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Looking for Peyton Place

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,856 ratings  ·  121 reviews
For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden, some of which she buried there herself. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Scribner Book Company
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Probably I am even being nice by giving this book 3 stars. I'm just doing so because the ending was really good and sum up everything just perfectly. My problem was that it took me forever to really get hooked. I didn't mind if I had to close the book to do other things which is weird because if something makes me close a book for a while I get really mad. Well it never happened with this one. IMHO it was just too similar to many movies out there.

The romance was not good, almost not there at all
Again not what I expected really. The romance in this novel was really mild but the main plot was amazing. It was very educational and it was really a good turn of events.

Annie came back to Middle River to know what really happen to her Mother and what's happening to her sister. What starts of as a personal goal turns out to be something more serious when people around town shows symptoms same as her mothers.

I actually admire her for taking on that big task. I mean even if she knows that peo
I actually first read Looking for Peyton Place several years ago. I had just finished reading my latest book on the beach, and my mom had what was Barbara Delinsky's latest novel in her bag. I had never read (or heard of) Delinsky before, but it was the middle of a summer afternoon on the beach and I was looking for something to read so I started it.

It turned out to be one of my favorite books, and I've actually read it more than once. I was instantly drawn into the story by Delinsky's incredibl
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So my average book review basically consists of a thumbs up or down. I don't like to go too indepth, as I don't want to accidently give away enough that someone else finds it to now be "ruined" by a spoiler.
This was a fantastic book. I know it's fiction, but isn't there a little truth behind most fiction? To a degree Barbara Delinsky hits on why my mother so passionatly attended town meetings, and informal protests on why they shouldn't turn some of our rural farmland into a dump. I loved the p
Writer Annie Barnes returnes to her hometown of Middle River after her mothers funeral looking for answers about her mothers death. Annie is working against time to solve the mystery of her mothers death to save her sister who has the same symptoms along with other people in town. Peyton Place and Middle River are much alike in there small town life as secrets come out. Wonderful story that drew me into the life of Middle River and kept me turning the pages when I should have been turning out th ...more
When I was young, my mother would watch Peyton Place once I was in bed. I wasn’t quite sure what the show was about, but my mother was engaged and I knew it was for adults only.

Years later I finally got to see the movie and then read the book. In today’s world the scandals of Peyton Place seem light, but in the 1950s it was too much.

Delinsky’s book is reminiscent of the original storyline and there are similarities in the small New Hampshire town of Middle River. There are secret relationships
Author Grace Metalious is Annie Barnes' imaginery friend and mentor as she grows up in Middle River, NH. Interesting parallels are revealed as Annie becomes a best-selling novelist and begins to question the practices of the local paper mill. Annie begins an investigation into the causes of mercury poisoning in her family and other townpeople, stirring up a hornets' nest. A love, story, a family saga, and expert story-telling makes this a wonderful read.
Kristen Timofeev
The premise of this book is pretty interesting and I do love a good mystery. What makes this book even more interesting is that Peyton Place is actually a book. It was written in the fifties, so well ahead of my time, and it was ground breaking for the day. I like how the main character, Annie, is a writer but doesn't seem to think that it's that big of a deal. When her mother dies mysteriously she goes to investigate and everyone in town is afraid that she's there to write about them. Now I kno ...more
May 14, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
For Annie Barnes, going back to her hometown of Middle River, New Hampshire, meant facing truths long buried in the past; some of which she had buried herself. But it is a journey that she knows she must make, if she is ever to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To the outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But not to Annie Barnes. She grew up there and knows all its secrets; as did her idol Grace Metalious - author of the shock
First book I have read by this author. An easy read tells the story of a successful novelist who returns to her home town to discover the real reason for her mother's death. The main character, Annie, felt like an outsider during her entire time growing up in the small town. She has no friends and considered herself as ugly. She left town and became a beautiful sucessful woman. She suspects her mother died from toxic poisoning from the town mill and is determined to find the proof of her suspici ...more
Wow! What a story!!!! You HAVE to read this one for sure!!

