I read Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner because Zentner is an auto-read author for me. I read The Serpent King because it had come in my first ever Owlcrate box. After that I was hooked. Goodbye Days sealed the deal.
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is the first novel that I didn’t full on ugly cry for but it was still a great book! It was just different than I had expected it to be.
It wasn’t until the end that I got a bit choked up because I could relate so much to Delia. I didn’t go to college with the rest of my friends. Long story and was not my choice. I know what it’s like to feel left behind even when no one is really at fault. It makes you feel small because you don’t have great plans for your life. It makes you feel childish because only babies get upset about being left out.
Graduation is; however, the first real time in your life when you make major life choices. This really resonated throughout Midnite Matinee. I really think Zentner did a great job exploring what it means to be out of high school and all the little things that get lost in the big moment. He really capitalizes on the day to day things that change that get swallowed by the actual act of graduation and freshman year at college.
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee wouldn’t be the first Zentner novel I’d recommend but it’s still pretty solid.
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