My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


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?

I’d had this book on my TBR for more than a year, so when I got it as a present last month, I didn’t want to wait further. The edition was fantastic! Honestly, I’ve never seen an adult book featuring that much “extra” material. The novel looked like a proper yearbook! It’s one of those I know I’ll never give away…

In spite of the title, I wouldn’t say this is a horror novel. I’m almost never scared by books (or movies), but, for example, A Head Full Of Ghosts was way creepier than this one. I loved them both, though. They’re very different books despite focusing on exorcisms. And I don’t know why I love this topic so much, as I was obsessed with The Exorcist on FOX this past year, too!

Although the exorcism theme wasn’t exactly a “fun” topic, the book definitely had its hilarious moments and the beginning of the novel made me laugh several times, especially when Abby described her love for E.T and the way she was afraid her best friend Gretchen wouldn’t love the film as much as she did. It’s not a book that should be taken seriously. It’s a book that you should read if you want to have fun and disconnect from reality for a while.

I had an amazing time reading My Best Friend’s Exorcism. I felt like I was watching a teen flick from the 80s (and I’m an absolute fan of that era) and I really wanted to be a part of the story -minus the possession, thank you very much-. There were tons of references and pop culture mentions and I couldn’t help but think this would make a great cult classic. Like Cabin in the woods (2012) and The Final Girls (2015). And maybe Detention (2010).

The only detail that prevents me from adding this book to the list of “favorite books ever” is that I didn’t exactly love the main characters. Everything else was perfect, but I didn’t love Abby and Gretchen as much as I should’ve, I guess. I thought I would because of the first chapters, but their teenage version wasn’t as fun as their childhood one, in my opinion.

Anyway, the good stuff. What I loved the most about this novel was the fact that it focused on the importance of friendship. Everything seems to revolve around romantic love these days, so it felt fresh and unique. Basically, the moral of the story is that the power of friendship -and 80s references- can save you from literally anything, even a demonic possession. It was ridiculous and endearing, and I adored every page. I even shed a few years while reading the last chapter.

I got emotional reading a book called My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Yep, that’s me.

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Quirk Books, 2016

36 thoughts on “My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

  1. Renee (Itsbooktalk) says:

    I have seen many favorable reviews of this and passed it by based on the title and kind of the cover…they don’t seem to go together. Your review is amazing and now I’m thinking maybe I do need this on my TBR because I completely agree that 80s references are the best…!!


  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Oh you just reminded me about this one! I read a review last year that had me curious and then forgot. I believe I was trying to avoid adding to my poor TBR haha. I love that you admit you were emotional while reading about an exorcism. I laughed because that is so me bahah 🙂


  3. LairOfBooks says:

    Ok so this book is not at ALL what I expected! LOL! I am such chicken ish for exorcisms, haven’t even brought myself around to watching American Horror Story for this reason *for shame* but this one deceived me. I LOVE anything 80’s as I am a 80’s baby! I loved everything about the blurb & your review. It’s too bad you didn’t connect with the characters though but you’ve convinced me to give it a go *adds to TBR* 😉


    • Annie says:

      Hahaha I usually love this kind of stories in movies but it was so much fun reading it in a book! I love horror 😁 But if it’s fun horror, even more. You should watch The Exorcist 😜

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      • LairOfBooks says:

        It looks like fun & I had heard about the book cover giving that yearbook feel so that’s also a plus for this vain little bookworm 😂😂😂 I can do fun horror not so much the real stuff lol…I’d die watching if I did Annie😩

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  4. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    “I got emotional reading a book called My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Yep, that’s me.”

    ^LOL, love it! I have seen this around a lot, but never really paid much attention to it. I think I might have to check it out now.


  5. Diana says:

    I really thought this was horror. I just saw demon and possession and was like, NOPE. it does sound different though. I am not really a fan of the era but I do like a good book that can make me emotional so I will look out for this one. Great review Annie.


  6. Bionic Book Worm says:

    Your review made me want to dive in immediately!! A friendship, a possession, and 80’s references….. gah I need to finish what I’m reading immediately and get to this one.
    I’m SO glad you mentioned A Head Full of Ghosts!!! I loved that one! It was super creepy at times and made my skin crawl (which a book had never done to me before!)


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