Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee Review

Ebook, 400 Pages
YA/ Contemporary
By: Jeff Zentner
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

โ€œMost of all, I think itโ€™s people who love to be reminded that sometimes you do your best and you come up short, but thereโ€™s still a place in the world for people like that.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I love Jeff Zentner, he wrote Goodbye Days which is one of my fav emotional books and has one of the best opening lines ever! He is a very kind person and he’s humble. I follow him on Twitter and he’s such a nice guy!
I am saying this because I am heartbroken, I didn’t like this as much as I thought I would. There was something missing, I just feel like a teacher who won’t be able to give a good student a good grade because I know he has more potential and he can do better than this!

๐ŸŒŸ The writing was good, I didn’t highlight many quotes, nor was I captivated by the writing, but it was still readable and I didn’t consider DNFing, which I do when the writing is not working.

๐ŸŒŸ The characters were not relatable and that may have been my problem with this book! I wanted something to connect with and it simply wasn’t what I got. I felt like this can be turned into an animation movie for younger readers.
But there is something that I liked between these characters. The 2 main characters have one of the best platonic relationships I ever read. There were many points in the book where I thought things would spiral down the hill as usually happens in YA, but the characters were mature and talked and resolved these things!

๐ŸŒŸ The plot is also weird and not something I would usually read. Basically, the 2 main characters have a horror TV show that they want to save. While doing that Delia wants to find her dad who left home when she was young and Josie wants to chase her dreams of going into a career in the TV! This obviously complicates things and they have to work things out through the book!

๐ŸŒŸ There are many topics discussed along the way as you would expect from Jeff’s novels such as depression and abandonment and use of antidepressants.
Jeff’s previous 2 books made me tear and I heard that this one will do too. Unfortunately it didn’t evoke these emotions but it was funny as many of the other reviews claim.

๐ŸŒŸSummary: Jeff used his usual format I mentioned in my last review. Multiple small chapters and that helped in holding my interest -as much as possible at least-. The book was mediocre and I wish I could love it more. I will still read Jeff’s next books hoping to glimpse the excellent student I know that lives in Jeff!


  1. I had the same reaction and it also broke my heart as I loved The Serpent King and Goodbye Days!!

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