Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
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.

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Details

TitleRayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524720209
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s something about witnessing something holy with someone you love, because you take that sacred thing and weave it, like a golden thread, into the fabric of your togetherness.” Oh, friends! I feel so torn on this one. I do want to start this review off by saying that my dear friend Julie sent this to me, and a few of our other friends, as a traveling book so we could all record our thoughts and feelings with annotations! And, luckily for me, I was the last person to get the book, so I “There’s something about witnessing something holy with someone you love, because you take that sacred thing and weave it, like a golden thread, into the fabric of your togetherness.” Oh, friends! I feel so torn on this one. I do want to start this review off by saying that my dear friend Julie sent this to me, and a few of our other friends, as a traveling book so we could all record our thoughts and feelings with annotations! And, luckily for me, I was the last person to get the book, so I really loved being able to experience the story for myself, but to also see how my friends felt throughout their reading process, too! But this is the very first book from Jeff Zentner that I've read, even though he has written so many of my best friends’ favorite book(s) of all time! And I’ll be honest, I was instantly completely captivated and enthralled by his writing and story crafting. I also love the Tennessee setting, the small town atmosphere, the poverty representation, and the spotlight on mental health more than I have words to express. But I was so torn on these two characters that it made for a truly strange reading experience that had me constantly conflicted at what to rate this story. (I’ll go into detail later in this review, but Delia’s storyline was easily five stars from me, where I still kind of want to hit Josie’s perspective with a one star!) Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee is a story all about friendship, and growing up, and becoming the person you want to be, while surrounding yourself with people who unconditionally love you and who are willing to unconditionally support you. This tale focuses on two girls who have poured their hearts, their tears, their sweat, and many years into hosting Midnite Matinee, which is a show that is broadcasted on a few TV stations, where these two girls celebrate their mutual love for old horror movies. And these two girls, celebrating dated scary movies, have really carved out a piece of happiness for themselves and for so many watchers at home. Yet, their senior year of high school is steadily coming to a close, and they are both becoming more and more unsure of what the future of Midnite Matinee will be. “Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe.” ➽ Josie / Rayne - Feeling the weight of her parents’ expectations, while also trying to balance her dreams of a career on television. She is very unsure which university she wants to go to; the one her parents want for her, which also has a once in a lifetime opportunity, or staying close to her hometown so that she can still make the show with her best friend. ➽ Delia / Delilah - Living her life in fear that the people she loves will one day abandon her, after waking up to find her father gone when she was little. And she is trying to figure out if she is chasing her own dreams, or the dreams of a man who left her without a goodbye. “Someday I'd love to know why the people with the least to lose are always losing the little they have.” I would die for Delia. Completely. Her character was expertly done and she made me feel every emotion in the entire world. Josie? Not so much. I understand that you have to do what is right for you, and live the life you want to live, but Josie did so many things that I just thought were uncalled for and she really never seemed like a good friend or a good person, honestly. There is also a romantic subplot with Josie and an MMA fighter who helped the girls on their show one night. His name is Lawson and I believe he is biracial (white and Latinx), and he was a joy to read. And between us? He could have done a whole hell of a lot better than Josie.But we get to see both of these girls (and Lawson) got on a road trip to a horror convention, where they are going to put it all on the line, one last time, and try to make it big with their show. But during the trip, both girls learn a lot about themselves and the wounds they were pretending were healed. I really loved how this book constantly talks about medication and normalizes the use of antidepressants. This is a constant theme for Delia and her mother, and this book also touches on how mental health issues can be passed down, and how it is important to make sure you are putting yourself and your mental health first and getting treatment. “It wasn’t a perfect day, but it’s worth hanging on to.” I will say that this book took a really unrealistic and very unexpected turn towards the end of the novel and it left a really weird taste in my mouth. It honestly felt straight up out of a cartoon or something, and I feel like it felt so out of place compared to the rest of the book. I also feel like there was a last minute addition to this story that was very reminiscent of a John Green tearjerker moment, and… I don’t think the book needed it. Both girls (one likable, one not) and their struggles were valid and heartfelt enough to not add something that felt so out of the blue just to make the reader cry. Overall, I really did enjoy this one. And I never really wanted to put it down. But that random, mustache twirling villain, and Josie being truly an insufferable character, I just can’t give this book more than a three star rating. But I am very excited to see what Jeff Zentner does next, and I am really looking forward to going back and reading his back-list, because this book truly held some of the most beautiful writing and a truly unforgettable character who I will carry with me forever. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for heavy abandonment, grief depiction, depression depiction, talk of suicide, brief mention of cancer, brief mention of loss of a loved one, and food and weight related things that could be potentially triggering.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry, but what in the name of manic-pixie-dream plot did I just read????????? Things started off well enough but took SUCH a nose-dive in the second half, I can't even deal. I have no idea how to even write this review because this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year (I gave Jeff’s previous two books 5 stars) but it was honestly just a big ol' 👎🏼💩 I AM SO BUMMED
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  • Jeff Zentner
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s where RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE came from. Inspiration rears its head at the most unexpected places, at the most unlikely times. One Saturday night, in February 2016, while I had my antennae up for an idea for my third novel, I came home and turned on the TV. I started aimlessly channel surfing. I must emphasize: this is exceedingly rare for me to do, given the length of my Netflix queue.When I landed on the Nashville public access station, I saw something surprising--a grainy Here’s where RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE came from. Inspiration rears its head at the most unexpected places, at the most unlikely times. One Saturday night, in February 2016, while I had my antennae up for an idea for my third novel, I came home and turned on the TV. I started aimlessly channel surfing. I must emphasize: this is exceedingly rare for me to do, given the length of my Netflix queue.When I landed on the Nashville public access station, I saw something surprising--a grainy horror movie from the late sixties or seventies. I kept watching. The movie soon cut, as if to a commercial, to two goth-looking young women, on the set of a low-budget public access show. It was Marlena Midnite and Robyn Graves, the hosts of Midnite Mausoleum, a public access creature feature syndicated nationwide. The sweet goofiness of the show hooked me. It gave me a warm, safe feeling, like hanging out with friends and watching a cheesy movie. It would be part of many Saturday nights to come.But that night, two characters materialized in my mind. Two young women, with differing aspirations, who host a creature feature show on their local public access station in Jackson, Tennessee. I knew this would give me a long-awaited opportunity to write about the magic that happens when young women create things together. For years I’ve volunteered at Tennessee Teens Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp, and witnessed this firsthand, as bands composed entirely of young women would take the stage with songs they’d written. It would also give me a chance to write about a sort of person near and dear to my heart--those who try their hardest and come up short.So I began writing. My first two books, The Serpent King and Goodbye Days, have moments of humor, but are primarily weighted toward darker, heavier subjects. I soon realized that in writing about two girls who have a DIY show where they do skits with Frankenstein puppets, stage dog weddings, and have arbitrary dance parties, this book wanted to be the inverse of my previous two books--weighted toward comedy, with moments of darkness and heaviness. I hope it’s a welcome departure in this sense. But really, this isn’t a book about TV shows or horror movies. It’s a book about the deepest sort of friendship, and so it’s not actually a departure at all.I hope you have as much fun spending time with Josie Howard (AKA Rayne Ravenscroft) and Delia Wilkes (AKA Delilah Darkwood) as I did writing them. Making something with someone you love weaves a golden thread through the fabric of your togetherness. I tried to weave that golden thread into the friendship between Josie and Delia, with their Midnite Matinee. What they make is small and unspectacular, but sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe. So, grab a bag of truckbread (this will make sense if you’ve read it) and an ice-cold Cobra Venomm (this will also make sense if you’ve read it) and enjoy!
