Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

Title: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: Perseus Books Group (Da Capo Press)
Note: This is NOT a YA book.

“Oh, not another one of those books..."
Those were my initial thoughts when I saw the cover of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, before I even read the title (and the author's name). I had thought the book was from the “original" series. Honest mistake, “my bad..."

I won't go into details about the plot of the book because I think everyone knows what FSoG is about, but I will say FSoEG is the fun version of that plot.

The author kept the essence of the source it mocks, but it was better because I knew this was meant to be a comedy. Everything was there: the absurdity of the dialogue, the cheesy double entendre, even the over repetition of words and phrases that nearly drove me to the brink of insanity in FSoG, but simply made me howl with laughter in this book.

While reading we revisit some of the well known scenes, like the “tampon" one, which was of course hilarious and has a few twists (or maybe tricks) of its own. But as funny as that was remade, I have to say my favorite one was the first sex scene, I couldn't stop laughing when I realized what he was going to do.

This book is a must read, if you have a sense humor. But if you think FSoG is the greatest series that has ever been written since the beginning of time and take offense easily, you might not find it as funny as I did. At the end of the book, the author also attaches a list of Earl Grey's fifty shames, which is the icing on the cake.

Although I did love and thoroughly enjoyed the book, I felt it dragged a little in some parts and maybe it would have been better if it was a bit shorter.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Thank you for the great review. I have Fifty Shades of Grey, but have not read it yet. When I saw this funny spin off, I was really curious. I will definitely give it a try.

  2. Thank you for reading my review. The book is definitely worth a try. I think it would be fun without reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but reading it after the original, certainly made it even more funny.