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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 actdifferent. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes theres only one possible explanation: ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 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
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karen
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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

in short, this book is



and



"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



and



and



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 a more
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Updating review on 9/20/19
I read a one-star review basically calling the author out for "queerbaiting" in this book by using the phrase "Love ya dearly but not queerly." I have to say that the 1980s were so homophobic and ignorant. Especially with language and phrases. It has taken a long time for me to stop saying, "That's gay" for something I think is lame and it doesn't have anything to do with me being homophobic and everything to do with the culture I grew up in. We also said "retarded"
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Dan Schwent
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
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
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Lyn
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ill admit that I first picked up Grady Hendrix 2016 novel My Best Friends 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 Gretchen
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Ginger
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-challenge, 2019
4.5 STARS!!
My Best Friends 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 feel
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Char
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
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Abby and Gretchen have been friends ever since Abbys 10th birthday party. Lets 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, thats 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
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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
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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
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Gary
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-horror
I saw this book on the list by Goodreads for new authors. I thought "Why not?" I was at a point in my reading career where I was choosing authors that were familiar for lack of willingness to take a risk with my time, and I hadn't had the best of luck getting outside the box. I'm glad I picked this up.
The beginning of the book was a long introduction to the characters, and if not for the author's wit, it would've made me sleepy. It did give me a clear picture of the characters, rounding them
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adam
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.65/5
So, I guess I should start out with the negatives. There were a few, but that is expected with any book. I really thought that the book was slow in parts and some of the situations didn't really have a sense of danger. I was really expecting a thorough account of the demonic possession, but the story that I did get was still entertaining. Gretchen's parents really ticked me off and... well... actually all of the adult figures in this book ticked me off. They offer no help and just push
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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 ...more
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 Halleys 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 Friends Exorcism in the flesh, I knew I wanted it. Its 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 for this
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Janie C.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jillian
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. Its 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. ...more
Ashley Daviau
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Krystin Rachel
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Opening Hook: Dont take acid in the woods.
Main Character: The power of Christ compels her.
Plot Twisty-ness: E.T. attending an exorcism.

I 👏 FUCKING 👏 LOVED 👏 THIS.

I own Horrorstör by this author, but I havent read it yet. I only bought it for the cover, and format, without any idea of what the book was about or if I liked the author. And honestly, I wanted to read My Best Friends Exorcism for the same reason. This is 100% a #bookstagram made me do it read. The alternate
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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
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Trudi
"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
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/18/...

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 Friends Exorcism. Knowing more now than I did before about Hendrixs style though, I
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Bill
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im 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 80s pop culture heavy, which I also should have hated. So why then, oh why, did I pick it up?

Ill tell you why

Because.

No thats not why. Although that is a good enough reason.

I picked it up because Gradys Paperbacks From Hell was
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Krista Regester
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - This book will give you a creepy 80s vibe that you wont be able to easily forget. Its unique, quirky, frightening but delightful and shows you that friendship is more important than you think. ...more
Lou
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I dreaded writing this review with every morsel of my being.

But I feel its 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, were in Charleston, South Carolina. WHERE
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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  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much more than I ever expected. An icon of 80s pop culture references while equally gruesome and disturbing. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Take me back to swatch watches, soap operas, game shows, E.T., all the slang (that we wouldn't dare use now but is so reminiscent of its time), high school angst, roller rinks etc. and then throw in some double dutch and four square because why not? May pole anyone?

As an 80s kid, I LOVED all the references strewn throughout the pages. Each chapter heading had a new song in my head (and yet somehow my mind kept drifting to *If You're Happy And You Know it, Exorcise! (your demon!)*) because I too
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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
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