Monday 26 July 2021



The Final Girl Support GroupThe Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this book since it was first announced. The fact Amazon Australia decided to take forever to send it out was super annoying, but as soon as it arrived I was itching to start.

The premise of this book is awesome. What happens to final girls when they grow up? Are they able to move on and wear the scars of their near-death experience in a way that allows them to get on with their lives? Do they become rich celebrities with book and movie deals while doing the talk show circuit? Can they trust anyone and forge meaningful relationships? Or does the violent experience become an open wound that never heals?

Well, in the case of the women in this book, how about all of the above? I loved how different each of these survivors turns out, but how their nightmarish teenage experience keeps them connected. Sure, the support group helps too but these women are much more than that.

This book is so fast-paced that I raced through the thrilling and terrifying pages. Lynnette is a great narrator because she's turned out to be super paranoid and isn't surprised when the final girls become targets once again. She's convinced herself she's weak and useless, something others also manage to make her feel. But she's been through a lot and although she still remains vulnerable, she's also strong as hell.

I loved how each final girl's story was revealed, and how they were so familiar to slasher fans. Yet, they each had a slight twist of their own to separate them from the movies.

Another fantastic thing about this book is how unpredictable it was. I didn't know what was coming next, suspected just about everyone, and thought that final scene in Camp Red Lake read like a movie.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was fun and sad and SO very tragic. It was a fantastic tribute to the final girls we all know and love, while also introducing us to more.

Never forget Adrienne, Dani, Julia, Marilyn, Heather and Lynnette. Or Fine.

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