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe."Josie and Delia are best friends. They're practically inseparable, prone to conversations like, "Have you noticed that if you switch the first letters of every country singer's first and last name, you end up with an amazing Star Wars name?"Every Friday night, Josie and Delia become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, the hosts of a campy, tongue-in-cheek horror show on public access television called Midnite Matinee . They show b "Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe."Josie and Delia are best friends. They're practically inseparable, prone to conversations like, "Have you noticed that if you switch the first letters of every country singer's first and last name, you end up with an amazing Star Wars name?"Every Friday night, Josie and Delia become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, the hosts of a campy, tongue-in-cheek horror show on public access television called Midnite Matinee . They show bad horror movies, make lots of corny jokes, and quite often have to keep themselves from bursting into laughter while filming, but they try to keep improving and create something they can be (reasonably) proud of.Their program is filmed in Jackson, Tennessee, but airs on a few markets throughout the south, enough that there are viewers who write them letters to comment on errors, offer criticism and suggestions, and share pervy thoughts that men shouldn't have about two high school seniors. Josie has dreamed of being on television for as long as she can remember, while Delia get involved mostly as a tribute to her father, who shared his love of campy horror movies with her, and then left when she was younger.As their senior year draws to a close, so much hangs in the balance. While they both plan to go to the same college so they can continue filming the show on weekends, Josie's parents want her to pursue a television career legitimately. Josie doesn't want to let Delia down, but she doesn't know if the show is even what she still wants. And when a guest on the show catches Josie's attention in an unexpected way, it adds even more pressure to the decisions she has to make.Everything hinges on a meeting Delia has set up with a producer who made a star out of a horror hostess back in the day. They plan to meet him at ShiverCon, a horror convention. They both dream that this meeting will take their show to the next level, which is what Delia wants more than anything, and it would solve all of Josie's problems. And maybe, while they're in Florida for the convention, Delia might track down her father..."You don't always know at the time when you're experiencing one of those random memories you'll carry all your life. When nothing momentous happened other than driving a little too fast in the direction of Florida, at dusk, with your best friend at your side and, at your back, a guy who's really good at kissing you. Still, you remember it until the day you die." Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee is a warm, funny, poignant story of friendship, love, following your dreams, and worrying you'll always be the one left behind. At times the book gets a little too goofy, but it has such heart, and Jeff Zentner has created such terrific characters that charm you and make you care about them.Zentner's first two books, The Serpent King and Goodbye Days , tore me apart emotionally (see my reviews here and here), but he takes a lighter path with this book, although there still are emotional moments. He is truly a talented writer, relying on so much more than teenage characters who speak as if they've been honing their sarcasm and caustic wit since birth. He really has a knack for capturing the right amount of teenage angst and emotion.I believe Zentner is one of the best YA writers out there these days. If you prefer an utter emotional upheaval, read either of his first two books, but if you just want a fun, slightly zany, and poignant look at friendship, definitely pick up Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee .NetGalley, Random House Children's, and Crown Books for Young Readers provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! This book will be published February 26, 2019.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    What the hell happened to Jeff Zentner? THE SERPENT KING was beautiful and well-written. GOODBYE DAYS was emotional and original and all sorts of great. But RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE is nothing like those two books. It’s dull and kind of weird. I do believe Jeff Zentner has his own style, different from other Young Adult authors, but this is a new weird even for him. I didn’t connect with any of it. I didn’t feel the sympathy, the empathy that the characters were trying(?) to convey. What the hell happened to Jeff Zentner? THE SERPENT KING was beautiful and well-written. GOODBYE DAYS was emotional and original and all sorts of great. But RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE is nothing like those two books. It’s dull and kind of weird. I do believe Jeff Zentner has his own style, different from other Young Adult authors, but this is a new weird even for him. I didn’t connect with any of it. I didn’t feel the sympathy, the empathy that the characters were trying(?) to convey. Josie and Delilah are best friends and the story is narrated by the two of them alternately and yet I struggled to distinguish their voices. If I wasn’t given clues in the story about whose point of view I was reading at a given moment, I could barely figure it out on my own based on the ‘‘voice’’ alone. Besides, although Josie and Delilah are there for each other, they very rarely have meaningful moments that point to their emotional ‘‘best friend’’ connection. ‘‘It gets exhausting mothering my mother.’’‘‘I hear you,’’ Josie says. ‘‘But let me just say that having a mother who is always a mother is overrated.’’ It’s just so… meh. I debated giving it a one-star rating but I think I won’t because I’ve read worse and it’s not an awful story. It just gets so weird at times, especially with regards to the Midnite Matinee show. The first 50 pages are nuts, and I don’t mean in a good way. I’m not sure even children would find the Midnite Matinee amusing. It’s nothing but a collection of randomness that made me laugh at absolutely no point in the story.Man, I don’t know what happened. I hope Jeff Zentner’s next book will be better because this was not one bit a winner. I want to say that I liked the premise and not the execution but even the premise is kind of dull. The writing style is good, but what is written about not really. Thank u, next. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 25%I might try this again later but this book is making me so angry I can't stand it. I hate the way Josie views the world around her and I hate her inability to look outside of her own grossly over-privileged bubble for more than half a second at a time, and I'm not even remotely enjoying watching Delia rake her poor mother over the coals with her obsession over finding her deadbeat runaway father.It's really such a shame, because with my lifelong obsession with horror films and anything DNF @ 25%I might try this again later but this book is making me so angry I can't stand it. I hate the way Josie views the world around her and I hate her inability to look outside of her own grossly over-privileged bubble for more than half a second at a time, and I'm not even remotely enjoying watching Delia rake her poor mother over the coals with her obsession over finding her deadbeat runaway father.It's really such a shame, because with my lifelong obsession with horror films and anything related to them, this book could have been the perfect fit for me, but these characters are just insufferable.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    i would categorize my soul as "lightly destroyed"review to come--------The Serpent King ruined my goddamn life so i am therefore legally obligated to read every other soul-destroyer Jeff Zentner writes
