My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This satiric, snarky, sarcastic, over the top story based on the mega-bestselling Fifty Shades of
The cover alone is hilarious, especially the hand holding the cup with the pointer, middle and pinkie finger extended. If you don't know what that hand gesture means, please look it up under "shocker" on Urbandictionary.com!
From the first few lines, I was laughing, giggle-snorting and crying (because I was laughing so hard).
"I'm Edward Cullen. I mean, Earl Grey." [quoted from the original chapters posted online.]
And it only gets better from there. The parody starts out much like the fanfiction/published novel by introducing us to
The author immediately reminds us of the origin of FSoG by casually and humorously mentioning the actress who portrayed Bella Swan in the Twilight movies.
The parody follows along similar plot lines as the fanfiction-turned-published book, but continually makes the key scenes and themes ever more ridiculous. For example,
All the main characters from the 'book' are present -
The first sex scene, in which Anna loses her virginity, will have you howling with laughter.
And then there's the infamous tampon scene. Never have I laughed so hard and for so long as when I read that. Tears of laughter were running down my face.
Fanny Merkin aka Andrew Shaffer intelligently, with tongue firmly in cheek, uses perfectly timed zingers in almost every paragraph to not only poke fun of the ridiculousness of the 50 Shades book, but also to reference things that those who know the history of the fanfiction-turned-international-book-
I wish I could quote from the ARC but I'll have to wait until the final published version is available.
Just know, that if you loved FSoG, you will likely get a chuckle or five out of this parody. You should read it.
If, on the other hand, you hated the original book or the fanfiction from where it came, you'll be laughing your butt off, and this is definitely the book for you.
Very well done, Mr. Shaffer. Thanks for the hours of laughter from your utterly brilliant book.
I am one of the lucky ones who were provided with an ARC from the publisher (mine via NetGalley). Thank you, Perseus Book Groups and DaCapo Press.
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