My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

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After some bizarre incidents in their friend group, Abby comes to the conclusion that Gretchen is being possessed by a demon. It pops into her head, a catchphrase she doesn’t even remember she remembered, but in that instant she doesn’t know how she ever forgot. Set during the satanic panic of the 1980s, My Best Friend's Exorcism is the story of the friendship between two girls and the possessing demon that drove a wedge between them.

It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content. I enjoyed every moment--stand out moments being the climax towards the end and the exorcism stuff--there were some laugh out loud moments (love the Phil Collins mentions in that scene) Ha! Maybe they were caught up in their own divorces and career dramas and problem kids, and if she still wasn’t turning things around on Monday they’d say something.

She and Gretchen spent hours ranking their friendships, trying to determine who was a best friend and who was an everyday friend, debating whether anyone could have two best friends at the same time, writing each other’s names over and over in purple ink, buzzed on the dopamine high of belonging to someone else, having a total stranger choose you, someone who wanted to know you, another person who cared that you were alive. The year is 1988 and Abby Rivers has just started her sophomore year of high school in South Carolina.

Friendships, demonic possession, troubled families, fan girling demon hunters, 80s pop culture, a slow build of horrific grossness and full of humour. this is, by the way, the complete opposite of how we do in new england, which is pretty much exactly like The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible. Grady Hendrix once again mixes a traditional trope of horror fiction with pop culture, satirical humor, and a dollop of teenage angst Told with Hendrix s blend of sardonic humor and frightening dread, this is one scary tour down memory lane.

I think it helps that I was born in 1976, so I'm the target audience and I buddy read it with a friend who was also in middle school in the late 80s-high school in the 90s, so you know--the E. At its core, this story is a love letter to those thick-as-thieves childhood friendships and the lengths we'll go to for the people we care most about, and I found it so charming and wonderful. Their friend Margaret, who has always wanted to be thin, starts dropping weight until she’s skeletally thin. The inter-girl politics between Abby, Gretchen, and their friends was very well done and believable.

i’d intended to only read horror books for october, despite the temptation of several non-horror books side-eyeing me wantonly from the stacks. Grady Hendrix has a way of writing about friendship, and including details everyone can relate to, that make his books special. To say I’ve been waiting to read this for so long and have heard everyone’s rave reviews of it in the meantime…I literally couldn’t care less.Another of my "I deserve a treat" books I bought before Christmas, this has been on my list for such a long time after seeing so many readers online love it. I wasn't a fan of this - I picked it up for spooky szn and I saw a lot of people on Booksta posting and raving about it.

The inside covers have all kinds of handwritten messages from classmates (some of whom are mentioned in the story), and there are even facsimile yearbook ads and class pictures in the starting and end pages.After the nirvana that was Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction, I had to give Grady Hendrix's fiction a shot. National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend's Exorcism. Sure, my 12 year old isn't going to feel it like my husband and I do, but he relates as a kid--kids don't change.



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