3 Reasons To Read…Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

3 Reasons to Read...Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week one our selections is Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by the super funny and super awesome,Jeff Zentner. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…
3 Reasons To Read…Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff ZentnerRayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Also by this author: The Serpent King
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on 2/26/2019
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 400
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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.


3 Reasons You Should Read…

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner


  • When we find out there’s another Zentner book coming out we know a couple of things before even opening it up. One, it’s going to be wonderfully and beautifully written. Two, it’s going to be filled with characters that we love. Three, it’s going to make us sob uncontrollably. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee continued the streak, except while there were tears, we didn’t sob. And that’s just the way we wanted it to go.
  • We love love love loved Josie and Delia. They are the kind of characters you cheer for even when you want to smack them around a little. As usual, Jeff left us wanting even more of these two. Actually, we’re pretty sure we’ll never get enough of his characters.
  • If you’re looking for a hilarious, emotional, slightly angst YA novel that’s all about friendship and growing up- look no further. Grab yourself a copy now and thank us later!


About Jeff Zentner

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.

Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

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