be in the first one (and it is confirmed that he bought all the tickets in first class AROUND her seat so she wouldn’t sit next to anyone on her way to Georgia and back). While there were a few surprises (involving the words ‘strap on’), most of the dialogue (and all of the emails, including the contract) was lifted verbatim from the first book.

I will say this: as much as I like to poke fun at these books, I have to give credit where credit is due. There have been a lot of criticisms of Christian Grey (that he’s abusive, a stalker, a control freak—and all of these criticisms are ones that I agree with), and E.L. James took this opportunity to have her character be unapologetically himself.

Not up for the book? Watch the movie!
Fifty Shades of Grey Movie (AFFILIATE LINK)


Amanda Romine Lynch is the Prime Parents’ Club Green Living Contributor. She was forced to re-evaluate her lifestyle choices after her son had a reaction to disposable diapers, and has been finding ways to go green and save green ever since. She is also the author of ANABEL UNRAVELED, which is available on Amazon and its sequel ANABEL DIVIDED. You can find her on Facebook at Facebook, or on Twitter as @thebookprincess.

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