Fiction Flashback: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

by Grady Hendrix


Do you like the 80’s?  Do you like gentle, coming of age stories?  Do you like terrifying exorcisms?  If you’re one of the nineteen people fitting into the center of that wild Venn Diagram of preferences, then this is the book for you.

It’s funny and heartwarming and somewhat unsettling, all at the same time.

Bonus: The opening 50 pages are the best thing I’ve ever read.  If you’re a writer curious how to start a book with strong writing, check this out.

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What’s it about?

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?

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