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review My Best Friend's Exorcism 103 ¿ Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade when they bonded over a shared love of ET roller skating parties and scratch and sniff stickers But when they arrive at high school things change Gretchen begins to actdifferent And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up Abby realiNd 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 uest to save Gretchen But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil. 45 STARSMy Best Friend’s Exorcism was great This was a wonderful tale about friendship and staying connected through it all even involving demon possessionDoes it seem like a hokey idea maybe But it wasn't because it's written so well by Grady Hendrix that it just works The creepy moments with the demon were well done The book had moments of grossness that was fantastic I was never terrified while reading this but I was definitely entertainedThe transformation of Gretchen made me feel vile and sad The moments in high school during the 80s took me down memory lane The nasty rich kids made me realize why I'm glad I'm not in high school any All the 80s references were just excellent I really loved this part of the bookThis is the first book that I’ve read of Grady Hendrix and it won’t be the last I loved his writing storytelling and characterization of Abby Gretchen Even the secondary characters in My Best Friend’s Exorcism are well doneThe exorcism scene was a bit cheesy in the beginning with Brother Lemon but the ending of it with Abby saved it The ending of the book was just fantasticDo you think you would like thisWell do you like the 80s or books set up during this timeHow about awesome tales about everlasting friendshipDo you like creepy books that have you binge reading past your bedtimeLook no further then checking out My Best Friend’s Exorcism I think you’ll love it

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Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade when they bonded over a shared love of ET roller skating parties and scratch and sniff stickers But when they arrive at high school things change Gretchen beg. a reverse mullet review GIF party in the front long tendrils of ruminating “business” in the backin short this book is andDBN and largely because “we got the beat” is used as a plot point in this book and “heaven is a place on earth” is used in that episodeso it's six degrees of belinda carlisleand then you throw in some andandi need to use the rest of this space to untangle some thoughts and reactions i have about this book you can come with me or you can go on your merry way to read a review shaped review but you can not bitch at me for not writing a review in whatever manner you find most useful or appropriate because i'm telling you right now if you are the kind of person who has bullet points for how goodreads reviews should be this ain't your review i’d intended to only read horror books for october despite the temptation of several non horror books side eyeing me wantonly from the stacks and yet i feel like i have already inadvertently failed in this goal by reading this one because i wouldn’t really classify it as “horror” unless you are extraordinarily spooked out by teengirl suabbles which is probably a legit phobia with a fancy name but i don’t know what it is and i’m okay with this not slotting neatly into the horror category i like genre blends i like ambiguity and metafiction when it is purposeful and not just gimmicky and i like it very much when the reader is invited to take a step back and examine a situation through a slightly different lens before returning them to the narrative a little off balance; out of alignment with their former expectations or beliefs or even comfort level this book both does and doesn’t do these things see i can be ambiguous too this is a possession novel that offers several different “outs” along the way before committing to a stance on the “demon or no demon” uestion the problem is i’ve already read a perfectly done example of this A Head Full of Ghosts which sustains its ambiguity throughout essentially presenting two books at the same time; one in which the possession is real one in which it is not this one kinda bats around the idea of that ambiguity in a half hearted way but it’s a case of “presenting logical alternatives” than “maintaining two possible storylines simultaneously” which is less ambitious and less fun but it certainly does its due diligence in checklisting all of the possible explanations for erratic teen behavior that aren’t demon based with especial focus on two of the big baddy blamealots of the 80’s satanic cults and drugs it’s all part of that “just say no” medical misinformation satanic panic zeitgeist of the 80’s where urban legends are presented as factual where teenage characters fully believe that subterranean tunnels under preschools host molestation parties AIDS is a weapon in a psychopath’s arsenal and that any family moving out of town is really covering up the satanically motivated dismemberment murder of one of their peers but as far as the parade of alternate explanations go it’s actually an interesting