Finished Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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 was so excited because I thought for sure that this would be a lot lighter than Jeff Zentner’s first two books. Well, joke’s on me, because it’s about a girl who loves horror movies because she watched them with her dad and he’s no longer part of her life. Which, hello, it me. (And for the record, my dad just died; he wasn’t a jerk like Delia’s dad.) Either way, it hit me right in the feelings and there were a lot of tears.
But there’s also a lot in this book that made me laugh. I loved everything about it, and it probably is my favorite of his novels. (The others are tied for second place.)
I loved Josie and Delia and I loved their show. It makes me want to start watching public access or even start my own goofy show. (I won’t do it; I do not at all have the nerve.)
Everything about this book is sweet and lovely, even the parts that made me ugly cry. Highly recommended.