A Trip Down ’80s Memory Lane: A Review of “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” by Grady Hendrix

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

Grady Hendrix’s “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” is a trip down memory lane, back to the ’80s with its pop culture, music, and classic horror films. If you grew up in that era or just have a love for everything ’80s, this book is sure to capture your heart. Here’s what makes this horror novel a unique and enjoyable read.

“It’s My Life”

Set in the 1980s, the story follows Abby and Gretchen, two high school best friends who find their friendship tested when Gretchen becomes possessed by a demon. Abby is determined to save her friend, but the process is far from easy. The novel explores themes of friendship, adolescence, and, of course, exorcism, all wrapped up in horror and nostalgia.

“Don’t You Want Me”

One of the first things that grabbed my attention was the use of ’80s song references for chapter titles. Each title reflects the mood of the chapter and offers a playful nod to the era. These clever references not only add a whimsical touch but also serve as a homage to the ’80s, a time of significant cultural and musical breakthroughs.

“Always Something There To Remind Me”

Grady Hendrix doesn’t stop at song references; he also incorporates nods to classic horror films from various eras. These allusions to beloved films add depth and texture to the novel, connecting readers to the cinematic landscape of the time. The subtle interweaving of these references helps the story resonate with fans of ‘horror films and adds layers of enjoyment.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart”

The characters are relatable and well-crafted, particularly the two main characters, Abby and Gretchen. Their friendship, which is the heart of the novel, is depicted with sincerity and depth. The struggle Abby goes through to save Gretchen is both terrifying and heartwarming, highlighting the power of friendship and loyalty.

“Enjoy The Silence”

Hendrix’s writing style is engaging, and his depiction of the ’80s is spot-on. He manages to infuse the book with both the light-heartedness and the terror that the storyline demands. The atmosphere is palpable, and the setting comes to life, transporting readers back to a time of mixtapes, big hair, and high school drama.

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

“My Best Friend’s Exorcism” by Grady Hendrix is more than just a horror novel. It’s a celebration of the ’80s and a tribute to friendship. The clever use of ’80s song references for chapter titles and the nods to classic horror films make this book stand out. If you’re looking for a nostalgic read filled with horror, humor, and heart, this book is sure to delight. It’s a dance with the devil that you won’t want to miss!

About the author

Brian is a Western Pennsylvania-based writer who has a passion for movies, books, comic books, and tabletop role-playing games. By day, he is an IT professional, but by night, he transforms into a writer. Brian’s love for reading is matched only by his passion for music.

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