Review: My Best Friends Exorcism

My Best Friend's Exorcism Book Cover My Best Friend's Exorcism
Grady Hendrix
YA Horror
Quirk Books
May 17th, 2016
Hardcover (like a yearbook)
336
Quirk Books for Review

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?

My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Story of True Friendship and Fear

I reviewed a book by this author through Quirk Books some time ago. It wasn’t my fave but it was still plenty creative and entertaining. This book, however, is now one of my faves. My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title doesn’t look serious at all; however, this book is scary as fudge. If I’m going to read a horror book, I expect it to be plenty scary. It’s one of my favorite genres and I want to be so scared I have to carry the dog when I go to the bathroom at night.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title says it all. It follows the story of two friends, Abby and Gretchen, through childhood, and high school and the love they have to each other. The MC doesn’t give up on her friend, even when the demon possessing her tries to ruin the Abby’slife and those around her. This story is about true friendship in spite of terrible things one does.

I’m going to split this book review up in a few sections now to make this an easier read:

The plot:

It starts out slow, really really slow. So slow I almost considered putting the book down, if Quirk Books hadn’t given it to me for review, of course. But I kept trudging along and soon it got scary enough to make me fear having to take the long trek next door to the kitchen. While the demon in Gretchen starts out as just a terrible person, a phone call gave me chills.

The plot accelerates quickly enough after Gretchen changes and ends with a conclusion that I didn’t expect. After reading the other book by this author, Horrorstor, I was not expecting a story like this. It made me want to re-read the first book, and once I finish my ARCs, I think I’ll do just that.

The Characters & Character Development:

The story begins with the start of Gretchen and Abby’s unlikely friendship and goes throughout the years quickly, leading up to the present. The title gives away the fact that Abby’s best friend will go through an exorcism, so it’s no surprise that Gretchen goes through the changes that take place. What got me in the feels is that Abby stuck fast by her friend, never giving up on the friend she cared so deeply about.

The Writing Quality of My Best Friend’s Exorcism:

The writing quality was exponentially more pleasing than the first.. The author’s voice developed since Horrorstor and was easy to follow. I’m not a huge fan of books where the author forces complexity into their writing and so this book was easy to follow. It wasn’t full of “big words”, nor did it leave too much to the imagination. Sometimes that’s nice, not having to work when you’re reading. In fact, that’s the type of reading I prefer.

You’ll note about the details of the book, and my rating, which is quite high. Do check out Horrorstor, if only for the comical effects of the book, after reading this one. Thank you Quirk Books for le book. It was my pleasure reading for you and my followers. <3

 

Review: My Best Friends Exorcism

9

Worldbuilding

10/10

    Setting

    10/10

      Character Development

      10/10

        Twists

        5/10

          Plot

          10/10

            Pros

            • Funny(ish)
            • Well-written
            • Exciting
            • At the time I published this, I had 666 views

            Cons

            • Slow at first
            • No surprises

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