“I love you, Gretchen Lang. You are my reflection and my shadow and I will not let you go. We are bound together forever and ever! Until Halley’s Comet comes around again. I love you dearly and I love you queerly and no demon is bigger than this!”
This was a really fun and exciting read! It was humorous and mysterious all at the same time, which made it quite a different reading experience to the other kinds of novels I tend to read. I also liked how “girly” this was, not that I’m putting a gender on this book, just that it felt very teenage girl, something very much experienced by me.
While I really enjoyed reading all of this book, I didn’t exactly feel like it was a horror story. It was certainly creepy and would often make my skin crawl with its disturbing descriptions, it didn’t really give me any scares that will stick with me.
Our main character, Abby, is a very likeable narrator, but she can be a little frustrating at times. I guess that’s what you get when you’re reading from a 16-year-old do-gooder’s PoV. In terms of the rest of the stories characters, I thought Hendrix did really well at giving us a full picture of each one, especially Abby’s three girlfriends. They were certainly cliche teenage girls that you always get hanging out in a group of 4 in fictional situations but, even so, it was great reading about the different paths each one went down, thanks to “Gretchen”.
While I suppose this is Young Adult fiction, it still felt mature enough for me to read it without rolling my eyes at any immature language or character actions. Hendrix has a real knack for writing, I thought this was well thought out and excellently executed. It was one of the stories that was “just right”, it could have easily become too ridiculous or not ridiculous enough, but Hendrix did a great job at making it perfectly plausible.
Not relevant to the actual story but I love the way this is set up like a yearbook! Very clever and fun.