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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,362 ratings  ·  157 reviews
In Flirting with Pete, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky weaves together two fascinating narratives that merge in a dramatic, highly emotional, and totally unexpected conclusion, as a daughter's struggle to win the approval of the father she never knew becomes a journey of self-discovery.

Casey Ellis has arrived at a lonely place in her life. Her mother remains in a com...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Plaza y Janes (first published January 1st 2003)
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OK, can I just say that I cannot wait until I finish writing my thesis (which I should be working on right now but cannot focus.... I am so tired, but can't sleep). Anyway, back to my review.

I am a Barbara Delinsky fan for life!!!! She is right up there with Bernice L. McFadden.

If you like mystery, intrigue, drama, humor, sorrow, and hope all rolled into one book, well this is your book. I read this book in two days. Should I mention my newborn son was only two months old and I was working on...more
Barks & Bites
Casey Ellis is a young woman whose father, a renowned psychiatrist, never acknowledged her (Casey was the result of a one-night stand). Until his death, that is. Casey's taken off balance when he leaves her a very valuable piece of property and is reluctant to accept anything that was a part of him. Casey is a likable, hard working character whose only living family is her mom who lies in a coma.

When Casey finds a journal among her dad's things with a note that says something along the lines of...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
What a page turner...I read it in one day as it was impossible to put down…

Prepare to skip meals and not want to do anything else but read this one. The story will grab you from the very first page and won't let you go until you've turned the final page.

There are some reviews that don't give this novel justice and I feel it must be because they don't understand the family dynamics that are presented on these pages. I could relate to these characters, have experienced and witnessed much of what w...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
I found this book hard to get into but I persevered and it was well worth it. I have a bad habit of reading the back page of any book that I read and I knew it had a happy ending, this probably why I kept going.

Casey Ellis is a young woman whose father, a renowned psychiatrist, never acknowledged her (Casey was the result of a one-night stand). Until his death, that is. Casey's taken off balance when he leaves her a very valuable piece of property and is reluctant to accept anything that was a p...more
Andrea Torres
This is the second one I’ve read from Delinsky and it got me again. With an amazingly well thought plot and believable characters, the book features two parallel stories that develop together and end up entwined on a very dramatic and unexpected conclusion.
The setting the scene part at the beginning was a little bit too long for me… but as I went forward, the plot started to unfold and things begin to connect with each other on ways that I wouldn’t have ever imagined. At the end, I found very t...more

There seems to be two stories going on at once and it take a long time to find any connection between the two. Raised by her mother, Casey has kept tabs on her absent father who has ignored her all her life, even following in his career footsteps. When he dies there is a huge surprise for her. In the other story, Jenny has been abused and manipulated all her life and Pete is the only way she could survive the return of her father who had been in prison for murdering her mother. Great interweavin...more
I loved this book. Very romantic. Casey Ellis is a successful young professional woman who has always sought to know her father, famous psychologist Cornelius Unger. Her birth was the result of an almost passing relationship between her mother and the father she has never known. Now, her mother lies comatose, the result of an accident, and her father has died. Surprisingly, he generously remembers Casey in his will, leaving her an elegant townhouse on exclusive Beacon Hill. Not only is the townh...more
Eric Wright
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Nice, light, easy and fun read!

"Psychologist Casey Ellis never met her father, but that didn't stop her from following in his professional footsteps. Now he has died, and Casey is shocked to have inherited his elegant Boston town house, complete with a maid and a handsome, enigmatic gardener. When she finds a manuscript that could be a novel, a journal, or a case study of one of her father's patients in her new home, she becomes engrossed in the story of Jenny, a young woman trying to escape her...more
Carolyn Bitetti
First book by Barbara Delinsky - I'd always wondered why people read her. Now I understand - good plot, fast paced, relaxing. Certainly not outstanding prose but it is just fine. Given that I only have so many books left to read in my life, I probably won't read another Delinsky but now I know why folks enjoy Delinsky's books!
Emma Jean DeWitt
Review of Flirting with Pete

