My Finest Good Friend’s Exorcism By Grady Hendrix

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I do suppose that a lot of readers will get pleasure from this one lots. This is the first book by Grady Hendrix that I truly have learn and I can be keen to read his work again sooner or later. Solid story, a quick read – didn’t take care of the exorcism portion of the story, but that was actually my solely quarrel with the guide. Knew all of the cultural references, brought again some memories.

I was sadly born too late to get pleasure from that decade myself, but I’m an enormous fan of principally all the movies and music from that point period, and San Junipero is my life and street cred. The bulk of the guide, nonetheless, felt like it was principally made up of highschool drama. Granted, it’s creepy, disturbing high school drama, however on the end of the day…it’s nonetheless highschool drama. It takes a lengthy time for the risk of demon possession to even come up, and until then we’ve to sit down through a whole inventory of the issues that go incorrect with Gretchen and how she goes about methodically ruining everyone’s lives. For all the nice grades she pulls in, Abby can be a bit dense.

I’d frolicked with them as a couple but earlier than this wedding Sarah and I had by no means actually talked. In hindsight I suppose we have been flirting in a way that felt completely devoid of which means or jeopardy as a end result of we had been both straight.

It’s not simply Vlad’s body that makes Michael fall for him. Michael is determined for companionship and constructive attention.

The demonic possession and exorcism angle is adequately lined — but again suffers by comparability to 2015’s Bram Stoker Award successful A Head Full of Ghosts. And regardless of who you would possibly be, when you’re writing about this subject, your e-book is always going to be in comparison with Blatty’s traditional horror novel The Exorcist and Friedkin’s enduring film adaptation of the same name. But it takes too lengthy to actually get buzzing (I’m all in for foreplay, but Hendrix really pushes the bounds to impatience here). More than three-quarters of the novel is essentially an angsty teen, coming-of-age high school drama a few group of girls and their rising pains with each other and with the world around them. It could very properly be Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill — besides that one of many major characters may be demonically possessed . Sometimes it’s nigh on inconceivable to inform the difference. Anyway, we follow two lifelong BFFs – common teenagers Abby Rivers and Gretchen Lang – as Lang apparently descends into demonic possession after a murky night time in the woods under her first acid journey.

It additionally highlights how that time was lots less PC with language and phrases used, and the way they are really not okay to use right now, but it was a reflection of the time. Packed to the brim with ‘80s nostalgia, every chapter is even titled as a special music from that period, I can solely describe this as ”666teen Candles”. Oh man, there have been scenes on this novel that were described so properly that they supplied probably the most intense visuals. Honestly, there were sure moments on this novel that might be absolutely PERFECT for a movie adaptation. This might easily be tailored into a film with the identical vibes as Jennifer’s Body or one thing along those lines. It definitely has some comedic moments (um, the Lemon brothers?) combined in with some seriously creepy scenes. They have been always there for one another from the beginning to the top.

That’s why the “gay greatest friend” trope turned so prevalent. Film would always present us the “token” homosexual person in a non-threatening supporting position, reinforcing that they had been “different” than the norm. The comedy takes place at Camp Ovation, a musical theater camp outside of New York. It’s one of the few locations the place the gays outnumber the straight males.