Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner - ADVISABLE

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner 400 pages. Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin, Random House), 2019. $18.

Language: PG 13 (14 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG13 (Teens making out, also mild sexual euphemisms), Violence: PG13.



Josie and Delia are best friends. They dress up as lady vampires and host a weekly late night public access horror movie show together, complete with skits, jokes and "mail from listeners". Josie has always wanted to work in television, Delia is nostalgic for the obscure movies she used to watch with her dad - her dad who left when she was 10. Now, the summer after their senior year, it's time to make some life decisions - Josie has the opportunity for an internship on the food network - but it means moving 5 hours away to Knoxville, what about the show? When they get an opportunity to meet someone who can help their career, Josie and Delia (and Josie's boyfriend Lawson) drive to Florida to the ShiverCon, where Delia plans a side trip to track down her father. This could be the best summer ever, or the worst.

Jeff Zentner has a great voice - the dialogue between the girls is funny and bright, and also authentic. I loved that even though they were seniors, the book wasn't loaded with swearing and sex. A great high school read with plenty of issues - mental health, family struggles, college/career choices, boyfriends, girl drama, and making a T.V. show! I really enjoyed these characters, and would totally road trip with them again.

Lisa Librarian

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