Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff ZentnerRayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

byJeff Zentner

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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High school seniors & best friends Delia & Josie are two of the brightest stars on TV . . . local cable TV. When senior year ends, they have to make a tough decision that will test the bonds of their friendship. A funny, contemporary novel from the Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King.

High school seniors and best friends Delia and Josie are two of the brightest stars on TV . . . TV Six, that is, the premiere public access cable station of Jackson, Tennessee. Every Saturday night the duo slip into their on-screen personas, Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, to host the Midnite Matinee--an enthusiastic, if underwatched, creature feature that brings back the best, the bizarre and the usually zero-budget horror and sci-fi flicks of the 1950s and 60s.
     But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls must face tough decisions about their futures. For Josie, that probably means leaving town for a big university, and chasing her dream career in mainstream TV. If only she didn't have to leave the show--and Delia--behind to get the life she wants. But the future isn't the only thing Josie feels guilty about. Soon she begins falling for the charismatic MMA fighter, Lawson, and her commitment to the show and Delia is pushed to its limits.
     Delia can't imagine a life that doesn't involve Midnite Matinee. Scary movies are the one connection she has to her dad who skipped town on her and her mom years ago. If the show becomes a hit, maybe her dad will see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will want to stay in their small town and build her career from home.
     As the line between growing up and growing apart blurs, Josie and Delia must test the bonds of friendship and learn that an uncertain future can be both monstrous . . . and momentous.
JEFF ZENTNER is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King and Goodbye Days. He has won the William C. Morris Award, Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, International Literacy Association Award, Westchester Fiction Award, been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and UKLA and was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and Indie...
Title:Rayne & Delilah's Midnite MatineeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.24 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.88 × 1.24 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735263043

ISBN - 13:9780735263048


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zentner never disappoints “There’s nothing worth having that doesn’t die.” Goddamn it, Jeff - you’ve made me cry. AGAIN. I rarely cry while reading a book - unless it’s written by Jeff Zentner. How does he do that?! Actually I think I know how: by creating fantastically real characters. They’re solidly written and extremely flawed. You just can’t help feeling for them (good AND bad). I loved Delia’s relationship with her mother - it was beautiful. I actually wish there was more of it in the story. And the dialogue was funny at times, insightful at others, but always spot on. Oh, and totally off topic - Delia’s mom’s tattoos sound amazing (love love love Edward Gorey)! I’m not the type to gravitate toward contemporary/coming-of-age books. But I will always recommend his. Go read it!
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story This was an original story about two girls who host a TV show on public access television. I loved that they were able to get a head start on their careers by creating their own show while they were still in high school. Josie (aka Rayne) pursues her dream of having her own TV show. Delia (aka Delilah) follows her passion of horror movies to get her estranged father to notice her. I really liked how casual the dialogue was in the story. There were many funny exchanges. They were so funny because of the ordinary circumstances. The jokes reminded me of jokes that you would have with a friend, but when you try to explain it to someone else later, they don’t understand and you have to say “you had to be there.” The comedy was situational and in the moment. I wish the story was a little more diverse. There is some mental health discussion, because Delia and her parents all experience depression. It even gets so bad for her father that he leaves their family. It is so important to have representation of mental health issues in stories. However, I would have loved it if there was some more diversity of cultural or gender identities. This was a cute original story.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Amazing Novel! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion. Hello, I am broken by another Jeff Zentner novel. I felt too many things and now am sobbing in bed and do not want to feel things ever again. But, alas, Jeff does a very good job of breaking people in the way they need to be broken in order to truly understand how they need to heal. So read this book to break and heal. The characters, as always, were incredible. I loved the relationship between Josie and Delia, the way that anxieties and worries were portrayed, and the realness of it all. I liked that both girls had real issues, real problems, and real solutions. They were truly the best of friends (and I'm so lucky I have the Josie to my Delia in Dani) I also like that Jeff is starting to follow in the contemporary author footsteps of those before him and intertwining other characters from his other books as little Easter Eggs for those who have read his past work. I liked having "Insider Knowledge" about some of the little interactions and side characters that we meet that don't take away anything from the plot if you are unaware of them. Honestly, I am always so impressed with Zentner's work. He knows how to bring together a cohesive story that incorporate family relationships, coming of age, and friendships so well. I was also really impressed with how well he understood young women and the dynamics they have in their relationships (especially when one gets a boyfriend!). I highly recommend anything that Jeff writes and I can't wait to see what comes next!
Date published: 2019-02-26

Editorial Reviews

One of Buzzfeed’s Best YA Books Winter 2019One of Paste Magazine’s 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2019A Publishers Weekly Book of the Week (February 2019)PRAISE FOR Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee:"Anyone can break your heart—Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud!" —Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carry On and Eleanor & Park"Zentner's quick-witted, charming characters tackle real-life issues with snappy dialogue and engaging levity." —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly“As in his award-winning The Serpent King (2016), Zentner packs a poignantly satisfying blend of wit and pathos, with lovable and unpredictable characters. . . . Readers looking for an unforgettable slice of small-town angst will love this one.” —Starred Review, Booklist“[A] heartfelt story of a friendship in transition, fueled by funny, rapid-fire dialogue.” --Horn Book Magazine "Zentner nails his teen characters, their longings, and their motivations, and the first chapters are downright hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews