My Best Friend's Exorcism

My Best Friend's Exorcism

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Hillsboro_JenniFerg Jun 01, 2020

Sixteen Candles meets Heathers, meets Steven King. Extremely entertaining and so nostalgic! Full of 80s pop culture references and just the right amount of creepy.

JCLRachelN May 01, 2020

What a wild ride! I found myself eager to pick it up when I had the chance. This is truly a love story to the 1980s, all the ups and downs of high school, and the power of friendship. I was (mostly) prepared to be in a state of suspense and dread but what I didn’t expect was a sweetness to the story. I’ll be checking out more of Hendrix’s work!

Chapel_Hill_RobynW Apr 07, 2020

I've always been suspicious of any book where the title promises so much (this is up there with the best fiction title I have ever seen), but I devoured this book. This book has a great relationship at its heart, and would even work well without the discussion without the supernatural element. Puberty, high school and far of change work well together to make this story fast moving and believable. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Chapel_Hill_KristenS Mar 01, 2020

I'm late to the party, but this book was fantastic. I would give it 6 stars if I could! Read it in one evening, and loved it.

Hillsboro_RobP Jan 09, 2020

A heroic friendship in the 80's is the canvas for this absolute gem of comedy horror fiction. It might sound strange to praise an exorcism for its realism, especially considering there's no small amount of fully intended silliness, but the actions of these characters are 100% believable, and they never lose their agency even when knee deep in the demonic vomit of a climax.
Compelling throughout, Hendrix creates an 80's in the south that's believable and frustrating, so much so that the unholy goings-on hardly seem out of place and Abby's battle to save her friend is completely engrossing. A must-read for horror fans or for those who grew up in the time period.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 15, 2019

This horror novel features demonic possession.

RandomLibrarian Jul 26, 2019

Review excerpt: "If you are pining for 1980s tribute fare like 'Stranger Things', and you love books that focus on friendships between women, and you can tolerate some gross content, then I highly recommend 'My Best Friend’s Exorcism'. It is not a romance, but it does have a great, though platonic, love story between two teenage girls who battle occult forces in 1988. And yes, the paperback cover is a perfect facsimile of a beat-up VHS tape."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/best-friends-exorcism-grady-hendrix/

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shansen91
Jul 17, 2019

Not only did this book have genuinely creepy moments, it also made me cry like a baby during emotional scenes. Somehow it’s both a horror, and a sweet coming of age story.

WCLSNorthForkLibrary Jul 02, 2019

I grabbed this book for a lazy summer hammock day and it did not disappoint. It gripped me from the beginning and compelled me to keep reading chapter after chapter. At turns heartwarming and immensely creepy- sometimes even disturbing- the characters feel true to life.

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jlandgraver722
May 25, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The story line gripped me from the very beginning and dragged me inward all the way through. I couldn't wait to finish this book. The ending was bitter sweet because I am not really sure what I expected, but this wasn't it. All the time spent on the details of their friendship pre, during, and post possession. The ending seemed like it was quickly thrown together to meet a deadline. Over all I liked the book and I recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of uneasy reading. I mean the kind of storys that make you laugh, cry, make your jaw drop, make you say "what?!? no!" , this would be one of those books.

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needle_and_thread
May 03, 2019

this was a weird one. there were some parts that were seriously creepy and disturbing and others that were really cheesy, like the bible thumping bodybuilders. this book gave me so many feels. I loved how Abby does the right thing no matter what. even when not only are the adults unhelpful, they actively try to stop her from helping her friend and she is accused of crimes she didn't commit and all her other friends abandon her.

While this novel is not a Young Adult cataloged book, it was a nominee for YALSA's 2017 Alex Award. This book is a horror/comedy genre bender that explores and tests the bonds of teenage girl friendships through possession, exorcisms, and a quirky band of helpers. This book is set up as a 1980's year book, end of the year signatures, and all.

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tea_with_jam
Feb 24, 2019

Probably my favorite horror novel ever. Realistic, flawed characters and friendships, and the horror is truly horrifying. Even on rereads, I find my heart pounding and stomach clenching and churning.

And the end? Oh gods the end. It ruined me for all other stories of demonic possession.

