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This book was the perfect way to kick off my October reading. What could be better than mixing ‘80s pop culture and demonic possession? Strange question? Well, the answer is: not much, my friends.
This book felt like a trip down memory lane (well, not the possession and exorcism part). There is something to be said for a book that fills its reader with nostalgia. I had so much fun reading about those familiar things that I hadn’t thought about in years. Each chapter title was a song from the ‘80s, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t sing or hum a bit of the song with the beginning of each new chapter.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism really was about the power of friendship: best friends. We all had that friend when we were growing up, the one who we always wanted to hang around, sit beside, talk to, and who understood us the best, our ride or die. This was the friend who we would do anything for, but how deep did your friendship go? Would you help to expel a demon from your bestie?
Grady Hendrix introduced his readers to Abby and Gretchen. These two girls developed a friendship out of a birthday party gone wrong. We see their bond form, their friendship blossom, and their undeniable love for one another. I enjoyed witnessing their escapades and the angst of their high school days, but when Gretchen falls prey to a demon, their lives are never the same.
This book had the perfect amount of character development, action, and horror. It had me rooting for the characters, it kept me on pins and needles, it frustrated me, disgusted me, and, yes, it did scare me. My Best Friend’s Exorcism gave me exactly what I was looking for and then some. It was entertaining, nostalgic, creepy, fun, and I loved every minute of it!