My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel by Grady HendrixMy Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel

byGrady Hendrix

Paperback | July 11, 2017

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An unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist that blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller

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?
Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, a...
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Title:My Best Friend's Exorcism: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:July 11, 2017Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1594749760

ISBN - 13:9781594749766

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Read #indigoemployee What an insane read! This is technically my first horror fiction outside of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” and man was this creepy. I loved all the 80s nostalgia and the theme of friendship in this book was well written. There is one really horrible scene for those of you who are animal lovers like me, so be warned. Otherwise, great read! #indigoemployee
Date published: 2019-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book, Awesome Cover (paperback) Big fan of Hendrix's work, but this one just dragged out a bit too long. Definitely brought me back to growing up in the 80's, so picked up on a lot of the descriptions on life! Just a little too caught up in teenage life and not enough pulpy horror that I fondly recall from the 80's horror. The cover though is a classic, so brings back renting cheesy horror movies on the old VCR :)
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a cover buy I bought this book bc the book cover was gorgeous and i had to own it. It is a good book filled with 80s nostalgia that it relies too heavily on. The 2nd half of the book was more enjoyable as it became less teen drama and more horror based. I really struggle with who the intended audience was. Much of it feels like its geared towards a teen audience but the heavy 80s themes would suggest its aimed at those who grew up in the 80s. I feel like it was aiming to do what stephen king does so well relatable dark stories set in childhood but for older audiences mostly. However unlike stephen king this book failed. The characters were okay. The book was okay. everything was just okay. Its a book that I don't hate and feel like i wasted my time on but its nothing I will ever give much thought to again.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed it I love 80s horror, so I couldn't resist the amazing cover! (sounds like no one else could, either) I really enjoyed it, it was light reading and I ended up breezing through it quickly which was a nice change from some of the heavier novels I read. Definitely recommend this one - it's funny, creepy, and definitely a page-turner!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely judged this one by the cover What an awesome cover, am I right. The story inside was just as fun. A little more I guess teen than I expected but it was a welcome surprise. It added some nice heart that made you care for the characters. It had a very 80's horror vibe to it which is what I WAS expecting. Great fun and quick read.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was such a fun book! My friend recommended this to me and I am very grateful. It is a page turner and it was difficult to put down at times. Not to mention the VHS cover is amazing and a huge part of why I was excited to read it (don't judge a book by its cover kids).
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun Read Picked the book up recently, and enjoyed it tremendously. A fun quick read that pulls you through the story.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quick read with a great cover! I won't lie I waited for the paperback to come out because the cover art was just too fantastic. A very relatable book even though the subject deals with possession, but the idea of a beloved friend suddenly acting like another person is something most people can understand. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This book is so entertaining. I loved it and all of the nostalgic references. Fun!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this book this book was great from the get go. Fully submerged me into that nostalgic 80's feel. i laughed at a few references. I recommend this book to anyone age 30 + as you would probably understand or have lived some of the moments and feelings this author throws out. The book is quite descriptive so its easy to imagine some of the scenes between the girls weather it be happy times or aggressive moments. i also purchased the author's other book Horror store which im looking forward to starting soon
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it A solid 4 stars. I loved every disgusting bit of this book. The world building was impressive and the characters had personality and depth. I’ve also read Horrorstor and I think I have a new author to add to my favourites shelf! I also really loved the ending. It had a satisfying finality to it.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 WOULD READ AGAIN I love this book! It had so many twists and turns, you fall in love with the characters and you can't put it down! As soon as I was done I wanted to read it again.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it! I prefer this book over Horrorstor, but both have great concepts. The 80s theme was a fun touch and I liked the focus on the girls' friendship. I'm not typically a fan of the horror genre, but this one appealed to me because of the characters.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! I really enjoyed this coming-of-age horror novel set in the eighties. The descriptions were excellent, and I'll probably pick up more by this author. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28

