So after listening to some friends going on and on about how much they loved it and some saying they hated it, I finally decided to read the first one to make my own opinion on it. I finished reading the first book last night.
I feel like the story had some potential.. It could've been great but it wasn't developed as well as it should have been. I wanted to know what happens ahead but I didn't want to read through it. So I skipped some (many passages) and what's something I never do.
And I can think of 3 reasons why it didn't work for me:
1) The writing is horrible. You can clearly see that the writer is not an established or an experienced one. The style just doesn't work for me, and makes the narrator sort of one-dimensional & awkward for me. I just did not connect with Ana.
2) These days most of the novels you read have some sex involved. It seemed like in this book, the story was wrapped around the sex instead of the other way around. Which might work for hormone-raging teenagers, but honestly just doesn't work for me. Even when they're not actually doing it, Ana's thinking about it.
3) I got it that Christian is beautiful, has a great body etc. etc. the first time Ana said it. I also got it the second time she said it. I definitely got it the third time she said it. Yet she says it 589 times more. After awhile, it gets so repetitive and honestly, very annoying.
So I would give it 1.5 stars max.. some parts were okay.. like the end made me a little sad & surprisingly it was written well too. But I don't think it deserves more than that. And I'm definitely not reading the other 2 books.