Book Review – My Best Friend’s Exorcism: Novel by Grady Hendrix

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you know what? I bloody well did! This cover is a take on a classic 1980s VHS case and it grabbed me by throat and forced me to part with my money, ok it didn’t but I wanted it. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this book. So, was the novel going to live up to its cover? Let’s dive in.

According to Hendrix’s website, the synopsis for the book says: Set in 1988, during the Satanic Panic that had Americans looking for Satanists under every heavy metal album, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a touching story of high school friendship and demonic possession. It’s basically Beaches meets The Exorcist with all the E.T. love, Phil Collins, wine coolers, United Colours of Benetton perfume, and demons from Hell that personified the 80s.

The book is extremely accessible; it is easy and fun to read with all the page turners a horror fiend could want. It is essentially a coming of age novel that plays on all the insecurities and naivety of being a young woman – you know; the boys, the zits, the social anxieties. Yet, this isn’t just any high school saga here, oh no forget about a Sweet Valley High story where everything is tanned skin and candy floss.

An intense and wonderful friendship blossoms between the two girls but it all takes a sinister turn after Abby and Gretchen decide to try LSD for the first time, but Gretchen disappears into the woods and when she returns she is not quite herself and all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Although this book is based in the 80’s, I do think anyone could identify with it and if you are a fan of stories that involve possession then this will be right up your street.