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Publication Date: February 24, 2019
I’d never read a Jeff Zentner book before picking up Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, and I ended up being so pleasantly surprised by it. The story focuses around two teenage girls who host a late public access horror movie show, one of which wants to be famous and the other who is just sort of along for the ride.
I never did anything quite so cool as hosting a late-night show with my best friend when I was in high school, but this book took me back to those days in the best kind of way. During your last year of high school, there’s so much uncertainty and so much hope (and fear) at what the future might bring. Zentner captured that perfectly in this book, and I loved it so much.
My favorite part of this book was the show that Delia and Josie created. These two teenage girls have done more with their life than I have, and I’m probably a good decade older than them! Their show airs in a few different markets, and they have enough viewers to get fan mail and reasonably try to take it a step further than public access. I’m not a horror movie fan at all, but I’d watch their show just for the sassy commentary.
The book did end up taking kind of a weird turn, which is why I didn’t give it five stars. There’s a side plot/tangent that goes on for a while and is a little odd. It’s almost funny when it’s not heartbreaking, but it kind of detracted from the main story.
Still, this book was a ton of fun and if you’re looking for a book about a strong friendship and going for your goals, I’d definitely recommend this.
Have you read Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee? Is it on your TBR?
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