Growing up, there were three jobs I wanted: 1. Marine biologist 2. Music journalist and 3. Horror hostess. Of the three, the one I'm most disappointed about not coming true was the last. I absolutely idolized Elvira, Mistress of the Dark when I was younger (still do). I envisioned myself lounging on a red velvet chaise making puns and corny jokes as a terrible horror or sci-fi movie plays on. Granted, I was always a bit more fully clothed in these dreams.While I may not have been able to make that dream come true, I was able to live vicariously through Josie and Delia in Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner. Big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy!
|Pub Date: 2-26-19|
Young Adult - Contemporary
The girls decide to take a trip down to ShiverCon, a popular horror convention in Florida, to meet with a well known horror host producer to see if he can help them take their show to the next level. Josie made a promise to her parents that if this doesn't pan out, she would take an internship with a popular TV network. Delia, on the other hand, has more than just the show on the line with this trip. Horror movies and hosting are the last scrap of her father, who abandoned her and her mother when she was young, Delia has. Her greatest hope is that one day her father will stumble upon Midnite Matinee and see her on the screen, and maybe he'd want to be part of her life again. As the girls struggle with growing up, and trying not to grow apart in the process, they come to realize their bond of friendship is more than uncertain futures and monster movies.
I really enjoyed this story. Obviously, I adored the horror hosting aspect, but I loved the characters more. Delia and Josie have such a pure, real friendship and the way they interact with each other really reminded me of how my best friends and I act together. This really is way bigger than just a book about two girls who host a cheesy horror show. It's about friendship and family and love, all wrapped together with a killer sense of humor. This was the first book I've read by Zentner but I was definitely impressed, and will be checking out more from him. If you're looking for a fast fun friendship filled book, definitely pick this one up!