Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix

Published by Quirk Books, May 17, 2016

Hardcover 336 pages

Source: Review copy from publisher


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?

Despite the fact that I don’t read horror, I really loved Grady Hendrix’s last book Horrorstor – it was gross and funny and completely clever.  My first thought when I received his new book was “Oh My God this guy has the coolest looking books!”  As Horrorstor looks like an Ikea catalog My Best Friend’s Exorcism opens like a high school yearbook, cheesey notes and photography included.  And set in the 80’s – how could this sound more fun?!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism has some of the same highlights as Horrorstor.  It was just scary enough, it was smart and also gross!  Actually really gross at some points but definitely entertaining.  Gretchen and Abby’s story will take you back to high school – to absent parents and intense friendships and trying to talk on the phone every night without your own parents catching on.  Hopefully none of your high school memories involve demonic possession though!  But Gretchen and Abby also made me remember a time when high school friendships fixed everything.  This story became life or death serious, but Hendrix still keeps a bit of levity with the 80’s references and over the top details.  This was just a fun read even when scary.  When you want a book that takes you back to the Breakfast Club and doesn’t take itself too seriously pick up My Best Friend’s Exorcism.  

Thank you Quirk Books for this copy in exchange for an honest opinion!