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My Best Friend's Exorcism
My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes theres only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
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reading_rainbow
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I‘m SO out of the loop!!! They made a movie???! I had no idea!!

TheNeverendingTBR Me neither. Wtf? 3w
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Ast_Arslan
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It's the worst cover ever, but it's finally mine 🤩

StaceGhost Such a great book! 3w
Ast_Arslan @StaceGhost I guess it will be my next reading 🤣 3w
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booklover3258
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Thank you @Rachel.Rencher for #BookishCoupleGiveaway for the opportunity to win! My favorite genres are horror and thrillers.

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candc320
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My spooky watching for today! 3 movies, 2 episodes of the tv show version of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and 2 spooky episodes of The Simpsons. I‘ll add up all my #scarathlon2022 points tomorrow. Until then…Happy Halloween everyone! #teamslaughter

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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I liked this one. It was fun and creepy.

she.hearts.horror Love this book. I gotta watch the movie asap. 1mo
TheLudicReader I loved this one, too. 1mo
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candc320
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This was SO GOOD!! I honestly love just about anything set in the 80s and add in some teenage angst and horror and I‘m sold! I wasn‘t really expecting this to be as funny and touching as it was at times. The ending was especially surprising and made this so much more than a standard horror novel. I‘m watching the movie tonight to compare! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #teamslaughter #scarathlon2022

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vlwelser
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This reads more like satire to me than horror. But this author has snarky undertones so 🤷.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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LaraS
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When I added “Halloween themed workout” to my #fallbucketlist for the #scarathlon, I was pretty sure I‘d be able to find something online with a bit of a spooky playlist, maybe some thriller, some orange sweat pants, a pumpkin shirt if I was real lucky….but at no point did I imagine finding this hilarious commitment to the bit from LVCRFT (also a new epic find all on its own) and HyperBody Fitness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V8aV_hRRFA&t=777s

Soubhiville What?! I may have to do this it looks hilarious! 1mo
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Christine
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While this wasn‘t quite as big of a hit with me as my only other Grady Hendrix to date (Southern Book Club‘s Guide), I still enjoyed it! Loved every bit of the 80s nostalgia and campier elements. (How Phil Collins was referenced/invoked brought me great joy. 🤣) At times I found the pacing a little off, but it really might have been a me-not-the-book situation. I‘m interested in reading more of his books for sure. #AAM #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville I just watched the movie and thought it was a fairly good adaptation. 1mo
Christine @Soubhiville Good to know - I‘ll check it out! 1mo
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BookishMadHatter
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Working on an order and starting a new book in the 12 minutes I'll have to myself today lol

#readingandknitting #litsycrafters #litsyknitter

LeahBergen This was a fun read! 1mo
BookishMadHatter @LeahBergen I didn't get to read more than a few chapters today, but I do have high hopes ... and may have to hide away one afternoon this week and really sink my teeth in lol 1mo
Catsandbooks Cozy hat! 1mo
BookishMadHatter @Catsandbooks 🖤 thanks! It'll keep a lil noggin warm for sure lol 1mo
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candc320
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While I know I‘ve been horrible at remembering to post my #scarathlondailyprompts photos I had the perfect one for Day 23: Story! This is the story I‘m starting tomorrow and I‘m so excited! +15 points for #teamslaughter

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Emilymdxn
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This was fantastic! Very Grady Hendrix, very scary, very 80s. The ending was predictable but stirring. Grady Hendrix writes such evocative atmospheric horror. I really want to watch the adaptation now.

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I absolutely loved this campy, funny, and nostalgic horror novel set in 1988. My elder Millennial heart was bursting with all the memories of growing up in the 1980s. The balance of horror and comedy is very well done, and Hendrix captures adolescence expertly. What teenage girl hasn‘t thought her best friend was possessed by something truly evil at some point? 😂 Thankfully, some friendships are stronger than any deity, angel or demon. 5⭐️

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Kimberlone
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This was such a fun, nostalgic, self aware horror-comedy! Probably my favorite Grady Hendrix I‘ve read so far - I think the gaudy 80s setting fit with his irreverent tone and pop culture-laden writing best. Even the VHS style cover design is so perfect. I enjoyed the multimedia additions (yearbook pages, newspaper articles) and the framing device and redemption for Brother Lemon that the film adaptation left out.

