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A hilarious, touching novel about friendship, following your dreams - and bad horror movies. Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own TV show - but will they both want the same thing when they graduate high school? 'I laughed, cried, and fell over-the-moon in love with Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee' Jennifer Niven

Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it's-good low-budget horror movie. But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing her television dreams in a new city or staying making TV with her BFF. What's more, she's just met a boy, Lawson, who is totally not her type, but is just a little bit intriguing . . . Meanwhile, Delia is searching for her dad, who walked out on her and her mom ten years ago. When the private investigator she hired unearths his contact details, she agonises over digging up the past.

A road trip to ShiverCon, a convention for horror filmmakers, may just have the answers the two need - but will Josie and Delia be prepared for life taking some seriously unexpected plot-twists?


Anyone can break your heart - Jeff Zentner can also make you laugh out loud!

Rainbow Rowell

It’s a rollicking, heartfelt story of friendship and growing pains, of the things you can count on in a world that too-often takes everything away, and of shining bright no matter what. I laughed, cried, and fell over-the-moon in love with Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Jennifer Niven

Outrageously funny, with whip-smart, surreal dialogue, this tender portrait of friendship under the strain of inevitable change is an absolute must-read.

Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

Zentner’s quick-witted, charming characters tackle real-life issues with snappy dialogue and engaging levity

starred review, Publishers Weekly

There’s so much to adore in this quirky novel about friendship, family and changing dreams. For fans of John Green

Paste Magazine

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

starred review, Booklist

Downright hilarious

Kirkus Reviews

Richly generous, vividly real, and jankily hilarious

Jesse Andrews, author of Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

A testament to the power of friendship and big dreams, Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee had me laughing aloud on one page and sobbing on the next. A resounding triumph

Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin

Jeff Zentner, you perfectly fill the John Green-sized hole in our heart


Zentner has successfully retained his knack for crafting unique and charming teen characters who are tackling tough issues with grace and wit


Smart, soulful, authentic and original...Zentner is an outstanding YA writer.

Joanne Owen, LoveReading4Kids

Zentmer writes authentically about emotion and the ties of love and friendship and often handles humour in a deft fashion.

Books for Keeps

Jeff Zentner’s first two novels (The Serpent King and Goodbye Days) delivered delightful splashes of humor, and his latest cranks that up with joy and romance…as well as his trademark moments of heartbreak.

Eric Smith, Paste Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 21, 2019


    400 pages

    RRP $17.99

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