Title: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
Author: Jeff Zentner
Release Date: February 26th 2019
Format: E Arc
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Page Count : 400
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, AMAZING
Reviewer : Taylor
Synopsis via Goodreads
Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.
But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.
Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matineebecomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.
As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.
I love love love Jeff Zentner. I was lucky enough to get the ARC for goodbye days when it was first going around. That was my first book by Zentner and I was hooked. If you are a fan you know this book is a little different then his usual.
The humor in this book was great. It had great gut punching funny moments and yet still had that classic pull at your heart strings vibe he does so well.
Our two leads Delia and Josie aren’t without flaw though. I felt like Josie was a little vapid but honestly what teenager isn’t? Josie had no life direction and it was killing me! She didn’t know who or what she wanted to be and I just wanted more. That being said that is an extremely real look at what some teens are feeling at the end of there high school career.
Lawson and Arliss are UNSUNG heroes of this story. I love them, they are both in fact the best, and I will fight you if you don’t agree.
The end DID IT FOR ME! I was leaning toward a lower rating for this because I thought Josie was never gonna come full circle but boy did she ever. The end of this book was great. Josie, her mom, BLESS WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END!
I think you all should go pick up this book it is a quick fast and fun read. Real rating 3.75 rounding up to 4 for goodreads and netgalley.
“This dream, though—the one about finding all the hidden rooms—I think it does mean something. I think it means there’s something great inside me, something extraordinary and mysterious and undiscovered. That’s a thing I tell myself. It’s a thing I believe.”