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The Final Girl Support Group

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I struggled to get through this book. I feel like the concept was great initially but the author did not execute in their writing.
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Grady Hendricks is a automatic buy author for me I've read all of his books so of course I was excited for this one and especially because I absolutely love final girls I love the whole kind of Mythology around them now that's built up so it was really excited for this one.


I did really like this one but it did feel like kind of dragged on a little bit and I didn't know how to feel about the characters I still don't know how I felt about the characters it was interesting it was cool it was a fun quick read but it's not one I think I'd ever reread.
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The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix is a 2021 Berkley publication. 

The Final Girls- We all know what that phrase means...

 In present day- six famous or infamous 'final girls' belong to a secret support group, moderated by Dr. Carol Elliot.  Unfortunately, someone is trying to kill them off- one by one. Despite all their precautions, they are all once again in the fight of their lives… 

I don’t know what this says about me, but while some of  my peers jeered this one- I cheered it.  Truly, though, this is not exactly a pure horror novel- it’s more of a mystery/thriller, really, but Hendrix is satirizing the slasher films, so in a way it still fits into the horror genre. 

I say the book is partly a satire, but it was also an homage, and a bit nostalgic, as well. The humor is sly and those well versed in slasher films will love all the references, the final girl trope, and even the clichés. The book moves fast, though not always cohesively, but there’s plenty of action, and the story has  depth and adds a long overdue feminist viewpoint. 

I’m glad I gave this book a try, and though I have now enjoyed all four books I’ve read by Hendrix, I must admit this one is not his best work-. The  story does some issues, for sure,  but I thought it was a wildly entertaining, if a bit unorthodox, thriller, and I rather enjoyed it.
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As a fan of horror/slasher movies, I thought this premise was great. It was interesting to contemplate how each person had responded to their trauma in different ways, from paranoia to opportunistic to complete denial. My only complaint is that I was distracted trying to figure out which movie final girl each character was modeled after.
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Ooh time goes by and if i don't write the review right away...sigh. I'm trying to be better. The best i can do right now is give a star count...
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I wanted to like this one more, but it fell a bit flat for me. There were also some bits that were difficult to read (lots of triggers for me!), so definitely check out the trigger warnings before you dive in. I plan on giving Hendrix another try, as I liked his writing style. This one just wasn’t quite the right fit for me.
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I've come to accept the fact that Grady Hendrix is just not the author for me. I am always excited by the premise of his books, but they never work for me in execution - I think this will be my last attempt at his work.
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While I'm not a huge horror movie fan, I know enough to appreciate Hendrix's latest novel, which features a group of "final girls" trying to contend with the trauma of living through their own horror movies. Hendrix takes the cliches of horror films and twists them into a tightly plotted, fast paced mystery as to who is trying to take them out.
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This wasn't among my favorites of Hendrix's works, but still enjoyable. A very "meta" horror novel, which felt a little tiresome at points. Overall a fun read, though.
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I am a big fan of Hendrix, this book was good, but I did have to disengage my brain and not think too much about it. The thing that made me put the book down was that all girls are in the same place. I am sorry that my brain had a "lets think logically" moment that ruined the premise slightly for me. I did pick it back up again and I am glad that I did because I like Grady's style of writing. The dark humor is what kept me reading.
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This was thoroughly enjoyable! Every single character is a huge mess and it was delightful. Grady Hendrix knows his stuff.
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Grady Hendrix returns to the podcast to talk about the Scream franchise and his new novel, The Final Girl Support Group! We talk about our favorite final girls (and how Sidney stacks up), how Scream revolutionized the slasher genre in the 1990s, how the sequels compare to each other, and why Gale’s hair goes rogue in 2 and 3. Plus, Grady shares a SUPER FUN FACT about Scream 2 that blows all of our minds. Then we ask Grady about The Final Girl Support Group and learn how the book came to be and what he has coming up in the future! Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon, featuring special guest Leah Rachel von Essen, and stick around for an interview with Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street. Catch up on Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu for our next Othersode on October 11th!

https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/scream-grady-hendrix-final-girls-support-group
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Grady Hendrix books are a whole vibe. Readers know to expect dark humor, playful references to pop culture, and genuine scares. The Final Girl Support Group maybe takes his typical vibe even a step further potentially icing out horror fiction fans that aren't as well-versed in horror movie tropes but readers that enjoy both horror formats will receive this as a Hendrix love letter specifically to them.
Serial killer survivors participate in group therapy sessions because they live in constant fear and relived trauma. Some of the "final girls" have been immortalized in bio-pic movies depicting their legacy.
Hendrix doesn't pull any punches and this book definitely crosses into brutal slasher-film descriptions of gore and violence.
I'm a horror fiction lover whose passion doesn't extend to the movies so this was not my favorite Hendrix novel
but I was entertained enough to enjoy it.
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Did you all see that The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix is being made into a HBO series? 🔪

I just now read this book a year or so later after it’s publication from Berkley. It was mostly well received last year having won Best Horror on Goodreads + having a decent 3.6 average + over 60k ratings.

