Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

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Annotation: "Anyone can break your heart--Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud!" --RAINBOW ROWELL, #1 New York Times bestse... more
Catalog Number: #202320
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 416
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-524-72023-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6856-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-524-72023-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6856-6
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
By day, they're just high school seniors from Jackson, Tennessee.Come 11:00 on Saturday nights, Josie (aka Rayne Ravenscroft) and Delia (aka Delilah Darkwood) are hosts of Midnite Matinee, a public access cable show that bookends cult horror films with eccentric entertainment—a skeleton costume dance party, a Frankenstein puppet reading fan mail. Middle-class Josie doesn't love horror movies, but she's a natural in front of the camera and wants to pursue a career in television. Her parents urge her to attend school in Knoxville, where she can intern with the Food Network, but that would mean leaving the show—and Delia. Meanwhile, Delia, living in a trailer with a struggling, depressed single mother (the portrayal of mental illness, including a positive attitude toward antidepressants, is very welcome), considers herself firmly mediocre. Being on camera frightens her—but the old movies are her last link with her father, who took off when she was 7. Delia's desperate to reconnect. When a PI discovers that her father might be in Florida, near the ShiverCon convention where famed host Jack Devine might help them garner a wider audience, they take a road trip. Zentner (GoodbyeDays, 2017, etc.) nails his teen characters, their longings, and their motivations, and the first chapters are downright hilarious. Over-the-top Devine lessens the overall impact of a story that still closes well. Despite the diversity of the actual setting, all characters follow a white default. Short of brilliant, but only just. (Fiction. 14-18)
Publishers Weekly
In Jackson, Tenn., best friends and high school seniors Josie and Delia host a public access show called Midnight Matinee. Every Friday night, their alter egos, Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, screen low-budget horror films, hamming it up in comedic segments. Delia-s father left the videos behind when he abandoned the family, and she-s eager to both track him down and make the show a success. Meanwhile, Josie-s family is pressuring her to attend college and accept a television internship in Knoxville-something she-d have to quit the show to do. When the girls get a flyer to ShiverCon in Orlando, Fla., they agree to attend. If they can persuade creature-feature legend Jack Devine to help them take their show to the next level, Josie will go to college close to home. But things go awry in Orlando, and Delia learns her father is also in Florida. Zentner (The Serpent King) expertly channels the voices of two young women, one convinced she will always be left behind and one certain she is destined for greatness. Written in alternating perspectives, Zentner-s quick-witted, charming characters tackle real-life issues with snappy dialogue and engaging levity. Ages 14-up. Agent: Charlie Olsen, Inkwell Management. (Feb.)

Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Josie and Delia are the hosts of cable television's delightfully cornball Midnite Matinee, which features hokey horror movies bracketed by humorous banter and goofy skits. For Delia, the show is her heart and soul, resurrecting the old movies that she shared with her long-absent father. Josie, however, could leave their small town to take an internship with the Food Network if she chooses to pursue a serious television career. Further complications ensue when the girls meet Lawson, a young MMA practitioner who brings his beagle to the studio to star in a staged wedding with Josie's basset hound (long story), and sparks fly between the dogs' owners. The story reaches a perfect road trip crescendo when Delia, Josie, and Lawson travel to Orlando for ShiverCon, presenting Delia with a chance to track down her missing dad. At the same time, Josie gets a look at the uglier side of show business. As in his award-winning The Serpent King (2016), Zentner serves up a poignantly satisfying blend of wit and pathos with lovable and unpredictable characters. The banter between the characters is smart and funny, and even the text messages capture full nuances of emotion. Readers looking for an unforgettable slice of small-town angst will love this one.
Word Count: 89,389
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 504858 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL660L
Guided Reading Level: V
Here's the thing with dreams--and I'm talking about the kind you have when you sleep, not the kind where you're finally learning to surf when you're fifty: they're carefully tailored to the only audience who will ever see them, which is you. So I'm not big on telling people about my dreams for that reason.
That said, there's this recurring dream I have. It comes around every couple of months or so, but I wish it were more often because it's awesome, and when I wake up from it, I lie there for a few moments, wishing I could reenter it. In this dream, I'm at a familiar place. Often it's my grandma's house.
Her house was tiny. It always smelled like quilts and oatmeal cookies and that musty odor when you first turn on a window-unit air conditioner after winter. It had a cellar that smelled like cold dirt even during the summer, where she kept store-brand cans of creamed corn, jars of home-pickled dilly beans, and two-liter bottles of Diet Coke. In my dream, I descend into the cellar. I find a door leading to a passageway. I go in. I follow it for a long way; it's cool and dark, and I'm not afraid. Eventually it opens into this grand, palatial, brightly lit marble room. There are columns and fountains, and the air smells like flowers. I push forward and find room after room. It's all grand and glorious, beautiful and perfect. It's not what you would expect to find.
But there it is, and for those few minutes (I've heard that dreams are never more than five minutes long, which I totally don't believe, but whatever), you get to experience the most unexpected grandeur, running like a rabbit warren under my grandma's little house in Jackson, Tennessee.
And then I wake up, the thrill of possibility and discovery drifting upward off me like steam. It's such a delicious feeling. Just stay a little longer, I say. But it doesn't.
Yet another reason it sucks to tell people about your dreams is that then they suddenly become amateur dream interpretation experts: [Nondescript German psychiatrist voice] Well, you see, when you were riding that bicycle made out of fish sticks while wearing an adult diaper, it symbolizes . . . That you're afraid of failure. That you're filled with seething rage. That you're afraid to become such a grown-up that you no longer call fish sticks "fish dicks." Who knows?
But dreams are their own universe. They exist in you, and you're the God of that universe, so no one can tell you what they mean. You have to figure it out, assuming dreams have any meaning at all, which I think they only sometimes do.
This dream, though--the one about finding all the hidden rooms--I think it does mean something. I think it means there's something great inside me, something extraordinary and mysterious and undiscovered.
That's a thing I tell myself. It's a thing I believe.

Excerpted from Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
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"Anyone can break your heart--Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud!" --RAINBOW ROWELL, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carry On and Eleanor & Park

From the Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King comes 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 laughed, cried, and fell over-the-moon in love with Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee." --JENNIFER NIVEN, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

"A testament to the power of friendship and big dreams, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee had me laughing aloud on one page and sobbing on the next. A resounding triumph." --NIC STONE, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee starts as comedy about the wildly imperfect, and ends as poetry about the ever-hoping heart. I don't know how you write that book. Fortunately, Jeff Zentner does." --JESSE ANDREWS, New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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