'Grey: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian' Book Review

'Grey: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian' Book Review

For fans only.

Women both young and old got caught up in the crazed whirlwind of romance that was the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy. I was one of them, and once I started the first book, it only took me a week and a half to finish the series. It was intense to say the least. Then we were graced with the first movie only to be left to wait a dreadful two years for the next. However, E.L. James released a fourth book in mid June of 2015, "Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian".

The synopsis of the book or what we call the "blurb" reads, "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."

"Grey" is a retelling of the first "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the earliest section of "Fifty Shades Darker" from Grey's perspective. This book has no new epic story or any new material. It is 557 pages of Ana and Christian's edgy and at times unsettling love story, here made more unsettling by the truth that fans already knew: Christian is "fifty shades of [f*cked] up."

James sets out to explore those shades and tries to recast the polarizing character of Grey. The book is framed with emotional flashbacks of Grey's youth and his dreams.

The e-mail exchanges between Grey and Ana, which are very entertaining, are repeated rather than expanded upon. The famed "contract", outlining the sexual relationship between them, appears again, and so his Ana's background check.

The slim extras of the book are new scenes with Grey's family and former lovers. The most rewarding is the end when the reader gets an inside look into Grey's decision to toss caution to the wind and finally win Ana back.

The book is not for curious readers. James says so by dedicating the book to "those readers who asked...and asked...and asked...and asked for this." She's writing for the passionate ones wanting Ana's story in one hand and Grey's in the other, to finally gain access to his mystery.

"Grey" is to solely gain more insight on Mr. Grey, who is dark and unrelenting and far too serious. James definitely knows and understands her characters. This book was strictly for the fans.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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