Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

by Jeff Zentner


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"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

From the Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King comes 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.

"I laughed, cried, and fell over-the-moon in love with Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee." —JENNIFER NIVEN, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

"A testament to the power of friendship and big dreams, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee had me laughing aloud on one page and sobbing on the next. A resounding triumph." —NIC STONE, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee starts as comedy about the wildly imperfect, and ends as poetry about the ever-hoping heart. I don't know how you write that book. Fortunately, Jeff Zentner does." —JESSE ANDREWS, New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524720209
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 158,189
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jeff Zentner is the author of The Serpent King, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the William C. Morris Award, and recipient of many other accolades; and Goodbye Days, named an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title. Jeff was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an Indies Introduce pick. Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee is his ode to best friends who make things together. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit him at jeffzentnerbooks.com.

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Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Brenna Clark More than 1 year ago
I’m going to start off by saying I don’t usually cry much— okay, full disclosure, I cry a lot. Dog videos on Facebook, eating spicy foods, and don’t even get me started on being spoken to by any person with authority— but when it comes to media, it’s easier for me to distance myself and not get wrapped up in the emotional turmoil of a narrative. This was not the case for this book. I have to hand it to Jeff; he really knows the ways to twist and pull and coerce genuine reactions out of his readers. I was a sopping wet puddle by the end of the novel; having loved and lost and discovered a new sense of self through it all. I related so much to the sentimental and horror-obsessed Delia, and I saw a mixture of two of my best friends as her sharp-witted and hardworking cohost, Josie. Their relationship was expertly crafted, and it honestly felt so familiar and like home. I fell head over heels for Lawson, and it took me by almost as much surprise as it did Josie. Arliss also held a special spot in my heart; bringing up memories of mentors long past who filled a hole I never could quite place. I feel like this book was written for me: mashing up all of these things and combining them with horror. I’ve never really watched public access horror shows, but I love the genre, and my mom and I used to rent low budget horror films every week and just laugh and enjoy our time together. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee did just what the show of the same name did for Jacob and Erica in the last fan letter. It made me think of happy times, and of people I love, and of how proud I am to have been shaped and molded by the moments in my life that have led me here. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.
Kristin975 10 months ago
Every year, Delia and Josie become Rayne and Delilah, the hosts of the creature feature on their local cable television channel. Delia is hoping that her long-lost dad will see her on the show and want to be a part of her life again. Both are trying to make big decisions about their futures, will interference from some of their friends. As they are trying to make decisions, they also begin to drift apart, knowing that whatever they decide could end their friendship for good. This book was so good and heartwarming. It reminded me of some of my own decisions as I was growing up and maturing. It also reminded me of how easy it is to lose friends we once thought we would never lose simply because we were growing up.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
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.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
Jeff Zentner is a talented author and his first two books are among my favorites. I've been looking forward to seeing what he’d come up with next. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite work for me. His beautiful prose is still on display but the characterization ran into trouble, at least it did for one of the main characters. Whereas Delia was well developed, Josie was more of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I really didn’t like her, in part because she didn’t feel real to me. She was an Idealized Girl in every way with nary a true struggle. In fact, I was surprised Delia wanted to be friends with Josie because I couldn’t figure out what they had in common outside of the TV show. Delia is a sidekick and the girl most people overlook and I really liked how she leaned into this, both the reality and the struggle, especially in comparison to Josie. She has a complex backstory with her dad who abandoned her and her mom, her mom who doesn’t always take her depression medication, and the way Delia manages her own mental health. The depiction of mental health was especially strong and one of the best parts of this book. I’m Team Delia in every way. The plot lagged for much of the book and I struggled to stay interested. But then it really fell apart with the Jack Devine subplot, which turned out to be even worse than I expected it to be. This was followed by a rather predictable yet long-coming fight between Delia and Josie. And given my antipathy toward Josie, the only way I would have been satisfied is if Delia had ended the friendship or at least not given in so easily. Maybe that’s wrong of me but again: I’m Team Delia. Of course, your mileage may vary. I’m still looking forward to whatever Zentner does next, even if this was a misstep for me. CW: parental abandonment, depression, sexual harassment, grief Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Crown Books in exchange for an honest review.
I_Alvarez More than 1 year ago
