My Best Friend’s Exorcism
by Grady Hendrix
Goodreads 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?
2.5 of 5 Stars
I was really hoping for something to inspire my mood for the spooky during Halloween season but this just left me slightly disappointed in that area. It reads much more like a contemporary with some elements that could be horror. I also wouldn’t quite call it young adult even though it’s cast with high schoolers for the majority of the book. I probably could have gotten past this if I’d ever connected more with any of the characters. I could understand why Abby and Gretchen became best friends but found them both sort of annoying in various ways which made it difficult to care all that much what happened to them. Specifically with Abby who made a lot of poor choices and assumptions that never really made sense to me. When it actually came to the creepier scenes it felt a little forced but this could just be due to the fact I wasn’t able to get immersed into the story. I was engaged enough to want to know how things got solved but not enough to really delve into it deeply. I’d recommend this book to fans of young adult or even adult contemporary who want just a little bit of horror thrown in to celebrate the season. Overall it’s an okay book but probably not the right fit for me.
I received this book free through NetGalley from the publishers at Quirk Books in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way and I was compensated in no other manner.