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Jeff for a traveling book buddy read that will be returned to him with my annotations and thoughts. All opinions are my own. (also, if you're wondering if that's the coolest idea ever for an author to do, the answer is yes!) "Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe."Josie and Delia are best friends, they're open and honest and they are as different as Dill and Lydia (yes, Serpent King reference). I kind of hate their unbalanced friendship dynamic but I get th ARC provided by Jeff for a traveling book buddy read that will be returned to him with my annotations and thoughts. All opinions are my own. (also, if you're wondering if that's the coolest idea ever for an author to do, the answer is yes!) "Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe."Josie and Delia are best friends, they're open and honest and they are as different as Dill and Lydia (yes, Serpent King reference). I kind of hate their unbalanced friendship dynamic but I get that it happens sometimes. Josie comes from a household with two parents who are involved (maybe more than she wants) and she's financially stable. Delia has a father who abandoned her that she's struggling to impress so he'll love her (or just regret leaving her) and a mother who is phenomenal when she's taking her medication but kinda crap otherwise. In other words, they're different, they shouldn't work together...and sometimes, they don't. At the heart of this story is not a television show but the realization that following your dreams is hard as hell and takes sacrifice you may not be ready to make. It's about recognizing the worth of people right in front of you instead of the ones who left. It's healing hurts, accepting new pain, and risking your heart. "There are times when there's solace in smallness. ...As long as there's someone by your side to remind you that you're not nothing."Josie wants to be on television, Delia wants her father back in her life, and Lawson wants to be a perfect angel who steals the entire book (in my opinion). It's a travesty that this book isn't about Lawson. He's too precious, too amazing, to be real. Read it and you'll see why. Anyway, these two friends come from very different backgrounds but find a friendship that is pretty spectacular. Lawson is phenomenal, Arliss is moody perfection, and I think the only character I didn't connect with or particularly like is Josie (who had a split POV in this story and I think I was supposed to like more than I did). Josie had her moments but honestly, given how "easy" things were for her she was pretty unbearable for a majority (okay, all) of the book despite having these shining moments of decency. She just was really horrid at times, especially to Lawson early one, who I think we have established, I loved. "Real life is better, in all of it's complications, in all of its everyday quiet ache."It's difficult at times to see Delia so afraid of being left behind and Josie struggling to not hold herself back in order to remain around for her. Delia would never ask it of her, not truly, but it's still hard to watch Delia struggle with feeling like she's being outgrown by everyone in her life. Delia is pretty much the only character in this book I semi-relate to. Josie is deeply unlikeable, pretty much the whole way through this novel. I also just relate to Delia and her mother's struggles with depression (both are on meds and aware of their mental health struggles though Delia handles it better than her mother at times). Another central focus of this story is Delia dealing with the aftermath of her father's abandonment. Her memories of him are bright and shiny perfection but the reality is a lot different. A seven-year-old was left by her father and as a recent high school graduate, she still hasn't come to terms with how he could have done such a thing. My heart hurt for her but her character arc really was the best part of this story-that and her relationship with her mother which was raw and messy and lovely. I love Jeff's work, you guys know this, but this book fell flat for me. The characters were a bit too over the top, Josie never redeemed herself in the novel, and Delia was more relatable but also a bit too much. It was over the top at times (the Russian mafia makes an appearance). Jeff's work is usually an automatic 5 star for me and this one is...well, not. It's a 2.5 that I'm upping to 3 for goodreads. I'm hoping his next work comes back around to what I know and love about his writing. Trigger warnings for depression, suicidal thoughts, abandonment. All quotes are taken from an arc copy and subject to change.
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    It was mediocre.Many thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest |
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Updated Review: Thank you so much to Crown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. "Goooooooooood evening, boys and ghouls, zombies and zombettes, witches and warlocks, this is Midnite Matinee..." All it takes is that punny intro from Rayne & Delilah's TV Six Studio show, and we're immediately informed of what kind of humor -- and characters -- we'll be interacting with throughout this coming-of-age contemporary.(And that's not to knock it. I g Updated Review: Thank you so much to Crown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. "Goooooooooood evening, boys and ghouls, zombies and zombettes, witches and warlocks, this is Midnite Matinee..." All it takes is that punny intro from Rayne & Delilah's TV Six Studio show, and we're immediately informed of what kind of humor -- and characters -- we'll be interacting with throughout this coming-of-age contemporary.(And that's not to knock it. I genuinely laughed. Often.) Josie (a.k.a. Rayne Ravenscroft) and Delia (Delilah Darkwood) are best friends that run a weekly horror movie skit and commentary show at their local public access station. And while their back-and-forth zingers kept me chuckling, there's not much else this duo has in common: "I think it means there's something great inside me, something extraordinary and mysterious and undiscovered." Josie is the confident, charismatic, female lead that seems to have the world by the balls. She comes from a wealthy (and seemingly happy) family with the connections to make her TV-centric dreams attainable. And though at times (read: often!) she came across as snobby and flirted with the "manic pixie dream girl" characterization, she does attempt to change her ways (thanks to exposure to new situations and social groups) by the end of the novel. "You know what the worst part is about your dad leaving you? It makes you scared to trust anyone or anything, because if your dad can leave you, who wont?" Delia, on the other hand, is basically Josie's polar opposite (read: far more interesting character). Suffering from depression and rejection issues that stem from her father abandoning her at a young age, she finds solace in the B-grade horror films he left behind. Desperate to reconnect with her father, Delia puts all her hopes and dreams into her skit show in hopes that he'll see it one day and come and find her. And even though she feels damaged and often places her frustrations on the wrong people, we see her on the path to healing by the end. Set in Jackson, Tennessee the novel is a love letter to teens from both sides of the tracks trying to figure out "what comes next" after high school. What universities should they attend, if any? What should they do with their growing public access show? Should they pursue romantic relationships if there's an end-of-summer expiration date? Will they stay friends if distance is thrown into the mix? Were they ever really friends in the first place?While Zentner answers these questions, we come to really know these girls, their humor, and their doubts and fears. He sprinkles in a strong cast of side characters (here's looking at you and the steamy pancake scene Lawson 😍), solid mental health and poverty rep, and an overly cheesy yet satisfying ending. And while I'd love to give my first foray into Zentener's works all 5-Stars I had to dock a star for the ENTIRE Jack Devine/Shivercon portions. You know what this book didn't need? Russian mob subplots. I honestly STILL don't have words to explain that writing tangent. So let's just move on, shall we? "It's comforting to know that you don't have to be excellent to not be completely forgotten." At the end of the day this novel made me laugh, reminiscence, and reminded me that sometimes the "small and unspectacular things can be a universe." It stresses the importance of finding your light and shining it as best you can for yourself, because at the end of the day you finding worth in yourself is what matters most. All quotes were taken from an advanced copy and may not match the final release. original news/commentary: Guess who just won herself a copy via giveaway?? Book news is the BEST news! Can't wait to read this!!
