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.
Quirk Books, 2016