Published by Quirk Books on May 17th 2016
Genres: fantasy, new adult, young adult, mystery-thriller, paranormal, realistic fiction
"A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act different. She s moody. She s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she s nearby. Abby s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: "Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?" Like an unholy hybrid of "Beaches" and "The Exorcist," "My Best Friend s Exorcism" blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of 80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller."--Provided by publisher.
I don’t know exactly where to begin with this book, tbh. This had all the makings to be a perfect me book. Campy, 80s setting with suspense and the strange. What particularly drew my attention to this title was that it’d been on a list of books to read if you love Stranger Things. (Don’t know what Stranger Things is? Get on Netflix now.) I also have an odd adoration to that cover. Yeah yeah, don’t judge a book by a cover… But you and I both know that everyone does it anyway.
It’s not a terrible book at all. But there were times when I was just bored or wanted to skip to the end to get to the point. There wasn’t anything memorable about this title for me. A few months, maybe a year, and I’ll forget everything that has to do with this book because there just wasn’t anything striking enough to hold onto it. I went into the book with quite high expectations, so part of this feeling of a simple ‘meh’ is my fault.
I liked Abby and Gretchen’s deep friendship, though, especially the story at the beginning of how they met and began to get to know each other. Hendrix crafted a pair of realistic characters (well, despite the supernatural) and I could easily visualize key scenes throughout the story (though some visuals I didn’t really want..). Besides these characters, I didn’t feel much an attachment to any other cast members. I just didn’t care about them. There wasn’t much or anyone that particularly stood out. But in an odd way, it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen.
This was an easy-to-read entertaining book. I honestly don’t have much negative to say, but for the fact that it just let me down in my expectations. I can certainly see why it was on the Stranger Things list, though. Fitting.
Would I recommend this book? Possibly. It’s an average read, with nothing stand-outish but a fast and entertaining read nonetheless. I could see something like this being turned into a movie or tv show.