Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee || An Unforgettable Coming of Age Story

“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.”


Title: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
Author: Jeff Zentner
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: January 19, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







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 have heard the author’s name Jeff Zetner floating around the #bookstagram community for about 2 years now and never really thought the YA contemporary he writes would be for me. Then Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee came out and I was drawn into Zetner’s writing. The biggest pull for me from the synopsis was the nerdy tv show the 2 main characters host. I thought to myself “this sounds like something I’d want to watch if it existed” and so I began reading.
It took me about 40 pages to be able to distinguish between the 2 girls because they definitely have the same spunk and it was hard to separate their “voices”. But I gave it a few more pages and then it instantly clicked for me. And then I kept reading and wow, the stark differences between the 2 characters and the lives they lead was so eye opening. It really tugs on your heart strings.
If you’re looking for a contemporary that’s equal parts funny and equal parts serious I highly recommend! I devoured this in 2 days and kept pausing Netflix to go back to reading.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.**

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