ARC Review: Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

The publisher and NetGalley have provided me a free ARC of this book (thank you) in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

Author: Jeff Zentner

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: February 26, 2019

ISBN: 1524720208 (ISBN13: 9781524720209)

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.

Trigger Warnings: Depression (mentioned) + a perverted old man + etc.

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About the Author

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner

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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

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My Review

I do not know how to begin telling you how quietly, simply beautiful and meaningful this book is. I’m terrible at making introductions, I’ve written this review countless times, not quite different from Delia and her emails.

All I can say as an introduction for this book is: Wow. Wow. I am completely and utterly speechless.

This book taught me lessons that I pretty much need.

For me, this book is heartbreaking. Not in the way you feel when your significant other breaks up with you. Not in the swift stab of a sharp knife. No, this book hurts like slow poison, slowly, precisely creeping into your system, unnoticed, until suddenly you finish reading the book and then just sit there staring into empty space, disbelieving and, well, speechless.

Living is hurting, but I’ll take living over the alternative any day. Consciousness is a marvelous gift. It took me almost dying to realize that.

Okay, let’s be fair here. RaDMM isn’t a perfect book, it has its flaws. It was pretty slow for me, and y’all know I don’t like slow pacing that much. It tested my patience when it comes to reading. I also found this book hard to get into. It took me more than a week to finish it, which is saying something. I almost DNFed it. But I’m glad I did it.

The book, as a whole, is definitely worth enduring its flaws.

We survivors have a way of surviving.

I really love the relationship between Josie and Delia. I love how they’re pretty much twins and sisters, even though they’re not blood related. They fight and argue sometimes, but they always find their way back. That’s something deep and special. That’s friendship of the truest kind. And then there’s Arliss. Gosh, Arliss.

Arliss is pretty much the next Hagrid. A moodier Hagrid.

Okay. The plot?

I did not know that horror shows even existed. Thanks for letting me know they do, book. The storyline is very ordinary in its beginning parts. But as it goes on, it pretty much reminds me of John Green’s Paper Towns. Mostly because there is a road trip that doesn’t turn out as expected (I love YA roadtrip books, please recommend). But this book is a lot more different than that, you’ll have to read it to find out.

My Rating

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4.5 / 5 stars

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Have you read Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee?

If you have, what are your thoughts?

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