Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review || My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

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DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own.

Title: My Best Friend's Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 336

Synopsis from Amazon:
A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. 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? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

This is the first book I have read from Hendrix, but I remember wanting to read Horrorstor something awful! I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book, as I was not let down in the slightest. I might have a new favorite horror writer!
A few of the things I absolutely loved about this story is the fact that all of the chapters are titles of 80's songs and that it stays true to the fact that high school really can be the most horrible times in someones life. You're forced to watch your friends you've had since elementary school grow up and transform right before your eyes and you're behind them clutching with grabby hands trying to get them to come back to you.
Another thing I liked about this story is the fact that there are a few parts of it that actually made me squirm in my seat. No spoilers, but if the idea of a huge amount of tapeworm coming up out of your throat doesn't make you sick to your stomach I don't know what will!

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

28 June 2 Comments
Hello everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted a book review, but my life has been so hectic. I took a month long vacation just to get away from everything to the hills of Kentucky and I'm extremely refreshed. I'm back now, and super excited to write reviews over the many books I've read while I've been away.

Title: Lust & Wonder
Author+Augusten Burroughs
Rating: 5/5
Buy the book: Amazon
SynopsisIn chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous,Lust and Wonder is an intimate and honest memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. 

I'm going to admit I hardly read book synopsis before reading the book. I literally judge a book by it's cover and go from there. So it's understandable that I skipped over the fact that this book was a memoir. It doesn't read like one at all! It's the first memoir that I've ever read and I was not disappointed at all.

Augusten is a very neurotic person, but I love him for all of his quirks. Some of his fears reminded me of my "irrational fears" but in my head, like his, they're not irrational at all.
At one point on the book, his boyfriend began laughing at him for worrying the pool deck at the top of the building was going to fall through the roof and he began thinking of escape routes. To anyone else that is absurd, but I go through scenarios like this in my head multiple times a day, and it deters me from doing certain things. For some people, they're weird quirks but for people like Augusten and I it's a very real problem.

One of my favorite aspects of Augusten's writing is the fact that he doesn't skip anything. Even if it's embarrassing, or it may make him look bad. He doesn't care. I love that in authors. The people who write with truth, and raw emotion are my favorite. This is the first book I have read by him, so now I have to go read all the others written by him as well.