experiment to see how long you can make a possession novel read like a teen problem novel how long you can hold off before you must choose because there is a lot of overlap in how they present to the outside world and in this book the potential problemexcuse for gretchen changing itself changes with breathtaking freuency depending on who’s diagnosing her but they are all valid; textually supported and confidently asserted page 128 blamed on drugs and life stress boys school parents”I don’t know what’s going on with GretchenBut if you care about your friend you need to get her off whatever she’s on”“What” Abby asked“What” Mr Barlow mimicked “I’m not an idiot I know what drugs are If you’re really her friend get her to stop”andAbby realized that no one was going to do anything For five years Gretchen had been the perfect Albermarle student and the faculty still saw what they were used to seeing not what was really happening Maybe they chalked it up to PSAT stress or problems at home Maybe they figured that tenth grade was a tough transition Maybe they were caught up in their own divorces and career dramas and problem kids and if she still wasn’t turning things around on Monday they’d say something Or maybe the following Monday Or the Monday after that Something was changing inside Gretchen Maybe it was the acid maybe it was Andy maybe it was her parents maybe it was something worse Whatever it was Abby had to keep trying She couldn’t abandon her friend because soon Gretchen would be ready to talk Any minute now she’d look up from her daybook and say “I have to tell you something serious”pages 138 9 blamed on rape trauma manifesting in cuttingSo it was true Someone had been in the woods and attacked Gretchen and now she was hurting herself again and again as she relived the trauma punishing herself just like Seventeen said It all made so much sense that insanely Abby felt proud for having figured it out144 blamed on unspecified adolescent psychology”What Gretchen is going through is very scary and I don’t blame you for backing off from your friendship a little But we’ve talked to doctors and they tell us that what’s happening is an unfortunate sickness of the mind and spirit that happens sometimes as girls grow up”and”It’s terrible when a young person hurts herself But it can be a reaction to a lot of things We’ve found someone in the church who Gretchen can speak to and that’s how she’s going to start getting betterand the biggest opportunity for an “out” from a supernatural explanation comes from a source who should be above reproach”Abby” Father Morgan said “I know how it is to be a young person There are all these reports of satanic cults everywhere sacrificing babies Geraldo Rivera’s doing a two hour special on them next week Of course you feel these things deeply and they upset and influence you But they’re not real”“Then what are they” Abby asked“They’re” Father Morgan waved one hand around in the air “metaphors Ways of dealing with information and emotions Adolescence is a complicated time and some really bright people think that when the adult emerges it’s like you’re being taken over by a different person Almost like being possessed Sometimes parents or friends get hurt when a loved one changes They look around for something to blame Music movies satanism”He leaned back and flashed a smile“So you think Gretchen is possessed” Abby asked “Like she has a demon inside of her”His smile flicked off“What” he said “No it’s a metaphor”oh where was this authoritative voice of reason in the wayback or was tipper gore just so loud in castigating ozzy osbourne cyndi lauper and jello biafra that no one could hear or is it as poor father morgan later tries to explain to the very stubborn abby that society needs a scapegoat to explain the bad things that happen we need someone to be sick so we don’t have to address ourselves and a media circus is a wonderful distraction so that was all a lot of words going nowhere i know but again this is pretty much just for me to figure some shit out and here’s of thathand in hand with the panoply of reasonable natural world explanations in terms of how it serves the author and manipulates the reader is what i’m calling the stepback usually this happens in a first person narrative when you have gone along with the narrator for the bulk of the story and whether or not you agree withapprove of their choices and actions you are nonetheless firmly lodged in that perspective and then suddenly the book takes a giant step back into third person showing you the scene in a objective way and it’s all “hey now” the two i can think of right now are American Psycho and And the Ass Saw the Angel but i know there are this one has two stepbacks of a sort where the choice easily could have been made to move away from the demonic angle and go down an eually creepy but real world path OR to kinda juggle both they both revolve the exorcist character and again A Head Full of Ghosts does a wicked thorough job examining the problematic gendered and highly sexualized nature of exorcism rituals but this book seems to be satisfied with setting up and calling attention to a sinister possibility without taking it any further abby and the exorcist meet