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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – a cute friendship and love story


“For a long time I shined my light for someone other than me. But not anymore. Now I shine bright for me. You can create light even when everyone’s left you behind because that’s what you do. It’s what I do.” 


― Jeff Zentner,Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

First off, let me just say, I loved this book! I have heard so much (really good reviews) about Jeff Zentner’s books and I hadn’t read one until this one.

This book was laugh out loud funny! Josie and Delia are soo funny and quirky. I wish they were real people because I know that they would just be a ball of fun! Speaking of quirky, I’ve seen reviews from people who thought that the quirk was too much. I, personally, thought that it was fun and light-hearted besides they’re best friends, like, if you can’t be silly and goofy with your best friend then who can you be silly and goofy with?

Also, it is set in Jackson, Tennessee. For those of you that don’t know, I’m from TN and I live just a few hours out of Jackson. I thought that was pretty cool to read a story in a familiar setting. I don’t really come across many books that are set in Tennessee.

Josie and Delia are so girl power and I loved it!! I am here for all of that! It also has a little romance sprinkled in but that aspect didn’t take over the entire story once it did happen. Also, the romance is so subtle in this book but OMG it’s sooo adorable. I hardcore ship Josie and Lawson.

Also, it has a road trip! I love road trip stories, ya’ll! ❤

I’ve talked a lot about how this book is light-hearted and fun but it also very emotional. I had tears in my eyes and I was trying so hard not to cry in front of everyone so many times! This book touches so well on mental health, parental problems and struggles, growing up and growing apart (sort of). The mental health representation is done so well and I really appreciated that.

All in all I enjoyed the heck out of this book and I highly recommend it!

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.

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’m glad things end, though. It forces you to love them ferociously while you have them. There’s nothing worth having that doesn’t die.”


― Jeff Zentner,Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

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