Drama, Horror (Teen), Science Fiction, Uncategorized

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

I loved the premise of this novel as soon as I read it. I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to exorcism stories but they’ve always been so intriguing and I’ve always wanted to read a novel on this topic. I found my chance with this book, so here is my review:

Abby and Gretchen met in fifth grade and have been best friends ever since. They share everything together, from which boys are worth liking to where they will live when they grow up. Either way, they can’t imagine a life without each other. When they get to high school, they expect things to be more or less the same. It’s the ’80s and life is just getting cool! So when they decide to try some LSD, it just seems like one more cool thing to do. But after that night, everything changes. Gretchen stops being…. Gretchen. As her strange behaviour begins to pile up, Abby realizes that the only explanation is that there is a demon living inside Gretchen. And Abby will stop at nothing to get it out of her.

Where do I start with this novel? This book was ridiculously fantastic and I just can’t praise it enough!

I love the ’80s vibe that the author went with. I was a ’90s child but hearing my mom talk about how life was in the ’80s always made me wish I had grown up during that time – even though the ’90s were pretty cool, too! Having it take place in this time frame made the story a little preppy and funny, it gave it a teen novel feel. And I loved that. It made it funnier, more ironic, more weird, and just overall amazing. I don’t think I have ever said this about any other novel but the author chose the perfect setting for this story.

The author did a fantastic job in merging the absolute terror that accompanies any story about possession with school clique drama. At times comic, at times terrifying, this story was perfectly woven together to incorporate all aspects and make for just a great read. I could not put this book down and loved every minute of it! If you are looking for a creepy, weird, and utterly amazing read, then look no further than this book right here! Now excuse me, while I go out and get myself a copy of this novel ASAP!

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