• Sarah Taphom


First and foremost, shoutout to Jeff Zentner for allowing me and like nine other bloggers an opportunity to read an ARC of his latest book, Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee, which for the longest I thought it was still under the name TV Six.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Sarah's Sucking Summary: Best friends Josie and Delia run a public access show dressed up like spooky women of the night and reviewing old horror movies. Each has their reasons: Josie wants to make it big in television, and Delia hopes that their show will eventually connect her to the father that abandoned her when she was a child. Josie's budding romance with an amateur MMA fighter and the pressures from her parents to start thinking about her future lead her to want a bigger life, away from Delia. Delia's world starts to crumble, and she wonders just how long life will keep throwing rocks at her.

Also, I don't know who did the cover of this book, but I need them to do every book cover ever now, because it's gorgeous.

I. Effing. Loved. This. Book. I would have devoured it in one sitting if I could have.

I honestly don't know where to begin with this book, so if this review seems all over the place, I have no apologies.

I will say, according to the tabs I've left (sorry other people on this ARC tour) that, like his other books, this is a well-rounded book - complete with sad parts that make you wanna cry, lovey romantic moments, amazing friendship moments, and funny-as-hell laugh-out-loud piss-your-pants humor.

I think everyone can relate to either Josie or Delia in different ways.What makes this book special to me is how.

Delia and her mother both suffer from depression (side note: how is this one of the only / first times I've ever seen depression and taking medication for it so explicitly said in YA? I've only ever seen in described as a deep sadness that's never named or treated, so that was really big for me - also the portrayal was superb). But she also mentions a time where things got so bad, and she almost didn't make it, but she did.

I've never seen a book talk about surviving, without making it a big deal. Like obviously it is, but I've always felt a little etherized when it's brought up. I survived and I'm going through life day by day, and it's all I could have ever asked for.

Delia has had to grow up quite a bit, because her mom's bad days are more frequent than not, and her dad certainly doesn't help. Her show is the only thing keeping her sane, and even that might be taken from her. I related so hard to her not wanting to be left behind, and wanting to ruin things because it might hurt a little less that way.

Josie, on the other hand, realizes she isn't cut out for their niche market, but doesn't want to leave anyone behind. But taking any leap of faith to help pursue your dreams isn't selfish, and that doesn't mean anyone has to get left behind. It's just an adjustment periods is all.

I also just recently graduated high school, so all of this is a little on the nose for me lol.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Lawson, but I loved seeing a boy character who liked to throw punches, but was also a complete dork. I didn't even know such a character could exist, but of course Jeff delivered.

(Side note: I loved the fact that the twins were only ever referred to as the Idiot Twins)

Arliss is a character that I would want on a desert island with me, because at least he'd make me laugh before we died. And he'd give me the best pep talk ever while being stoic as hell. Low-key he reminds me of Gibbs talking to Abby on NCIS.

I loved the road trip part of this book, and ultimately how their parting then foreshadowed the separate ways they would take in life. Even if Jack Devine turned out to be an utter shitward with turd-for-brains and an even shittier personality. It was also fun to see a convention happen in a book, and how girls in the industry are treated by various male fans *cough cough* Larry Donut

I think my favorite part of this book would obviously  be the friendship that Delia and Josie have together. Their text messages to their conversations to the fact that they know each other so well, and keep coming back together, was so real and heartfelt that I'm sure Jeff was a teenage girl in his past life. If platonic soulmates were a thing, they're textbook examples.

I also just loved the fact that even though Delia's mom was depressed and sometimes not able to function, she wasn't a bad mom and that's what's really important. She tries and she loves her daughter and it was just so pure and great to see.

For anyone else that's read a Jeff Zentner book, we see two of our faves again (or at least they're mentioned) "Dearly" (The Serpent King) and Jesmyn (Goodbye Days), so look out for those eggs.

All in all, this is a book that hurts because, like every other Jeff Zentner book I've ever read, he knows just how to phrase every day feelings that you never knew how to say. Like the writer equivalent of a German frankenword. I can't even articulate how much I love this book in a concise way. Just go read it, y'all. 

Now I kinda wanna find one of the shows that inspired this book somewhere on YouTube or something.

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