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'50 Shades' of disappointment

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Review: Book’s lack of substance made it a turn-off

By Jennifer Garcia

Those who are not fans of romance or erotic novels should steer clear of “50 Shades of Grey.” Though that sums up the feelings on this particular book and the review could end there, let’s take a closer look at what made this book so disappointing.
After hearing rave reviews, it was only natural to be curious. Despite the fact that romance and the erotic genre have never been of interest, the praises of this book were sung repeatedly and it was too tempting to pass up.
The tome, written by E.L. James, is the first part of a trilogy and introduces the reader to Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate, and Christian Grey, a multi-millionaire who carved out a place in the business world at a young age.
The couple meet by chance, when Steele’s college newspaper reporter friend Katherine Kavanaugh becomes ill and is unable to keep her interview appointment with Grey. Being the good friend she is, Steele steps in and agrees to interview him on Kavanaugh’s behalf.
Despite the fact that she finds him attractive, Steele dismisses any thought of becoming involved with someone like Grey because of his status in the business world and because she believes that he would never be interested in someone like her.


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