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?
“Hot damn!” he shouted.”We got ourselves a demon!”
How can a book, make you laugh, and shed nostalgia tears at the same time? I don’t know, but MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM definitely knew how to. Part satire, part coming-of-age, this novel was full of frustrating scenes that made me want to throw the book (In my case, Kindle) across the room more than once.
Abby and Gretchen have been friends since kids, and now in High School they are the inseparable duo. The novel revolves around the events after a night of drugs of dubious origin, where Gretchen goes missing until the next morning, this is where things start to change with Gretchen, and Abby is the only one who notices before everyone else, where their unconditional friendship is put to test, because believe me, this pair went through hell and back – Almost literally.
“They won’t leave me alone,” Gretchen said. “Someone’s always whispering in my ear. It’s worse than the touching.”
Reading MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM was like watching an 80’s movie. The music! The shoulder pads! The hair! The humor! Hendrix’s quirky and peculiar writing made it all so absorbing with a particular touch of sentimentality I wasn’t quite expecting. The story jumps between light and dark humor, with a very raw feel to it, that clearly marks the tone.
While the book wasn’t devoid of creepy and gory scenes, it definitely won’t keep you up at night. It was ultimately a tale about the power of friendship and how it can save you in the most unexpected ways.
Lesson: There’s power in singing along your bestie those 80’s hit songs.
Thank you NetGalley and Quirk Books for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author
Grady Hendrix writes fiction, also called “lies,” and he writes non-fiction, which people sometimes accidentally pay him for. He is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture store you’ll ever need. It has been translated into 14 languages and is being turned into a television show by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl). They have never met Grady, but that is their loss. His next novel is called My Best Friend’s Exorcism, about demonic possession, friendship, exorcism, and the Eighties, out from Quirk Books in May, 2016
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