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    “““I never feel like I need to hide any part of who I am.””” This book had so much potential. I promise it did. It started off so great!!!!! But it sort of,,,,,folded in on itself. About 50% in. If the first half of this book only existed, then it would be a 5/5 star book. HOWEVER. The plot just didn’t do it for me. Which is sad. life just wants to,,,,punch me in the gut here lately and it’s fine. So. Ouch but you know what, whatever. I’M VERY OKAY. ✨What is this book about?✨ Best friends, “““I never feel like I need to hide any part of who I am.””” This book had so much potential. I promise it did. It started off so great!!!!! But it sort of,,,,,folded in on itself. About 50% in. If the first half of this book only existed, then it would be a 5/5 star book. HOWEVER. The plot just didn’t do it for me. Which is sad. life just wants to,,,,punch me in the gut here lately and it’s fine. So. Ouch but you know what, whatever. I’M VERY OKAY. ✨What is this book about?✨ Best friends, Josie and Delia, have their own campy horror feature show called Midnite Matinee, where they play as commentary vampires named Rayne and Delilah. And they hate when people call them out for calling the monster Frankenstein so they’d fucking hate my soul which...I’m still dealing with that emotionally. And Arliss is the adult figure who helps them produce the show. Please go into this knowing that Arliss is the star of the show. His ideal Friday evening is spent eating dinner on his porch, thinking about all the ways he’s ever let down the people who love him. ARLISS, JESUS CHRIST, YOU SHOWED UP AT MY HOUSE AND CALLED ME OUT. The other star of the show is Buford, Josie’s dog. He is woeful and he daily struggles to find the will to Deal With People. He’s the literary incarnation of all my childhood pets (((because for some reason animals tend to become miserable in my presence))). Josie also has a boyfriend, who she meets in the beginning of the book, and I was so pissed off that we had to introduce a romantic interest. I wanted ***one book*** that focused entirely on friendship. We’re talking, not a single love interest mentioned even once. BUT LOL NOPE. Lawson was really cute, and he cries on Josie’s shoulder & is a professional MMA fighter. But honestly I didn’t show up for romance and I didn’t get into it. They have adorable, funny banter! Someone out there is going to ship them some Lawson and Josie. But not Malanie “pls direct me to the plot about best friends, i’m so goddamn tired of romance” Beverly.There’s also a subplot about Delia dealing with her father leaving her. When she was smol, her dad bailed and now she’s on a mission to track him down and demand answers. It helps build suspense in the plot and allows there to *BE* a plot. I called it a subplot but really it’s the main story we follow. However, it’s so anticlimactic I nearly burst into tears. Once again it took up space where I wanted more friendship development. Or scenes featuring Buford being Buford. Buford was a badass good boy. ✨Rep!!!✨ ➡️Delia and her parents struggle with clinical depression, and this rep was handled SO WELL. I also have depression and based on my experience, the author gave such a realistic portrayal of what it’s like. ➡️Delia is very positive about antidepressants & helps normalize that option ✨Overall✨ This was a decent book with amazingly hilarious dialogue!!!!!!! The plot is boring and when things do happen they feel contrived. But if you love banter and a cheesy horror film convention aesthetic, this mightttttt be for you.TW: parent abandoning child, depression (which causes parent-child neglect), mild violence|✨BLOG✨| ✨TWITTER✨|✨BOOKSTAGRAM✨|
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  • Cory Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I am the type of reader who hardly ever asks for ARCs- partly because I am stupid and scared of rejection, and partly because I am weird and I often enjoy going to the bookstore on the day a book is released. There is just something about a Tuesday morning, am I right?! However, when I had the amazing opportunity to read Jeff Zentner's newest book early... I DID NOT HESITATE. I had to have it. He is one of the best contemporary authors out there. He wrote my absolute favorite book, The Serpent K I am the type of reader who hardly ever asks for ARCs- partly because I am stupid and scared of rejection, and partly because I am weird and I often enjoy going to the bookstore on the day a book is released. There is just something about a Tuesday morning, am I right?! However, when I had the amazing opportunity to read Jeff Zentner's newest book early... I DID NOT HESITATE. I had to have it. He is one of the best contemporary authors out there. He wrote my absolute favorite book, The Serpent King, and I made a deal with myself that I would literally read anything and everything that he ever writes. His stories always speak to me, touch my heart in unexpected ways, and of course, make me bawl my damn eyes out. Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee was no exception.I'll start off by saying that Rayne and Delilah was by far the most upbeat book that Jeff Zentner has written so far. I knew he was a witty dude, but holy hell, this book had me wondering if he practices stand up comedy in his spare time. The humor and wit is unparalleled. Every single line is true comedy gold, and I laughed out loud more times than I can even begin to count. I wish that Josie and Delia were real people because I know that myself and my best friend, Becca, would love to hang out with them all day long. They would be the perfect people to join us in making sarcastic jokes about all of the fools that we have to deal with on a daily basis, while also hardcore hating on all things relating to country music. Besides being the queens of hilarity, Josie and Delia are also two of the most relatable characters that I've ever read. I saw so much of myself in both of them, and I totally wish that I would have had their gumption when I was in high school. A lot of YA books deal with friendship, but I think that Rayne and Delilah brought the friendship theme to a whole new level. It was extremely refreshing to read about two female best friends who were totally in sync and focused on things outside of romance. Speaking of romance, Rayne and Delilah has some of that too!! And it was another thing that I adored about the book. The romantic aspect was subtle enough to not overshadow the main story, but prevalent enough to keep my romance-loving heart happy. Who freakin knew that a male could write such a relatable, honest, and swoon-worthy love story told from the perspective of a female?! Seriously, kudos to Jeff for having the guts to not only attempt this, but to succeed with flying colors!! It takes a true talent for an author to be able to delve into the mind of a persona that they themselves have never been, but trust me when I say that I was so pleasantly surprised about how well Jeff Zentner executed this "girl power"-esque