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The Final Girl Support Group (2021): A Review

Final Girls Support Group

When Being a Final Girl Gets Real

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix follows a support group of older final girls who went through events between the 70s-90s from the perspective of one named Lynette. One day one of the group ends up missing, leading to a bigger conspiracy.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the basic idea of final girls attending group therapy for years after their fame ended and supporting each other through their trauma. There are eight main girls in the group and are actually all based off of real slasher movies/events. Heather survived an event similar to The Nightmare on Elm Street, Adrienne: Friday The 13th, Marilyn: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Julia: Scream, Dani: Halloween, Lynette: Silent Night, Deadly Night, and Chrissy: Saw/My Bloody Valentine. Admittedly, the characters are a bit hard to follow at first but it eventually starts making sense. These women are all very interesting and, of course, share characteristics with their movie counterparts. What makes this book stand out is that even though their personalities align with the on screen final girls, they feel expanded upon. Their traumas shaped their independent personalities. Their personalities and actions feel very true to themselves. 

I had never read any Grady Hendrix before, but he is a great writer. He conveys his ideas well and is very engaging. The tone of this book is unique because it is both serious at times and very humorous at others. Another part of the tone I found compelling was how important technology’s role is throughout the book. I found that cool because it modernizes the technology free slasher stories and puts them in a new light. This may be jarring for some, but I found it to be a blend that worked well. 

Final Girls Support Group

I really appreciated how many slasher film Easter eggs were sprinkled throughout the book. It becomes a more enhanced read the more familiar the reader is with 70s-2000s slashers specifically. In addition, at the end of each chapter is more backstory about each character to break up the story. 

There is a twist ending which I thought was fine, though I did suspect it about three quarters in. Lynette is a good narrator and her perspective is interesting. The story plays with the fact that she may be an unreliable, untrusting, and paranoid narrator. That works well to serve the narrative being told in the way it is told. 

The Final Girl Support Group presents meaningful and ever topical themes. Some may argue that it does this too heavy handedly, however I did not have a problem with how the themes are approached. The themes include how women’s trauma is portrayed and treated, how important the bonds between women are, and how it is to live as a woman. This book plays this to its advantage because the story is so grounded. 

This book is not scary at all, though it is definitely a thriller. The beginning was a little slow, but after the first quarter it really picks up. 

I would recommend this if you enjoy books or stories about the final girl archetype, slashers from the 70s- early 200s, thrillers with twists, commentary on being a woman, or just appreciate a nuanced story about slashers and their aftermath. 

Overall, I enjoyed The Final Girl Support Group. This story covers a lot and was a very entertaining and thought provoking read. It may not be for everyone but give it a try for your favorite final girl.

Final Girl Support Group

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