#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

BC_Dittemore Still haven‘t had a chance to watch the film yet; been waiting on a night where me and my wife have enough time. The book is a lot of fun though! 1mo
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Megabooks
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This is my favorite Hendrix if you‘re looking for #AuthorAMonth. The #audiobook narration is amazing, and this cover art on the paperback is fantastic!

Abby and Gretchen first bond as kids over ET and rollerskating, but now it‘s 1989 and they‘re sophomores. One night they drop acid and Gretchen gets lost in the woods. When they find her in the AM, something has changed, but Abby is the only one who sees it. Can their friendship save Gretchen?

BookishPiper I watched the Amazon Prime movie the other night. Quite a few changes from the book. I really liked the book though. 2mo
Megabooks @BookishPiper i haven‘t checked the movie out yet. I love the book so much that I doubt I‘ll watch the adaptation. (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen This one really is hilarious 😂 another time capsule, which Grady does so well!!!! I 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes! He‘s so good at capturing different times and places! 2mo
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WJCintron
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I‘m organizing & counting my points for the first week of the #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #autumnatoz

I read 6 books, each a different letter.
6 x 10 = 60 pts + 1 participation pt each = 66
Two of them were 13+ letters. 50 points each!
100 pts bonus pts
Total of 166 pts 😃🙌💃

AmandaBlaze Each of your photo prompts are worth 6 pts per post. 5 for the photo and 1 for participation. 2mo
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze 😱 So I‘m missing 6 pts then? It‘s supposed to be 166 pts? I‘m SO BAD at math!!!! I‘ve been ALL DAY calculating everything. 😭😭😭😂🤣 MY 🧠!!!!! 2mo
AmandaBlaze Add up all your photo prompt posts for the week and multiply by 6. I've just been doing a daily tally, which makes the weekly a little easier. 2mo
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AmandaBlaze For example, today you did 2, Pumpkin and Crime, that's 12 points just for today. 2mo
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze 😃🙌🙏 2mo
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze Yup! I really need to do that ‘cause all the different challenges and points are driving me crazy!! 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Scary movies watched this week. #teammonstermash #scarathlon2022

Chrissyreadit @StayCurious right now I have 107 points I think….. also can I still post picture prompts from beginning ? 2mo
StayCurious @Chrissyreadit absolutely! 2mo
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WJCintron Was it good?! I need to watch it!! 2mo
BarkingMadRead @WJCintron I liked it a lot! They changed some things, but not too much! 2mo
WJCintron @BarkingMadRun Awesome! Did they kept the acne scars on her face? If they didn‘t I will be so angry! Lol 2mo
BarkingMadRead @WJCintron it definitely looks like she‘s covering up bad acne 2mo
WJCintron @BarkingMadRun YES! 🙌😃 It‘s time they start being true to characters and their physical traits instead of just beauty standards or what they view as beauty, right?! Besides, it‘s an important detail, story wise. 😊👍 Thanks for keeping me posted. 😃🙏 2mo
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Read for #scarathlon so I can read it before watching the movie. I love all Hendrix‘s books. #trammonstermash @StayCurious #spookowren #31by31 #pointsathon @TheSpineView @DieAReader @Catsandbooks #promptmaze

1,220 pts

TheSpineView Great job 2mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼✨👻 2mo
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Can I get a recommendation? For those of you that have read either or both of these Grady Hendrix books, which one should I read first? 👻

Addison_Reads I'd say My Best Friend's Exorcism. 2mo
Megabooks Agree with @Addison_Reads ! 2mo
Christy2318 My Best Friend‘s Exorcism and then watch the movie on Prime. 2mo
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tyoung2058 Book club 2mo
LKK526 The Southern Book Club‘s Guide To Slaying Vampires 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't love Exorcism, but it was a good, quick read. I haven't read Book Club yet. 2mo
Breanne1 I loved both of these but Exorcism was creepier if you‘re looking for scarier. 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies Thanks for all of the recommendations. 💖 2mo
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A great book for #scarathlon2022 #teamsalughter and so many great prompts are filled! #evilcharacter for @Ann_Reads autumn bingo, #popculturerefernce for #bodycountbingo @PuddleJumper the letter M for #autumnatoz @Texreader

Texreader Way to go!! 2mo
Ann_Reads 👍🎃👏 2mo
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WJCintron
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This is my favorite so far! 😃🙌. Read for #trappedonanisland #challenge #teammonstermash #scarathlon
#audiobook

bthegood really enjoyed that book - the actual book is set out to look like a yearbook - fun 2mo
WJCintron @bthegood Right?! LOVED it. That‘s cool! I need a physical copy!! 😃🙌 2mo
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"I saw your name on a dog's butt." Watching My Best Friends's Exorcism with the hubby during this rainy fall day.

