Review: MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix


Grady Hendrix

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 337
Publication date: May 17th 2016

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act….different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

My Best Friend’s Exorcism was exactly the kind of spooky story I was looking for this month. I loved the addition of flyers and news clippings throughout the book and how that showed a glimpse of the War on Drugs and the Satanic panic around the time the book was set.

The writing was wonderful and compelling and I loved Abby’s perspective of things. She was an engaging character and, although some scenes were really difficult to get through due to the injustice of it all, her love for her friend and determination to get them through this was really touching.

Some bits were really incredibly gross, especially the worm scene, but they added to the desperation and tense vibe surrounding the story. And the way everything was resolved was just so! fitting! in this late 80s setting and it spoke so much of the deep friendship that exists between two people.

This was the perfect October read and I recommend it to all looking for a unique and refreshing spooky story 😀



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