story.I've talked about how funny and cute this book is, but I have yet to describe how it is also so very heartwarming and emotional. There were times where I had to read certain paragraphs twice because I was so moved and inspired. I have always appreciated that both of Jeff's previous books harp on the fact that you do not have to do extraordinary things to be an extraordinary person. I love the message that people can be happy living a "simple" life. I think it's an important thing to convey to young people like myself, who sometimes struggle soooo hard to be "the best", and subsequently think of themselves as failures when they don't experience the fame and fortune they think they desire. My emotions were also on high alert whenever I read the subtle, yet so important, passages about mental health. As someone who struggles with depression, accurate mental health representation is something that I always look for in books. And I mean, come on, it wouldn't be a Jeff Zentner book if it wasn't at least a little sad.I could realistically write about 6 more paragraphs describing everything that I loved about Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee, but I'll end this by saying that you need this book in your life, and you should definitely go buy it when it comes out on February 26, 2019. You also need The Serpent King and Goodbye Days if you have not yet read those. All three of them are life-changing and life-affirming novels that will always hold a special place in my heart. 5 STARS!!!!!!!!!** I was provided an ARC of this book as part of an ARC tour. My thoughts and opinions are all my own, and I was not influenced by the author or publisher.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    4 “weirdo” stars OK here is the deal: I have no idea how to rate this book (well obviously I chose four stars but I am still pondering it over) or how to write this review.I guess you’ll get a jumble of thoughts, reactions and feelings. First I want to say that I adored "The Serpent King" and "Goodbye Days". They were both five stars and I could not wait to read Midnite Matinee.  My feelings reading this book: 1) WTH am I reading? What are these girls talking about? Old bad horror movies are so 4 “weirdo” stars OK here is the deal: I have no idea how to rate this book (well obviously I chose four stars but I am still pondering it over) or how to write this review.I guess you’ll get a jumble of thoughts, reactions and feelings. First I want to say that I adored "The Serpent King" and "Goodbye Days". They were both five stars and I could not wait to read Midnite Matinee.  My feelings reading this book: 1) WTH am I reading? What are these girls talking about? Old bad horror movies are so NOT my jam! 2) You’d think they are sharing a brain. Seriously their banter is so weird! Did Jeff Zentner smoked some weed to come up with these absurd questions/theories? It is so weird it makes me *reluctantly* laugh.3) What is happening? I begin to appreciate and understand this completely bizarre humor!!!! Help! Someone comes and save me please! 4) Urgent intervention needed! I am warming up to their insane world!5) Amidst this surrealist story I am crying for Delia.  6) How can an author annoy me, weird me out yet make me laugh and cry in the same story???? 7) Final thoughts: I am crying. Bitter sweet with hope by the end. See my predicament? Did I like Josie and Delia’s brand of humor and atypical interest? No. Not really as I am so not into bad horror movies.Did I like Josie and Delia’s characters? Absolutely! I found them loyal, entertaining, smart , dedicated and generous. And crazy somehow. Was I bored while reading this? No. But definitely arrested and taken aback. Often.  I admired Josie fierce protectiveness of Delia. She was the one with luck in her life. Parents still together and concerned with their daughter’s future. Money and beauty.I wanted to hug Delia. She has been dealt the bad cards in life with a dad who left her years ago and a depressed mom. But as flawed as Delia’s mom was she was still a fantastic mom!  I would say that the craziness and eccentricity are the outer shell of what is a formidable bitter sweet friendship coming of age story. This is certainly NOT a conventional YA story.Kudos to you Jeff!  Now let's chat! Have you read this book? Or have you ever read a book that you did not know if you liked it or not? Or that left you befuddled? Thanks for reading! Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    “A hilarious novel about friendship, following your dreams – and bad horror movies.”Thank you, Andersen Press for this book!I read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner last year and became one of my favourite books of last year. I can’t wait to see what his new novel will be like.
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    Jeff is one of those authors that you read once and love forever!
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I am notoriously picky about books of a lighter nature. But since  The Serpent King is one of my all-time favorites, and I really loved  Goodbye Days , I was obviously going to give Rayne & Delilah a go. And I am so glad that I did, for it was fabulous. This book is completely laugh-out-loud funny. Nay, it's laugh-at-inappropriate-times funny.But beyond just being phenomenally fun You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I am notoriously picky about books of a lighter nature. But since  The Serpent King is one of my all-time favorites, and I really loved  Goodbye Days , I was obviously going to give Rayne & Delilah a go. And I am so glad that I did, for it was fabulous. This book is completely laugh-out-loud funny. Nay, it's laugh-at-inappropriate-times funny.But beyond just being phenomenally funny, it had so, so much heart. Delia and Josie are both incredible characters who I loved from basically the start. I related far more to Delia, but I still really enjoyed Josie. They're both facing a lot of changes as they finish their high school years, and effectively, their childhoods. They are of course also going through major personal changes, as a result of all of the upheaval but also just as a result of growing up.Their friendship is at the center of the story, and it's so well done. It feels incredibly authentic, and I swear I have had some of these same ups and downs with my own friends (you know, minus the horror movie cable access show, sadly). But it isn't just their relationship that has a focus, there are so many other highlighted relationships! All the side characters are incredibly well fleshed out, and I grew to care about them just as much as Delia and Josie. And, family was a huge focus too.Add to it a road trip to a fan convention, and you have me drowning in flails. You'll laugh (a lot), cry, and just feel like your heart is fuller after reading Josie and Delia's story. Bottom Line:  Full of hilarious hijinks, heartbreaking, life-defining moments, and a friendship that frankly cannot be beat. To say you want to read this is a severe understatement.