#Scarathlon2022
#TeamSlaughter
@Clwojick

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WJCintron
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Listening to this one.
#teammonstermash #scarathlon

Kimberlone Started reading this last night! 2mo
WJCintron @Kimberlone I LOVED it!!! 😃🙌 2mo
StayCurious Is this related to the new movie on Amazon? 2mo
WJCintron @StayCurious I haven‘t watched it yet, but there‘s a movie or series available. 😃🙌 2mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Clwojick Yummmm. 🖤 2mo
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Hedon
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Late evening walk with a good audiobook. Perfect way to end a busy day.

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BeeMagical
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EEK!!! It‘s finally here!🎥

Putting it on right NOW!📺🫣💀

Update! Although not a dead ringer for the book, HIGHLY entertaining!👏🏻👌🏻😂

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Nessavamusic
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Watched one more today. A fun and very faithful movie adaptation of the 80‘s pop culture inspired horror. #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash +5

lele1432 I didn‘t know this had been adapted! Adding to my watchlist. 2mo
britgetslit Just watched this 2mo
StayCurious This one is on my list for sure 2mo
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I loved this! And the fact it‘s based on a book that I loved just makes it better. It‘s very cheesy and very 80s, but that‘s what I love about it #OnceAn80sGirlAlwaysAn80sGirl right @Cinfhen And it gives me 11pts for #TeamSlaughter in the #Scarathlon🎃 Woohoo🙌 Think I might listen to my audiobook of The Southern Bookclubs Guide To Slaying Vampires by Hendrix next🧛🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen You know it….#MySistaFromAnotherMista 😘 2mo
Clwojick Can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
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Lizpixie
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Can‘t really get into reading right now so I‘m watching a teen horror movie instead. Of course. I read this book when it first came out, I might do a reread for #Scarathlon seeing as Grady Hendrix is the #AuthorAMonth as well. #TeamSlaughter 1pt

Clwojick 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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Christy2318
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Cheesy but fun. #scarathlon #teammonstermash 11 points

StayCurious This is on my list 2mo
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FantasyChick
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It's naptime and I have a million things to do but....priorities 😈

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter #booktotv
@Clwojick

Clwojick Yes!!!!! 🖤🦇 2mo
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JoeMo
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This was another sold work by Grady Hendrix! I think he did a great job of encapsulating those strange and awkward teen years which in some ways are completely horrible and yet wonderful and carefree at the same time. This is a story of what happens when those high school years and a friendship get tested by a demonic possession! At times I found myself thinking “Hendrix really took this a bit far” with some of the events and actions in the story.

JoeMo However, I‘m glad he wrote a story that may have pushed boundaries a bit as there were real consequences, ugliness and all, to the possession and people‘s actions! I‘m excited to follow this up with the movie that just dropped on Prime! 2mo
Reggie I always remember the throwing up of wings and then someone will bring up the worm and I‘m like oh yeah, that too. Lolol this is tied with We Sold Our Souls for my favorite of his. 2mo
JoeMo @Reggie I loved the worm scene…it had me laughing but that was probably the worst thing to imagine going though! I was surprised by an act of violence against an animal…the act wasn‘t written, but there was a tense build to it and after it was referenced heavily. That told me Hendrix wasn‘t joking around w/ this book! I‘ll definitely have to read We Sold Our Souls (heck, I hope to get around to all of his work eventually)! 2mo
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Hey #AuthorAMonth fam - this just popped on to Amazon Prime yesterday! I haven‘t watched yet but I‘m sure it‘ll be a silly romp. I‘ve read a bunch of Hendrix already so I think I‘ll kick off Spooky Szn weekend by watching this. @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Thanks for sharing! I didn‘t know they were making this! 2mo
Melismatic @Soubhiville me neither until last night! Lol 💕 2mo
Nessavamusic On my watch list for this weekend! 2mo
bthegood thx for sharing - the book was fun, hopefully this will be too - 2mo
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My tentative #Scarthlon Movie Watch List- please know that Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 are going to be watched, they are must views! I've been keeping a list of horror movies mentioned on WatchMojo and WhatCulture the last month or so, gearing up for the spooky season. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #HorrorMovies

Clwojick Such a fantastic watch list! 2mo
Reggie The Skin I Live In- there is no bad Almodovar. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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For me, MBFE alternates between slightly juvenile and genuinely spooky. Abby is both admirable and annoying, always aiming for Gretchen‘s approval. But sometimes, her voice and tone grated on me, as teenage voices often do. Still, Abby is a ballsy kid who fights hard for her friend‘s future. I enjoyed this book‘s light-hearted romp into horror. It‘s a perfect choice for the season!

