Sunday, February 17, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee By Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
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From the Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent Kingcomes 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've never read any of Jeff Zentner's other books, but I am a sucker for contemporary reads, so I thought this one would be a great book to read. I thought this one would be a funny read, and it was, but it also dealt with a lot of seriousness, like loss and abandonment. It was a pretty interesting read all around, and I definitely recommend it if you like books that know how to be both funny and serious.

The friendship between Delia and Josie, the two girls that put together a public access TV show to show bad horror movies (Think Elvira or Svengoolie), was awesome! I am usually pretty cautious when a male writer is writing female characters, but I feel like Zentner really understood how to write these two. They were both so funny and constantly doing bits to each other, which I loved, that I really could understand their friendship. I also love characters who are just so weird and literally do not care what people think about them.

Even though the book has great funny moments, there were also these moments of sadness when it came to Delia. Delia is dealing with a lot, still struggling over the loss of her Dad who left her family when she was a kid and she's afraid everyone else in her life will do the same. It must be really hard to have to go through that, but I also felt like she was really unfair to Josie for wanting her to never leave their town. Josie is such a good friend that she doesn't want to hurt Delia so she holds herself back to protect her best friend. I like and hate that about this novel because I love that Josie wants to protect her friend, but at the same time I hate that Delia places her abandonment issues on her best friend. It's a huge conflict throughout the novel that comes to ahead, and it just felt so real and raw to me.

There's subplot of romance for Josie, and I really liked it because it felt so sweet and the type of romance you get into when you are a teen. Lawson just kind of rolls with all of Josie's weirdness, and is like the chillest dude ever. I really liked them together, and I hope in their world they last for awhile.

I wasn't sure what I was expecting with this book, but I do think it surprised me in moments. If you are looking for a young adult contemporary that is heavy on friendship, I recommend this one.

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*I received an egalley via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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