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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  14,400 ratings  ·  2,707 reviews
1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. . But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act… different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby.

Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Quirk Books
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Bambi Quim I agree. I also adored this novel, but it feels more like "general lit" than "YA lit." While the protagonists are primarily teens for the majority of…moreI agree. I also adored this novel, but it feels more like "general lit" than "YA lit." While the protagonists are primarily teens for the majority of the novel, the subject matter feels like it is aimed more for an older audience, anyway. This book feels like '80s nostalgia, which reaches for an older audience and/or a younger audience that really likes to watch old '80s movies (which was definitely me in high school, but I'm not sure if that was normal even then, let alone now).(less)

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Wil Wheaton
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It's very very very good, but falls just short of being great and I can't say exactly why.
I loved the characters and the metaphor of possession (which is not just a metaphor in this story). I loved the references to 1988, and how seamlessly they were dropped into the narrative.

It's a supernatural horror story, and the third act drives that home without mercy, but at its core, this is a story about friendship, and I'm glad I read it. I think it would make a great 6 episode series.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well hell, the end of this book made me cry a little bit! I didn't see that coming!

I loved the front and back pages of this book. I took a couple of pictures so you guys could see. It's awesome, like a yearbook =)

I loved Abby and Gretchen's friendship. It lasted the test of time.

I think something in the book might have went over my head but I'm just going to pretend it didn't.

I loved, loved, loved the 80's music references and other stuff. It makes me think of the good ole days. Well, mostly
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

a reverse-mullet review: GIF-party in the front, long tendrils of ruminating “business” in the back.

in short, this book is


"DBNQ," and largely because “we got the beat” is used as a plot point in this book and “heaven is a place on earth” is used in that episode,

so it's six degrees of belinda carlisle

and then you throw in some



i need to use the rest of this space to untangle some thoughts and reactions i have about this book. you can come with me or you can go on your merry way to read
Dan Schwent
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
Abby and Gretchen were best friends until they dropped acid at a party. Now, Gretchen's been acting strangely, letting her appearance going to shit, and Abby's worried. But Gretchen will soon give her something to really worry about...

After the nirvana that was Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction, I had to give Grady Hendrix's fiction a shot.

Set during the satanic panic of the 1980s, My Best Friend's Exorcism is the story of the friendship between two girls
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I’ll admit that I first picked up Grady Hendrix’ 2016 novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism because of the title and the cover art, but his personable writing and fresh ideas kept me reading until the end.

This is about what you would think: a snarky and fun pseudo spoof of an exorcist themed horror / black comedy. BUT – author Hendrix makes this work because he tells the story with personality and better than average characterization and dialogue. The reader gets to know characters like Abby and Gretc
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-challenge, 2019
4.5 STARS!!
My Best Friend’s Exorcism was great! This was a wonderful tale about friendship and staying connected through it all, even involving demon possession.

Does it seem like a hokey idea, maybe? But it wasn't because it's written so well by Grady Hendrix that it just works. The creepy moments with the demon were well done. The book had moments of grossness that was fantastic. I was never terrified while reading this but I was definitely entertained!

The transformation of Gretchen made me fee
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure why anyone would rate this book anything lower than five stars, unless of course, they didn't understand the premise of the book. I think it helps that I was born in 1976, so I'm the target audience and I buddy read it with a friend who was also in middle school in the late 80s-high school in the 90s, so you know--the E.T. themed birthday party at the roller skating rink? Yeah. Nailed it.
What you're signing up for when you read this book is the general plot of The Exorcist pa
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Abby and Gretchen have been friends ever since Abby’s 10th birthday party. Let’s just talk about that party for a minute. Who in their right mind would (1) plan their party after someone has already sent out invitations for another party? Margaret, that’s who . . . .

And (2) who would attend some lame ass horse party when they could do this instead . . . .

Apparently everyone #sadface. But seriously, what was with the stereotype all
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steeped in 80's nostalgia, I thought this book was a blast!

It was never really scary, and I'm not sure that it was meant to be. My instincts tell me this book was written as an homage to the 80's and the silly fun that the horror genre provided at that time. Sure, there were crazy Satanism scares, Geraldo and diet fads but there were also great music videos, Blockbuster stores and a horror book boom to beat all booms. A lot of them were just like this...about young people, influenced by culture
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I had really high hopes for this book. Like really high. I was a bit disappointed in the end. I wasn't a bad story but it didn't even come close to living up to my expectations. When I first saw this book, I knew that I would have to read it. Demonic possession with heavy dose of 80's references were enough to really grab the attention of this old lady. Unfortunately, despite the wonderful premise I found the book rather underwhelming.

Abby and
Johann (jobis89)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She and Gretchen spent hours ranking their friendships, trying to determine who was a best friend and who was an everyday friend, debating whether anyone could have two best friends at the same time."

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, but things change when they start high school. After getting lost and spending a night in the woods, Gretchen becomes slightly... different. Abby knows that something is wrong, coming to the conclusion that her best friend must be possesse
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was... not good.
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

“I love you, Gretchen Lang. You are my reflection and my shadow and I will not let you go. We are bound together forever and ever! Until Halley’s Comet comes around again. I love you dearly and I love you queerly and no demon is bigger than this!”

The moment I saw My Best Friend’s Exorcism in the flesh, I knew I wanted it. It’s formatted to look like a high school yearbook, which is honestly such a cool concept. The bright colours on top of the 80s feel of the photographs really sets the tone fo
Raeleen Lemay
This book was a fun read, but not much more than that. It was extremely silly, and not particularly scary, but I think that was all done purposefully to make it feel like an 80s horror flick. There were plenty of characters with dumb names (duh), adults never listened to the teens when they tried to ask for help (classic), and there was a troupe of performing Christian body builders who also sometimes do exorcisms (that one was new). All in all, it was quite ridiculous, but a fun read nonetheles ...more
Ashley Daviau
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, I bought it purely because the title really caught my attention. And I'm so glad it did because I think this may be one of my favourite reads this year! I just loved everything about it, it had me completely sucked in from start to finish!