Full reviews https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 80s nostalgia and gag-me-with-a-spoon horror. I really enjoyed this story of ride or die friendship (literally). My first Hendrix, not my last.

sprainedbrain Gag me with a spoon 😂 3mo
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Lauranahe
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I loved this! I was 8/9 in 1989, so I do remember that time. I appreciated all the throwbacks, and the song titles as chapters. The gore was good enough to make me squirm a few times. Highly recommend, and looking forward to the film!

LitStephanie Ooh, that sounds fun! 3mo
Reggie Oof, if anything had happened to Abby and Gretchen I would have died. I loved this book so much. 3mo
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mdm139
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And now I know my first read for #scarathlon. Movie will be on Amazon Prime Sept. 30.

JessClark78 I can‘t wait to watch that. I hope it‘s as good as the book. 3mo
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bthegood
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Tagged is my pick for August - but The Music Shop is definitely my overall pick for the past 4 months -

#2022ReadingBracket @chasjjlee

Make a great day everyone 🙂

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Robotswithpersonality
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Okay, publishers, let's talk. 🙎🏼‍♂️
I appreciate the thought that went into cover design/end pages that has all the scribbles like a year book would, but if you're going to publish a book with high quality heavy pages, you MUST pair it with a binding that will stand up to that weight. No doubt the frequency of use of a library book is not one that all copies will suffer, but this doesn't speak well for durability. Library fines in my future?

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Which is more horrifying: being a teenage girl OR living in the South in the 80s?
I love that Grady Hendrix seems to be consistent in providing a heart warming final girls conclusion [at least for the 3 of his books I've read so far]. I have a soft spot for the 80s songs as chapter titles. I am a big wuss, so I was not a fan of the ick, but I recognize it's a staple of the genre. The 'secular' exorcism denouement scene was AWESOME.

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How did I not know about this!??!??!!!!? I just randomly started rereading this not too long ago. I guess now I‘ll have to hurry up and finish it. I can‘t wait!!!!

vonnie862 Wuuuuuaaat?! 3mo
Maggie4483 @vonnie862 Riiighht?!!? 3mo
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I may just have squealed a little.

https://youtu.be/FnXdofVyZTI

ShyBookOwl I'm right here squealing with you! 3mo
FantasyChick Campy and fun! I kind of can't wait for this now! 3mo
Buchbeeg Omg. . .what?!?!? For real? 3mo
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Oryx What?! 3mo
BeeMagical WHAT!!!😱🖤 3mo
sprainedbrain I didn‘t even know this was being adapted! 😱 3mo
Avanders Oooooooh 🤩🤩 3mo
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bthegood
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-A story about best friends and possession- the 80s references and layout of the book (song titles, yearbook) takes you to a definite time and place, strengthening the story - it is about possession, friendship, love - it is funny, gory, scary, and touching - really good read - (growing up in the 80s did contribute to my complete enjoyment of this book but it's not a requirement to enjoy it)
#ReadSpooky2022 @teebe
Make a great day everyone 🙂

rockpools Your ‘make a great day‘ line always makes me smile - thank you 😊 4mo
bthegood @rockpools and that made me smile - thanks - 4mo
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bthegood
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Here is my August #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks thanks for hosting -

Make a great day everyone 🙂

myellenbee Your #bookspin and #doublespin books sound really good! When you make your bingo card do you just randomly put the number on the grid? I may have to try it. I read a lot in July because I got covid and could have probably gotten bingo. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 4mo
bthegood @myellenbee the numbers are drawn. Information on @TheAromaofBooks page, she hosts it. It is fun😊 4mo
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APLitlife
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Mehso-so

Started strong, but just didn‘t care for the end. (The way it is laid out, not the actual ending)

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Mehall
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I am loving Grady Hendrix. This was a good book and easy read