Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Title: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Author: Grady Hendrix

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

The Blurb

An unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist that blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

The Review

For me, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a story that can best be described as Heathers meets Mean Girls meets The Exorcist – this may be a lazy way to describe it as The Exorcist has been bandied around an awful lot in the description but I genuinely think it is the only way I can verbalise it.

At its core, it is a story of friendship and how friendship transcends – even the perils of hellish demons.

If I am totally honest, I did find it a bit bizarre. I think I wanted more from it and was a little disappointed when I was left feeling underwhelmed. I had the “is that it?” and “what was the point?” feeling after I turned the last page.

I think My Best Friend’s Exorcism had the potential to be a great 80s fantasy horror romp but it didn’t quite hit the mark.

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