The Final Girl Support Group – Grady Hendrix

“Because no matter how hard we try, we can’t stop life. No matter how much we fight, no matter how many we kill, things keep changing, and growing, and living, and people get lost, and fall away, and come back, and get born and move on, and no matter what it’s all so much, it’s all so hard, the way life just keeps going and going.”

After having read Horrorstör a while ago, I was ready to dive into some new story by Grady Hendrix, and I need to say that this book did not disappoint!

Bear in mind though that this is a homage to the slasher movie genre, so if that’s not your cup of tea I’d suggest you steer clear of this one.

In this book, we pretty much follow the journey of the “final girl support group” as the title says, and boy do these girls have been through hell and back. I found the first part of the book to be the slowest, but then it picked up a good pace. I would divide this book into three parts because they each have certain story arcs and my favorites were the middle and the ending. Especially the final message at the end of the story was really touching and I loved it.

In the best style of the author, this book features in between chapters, some extra content like, newspaper articles, journal entries, movie reviews, pieces of paper, this sort of stuff that all comment about the genre of final girls/slasher movies, and also about the final girls featured in the book.

One of my favorite things about this book, and an aspect that I think the author discussed really well, is that these girls are always and forever haunted and changed by those tragic events they survived. And despite that being over, it never really is, because there is always a die-hard fan trying to stalk them, and now someone is trying to kill them. You can really feel these girls’ exhaustion, and it really gave both the characters and the book a lot of depth.

For a book that is centered on a type of very commercial/entertainment movie of horror, I genuinely think the author made this book the best it could be. Since it’s centered on that, there is a certain expectation that will not be overruled. This is not gonna be the best thriller, or the most emotional book, because it is not set to be that. But for me, in what this story proposed itself to be, it really delivered.

Also, of course, this would be a tremendously good movie. I really wish that happens.

If you’re a fan of slasher movies you’ll adore this book. And if you’re looking for a fast-paced, entertaining, and sort of guilty pleasure read, then this is the book for you.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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