Review: The Final Girls Support Group


The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not my usual style of book, but I enjoyed it. While this was a horror book, it wasn’t exactly a nail-biter. Instead, I’d call this more of an intriguing read with a solid concept and a healthy handful of creepy moments. (I mean… there was one moment that was legitimately unsettling to the highest degree, but I don’t want to spoil it.) This book had some shock value, but overall was more about dealing with trauma. There was also some interesting commentary on struggles that women face, especially in terms of being victims. And even a worthwhile dive into the psychology of horror movies, examining not only the psyches within the movies themselves, but also the mindsets of audiences who enjoy them, and what those movies mean to society at large. Like I said, this book was more intriguing than anything else. It took a while to get into, but once I did, it was a pretty quick read. I was chatting with a fellow librarian who also read it, and she and I pretty much agreed: It’s not a book that we’d recommend in a “you-have-to-read-this” way, but if we saw someone picking it up, we’d say it was a good book and we’d be curious what they think of it.

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