Tuesday, July 26, 2016

REVIEW: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 3:00 PM
Title: My Best Friend's Exorcism
Genre: Horror YA
Author: Grady Hendrix
Publisher: QuirkBooks
Publication: May 17th 2016
Cover Rating: 5/5
Looking for a horror book with a good plot, an amazing friendship and some crazy unique ideas? Then My Best Friend's Exorcism is the book for you.

The book is about Gretchen and Abby and a few other friends. Gretchen and Abby met in 5th grade when Gretchen was the only person to show up at Abby's birthday party. As you can probably guess they became super close after that. Oh, and it is told from the perspective of the 1980's. So lots of teased hair and hairspray.

The friendship dynamic between Abby and Gretchen is something coveted by so many people. I think everyone wants that ONE friendship. That forever best friend. And I feel like what Abby and Gretchen had was the epitome of that coveted relationship. The bond they had was just amazing even with all the obstacles they faced.

So a few years down the road the girls and some friends decided to experiment with drugs just to see the hype was. Then they went swimming sans clothing. Afterwards, someone goes missing and isn't found until the next day. But when she is found she is not the same person. So, book progresses and, well, read the title. I don't want to spoil anything.

This is the second book I have read by Grady Hendrix and it did not disappoint. He is really good at writing these very out there horror stories but still manages to put a bit of humor and so much more into his books. This book had a great plot, great character representations, great world building and a lot of twisted crap. There were a few areas where the story dragged but it redeemed itself for the most part. Also, there is a part... that some people might be okay with and others might not and my advice to those who are iffy about certain subjects then.... don't read horror books? But this book is a lot less graphic and gore-filled than what I was expecting. I have read more graphic possession books listed for young adults.I think he will be an auto read author for me from now on.

So. Moral of the story? Don't do drugs and don't get possessed.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

If you liked this book or are looking for something a bit more violent then I would suggest the following Young Adult books:
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

*DISCLAIMER* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the Publisher/Author for allowing me to read and review the book.


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