My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

by Grady Hendrix

3.25 of 5 stars 4 ratings • 1 review • 17 shelved
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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

by Grady Hendrix

3.25 of 5 stars 4 ratings • 1 review • 17 shelved
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 actdifferent. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there's only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favourite 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
  • ISBN10 1594748624
  • ISBN13 9781594748622
  • Publish Date 17 May 2016
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Quirk Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 336
  • Language English

Reviews

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pamela 3 of 5 stars
Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism appeals to the nostalgia of those born around or before the 80s. The music, the hair, the clothes. For that, it was a fun read, but plotwise? Meh.

My Best Friend's Exorcism suffers from much the same as Grady Hendrix's previous novel Horrorstor. It was all bark and no bite. The plot lacked substance and development. The relationship between the teenage girls and their friendship was interesting to read about, but ultimately not a lot happened, and what did happen was just a bit silly.

Some moments could have been quite psychologically poignant, but ultimately didn't deliver, and My Best Friend's Exorcism had none of the genuinely terrifying moments that we had in Horrorstor. It doesn't seem fair to compare the two books as the style and plot are vastly different, however as they both exist within the scope of the same genre; we should have felt a few chills along the way.

My Best Friend's Exorcism gives very little away. We are left wondering whether the events of the novel were supernatural or psychological. This could have been done far more effectively, however. There are moments the point to psychological damage and the possibility of abuse, and yet none of these things are ever fully explored. There is the suggestion that truly traumatic events in their lives spark changes in certain characters' behaviour, but again, this wasn't developed. My Best Friend's Exorcism could have been such a bittersweet novel of friendship conquering terrible abuse, but instead, we had a rather shallow horror story that somehow fell flat.

I enjoyed reading, and I flew through My Best Friend's Exorcism relatively quickly, but it was a distraction more than anything. I would have liked a bit more depth to the narrative and the characters, and more than anything, a bit more horror. The whole novel just left me feeling a little underwhelmed.