The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy (1. “Fifty Shades of Grey”, 2. “Fifty Shades Darker” and 3. “Fifty Shades Freed”) is about a college student named Anastasia Steele who is suddenly “drafted” to interview the young, mysterious and successful business tycoon, Christian Grey, and is introduced to his world and his secret, dark hobbies. As she begins to spend more time with Grey, she learns about his sad, tragic childhood, his very difficult and confusing teen years and his constant need for control. She also learns more about her own desires and limits.
I don’t want to give too much away in case you’d like to read the books. My friend read them first and when I started getting into the story, I was afraid to ask her too much. I was already getting bits of foreshadowing, and since I could relate to and feel strong empathy for the main characters and the others, I would get so tense and emotional reading the books. Part of me wanted to skim ahead to the ending so that I would know what to expect, but I stopped myself and read on. I’m so glad I did.
Before my obsession with those books started, my sister-in-law asked me if I had heard about them. She was curious and had heard about the sexually explicit parts of the story. That piqued my curiosity, so before I started my week-long vacation last month, I bought the first book. I was immediately hooked and obsessed; sitting down and reading for hours, reading during commercials (if I decided to take a “break” from reading), trying not to read while I was on the phone, feeling antsy while on the phone; anxious to hang up and continue reading… Well, you get the point.
Yes, the book goes into great detail about the sexual encounters between Anastasia and Christian. Some details were easy and enjoyable to read, others not so much; depends on your own, particular likes and dislikes when/if you read it.
What I really loved was the way they met and how much their relationship progressed as the story developed. I loved the communication between the two main characters and I loved that Anastasia saw through Christian and knew that, in spite of his control freak nature and dominating demeanor and hobbies, he cared a great deal and was very philanthropic, young at heart and playful. I loved the playful communication between the two; especially when they bantered back and forth using their Blackberries.
Anyway, the story is not just about sex. It’s funny, thrilling, dramatic, thought-provoking and touching. I definitely recommend you read the trilogy.