Published by Quirk Books on May 17th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thrillers
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.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism follows the friendship of two girls named Abby and Gretchen who are navigating through life’s ups and downs of high school in the 1980s. During a night of bad decisions, something of a sinister nature happens to Gretchen. A possession leading to the ruination of their reputations and fellow peers.
I feel bad for not liking or loving this book very much. It’s basically just a high school contemporary with a small pinch of demon possession. So for me, I was let done by that because it takes a lot for me to want to read contemporary. The characters beyond Abby and Gretchen, save for the exorcist, were like cardboard stereotypes.
The demon element was interesting, but not really explored that much and it takes a while to even get to that point. The book primarily is about friendship and the importance of being there for your friends even when they are controlled by whatever unseen demons or what have you. The ending was anticlimactic. And while it was meant to come off as sweet, I just felt very ‘meh’ about it.