My Best Friend's Exorcism

My Best Friend's Exorcism

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, 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?
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594748622
1594748624
9781594749766
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Set in the 80s, this novel is nostalgic and campy, yet horrific.


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BOortwyn
Jan 31, 2019

Great book. An easy read. Good creepy factor. An accurate and honest portrayal of high school life as a teen. Love the 80's references. Overall, this read is worth your time.

OPL_DavidD Sep 19, 2018

I love everything about this book. I love the campy 1980's references, but also the deep emotional core and the exploration of friendship and redemption. I love how satisfying the ending was, and how I stayed up until 2:30 AM to finish the last 150 pages. I loved how authentic the dialog and the main character's growing feeling of isolation felt. I recommend this book frequently to both new and frequent horror readers.

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SarahDormat
Dec 21, 2017

Super fun! I especially love how the dialogue is written like an after-school special from the 80s. And as a child of the 80s, I loved all of the references and had flashbacks to my own childhood (minus the demonic possession). At 330+ pages it seemed just a *bit* long but other than that, I loved it.

EvaELPL Jun 28, 2017

Set in the 1980s, this is an engrossing (and creepy) pop culture take on an old horror trope. Although it suffers from pacing weirdness midway through, the ambiance as well as the running theme of the power of friendship make for an enjoyable read.

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Pisinga
Jun 09, 2017

This is a book about exorcism. It is clear. There is no latency, hiding meaning in title.
It's also about friendship between teenagers and how real it could be, and what are you willing to do for the sake of your friend.

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ljtheteacher
Mar 27, 2017

This story is genuinely scary and had me hooked from beginning to end. I read it a few months ago and it still gives me chills to remember it. If you're looking for something thrilling and you're a fan of the eighties this is a great read.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 25, 2017

My Best Friend's Exorcism is absolutely wonderful if you grew up in the 80's, or (like me), you can't get enough of 1980's pop culture. Campy, but still horrific, this novel gives the perfect amount of scares without being too graphic or over-the-top. By the end, I felt compelled to call up my own best friend, which goes to show the emotional connection I felt to the characters and the situation. I'm not a huge fan of horror, but I'm definitely a fan of this book!

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LPL_EmilyR
Nov 29, 2016

If you were to do a mash up of Stranger Things and Heathers, you'd get something like My Best Friend's Exorcism. Creepy, fun, and full of late 80s nostalgia.

DBRL_ANNEG Nov 11, 2016

A surprisingly lovely tribute to the power of friendship.

High school is hard, but especially so when your best friend is possessed by a demon. When Abby discovers there's more than meets the eye to the strange behavior her best friend Gretchen is exhibiting, she sets out to free her from the demon that has taken over.

The story if full of pop culture references from the 1980s and a compelling storyline that will suck readers in and not let go until they find out whether or not Abby is successful with her task.

JCLDebbieF Oct 19, 2016

I really want to give this book 4 stars, but when I compare it with my other 4 stars, it just doesn't hold up. With that being said, I really enjoyed it. It was fun and felt like the 80's.

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