All Shades of Grey

By Erika Milke

Staff Writer

Sexy is sexy; and “Grey” by E. L. James is Sexy. “Grey” is “Fifty Shades of Grey,” told from Christian Grey’s point of view.

If you live under a rock and know nothing about “Fifty Shades of Grey” here is a quick over view. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a fictional novel told from the perspective of the main character Anastasia Steele (Ana), an “almost” college graduate.

Ana seems to have it all together; she has a good job at Clayton’s, the local hardware store. She has great friends, especially her roommate and best friend Kate. On top of that, she is about to graduate college with top honors.

This, of course, is before she encounters the captivating Mr. Christian Grey when she interviews him for Kate’s student-run newspaper. Grey is the CEO of his own company. He is refined, elegant and, it seems, in complete control of his surroundings as opposed to Ana who is clumsy, shy and very gentle. But as they say opposites attract. What the reader is unaware of is that Grey has a very dark past that is the driving force to him becoming a control freak.

Grey exercises his controlling tendencies through his BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism) life style, convincing Ana to delve into his life style. Ana is very resistant to take on the role of Grey’s new submissive, a role in which she will have to completely give herself to him. She will have to accept any sexual prospects that he deems necessary to her BDSM education.

To the enjoyment of the reader we get to be a fly on the wall as we witness Grey training Ana to conform and engage in BDSM, actively attempting to test Ana’s limits. The reader is captivated as Ana tries to understand why Grey is the way he is, attempting to figure out his dark secrets, including why he does not like to be touched.

“Grey” tells this same story, but through his point of view. While it is similar, “Grey” is also an intense, but funny read. The reader gains more insight into Grey’s past and his unfair childhood. Ironically funny, the reader gets to hear all of Grey’s dirty little thoughts pertaining to Ana. Most of them might even make the reader laugh out loud.

These characters are very atypical, but they become loveable. Constantly, you find yourself hoping that the innocent Ana can satisfy Grey’s needs. No matter how different they are, they just seem to fit together so well.

Despite being atypical, they still are relatable at times, allowing the readers to place themselves in either character’s shoes.

On one hand there is sweet Ana, who we want to be able to save Grey and for their relationship to work in the worst way. However, on the other we have Grey who needs this type of release due to his past.

Although we know he would never hurt Ana, we want him to do the “hearts and flowers” thing.

Now a note to remember is that “Grey” is the fourth book in this series. The books, in order, are: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty shades Darker,” “Fifty Shades Freed” and “Grey.” So if you plan to read “Grey” your best plan of action is to read the other three first. No matter if you are a male or a female you can enjoy this book as it is sharp, full of good fun and really great sex.

The Flyer gives “Grey” a 7/10, making it one of the best books of the series.

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