Rayne & Delilah’s Midnight Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Published February 26th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.
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 Matinee becomes 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.
Review: It should come as no surprise to my followers that I love Jeff Zentner’s two previous novels. So I was so excited to read his 2019 release. Josie and Delia aka Rayne and Delilah had such a great bond. I loved their friendship and humor so much. Their relationship reminded me a lot of me and my best friend so I felt really connected to both of them. I love that they are doing something so unique together with the horror hosting. I was so heartbroken for Delia and the situation with her dad. Nobody deserves their parent to abandon them like that. One thing I really love about Jeff Zenter’s books are that, unlike most YA books, the parents of the main characters are involved in the story and not just vague background characters. Delia’s mom was such a unique character and a great mom in her own way. I also fell in love with Arliss and his grumpy nature. I laughed (a lot) and I cried. So many times while I was reading I was either laughing out loud (or trying not to when I was on my lunch break at work), or I was trying not to cry. Jeff Zenter’s books are the best at making me feel all of the emotions. I HIGHLY recommend this book. So good.