Welcome to the first stop on My Best Friend's Exorcism tour for Grady Hendrix. This tour is hosted by Quirk Books. We are honored to have Grady today! Make sure to read the interview below and to follow the tour.
My Best Friend's Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: May 17 2016
Review Source: Quirk Books
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?
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since Abby's fated 10th birthday party when things were a disaster, but everything turned out fine in the end. Until they're 16 and something happens to Gretchen. Unsure of what actually happened to her, Abby must figure out on her own how to get her best friend back; even if that means dancing with the Devil.
One of my favorite things about this book was the simple fact that every chapter was a title of a song that was popular in the 80's. I always wanted to figure out why certain chapters were titled after the songs, and sometimes it was apparent while other times it wasn't. This book is littered with 80's pop culture - including sayings that were used back then. Anyone who grew up in the 80's would really appreciate this book.
The first half of this book was exactly what I wanted it to be. It started to get scary as you pick up on the certain things happening to Gretchen that are caused by her possession. And when she describes what it's like to have the demon trying to get into her body - it was enough to give me the hee-bee-jee-bee's. But once Gretchen and Abby start to pull away from each other the book takes on a different tone. It's not as scary as it once was. And that was disappointing for me. I wanted to be filled with fright from the moment she's explaining about how it feels having a demon sitting on her chest up until the very end. Which was not what happened.
Grady Hendrix used to be a journalist, which means that he was completely irrelevant and could be killed and turned into food at any time. He is one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, but he is not responsible for the bad parts of it. He is also not Asian. For years he was a regular film critic for the New York Sun but then it went out of business. He has written for Playboy Magazine, Slate, The Village Voice, the New York Post, Film Comment, and Variety.
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