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  • Denia Books & Baubles
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book, you guys. I loved it so much. Let me start by saying I have never laughed as hard reading a book as I did reading this one. This book was awesome you guys! I couldn't stop reading it once I started it. We have a little bit of everything going on in this book. There's your adorable romance, there's your invaluable friendship, there's your crazy story, there's your down moments, but above all, there's your love."Those who don't work hard for a long time will have a hard time for What a great book, you guys. I loved it so much. Let me start by saying I have never laughed as hard reading a book as I did reading this one. This book was awesome you guys! I couldn't stop reading it once I started it. We have a little bit of everything going on in this book. There's your adorable romance, there's your invaluable friendship, there's your crazy story, there's your down moments, but above all, there's your love."Those who don't work hard for a long time will have a hard time for a long time."Josie and Delia are best friends that host a show on channel six that airs every Sunday (I believe)  from 11 pm to 1 am. Their show is about critiquing old horror movies while playing a role in front of the camera. They have been doing this show together for over a year and a half now. Delia struggles with the lost of her father and the fact that she and her whole family have mental issues. Meanwhile, Josie struggles with deciding what to do with her life after high school, her decisions lie within staying in town helping Delia with the show or moving on and working on her career as being a TV show host.The characters were so full of life. Josie and Delia have the most amazing friendship ever, it's so unique that people think they are sisters all the time despite either one of them not looking like each other. They made me laugh so hard throughout this entire story. There's a scene in the book (not spoilers I promise) where there's a fight going on, like a professional looking fight, there's a ring, boxers, etc., and Delia shouts:"Make him feel like every day is Monday"I don't know why, but I laughed so hard during that scene I had to stop reading and wipe the laughing tears under my eyes. Josie and Delia make me feel so happy and despite the fact that they have their own problems, they still find their way back to each other.Delia's mom has mental health issues and that is something that Delia struggles with too, but something that I loved seeing in this story was the fact that Zetner didn't make her hate her mom. Delia loves her family, however broken it may be. And her mom turns out to be one of the coolest moms out there despite her issues with herself. I also have to say that Delia is my favorite character on this book. Not only does she have a name similar to mine, but she feels so real throughout this entire story. I have a story similar to hes and her character hit home for me. Moreover, people said that this was the one book from Jeff Zetner that wouldn't make you cry and they lied. I cried like a baby. There were moments in this book that I suffered through and it honestly was my fault for thinking that I wasn't going to cry."I get lonely sometimes, but so does everyone else. We're all looking for some sort of salvation in something."I read this whole book thinking that this book is 100% Zetner. I can see him liking mix martial arts, old horror movies, and fart jokes. Yep, all of that is in this book. If you want to die laughing, then please read this book. If you like Adam Silvera (but not in his everyone has to die way), Becky Albertalli, David Levithan, etc., then you'll for sure love this book. If you are 10 years old and older, you can also read this book. And as always, I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.
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  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3,5After spending some time only reading adult fiction and non fiction, I found myself craving some ya literature. I already read some fantasy this year, but what I really wanted in my life was good ya contemporary, since it was my favorite genre for the longest time.This novel reminded me why I love this genre so much, and even though it wasn’t a 5 stars book for me, or a brilliant masterpiece, it still made me feel that familiar feeling you have when you return to something you Actual rating: 3,5After spending some time only reading adult fiction and non fiction, I found myself craving some ya literature. I already read some fantasy this year, but what I really wanted in my life was good ya contemporary, since it was my favorite genre for the longest time.This novel reminded me why I love this genre so much, and even though it wasn’t a 5 stars book for me, or a brilliant masterpiece, it still made me feel that familiar feeling you have when you return to something you love after a long time, and only from that point only, hours spent with Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee were worth it.The story follows two best friends: Delia and Josie who work together on a TV show in which they talk about horror movies and they also show old cult horrors.Josie wants to spend her life working on tv, so the show is her step to start her career, while Delia does the show in hope that one day her father will recognize her and make connection.Delia doesn’t want for Josie to move on after the graduation, because she doesn’t want to be left alone.On the other hand, Josie knows she has to move to another city to go to college, and she feels bad about leaving Delia behind.I liked how the story shows the reality of life. It pictures perfect how hard it is to succeed, and how many people try to reach their dreams, but they don’t.Sometimes people do their best, but there is a reason why they say that success is hard work + luck + good connections.The story is written in two POVs, Delia’s and Josie’s, both written in first person.I liked each point of view, but if I have to state one that I liked better it would be Josie’s.Maybe it’s because of Lawson, who is her love interest, and is also an interesting character who contributed to the story with his amazing personality.It is kind of sad for me to say that I liked the girls the best when they were separated.I know, it sounds awful, especially because this novel is about friendship, but I have to be honest. Together, they sounded kind of rude, especially when they talked to strangers.Also, one down side of this novel were dialogues. They mostly sounded too forced. They were too much, and unrealistic.But then again, maybe teenagers do talk that way these days, I wouldn’t know for sure. All I know is that I didn’t click with the way characters talked in this story.Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee talks about friendship, family and life.It also covers serious topics like mental illness and poverty.It is still pretty early and there are not many reviews for this book, but from what I see most people enjoyed this novel more then I did, so keep that in mind when reading my thoughts.I would recommend this book to young adult contemporary lovers.
