Grey: Don’t judge a book by its reputation [A review]

Grey is the long awaited re-telling of E.L James 2012 novel 50 Shades of Grey. Told from Christian’s side of the story, Grey is an eye-opener to the original story, explaining things to us like why he doesn’t like Kate or Jose, and why he acts so strangely around Ana.


Now, before you dismiss the book because of its predecessors’ reputation, take on board the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” and let me explain.

I am a little biased since I enjoyed reading the original books (for the story more than anything….else). But I feel like you can’t really say you don’t like a book without reading it first. But if you are going to ignore that rule, I suggest you listen up….

What did I like about the book?

Aside from having a whole new perspective on Christians side of the story, I like the humour this book had that the others seemed to lack. There’s a funnier, more laid back feel to the novel, and some of the things he’s thinking are just downright hilarious. I suppose if you were to read this book from a fresh reader’s eyes, you’d never be able to say it was boring.

I also liked that E.L. James went into some of the things we really wanted clearing up. Things we didn’t realise we wanted to know. For example, the way Christian feels about his brother, or the things he did when not with Ana. When reading the first shades book, I never thought to myself “what’s Christian up to?”, until I read Grey. Now I have no idea why I didn’t want to know.

What wasn’t so great?

I found that I was disappointed by how easily Christian was defeated by his own emotions in the book. It took E.L James a trilogy to finally get him to be a normal “hearts and flowers” kind of guy, but we find out he was kind of ready from the start? Okay so maybe he wasn’t ready for “I love you” but who is in the first month or so of their relationship? As soon as I read the whole “would it be so bad to let her touch me?” I felt a little cheated.

Who would like this book?

I would recommend this book to anyone, but it’s not really a good read for younger audiences. I want to get rid of the stigma of “mummy porn” so I suppose all I’ve got to say is, if you want to read it, then you read it. Don’t let anyone make you miss out on a book you might potentially love. And if not, then hey, it’s no big deal!

Overall rating: 8/10 purely because of the reasons I mentioned before. I felt a little cheated but otherwise I really enjoyed it.

Bonus section to all you sceptics ****

Fifty shades, no matter what you say is not exactly like Twilight. I can count all of the similarities on one hand, and even if it was originally a fanfic, it evolved into something different. All that ties the two together are appearances, some personality traits and the fact that Christian and Edward are both rich and adopted. So, give the book a try, let yourself go into it with an open mind, you might like it.

What others are saying about this book:

@ynphn on Twitter: “I wake, with a start -Today, I win her back” I’ve just finished #Grey.
Got to know many things about Christian. Amazing!

@leahjonsay on Twitter: “But the worst consequence of these nightmares is dealing with the overwhelming anxiety when I wake.” #grey

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books, and I’m happy to give you recommendations.

Have a great day!

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5 thoughts on “Grey: Don’t judge a book by its reputation [A review]

  1. monisha31 says:

    did you like the movie and the books before grey? Personally I really like Fifty Shade and I thought that Grey was really interesting and a good read, the film was good also but i wish that someone else would have played Ana instead of Dakota Johnson


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