When I thought I couldn't love Jeff Zentner's book any more than I do, he goes and puts this amazing story out in the world. Tell me, tell me, how do you do it, sir? Josie and Delia are our two point-of-view characters. It took me a little to catch on to their individual voices and thought patterns, but once I did, I had no trouble distinguishing the two. They are both as different as two people can be except they have one thing in common - they put on a weekly Saturday public access television program that's quirky, cheesy, nerdy, and a wonderful mess. Their alter egos are Rayne Ravenscroft (Josie) and Delilah Darkwood (Delia). The public access show is the star of this story as things are revealed that directly connects the dots to the character arcs. I also thought that both personalities acted as a foil for one another, as Delia is going through a more significant and dramatic time in her life, trying to fill a void left by the dad that abandoned her. On the other hand, Josie is going through a more mellow, but no less important, time as she's trying to decide what she wants to do post high school. But both perspectives absolutely are true to the raw angst we experience when we're 17-18 years old. It's been a while since I've related to a contemporary YA containing the exact same emotions and thoughts that floated my young mind my senior year of high school. This book does some amazing things. It presents an honest female friendship, it gives us a swoon-worthy romance, and we are blessed with a set of secondary characters that not easily forgettable. (One of my favorites was Arliss.) The story eventually leads to this ridiculous scene that involves the Russian mafia and such an outlandish scenario that I couldn't help but love it all. This book made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions (which is difficult to do), it also made me cry, and ultimately, it made me feel so many emotions that amped up my nostalgia. I sped through this one pretty fast but stopped a couple of times to mark quotes I loved. I hope you all have a chance to pick this one up because I promise, you will not be disappointed. It has something for every reader. As always, happy reading!
LHill2110 More than 1 year ago
A funny and poignant YA book about friendship and making your way in the world. Jackson, Tennessee High School seniors Josie Howard and Delia Wilkes are best friends who created and host their own public access television show. Midnight Matinee is a campy creature-feature complete with dorky attire, low budget “so-bad-its-good” horror movies, and two delightfully risible, costumed, witchy hosts named Rayne and Delilah. As BFFs Josie and Delia work through what will happen to the show and their friendship after high school, the action is peppered with a search for a long-lost, deadbeat, dad; a cartoonishly over-the-top sequence with a has-been film producer and his Russian mafia sidekick; a slowly developing love story with the world’s greatest guy and wannabe MMA champion; and plenty of (gratuitous?) butt and fart jokes. The writing is good — some hysterically funny live and text-based banter (the collection of one-line descriptions of country music alone is worth the price of admission) mixed with heartfelt scenes of connection, questioning, and resolve. Great for fans of John Green.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
As soon as I knew Zentner was coming out with another book I added it to my TBR. And after reading The Serpent King and Goodbye Days I was even PREPARED to read this one. But the more I read it, the more I realized that it was nothing like his other books. But that was what I ended up liking most of all. Best friends Josie and Delia are commonly mistaken for sisters. They play sisters on their show Midnite Matinee, they act just alike, and they complete each other's sentences. But as they get closer and closer to graduation, they realize that there are some things they have to make a decision about... The fate of their show and their friendship hangs in the balance. But Delia needs the show to stay close to her dad and Josie has dreamed of reaching her dream in TV for as long as she can remember. Can these things and their friendship stand the test of time? I think what I loved most about this book was the positive way Zentner portrayed depression meds on the page. I've read so many books that show them as something to be ashamed of, but every time Delia talked about it, she said she could tell that they were working. There's not many books that talk about mental health meds and the positive they do. I also really loved the friendship between the two of them. They did so much for each other without knowing it. They really did seem like sisters. It was so emotional to see them finally come to a conclusion on what they needed for both of them to be happy. I was glad they were able to figure something out in the end. And lastly, I really loved that this was so different from Zentner's other books. Normally with a Zentner book I can count on leaving tear stains all over my book. But with this one, I found myself laughing instead. When I say this book was HILARIOUS, that's the only way I know how to put it! It was emotional at times, but it was nice to see a bit of versatility in his writing. So, for those of you wondering, there are some emotional times, but it is not as bad as The Serpent King. This book was nothing like his others, but that was what I liked most about it. There were times that I didn't care for the goofing off they continuously did, but for the most part, it helped to move the plot along. I found myself lost in Zentner's words and the little Easter eggs from his other stories. So, get your hands on this one and see the perfect friendship and the very real portrayal of growing up in this story.
DrownedWorld More than 1 year ago
If you've read either or both of Jeff's books you kinda have a good idea of what to expect: beautiful sentences, characters with a ton of heart and empathy who you'd love to have in your social group, an exploration of loss in some capacity, a reverence for the people and the state of Tennessee, and, of course, tears. This time, though, the tears are from laughing and joy rather than heart-wrenching sadness. And like his two previous novels, it’ll uplift you to a place where you’ll end up being better off than you were before you read it. There's also a really sweet romance, a truly nail-biting fight scene (or two), a pretty rad dog, one of the more astute observations when it comes to Star Wars naming conventions, and so much more. Seriously, though, those fights. When I say nail-biting I mean nail-biting. Do you know how much I usually hate reading about fights? I can't recommend this book enough.
The-Clever-Reader More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful story about friendship, loss, and love! It will melt your heart, break your heart, and mend your heart back together. It's perfect! Rayne & Delilah addresses issues like abandonment & depression in the most poetic of ways. It's heavy without feeling heavy. The friendship between Josie and Delia is perfect, even during the times it is tested. If you have a chance to read this than take it because it is one of the best YA Contemporaries out there!
SaltyBadgerBooks More than 1 year ago
There are so many things to say about this book. And the most important thing I have to say is thank you Jeff Zentner for writing this. I laughed, I cried, my heart was utterly shattered and simultaneously healed. I wish I had this books growing up. As a person who was raised by a single parent, this book helped me even at my age realize it was never my fault. There are huge and important messages for our youth in here. I felt so many emotions when reading this book. So many that it took me almost 6 months to be able to write this review without crying. I'm not saying it's sad, I mean it is, but it's happy too. It's everything a book should be about friendship and family. But it's also so much more! I just love it so much and everyone needs to buy a copy! Also, make sure you buy some tissue too when you purchase your copy. So thanks Jeff Zentner for this amazing book that's almost out in the world.