Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

400p. Crown. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524720209. POP
Gr 9 Up–Friday nights are booked for best friends Josie and Delia. The two high school seniors record their public access TV show about old terrible horror movies. After graduation, Josie wants a career in the TV industry while Delia simply wants things to remain the same. She's planning to upgrade their TV show in hopes that Josie will decide to stay and not leave her, like her father did. Delia sets up a meeting at a horror convention in Florida. Little does she know, the whole future of the TV show rides on this convention. Zentner has crafted a book filled with tension about relationships and the future. Promises, secrets, and betrayals fuel the relationships in this narrative. The girls have a deep bond and showcase their affection toward each other with witty comments, random questions, and sassy attitudes. While the friendship between them remains at the forefront, sideplots include Josie beginning a romantic relationship and Delia confronting her long-lost father. Secondary characters are fleshed out and add depth. This work tackles mental health, depression, abandonment, and chasing your dreams.
VERDICT This is a quirky fun, read that will give teens all the feels. A good selection where contemporary fiction centering friendships is popular.

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