Grey by E.L. James
Fifty Shades #4
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?
Grey is the retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christians POV. When this book came out I was adamant that I wasn’t going to read it. Obviously I cracked as I’m writing a review lol, but I decided after watching the film again and then rereading the entire series that this was the perfect time to immerse myself in all things Mr Grey.
My book nerd friends are pretty split on their opinions of this book and honestly I can see why.
90% of this book is an exact retelling of 50 shades of grey just from Christian’s perspective. I’m not that disappointed by this because well honestly that’s exactly what I expected.
Where Grey missed the mark was by not really adding to the story. Tillie Cole wrote Sweet Rome in the male leads perspective and that feels like a fresh story, Jamie McGuire wrote Walking disaster in Travis’s POV and that was glorious.
Unfortunately Grey doesn’t do that, it has glimpses into Christian but it could have delved so much deeper and been so much more moving than it actually was. Christian is filled with self-loathing and yet I only saw tiny dots of insight into his psyche and really what I hoped this book would do was help me understand what made Christian tick.
For me the best part of this book was the NEW dialogue once Ana leaves Christian this was something we as the reader have never seen before and it was substantial and great. The problem is that this fresh information was such a small percentage of the book that I could easily have given up on the book before I got to it.
This was just too similar to the original story and even though it’s from Christians POV I didn’t learn enough to make it different from the original story.
Knowing now what this book is would I have brought it?…… probably not!
I certainly wouldn’t have paid £4.99 to read the exact same book I read one day earlier.
That being said at least now I know that the small bit of new info gave me a sneak peek into Christian at his lowest.
Grey gets 3.5 stars from me.