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.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. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.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.Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee is my first ever Jeff Zentner novel, but I now know that I absolutely need to read more from him in the future. I think this novel has become a new read of 2019 as well as a new favorite YA Contemporary. As soon as I heard about this I knew I needed to try it ASAP as a big fan of Svengoolie, so needless to say I was quite excited when I realized I managed to get approved on NetGalley. Luckily, it totally lived up to all of my expectations. There's a little bit of everything, but I loved reading about the friendship, sense of humor, love, and following your dreams. The story packs quite an emotional punch as well since it also deals with making big decisions, dealing with change, and worrying whether or not you'll get left behind. It certainly is a celebration of new beginnings and respecting endings. The title characters, aka Josie and Delia, though are what really make the story because they are so well developed and well written that they could practically walk right off of the page. Finally, I'd just like to mention how much I appreciated all of the talk of campy and cult horror and sci-fi classics as well as real life horror hosts. Overall, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner is an absolute must read YA Contemporary novel. If you're a fan of Scream All Night by Derek Milman, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, David Levithan, Svengoolie, and classic horror hosts, I have a feeling you'll enjoy this new release. I can't wait to read more from Jeff Zentner in the future. I think I've found a new favorite author. Thanks again, NetGalley!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, Jeff Zentner. You promised me this book would come without tears but that is a lie! Rayne and Delilah are the alternative late-night access channel personalities of Josie and Delia, two best friends who are high school seniors on the cusp of their whole lives changing. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is their story and it will grab your heart in a way you can’t even expect.Whew.Any YA fan alive in the last two years has probably heard of Jeff Zentner or maybe seen one of his selfies Alright, Jeff Zentner. You promised me this book would come without tears but that is a lie! Rayne and Delilah are the alternative late-night access channel personalities of Josie and Delia, two best friends who are high school seniors on the cusp of their whole lives changing. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is their story and it will grab your heart in a way you can’t even expect.Whew.Any YA fan alive in the last two years has probably heard of Jeff Zentner or maybe seen one of his selfies. If you’ve met Kelly or I, you’ve likely had The Serpent King thrust into your hands without remorse. Jeff creates characters you can’t forget and stories so tangible that you’ll wonder if you’re living in the Matrix and that’s the real world over there. Rayne and Delilah is no different. While you’re probably wondering how this man takes access channel TV and a road trip and leaves you with tears and joy, I can promise you their journey is completely worth it.Without spoiling the story, Jeff tackles:1. The ever-changing landscape of a friendship as youth grow more into themselves and hold onto the pieces of their youth so important to them.2. Parental abandonment and the complexity of the feelings that go with it.3. Young love that comes slowly and yet hits you all at once.4. The uncertainty of that small part of our lives between senior year and whatever comes next. 5. Meeting your idols, celebrity and otherwise.Oh, and there will be tears. But not the tears of his previous two books yet all the same.
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  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.Thank you to Christy of BookCrushin' for putting together the ARC Tour and letting me join in!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 unde See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.Thank you to Christy of BookCrushin' for putting together the ARC Tour and letting me join in!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!
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewing books isn’t one of my skills and I can by no means do this book justice. That being said, I absolutely adore it.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 rat Reviewing books isn’t one of my skills and I can by no means do this book justice. That being said, I absolutely adore it.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 be better off than you were before you read it.There's also a really sweet romance, a truly nail-biting fight scene (or two), and a pretty rad dog, one of the more astute observations when it comes to Star Wars naming conventions, and so much more. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee will be released on February 26, 2019, and, in my opinion, one you should definitely pre-order.Seriously, though, those fights. When I say nail-biting I mean nail-biting. Do you know how much I usually hate reading about fights? Thank you to Random House for providing me with an ARC.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Best friends take on the world...and specifically a public access horror show they co-host. This book is literally laugh-out-loud funny. There are so many poignant moments - growing up, making big decisions, leaving childhood behind. I love how Delia and Josie interact with each other and their truly amazing sense of humor.Zentner's best work yet.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly fantastic, with the perfect mix of humor and pathos. I laughed out loud on nearly every page at the dialogue, and yet found myself ugly crying over the ending (in a good way). Zentner has drawn a beautiful picture of friendship, family, and how hard growing up can be. I loved how he found the perfect balance between Something Fresh (girls with a cable access horror movie show, a teen MMA fighter) and Familiar & Relatable (mental health struggles, broken families). You've never seen a Utterly fantastic, with the perfect mix of humor and pathos. I laughed out loud on nearly every page at the dialogue, and yet found myself ugly crying over the ending (in a good way). Zentner has drawn a beautiful picture of friendship, family, and how hard growing up can be. I loved how he found the perfect balance between Something Fresh (girls with a cable access horror movie show, a teen MMA fighter) and Familiar & Relatable (mental health struggles, broken families). You've never seen anything like Rayne and Delilah, and yet you know and sympathize with the Josie and Delia.
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  • Catherine Tinker
    January 1, 1970
    "'Wayne's World' meets 'Ghost World,' the book stars two best friends who must make some tough decisions about the “creature feature” show they host on their local cable access TV station as they enter their senior year of high school."good grief that's so many things i could ever want all rolled into one book
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  • La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt
    January 1, 1970
    I was at 90% with this book for two days and could not bring myself to pick it up and finish it. Today I decided to rip off the proverbial band-aid and end the torture. That being said, giving this book one star is killing me because I loved Zentner's first YA novel with all my heart, but this story is abysmal.Before I say anything else about this book... it demonizes those who have mental illness who think of themselves before helping someone else, a someone who won't take their medication, to I was at 90% with this book for two days and could not bring myself to pick it up and finish it. Today I decided to rip off the proverbial band-aid and end the torture. That being said, giving this book one star is killing me because I loved Zentner's first YA novel with all my heart, but this story is abysmal.Before I say anything else about this book... it demonizes those who have mental illness who think of themselves before helping someone else, a someone who won't take their medication, to save themselves. No adult is responsible for another adult's mental stability over their own. That is a ridiculous burden to put on someone. Also, this story, like the author's second book, has an element based on a faulty legal concept. As I have said a million times if you want to write Realistic Contemporary Fiction it has to be realistic, you can't twist or overlook fact to make the storyline, or plot easier (quicker) to write, or more dramatic. That's bad writing; plain and simple, but if you need more reasons for my one star rating keep reading.This YA book is a mind-numbing avalanche of Middle Grade mentality fart and anus references mixed with too many nauseatingly bad puns, continuous eye roll worthy "trying too hard" similes and metaphors, and NA content (like porn movies and cocaine use). The characters were overly silly. I think the author was trying to paint them as having intellectually creative cool senses of humor, but they came off as cartoonish uncool posers. They were also supposed to be "deep thinkers" because at age eighteen they thought about things like the four seasons of life and being glad tears don't smell like pee. They were supposed to be smart kids, but one character thought there were still smallpox and dysentery epidemics in the US in the 1960s, and was also trying to figure out with her mother if "Zombie" was Rob Zombie's real last name. Characterizations like this are why teens in other countries think many US teens are stupid.One of the characters was routinely violent towards her little sister and the parents (educated upper middle class) were nonplussed. These actions evoked no more than a furrowed brow given "stop that" as if the girl had done nothing more than call her sister a butthole. The eighteen year old character's internal dialogue was that of normalcy about it too. When I was thinking about this and other character thought processes I realized that there was change, but only infinitesimal growth for these characters (most times none at all), and most of that was crammed into the last two chapters of the book in sappy, overly dramatic ways in what was seemingly a last ditch effort to redeem the story. The book was also much too long for what it was.I will have many more thoughts about this book, including my feelings about it being written solely as a quick money maker, and what the new "literature as a product" mindset has done to Children's publishing, in a spoilery Rant Review on my blog. I will add the link when it is posted.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.