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BOortwyn
Jan 31, 2019

Great book. An easy read. Good creepy factor. An accurate and honest portrayal of high school life as a teen. Love the 80's references. Overall, this read is worth your time.

OPL_DavidD Sep 19, 2018

I love everything about this book. I love the campy 1980's references, but also the deep emotional core and the exploration of friendship and redemption. I love how satisfying the ending was, and how I stayed up until 2:30 AM to finish the last 150 pages. I loved how authentic the dialog and the main character's growing feeling of isolation felt. I recommend this book frequently to both new and frequent horror readers.

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SarahDormat
Dec 21, 2017

Super fun! I especially love how the dialogue is written like an after-school special from the 80s. And as a child of the 80s, I loved all of the references and had flashbacks to my own childhood (minus the demonic possession). At 330+ pages it seemed just a *bit* long but other than that, I loved it.

EvaELPL Jun 28, 2017

Set in the 1980s, this is an engrossing (and creepy) pop culture take on an old horror trope. Although it suffers from pacing weirdness midway through, the ambiance as well as the running theme of the power of friendship make for an enjoyable read.

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Pisinga
Jun 09, 2017

This is a book about exorcism. It is clear. There is no latency, hiding meaning in title.
It's also about friendship between teenagers and how real it could be, and what are you willing to do for the sake of your friend.

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ljtheteacher
Mar 27, 2017

This story is genuinely scary and had me hooked from beginning to end. I read it a few months ago and it still gives me chills to remember it. If you're looking for something thrilling and you're a fan of the eighties this is a great read.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 25, 2017

My Best Friend's Exorcism is absolutely wonderful if you grew up in the 80's, or (like me), you can't get enough of 1980's pop culture. Campy, but still horrific, this novel gives the perfect amount of scares without being too graphic or over-the-top. By the end, I felt compelled to call up my own best friend, which goes to show the emotional connection I felt to the characters and the situation. I'm not a huge fan of horror, but I'm definitely a fan of this book!

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LPL_EmilyR
Nov 29, 2016

If you were to do a mash up of Stranger Things and Heathers, you'd get something like My Best Friend's Exorcism. Creepy, fun, and full of late 80s nostalgia.

DBRL_ANNEG Nov 11, 2016

A surprisingly lovely tribute to the power of friendship.

High school is hard, but especially so when your best friend is possessed by a demon. When Abby discovers there's more than meets the eye to the strange behavior her best friend Gretchen is exhibiting, she sets out to free her from the demon that has taken over.

The story if full of pop culture references from the 1980s and a compelling storyline that will suck readers in and not let go until they find out whether or not Abby is successful with her task.

JCLDebbieF Oct 19, 2016

I really want to give this book 4 stars, but when I compare it with my other 4 stars, it just doesn't hold up. With that being said, I really enjoyed it. It was fun and felt like the 80's.

Cynthia_N Oct 01, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The author really hit the 80s teenager perfectly! Funny and creepy and touching all at the same time!! If you enjoy this one try Horrorstör by the same author! Its super scary once the scene is set!

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abcDena
Jun 03, 2016

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, while billed as a horror novel, is primarily a story about the power of friendship. Hendrix’s target audience, Gen-Xers on the verge of aging, will be lured by the cover art and nods to 80s pop culture. I was. The story’s narrator is Abby, one girl in a clique of four, and the only one whose parents are not rich. This sets up an interesting conflict from the start, which had me hooked. Abby's best friend within the clique is Gretchen, whose behaviour and appearance deteriorate early on. Readers are set up to question Abby as the sinister variable. Is Abby a belligerent, suspicious figure in the story, or is Gretchen truly possessed? I had to know.

Aside from the central mystery of this novel -- but don't call it a mystery novel -- Hendrix also gives readers a glimpse into sinister small-town dynamics. This is an action-packed novel, so horror lovers with a need for speed (sorry) will enjoy, as will fans of literary and teen fiction. Despite some mature content, it is suitable for older YA readers, because at its core, My Best Friend's Exorcism is a novel about growth and transformation, both in body and soul.

Despite some minor downfalls, I really enjoyed Hendrix's story, reflecting on Gretchen's "possession", its greater meaning in a society that wants everyone to be the same, and what it means to be grounded by the ones who love you. That's the mark of a great book, downfalls be damned.


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