4 “weirdo” stars
OK here is the deal: I have no idea how to rate this book (well obviously I chose four stars but I am still pondering it over) or how to write this review.
I guess you’ll get a jumble of thoughts, reactions and feelings.
First I want to say that I adored “The Serpent King” and “Goodbye Days”. They were both five stars and I could not wait to read Midnite Matinee.
My feelings reading this book:
1) WTH am I reading? What are these girls talking about? Old bad horror movies are so NOT my jam!
2) You’d think they are sharing a brain. Seriously their banter is so weird! Did Jeff Zentner smoked some weed to come up with these absurd questions/theories? It is so weird it makes me *reluctantly* laugh.
3) What is happening? I begin to appreciate and understand this completely bizarre humor!!!! Help! Someone comes and save me please!
4) Urgent intervention needed! I am warming up to their insane world!
5) Amidst this surrealist story I am crying for Delia.
6) How can an author annoy me, weird me out yet make me laugh and cry in the same story????
7) Final thoughts: I am crying. Bitter sweet with hope by the end.
See my predicament?
Did I like Josie and Delia’s brand of humor and atypical interest? No. Not really as I am so not into bad horror movies.
Did I like Josie and Delia’s characters? Absolutely! I found them loyal, entertaining, smart , dedicated and generous. And crazy somehow.
Was I bored while reading this? No. But definitely arrested and taken aback. Often.
I admired Josie fierce protectiveness of Delia. She was the one with luck in her life. Parents still together and concerned with their daughter’s future. Money and beauty.
I wanted to hug Delia. She has been dealt the bad cards in life with a dad who left her years ago and a depressed mom. But as flawed as Delia’s mom was she was still a fantastic mom!
I would say that the craziness and eccentricity are the outer shell of what is a formidable bitter sweet friendship coming of age story.
This is certainly NOT a conventional YA story.
Kudos to you Jeff!
Now let’s chat! Have you read this book? Or have you ever read a book that you did not know if you liked it or not? Or that left you befuddled?
Thanks for reading!