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  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    I need to stop getting NetGalley notifications in class. My Spanish professor keeps making eye contact with me when I find out I got approved for an ARC.He thinks I was texting my boyfriend in class.If he only knew...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House. I grew up watching horror movies with my dad, so the premise of this book caught me right away. He watches Svengoolie faithfully every Saturday, and I try to catch it with him whenever I can. If I hadn’t been a book blogger, I might have reviewed horror movies (and did all through high school, with the standard irreverence of my sixteen-year-old self). Horror hosting is such a niche interest that I was delighted to fi I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House. I grew up watching horror movies with my dad, so the premise of this book caught me right away. He watches Svengoolie faithfully every Saturday, and I try to catch it with him whenever I can. If I hadn’t been a book blogger, I might have reviewed horror movies (and did all through high school, with the standard irreverence of my sixteen-year-old self). Horror hosting is such a niche interest that I was delighted to find a novel about it. Trigger warnings: depression, anxiety, mental illness, harassment, threats, mild violence, blood, off-page drug use.Best friends Josie and Delia host a public access show called Rayne & Delilah’s Midnight Matinee, where they show cheesy horror films and provide goofy commentary in the style of Elvira and Svengoolie. But as high school draws to a close, Josie’s parents are pressuring her to take an out-of-state internship, which will mean the end of the show. Delia can’t imagine life without Josie or the show. Her dad walked out when she was a kid, leaving behind his collection of VHS horror films, and she secretly hopes he’ll someday see her on TV. When the girls are invited to a horror convention in Florida near her dad’s new home, they have an opportunity to take the show to the next level–and Delia just may find the courage to confront him.I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and cried so much in the same book. I’m new to Zentner’s fiction, but he has a way of running emotions right across the spectrum and back again. Comedy usually wears on me quickly, and there are times it’s over the top here. The characters’ constant stream of witty banter stretches the realism at times, there are some awkward descriptions, and some of the humor is plain juvenile. However, there are also times when it’s genuinely funny, particularly with the bits and the jokes that resurface throughout the novel. The chapters move back and forth between Delia and Josie, whose humor and quick talking has a Lorelai Gilmore feel to it. Their inner monologue is similar enough that it’s sometimes difficult to remember whose perspective we’re in, but the writing is overall good and often moving.The emotional impact is much more on-point than the humor, and after reading reviews of some of Zentner’s other novels, I’m not surprised. In part, Josie and Delia’s impending post-high school separation is a story we’ve heard a lot of times, but I was still invested in it. It’s a difficult time of life, and it resonates especially with Delia, who feels as though she’s always being left behind. I wasn’t expecting a romance (but then, neither was Josie), but I found myself enjoying her relationship with Lawson almost as much as I enjoyed her friendship with Delia. It’s surprisingly healthy for a YA romance (and interracial–yay representation!), since he never tries to make choices for her or push her in any direction–even when she initially decides she just wants to be friends. That is how you back off gracefully, my dudes. His interest in MMA fighting also brings a Lloyd Dobler-type dimension to the book (so, you know, swoon).I thought my favorite part of the book would be the horror films, but other than a few name-dropped titles (most too obscure for even me to have seen), there isn’t a lot of horror trivia to be found. It’s much more about the connection horror films have forged between Delia and her dad, even though he’s gone. I like the way the novel approaches the concept of forgiveness and whether or not it’s always a good thing. My favorite part turned out to be the relationship Delia has with her mother. They both struggle with depression, and she’s loving and supportive when she’s on her meds; when she’s not, it forces Delia to take on more responsibility. Excellent representation of both mental illness and parents who are actually present in their children’s lives. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnight Matinee has a little something for everyone, and it’s one of my favorite YA contemporaries in recent memory.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    I have come to expect a few things out of a book by Jeff Zentner. One that I will probably cry at some point. Two that I probably won't sleep or eat until I finish. Three, that I will continue to follow this man's career to the end of my days. What is it about, you ask?This story follows Josie and Delia, hosts of a public access monster movie show. Both are uniquely different but fit together like PB and j. Delia comes from a broken home (her father abandoned her and her mother) whereas Josie co I have come to expect a few things out of a book by Jeff Zentner. One that I will probably cry at some point. Two that I probably won't sleep or eat until I finish. Three, that I will continue to follow this man's career to the end of my days. What is it about, you ask?This story follows Josie and Delia, hosts of a public access monster movie show. Both are uniquely different but fit together like PB and j. Delia comes from a broken home (her father abandoned her and her mother) whereas Josie comes from one a tad more put together. Delia's story takes a turn into heartbreak city because she yearns to find him. She even hires a private detective despite her mother's financial burdens. Josie struggles with leaving Delia and her sense of responsibility for her friend. Josie also wants to be on television and Delia wants to track down her dad and have closure. Their rival dilemmas may or may not split them apart. The core of this story centers around their show which, for the first time, was something incredibly new in a YA novel for me. I've read your podcast novels, your theater novels, your Youtube channel novels, but this one was a shiny territory and entertaining AF. More so to the scene-stealing Lawson, an MMA fighter and reader. What a combination. Drools in book nerd. The split POV's with both girls were fantastic. I think I loved Delia's more since Josie's focused a tab too much on her romance with Lawson for my tastes. Her character did not have emotions as Delia's did. At least for me. But this wasn't a problem because I loved Lawson too much. This book touches upon mental illness as well as the effects of being abandoned by a parent. I believe a lot of people can relate to this and may even find solidarity in Delia's story. But through all of that, there is humor. I am not the type to laugh at loud at books or even movies. I have a very particular sense of humor. This one had me chuckling and waking up my husband. Score on both accounts. That being said, this had more witty moments than Jeff's other books and reminded me so much of myself and my best friend in high school. "I get lonely sometimes, but so does everyone else. We're all looking for some sort of salvation in something."If you loved The Serpent King and Goodbye Days, you will love this one. You may even enjoy it more. You may also follow Jeff on every platform you can and pick apart every tweet looking for news of his next book. I will do that. Always. No shame. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to review this title ahead of its release date.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorites of 2019 so far!Review to come.Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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