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"For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden, some of which she buried there herself. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its secrets-as did her idol Grace Metalious, author o
Annie Barnes goes home to Middle River to find out exactly what her mother died of, why her sister is sick, and also so many of the towns people. Grace Metalious, the author of "Peyton Place", also new of the secrets of this town and wrote the book with many in mind. Now Annie is a best selling author and is giving the town something to worry about. That maybe Annie has come back to tell the rest of the secrets of the town. The town is run by the Meade family with the large mill there. Annie has ...more
Rachel Brand
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this as much as other Barbara Delinsky novels. It was mainly written in first-person POV from one of the most arrogant, self-assured main characters I've ever known, yet I still never felt like I got to know her properly. Barbara Delinsky has written some wonderful novels in third-person POV and I just don't think she can pull off first-person, it isn't in keeping with her style. And while the mystery was pretty interesting - although perhaps a bit too similar to the mo ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Barbara Delinsky's tribute to Peyton's Place author Grace Metalious. Peyton Place was nothing less than a bombshell of a book at the time of its publication in 1956. As film director John Waters put it, Peyton Place was "the first dirty book the baby-boom generation ever read: the "shocker" they never got over." But Peyton Place was much more than just its notorious reputation as a "dirty" book. It was a revolution. Writers like Barbara Delinsky are finding new ...more
I have decided that Delinsky is the perfect author to listen to while working on my yard. There are compelling and rich characters but the plot moves slowly so if your mind wanders for a moment you haven't missed much. In this novel Annie famed author who returns to her small, New England, hometown for a visit after her mothers death. She is greeted with suspicion because everyone doesn't want to be the subject of one her books including her own family. The reference to Peyton Place is Annie has ...more
A successful novelist who identifies with Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place, returns to her hometown in New Hampshire after the death of her mother and uncovers a life-changing secret that affects the entire community. Not my favorite by Barbara Delinsky, but it made me curious about Peyton Place.
Vanessa Funk
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Lori Seay
I am almost finished with this book - I've been listening to it in my car. It is a very good book, some intrigue and a great family drama.
I actually listened to this on audio book this fall. Light fare, but interesting in it's own right. (Though if Annie is so smart, why'd it take her so long to figure out who "True Blue" is?!) I was interested in the bits about Peyton Place (which I haven't read, but might now do so), about Mercury poisoning (which a family member of mine had), and a few other bits and pieces. I rolled my eyes at the sex scenes, because it's not what I want to hear when on the highway or stopped at a red light wi ...more
Margo Brooks
There is nothing particularly special about this novel, but I couldn't stop listening to it. The story of an author who comes back to her small town after 15 years away and confronts the pain and loneliness she felt growing up by taking on the local mill owners should not have been as gripping as it was. She talks to the dead author of Payton Place and listens to the advice given. That in itself should have been a turn off. The point of view changed at the most awkward moments. But I really love ...more
A little confusing at first, but then it go better!
Claire Gibson
took a little bit to get into I, but then wanted to keep reading. It was a good story albeit the entire novel was predictable.
Barbara Delinsky is a new author for me, and overall I find her writing style pleasing. The main character Annie is likeable enough to follow as she returns to her hometown in search of answers of her mother's death. Driven by the voice of Peyton Place author Grace, Annie struggles to uncover the truth before completely burying her own sanity. A troubled past with the town's dominating Meade family, and Annie's broken relationship with her sisters leave readers to wonder if she will ever uncover ...more
Shellie Zeigler
Eeeeh. It was okay. An okay book to listen to in your car while you commute.
Virginia Markhart
I have never read Peyton Place Heard about it quite a bit though. I was surprised to see one of my favorite authors write about it. If I run across the real Peyton Place book, I will definately read it.

This book was a very good read I could totally relate to her feelings of isolation as a teen growing up in a town that did not understand her. What a comeback she made, stirring up hidden secrets. I was glad that she did not go the lawsuit route.

Lots of small town smut...really good book
Shereka Greene
It took awhile for me to get into it but I'm glad I stuck with ot
Jan 02, 2009 Laura rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Grandma
Shelves: forfun
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Writer who used Grace Metalious as mentor goes home to her small town after her mother's death for closure. She finds out her sister has mercury poisoning and starts crusading against the local paper mill with help from an anonymous source. Soon she is developing a relationship with the mill owner's son, while searching for evidence of the mercury. In the meantime she is realizing a truth Metalious never discovered: that small towns aren't that bad.
This book is set in the town the Peyton Place was supposedly writen about. The main character, Annie Barnes is a successful author who grew up in Middle River and now lives in Washington, DC. She decides to go home and find out why her fairly young mother died. Annie suspects poison of some kind from the paper mill that is the center of the town's economy. When she falls in love with one of the mill owner's sons will she be able to complete her mission.
Jan 07, 2009 Katrina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking to be bored to death
I don't think the author could have made Anne any more smug and self-righteous (and just downright annoying!) if she tried. I gave this one a shot, but I cannot put myself through listening to the rest of it. Something else that annoyed me was how she kept referring to where she lives as Washington, meaning Washington, DC. No one who is talking about DC ever refers to it as just Washington. That irritated the heck out of me!!!
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more
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