Read from the Book

The exorcist is dead.     Abby sits in her office and stares at the email, then clicks the blue link. It takes her to the homepage of the paper she still thinks of as the News and Courier, even though it changed its name fifteen years ago. There’s the exorcist floating in the middle of her screen, balding and with a ponytail, smiling at the camera in a blurry headshot the size of a postage stamp. Abby’s jaw aches and her throat gets tight. She doesn’t realize she’s stopped breathing.     The exorcist was driving some lumber up to Lakewood and stopped on I-95 to help a tourist change his tire. He was tightening the lug nuts when a Dodge Caravan swerved onto the shoulder and hit him full-on. He died before the ambulance arrived. The woman driving the minivan had three different painkillers in her system—four if you included Bud Light. She was charged with driving under the influence.     “Highways or dieways,” Abby thinks. “The choice is yours.”     It pops into her head, a catchphrase she doesn’t even remember she remembered, but in that instant she doesn’t know how she ever forgot. Those highway safety billboards covered South Carolina when she was in high school; and in that instant, her office, the conference call she has at eleven, her apartment, her mortgage, her divorce, her daughter—none of it matters.     It’s twenty years ago and she’s bombing over the old bridge in a crapped-out Volkswagen Rabbit, windows down, radio blasting UB40, the air sweet and salty in her face. She turns her head to the right and sees Gretchen riding shotgun, the wind tossing her blond hair, shoes off, sitting Indian style on the seat, and they’re singing along to the radio at the top of their tuneless lungs. It’s April 1988 and the world belongs to them.     For Abby, “friend” is a word whose sharp corners have been worn smooth by overuse. “I’m friends with the guys in IT,” she might say, or “I’m meeting some friends after work.”     But she remembers when the word “friend” could draw blood. She and Gretchen spent hours ranking their friendships, trying to determine who was a best friend and who was an everyday friend, debating whether anyone could have two best friends at the same time, writing each other’s names over and over in purple ink, buzzed on the dopamine high of belonging to someone else, having a total stranger choose you, someone who wanted to know you, another person who cared that you were alive.     She and Gretchen were best friends, and then came that fall. And they fell.     And the exorcist saved her life.     Abby still remembers high school, but she remembers it as images, not events. She remembers effects, but she’s gotten fuzzy on the causes. Now it’s all coming back in an unstoppable flood. The sound of screaming on the Lawn. The owls. The stench in Margaret’s room. Good Dog Max. The terrible thing that happened to Glee. But most of all, she remembers what happened to Gretchen and how everything got so fucked up back in 1988, the year her best friend was possessed by the devil.

Editorial Reviews

“National treasure Grady Hendrix follows his classic account of a haunted IKEA-like furniture showroom, Horrorstor (2014), with a nostalgia-soaked ghost story, My Best Friend’s Exorcism.”—The Wall Street Journal“Take The Exorcist, add some hair spray and wine coolers, and enroll it in high school in 1988 — that’ll give you My Best Friend’s Exorcism...Campy. Heartfelt. Horrifying.”—Minnesota Public Radio “Clever, heartfelt, and get-under-your-skin unnerving.”—Fangoria “A touching story of high school friendship and, well, demonic possession.”—Bloody Disgusting “Terrific...Sharply written...[My Best Friend’s Exorcism] makes a convincing case for [Hendrix’s] powers as a sharp observer of human behavior, filtered through a fun genre conceit that doesn’t skimp on the spooky—or the bodily fluids.”—The A.V. Club “Think Mean Girls with demonic possession, set in 1988 Charleston. It’s funny, it’s heart-wrenching, it’s even a little spiritual, in a very strange way.”—Southern Living magazine “The perfect mix of '80s nostalgia and scares.”—POPSUGAR“This book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick.”—Bustle“The rare exorcism book that will make you cry, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is both a truly scary tale and a loving tribute to high school friendship.”—Hypable  “If you’re looking for a good summer book, something for the beach or the back porch that won’t insult your intelligence, one that’s tense and sometimes scary and sometimes funny, with characters you may even come to like and admire as they come of age, keep My Best Friend’s Exorcism in mind.”—SFFWorld“[Hendrix proves his] own black-magic mettle by conjuring up an era where ill-informed paranoia (and just plain ding-dongness) turned some of the quietest corners of America into fear factories...Too bad Satan never actually did show up back then. He woulda loved it.”—Wired.com “A book every horror fan should know.”—Dread Central“Satirical, intense and surprisingly heartwarming, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is, like, totally the perfect summer reading choice—if you don’t mind some gore.”—Sunday Gazette-Mail  “Smart, sassy and satanic.”—Rue Morgue“Hendrix is one of the finest new genre voices we have in literature.”—Film School Rejects“If you see me in the wild and I'm reading a book that was written by Grady Hendrix, interrupt me at your own peril.”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo-Award winning author of Magic for Liars“Hendrix's fusion of teen angst, '80s pop culture, and the power of true friendship is a treat.”—Kirkus Praise for We Sold Our Souls:An NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour PickAn io9 2018 Fall Preview Pick“Kickass, horrifying, and smart as hell. It certainly earns my two horns up.”—Dread Central“Wild and fun, genuinely terrifying in places, and also somehow heartfelt.”—Tor.com“A fast-paced ride, firmly rooted in the pulp horror tradition…Hendrix’s darkest novel yet will leave readers begging for an encore.”—Booklist, starred review Praise for Paperbacks from Hell: “Pure, demented delight.”—The New York Times Book Review“Paperbacks from Hell is as funny as it is engaging.”—The Washington Post“The book is a true appreciation of the genre.”—Los Angeles Times“Paperbacks from Hell is as wild as its source material.”—The A.V. Club“Just thumbing through these pages will bring back your youth— and terrify you all over again.”—NewsdayPraise for Horrorstor:“Horrorstör delivers a crisp terror-tale...[and] Hendrix strikes a nice balance between comedy and horror.”—The Washington Post“Disarming.”—The Wall Street Journal“Hendrix conjures up some wonderfully gruesome imagery.”—Nerdist“An inventive, hilarious haunted house tale.”—Bustle “If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.”—New York Post