My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Published: May 17, 2016 by Quirk Books
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?
First I want to give a little back story on my horror life style. I love horror everything. I love movies, books, tv, haunted houses, ghost stories, ANYTHING! Whether it’s good or bad, I dig it. However, I’ve never been scared by anything. I’m still on the hunt for a book or movie that really spooks me (so if you know of anything, comment below!) I saw this book on the Quirk Books Instagram and had to ask for an arc. THANKS AGAIN QB!
My favorite thing about this book, aside from the demonic nature, is that it’s set in the 80’s. I’ve always wished I was born earlier in the 80’s so I could experience some of that lifestyle, but unfortunately I just caught the tail end and I was an infant so if I enjoyed it I don’t remember. So I really dig things with that 80’s feel to it, and this hit the nail on the head. It was all teased hair and loud prints and I loved it. Then came the possession.
I really enjoyed the way Grady Hendrix wrote this young girl being possessed. The story follows Abby, who is best friends with Gretchen – the one with the demon living inside her – and I like that we get to follow Abby through this totally insane story. I can’t imagine how awful it would be to have your BFF being internally raped by a demon, but this book really made me feel what Abby was feeling. It was written beautifully and with enough detail that I could practically smell the odors that come along with Gretchen’s possession.
Parts dragged on and I was just ready for them to be like ‘hey let’s try an exorcism’ but for the most part things stayed entertaining. The scenes in this book that are designed to scare you are the kinds of things I’d like to see more of in movies. I would LOVE this book to be turned into a movie. Again, it’s very difficult for me to feel scared, but for comparison sake I will say that this book was scarier than The Exorcist. So if you’re looking for a book that will make your hairs stand up and send chills down your spine, this is it!
I gave this book a 4 star review, because in my opinion it could’ve been a little shorter and still had the same impact, but I still really enjoyed it. Thanks again to Quirk Books for the arc! My Best Friend’s Exorcism is in stores as of yesterday, and I’m definitely going to be picking up this one to add to my shelf.