Some parts were quite funny and actually had me chuckling out loud, something that I definitely wasn't expecting from this book! And then on the other hand, some parts where thoroughly disturbing and raised th
Krista Regester
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 - This book will give you a creepy 80’s vibe that you won’t be able to easily forget. It’s unique, quirky, frightening but delightful and shows you that friendship is more important than you think.
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This was such a unique blend of 80s movie nostalgia, comedy and horror movie tropes. Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism is nothing if not a wonderful ode to all that made horror of the late 80s and early 90s so great.

From the chapter titles that are all 80s song titles, to the pages rife with pop culture references from the 1980s, this book is a wonderful tribute to all that made that era so memorable. I was unfortunately bor
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Grady Hendrix is an author who first came to my attention a couple years ago when I picked up his book Horrorstör, a fun and creepy and slightly eccentric horror novel about a haunting at a big box furniture store. The book really stuck in my mind, so my interest was immediately piqued when I found out about the humorously titled My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Knowing more now than I did before about Hendrix’s style though, I
"What an excellent day for an exorcism."
~The Exorcist (1973)
This is an okay book. Fair. Acceptable. But it takes too long to really get humming (I'm all in for foreplay, but Hendrix really pushes the limits to impatience here). More than three-quarters of the novel is essentially an angsty teen, coming-of-age high school drama about a group of girls and their growing pains with each other and with the world around them. It could very well be Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill -- except that one of
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what possessed me to pick this one up. (Hahaha)

I hated the cover (everybody loves it) and it looked to be kind of a YA thang which I also hate. (Mostly) And yes, I hated “both” covers, although the newer VHS style cover was a bit better. I also heard it was 80’s pop culture heavy, which I also should have hated. So why then, oh why, did I pick it up?

I’ll tell you why…


No that’s not why. Although that is a good enough reason.

I picked it up because Grady’s “Paperbacks From Hell
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. It was a bit slow but it was atmospheric. It’s about 2 best friends Abby and Gretchen who live In Charleston who at a friends house on Labor Day after being on the creek all day in a boat decide to take acid and Gretchen goes missing that night only to be found naked the next morning and drastically changed . You can guess what happens hence the title . It was a fun throwback in 80s style horror flicks.
Janie C.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed the way this story pulled me in for a good portion of the book, I was disappointed by the lack of clarity in the parts that involved the supernatural. The majority of the narrative was about the strength of a friendship, though it was a one-sided relationship for a painful amount of the time. Youthful naivety, social status and hurtful betrayals kept the story flowing. When the horror elements first appeared, they were enticing and creepy. However, by the end, I was disappointed ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
My Best Friends Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix, the audible book, I borrowed from the library and listened to in one sitting. It was so intriguing! Friendships, coming-of-age, suspense, social class, and the paranormal all rolled up in a terrific plot and great characters. The narration was spot on and I feel was better than if I had read it myself. A roller coaster of emotions! Great book!
Peter Monn
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much more than I ever expected. An icon of 80’s pop culture references while equally gruesome and disturbing. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“By the power of Phil Collins, I rebuke you!”

This was such a strange book. One moment I loved and the next I was bored out of my mind. I did love those 80s pop culture references though! It filled my 80s kid heart with glee!

I debated between a rating of three and four on this one for a couple of days so I'm going to settle on a 3.5, this book was just so different than what I thought I was walking into to. I should start by saying that in general I'm not huge on possession stories. I don't
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I dreaded writing this review with every morsel of my being.

But I feel it’s my sacred duty to warn everyone about how bad was. I feel so disappointed and let down, I went into this stars in my eyes and Actual Hope. And now all is goddamn lost.
✨Good Things About This Book✨

➡The paperback cover looks like a VHS tape = Stranger Things.
➡Also, the story takes place in the 1980s! I love books that take place in that era. + an added layer of uniqueness, we’re in Charleston, South Carolina. WHERE
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this novel! The 80's references added a nostalgic touch and they were brilliantly mixed with the horror aspect of the story. An adorable yet terrifying tale of friendship, will definitely be purchasing a final copy!
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly what I needed after my last read, which was an incredibly disappointing 1.5 star book. It's the middle of October, and Halloween is edging ever nearer, so picking up My Best Friend's Exorcism seemed like the perfect pick-me-up. And I honestly flew through this book, it was so much fun!

The book follows best friends Abby and Gretchen, who have known each other since they were 10. They have grown up together, and are pretty much inseparable, until one night where Gretchen goes miss
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I need to start off by saying that toward the end of this book, something happens which almost made me stop reading. Now I very rarely get that way, and almost nothing scares me, so those who know me will have an idea what it is. If I had rated this book right after I finished reading it, it may not have garnered more than 2/5, which would have been unfair. So overall, now that some time has passed, I can look at this more objectively.

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since grade school w
Michael MacNeill
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly sweet, with some effective horror scenes.
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Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, and My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is like Beaches meets The Exorcist, only it's set in the Eighties.

He's also the jerk behind the Stoker award-winning Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the 70's and 80
“I love you, Gretchen Lang. You are my reflection and my shadow and I will not let you go. We are bound together forever and ever! Until Halley’s Comet comes around again. I love you dearly and I love you queerly and no demon is bigger than this!” 17 likes
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