Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Phoebe Strole
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Anyone can break your heart - Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud!" (Rainbow Rowell, number-one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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 best-selling author of Dear Martin)

©2019 Jeff Zentner (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

  • One of Buzzfeed’s Best YA Books Winter 2019
  • One of Paste Magazine’s 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2019 

"As in his award-winning The Serpent King (2016), Zentner packs a poignantly satisfying blend of wit and pathos, with lovable and unpredictable characters.... Readers looking for an unforgettable slice of small-town angst will love this one." (Booklist, starred review) 

"Zentner’s quick-witted, charming characters tackle real-life issues with snappy dialogue and engaging levity." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

"Zentner nails his teen characters, their longings, and their motivations, and the first chapters are downright hilarious." (Kirkus

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Loved it! Great narration too

This was a beautiful and funny story that's good for adults too (I'm 40, and I absolutely loved it). My favorite Jeff Zentner book yet, and I love his others, too! It's rare to find a book so funny yet so perfectly moving. This is destined to become a classic in coming of age stories.

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loved

I laughed, cried, cheered, got angry. This is a well written story, I loved it.