at the mall and after a candid and unvarnished discussion about ghb as a means of knocking out and then kidnapping her best friend for her own good of course praise jesus this enormous bodybuilder of a man no than a stranger to abby says ”Come onI want to show you something in my car”abby’s no dummy and she’s cautious enough to work out an escape route as she follows him to his white van natch where he triumphantly shows off his nylon straps handcuffs a straitjacket duct tape ball gags chains collars a leash and muzzle a leather hood shackles followed by this not at all indicative of a crazy person scene ”It’s for our safety of course” he said And then he laughed and clapped his hands “Hot darn I’m excited” he said hopping from one foot to the other”in a different book this goes a different way right and i kind of wanted to read that book a sharp twist away from my expectations rattling reader me from my ridealong absorption of abby’s belief in demonic possession back onto firmer ground with a turn of events eually “earned” by events thus far the second stepback or opportunity to switch gears comes during the ritual itself as it should during any physical torture of a teenage girl “for her own good” you should take a moment preferably before you administer the ghb just to entertain the possibility that you’re reading the signs wrong just half a mo i’m not sure what i’m trying to understand by identifying these moments other than reiterating that this is barely a horror novel that it goes 34 of the way before it is any different from a contemporary YA problem novel and that i think that’s interesting you may not “you” are probably just an echo of me right now because i doubt anyone has come this far down the babble spiral with me but i’m okay with that and now i will babble some positive responsesi liked so many things in this book it gets a hundred stars for design i love the cover of the paperback but unfortunately it does not include all the yearbook signatures of the hardcover of which i particularly like abby’s whose PS means one thing before you read the book and one much specific thing after and is the part that made me get as close to emotional as i can when reading and although the 80s music references i was promised were of the #notMY80s variety all pop music instead of new wave i have to admit i thoroughly enjoyed the girls’ new lyrics to against all odds and we got the beatand i especially especially enjoyed the code of the south that genteel looking away from the inelegant shames of others In Charleston the day you become an adult is the day you learn to ignore your neighbor’s drunk driving and focus instead on whether he submitted a paint color change proposal to the Board of Architectural Review The day you become an adult is the day you learn that in Charleston the worse something is the less attention it receives this is by the way the complete opposite of how we do in new england which is pretty much exactly like The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible that ending tho completely unexpected and yet absolutely perfect35 rounded up for ending word thoughts to comecome to my blog

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My Best Friend's ExorcismIns to actdifferent 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 A. Abby and Gretchen were best friends until they dropped acid at a party Now Gretchen's been acting strangely letting her appearance going to shit and Abby's worried But Gretchen will soon give her something to really worry aboutAfter the nirvana that was Paperbacks from Hell The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction I had to give Grady Hendrix's fiction a shotSet during the satanic panic of the 1980s My Best Friend's Exorcism is the story of the friendship between two girls and the possessing demon that drove a wedge between them I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't precisely this It feels like a Megan Abbott book a window into the lives of teenage girls than a horror novel While it's set in the 80s My Best Friend's Exorcism doesn't beat you over the head with nostalgia There are musical references but the culture of the time is the main 80s feature imported into the novel Satanists are everywhere and they'll stop at nothing to take over the worldThe inter girl politics between Abby Gretchen and their friends was very well done and believable I was never at a moment when I thought There's clearly a dude writing this The book is compulsively readable I wolfed it down in four sittings I would have gotten it in two but people kept wanting to talk to me during my lunch breaks FuckersIt felt like a suspense novel a lot of the time but there were still some horrific moments that I won't go into here I was telling my wife about one particular incident and she was pretty impressedIt wasn't perfect however The editing was a little sloppy I noticed one character called the wrong name and one instance of someone's wrists and ankles tied to a bed post but with her hands at her sides Did she suddenly have four armsAnyway those minor uibbles aside I enjoyed My Best Friend's Exorcism uite a bit I'll be reading of Grady Hendrix's fiction Four out of five stars