Book Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Book: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – published by Quirk Books, audible edition, 10 hours 11 minutes.

Synopsis: 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?

My thoughts: I want to start out by saying I absolutely adored the 80s setting of the book. Although I was (for the most part) too young to experience the 80s in all it’s glory, I still feel a lot of nostalgia for the era and it was wonderful to read a book set in this time. It was also refreshing to read a book about teenagers living in that 80s, because of the technology available to them. I mean, Abby had a MICKY MOUSE PHONE.

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book, I’d seen some positive star ratings on Goodreads but hadn’t read any of the reviews for fear of spoilers. This was a great book. I felt like it was well paced, the character development was really good, the setting was a lot of fun, and the themes were dealt with in a pretty decent way considering it was set in high school. I mean, demonic possession of a teenage girl? How would you even be able to tell most of the time AMIRITE? He he he. Parts of the story were genuinely creepy (the scene where Gretchen is scribbling something on a piece of paper will stick in my mind for a long time), and I have to admit at times in the book I even teared up a little bit.

I was always really excited to step into the world when I hopped in my car for the long drive home from work every evening (which is when I usually listen to audio books). On some evenings I even sat in the car for a little while longer when I got home just so I could hear what happened next. I also want to mention the cover art for this book, which I think is so perfect for the era the story was set in, and the high school setting. 80s yearbook perfection. Although I read this in the dead of winter here in Australia I think this would make for an awesome summer read, so definitely put this on your to-read list for the upcoming season if you haven’t already done so.

Rating: 8/10

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