🔪 I’m not a horror film aficionado, so I don’t get all of the references and homages in this book. There are some iconic influences from 70s + 80s slasher films which the author also discusses in the end of the book.

I don’t think you need to know everything about these tropes or references to enjoy the book, but it would certainly enhance the value if you did.

🔪 The book centers on the theme of “final girl,” which is the instance in which a woman survives assailant or certain demise in a horror movie. A group of IRL final girls (those who survived unthinkable horrors) meet for a decade in a therapy support group. They grow from their unique experiences having shared that one common characteristic with each other, but that’s really the only thing keeping them together much to the disdain of our paranoid MC, Lynette. Going to the meetings is paramount for her. Unfortunately, the group beings to unravel when one member is killed and a potential leak threatens to reveal their confidential info. It’s a race against time to ensure everyone’s safety and to quell disaster.

🔪 In my view, this can be summed up like.... an imaginative idea of what life would be like for a horror movie survivor (if they were real) after it’s all done. Therapy/PTSD, maybe they’ll go on a talk show. Then what? Would someone obsess over them and want to hurt them? Would someone obsess over them and want to SAVE them? That’s the Q imagined and answered by Hendrix.

🔪 I thought the book’s first 50% was great and then it fell apart for a bit, and then it’s resolution was a bit disappointing for me but overall I found the author’s writing refreshing and entertaining. I loved the dynamics of the group at first and trying to find out who the Judas betrayer was 😂 The 60% ish middle - ending was where I started to get a bit confused and antsy, but I’d reckon this is a standard 3/5.
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I downloaded The Final Girl Support Group thinking I would love it because I enjoyed The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. Well, I like it. I didn't love it like I thought I would. It was probably more to do with not being a big fan of slasher movies. They are too intense with gruesome murders, and I couldn't shake the feeling I was watching a slasher movie in my head.
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Reading something by Grady Hendrix always leaves me second guessing throughout the entire book. Similar to his other novels, Final Girl Support Group has a slow start as he builds the world that we are entering. In this case he is setting the scene for the final girl trope and we are experiencing a similar build as the beginning of a good suspense horror movie. I had really high hopes for this book, and while it fell short it was still enjoyable. This is for fans of slasher horror movies and it deals with heavy content such as the trauma that these girls are working through in being the final girl. I loved the incorporation of slasher flick lore and the pov that we were given but overall I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted to. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix
Publication: Berkley Bks on 7/13/2021

      A roller coaster ride of fun as Henrix pays homage to the Slasher Horror Films we’ve all loved … A Nightmare On Elmstreet …. Scream … and The Texas Chainsaw Masssacre.  Told from the point of view of Lynette Tarkington …. a real-life final girl survivor of a massacre and impalement.  She’s been meeting with a therapist, Dr. Carol Elliot and five other “final girls” in a support group aimed at putting their lives back together.  This gem focuses on the victims on not the killers. But, don’t worry … there’s plenty of blood, gore and dread, along with multiple twists and unexpected turns.  It is fast-paced fun filled with menace, fright and brimming with dark humor and creepiness.  Everything unravels after one member of the group is murdered.
     Any aficionado of horror and / or slasher films will love this entertaining homage.  The final girl will “never give up”. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Books for supplying an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review.
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3.5-4 stars. I thought this had a slow start, there was a lot going on but I wasn’t feeling the pull in to read. By midpoint it was much better. Very twisty and some expected graphic violence. A slasher book, paying homage to all the slasher movies. 
Because I'm not a fan of this movie genre, each character was harder for me to understand.  In the end this book didn't wow me as some of his earlier books did.  I didn't feel connected.  I understood the fear these women had a a "final girl", but it was also extreme.
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I’ve tried really hard to love Hendrix work and after three books, I just don’t think I enjoy how he writes women. I love the Final Girl trope but this one was just not it for me.

The Final Girl support group was boring and lackluster filled with annoyingly written women and no plot.
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Grady Hendricks never fails to mix horror and some comedy together, and I absolutely love that. I also love the entire Final Girls concept, so anything related to final girls and I am THERE. I love horror, all types, and love love love series with a good final girl. (Nancy and Sydney are my top favorites. Especially Sydney because Scream gets very meta sometimes.) I should stop. I could go on about Final Girls FOREVER.

Anyway, I was on board for this crazy train. And crazy it was! I'm not going to give too much away, and in my opinion it's relatively easy to figure out who is involved in the final girl takedown. But the journey there was gory and crazy and fast paced.

While each girl in the group has her own horror story (and movie made based on the horror story) you can definitely see which real world horror movies these girls stories are based around (Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, ect....). Then the book turns into its own slasher story. We are just along for the ride, on the run, and trying not to die along the way. There are some twists and turns that keep things exciting too!

I love how Grady Hendrix also tries to impart knowledge of final girl lore into his book. I appreciate that, as a lover of the trope.

So this was a fun read. The best trigger warning I can give is if you don't like slasher horror movies and all the bad things that go along with those movies, you may want to steer clear of this. But otherwise, have fun!!!!
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