I enjoy reading books by Barbara Delinsky. I found it difficult to identify with the characters in this book. When I finish one of her books I have a "hangover." I usually want to savor the book - not so with this one. I had to push myself to keep reading.
Patty Cook
Flirting With Pete, AUTHOR, Barbara Delinsky, Weaves together two fascinating narratives that merge in a dramatic, highly emotional, and totally unexpected conclusion, as a Daughter's struggle to win the approval of the Father she never knew becomes a journey of self-discovery...
Annette Mardis
"Flirting With Pete" will touch your heart on so many levels, and it's a story (within a story) that will resonate long after the last page is turned.
The twin tales of Casey Ellis and Jenny Clyde are skillfully intervowen throughout the novel and offer some surprises at the end. The "aha" moments are no less powerful if you manage to figure them out in advance before the big reveals.
I've enjoyed other works by Barbara Delinsky, but this one really stands out. While there are str...more
Bonnie Tharp
Life has a way of dipping way down on you when you least expect it, but somehow you find your way up again with the help of friends and family. Even when you didn't know you had any family left. Casey Ellis is having a really bad time, the father she's never known has just died, her mother is in a coma, and one of her office mates took off with the rent money. I've always heard that bad things always seem to happen in three's and this story is no exception. There are some great characters who he...more
The first chapter was confusing and hard to get into, but then I couldn't put the book down. I really liked this book because it's one of those stories that keeps you guessing and you have to try and piece together until the end. As she's piecing the story together that her father left for her, you keep trying to figure out who the people in the tragic story are. With all the hints and clues, I still didn't piece it together until the very end. It's also a really sad story up until the end. I wa...more
Shannon Ford
I love it !!! Iv read it so many times . I could read it again ! I'm trying to get other people I know to read it also :).
Allison Spry
A quick light read. No real thought required to sort through the simple story that rolls on like a predictable mystery.
A reasonable thriller/romance; good escapist fiction. What really is special about this book in my opinion is the description of the beautiful townhouse in Boston's "exclusive Beacon Hill" that the main character inherits from her father. For some reason I come back from time to time to this book - and have done so over many years - to re-read the author's description of the house. This isn't literary fiction, but the vision of this house echoes in my mind, and keeps this tired and dog-eared boo...more
Amy Gal
amazing. finished it in just a few days. have never read that many pages in one day in my entire life. couldn't put it down. real page turner.
The beginning of this book was slow going. Once I got into it, I had already figured out the general ending. "Flirting with Pete", follows Casey, a psychologist, after the death of her father, whom she never had a relationship with. Her father leaves her his huge town house when he dies. Casey finds a mysterious story in an envelope marked with her initial. As she reads each chapter of the story, she decides to research and see if the story is real or just fiction. I kept reading, just to see if...more
I think this is my first book with this author. Very nice. Story of 2 young women. One, Jenny, who grew up in an abusive family and finally escaped when she was beyond despair . The other, Casey, grew up in a one parent family full of love and hope, yet missing the acknowledgement of her father. But is Jenny real? Casey finds bits and pieces of her story not knowing if it is the beginnings of a novel, a case history left to her from her father, or something else.(takes place in Boston) Casey goe...more
I really really liked this book. I just wish Delinsky came up with better titles for her books, "Flirting With Pete" sounds sleazy romance to me, which it is not at all... I'd say more comparable to Nicholas Sparks love stories... just my opinion though:)

Great book none the less... great story line(s) and wonderful characters. her novels are always full of strong heroines, which I like:). This novel is the story of two very different women woven together to make one book... and of course the han...more
Good family drama/romance. Not my usual reading material but Delinsky writes interesting and well developed characters that you get to know well. This tells two stories. Casey Wells is a phycologist she has never met her biological father when he leaves her a town house on Beacon Hill. He was a renowned phycologist and she finds a case study of a young girl from Maine who has been abused by both her parents. Both stories unfold and they are rich and interesting. The gardener for the house become...more
Really got into this book, it's one of those which is a story within a story,so don't get confused with the prologue as it is a story within itself, & then it blends into the rest. It tells of the relationships between families & different kinds of people, I really love the setting described in the mansion she inherits and the garden. Don't know why the author had to make the gardener be an artist as well, it didn't quite fit.And the title of the book is deceiving- at first gives you a s...more
This was another great book by Barbara delinsky I could not put it down. The story sucked me in.
This is the first boook I have read by this author, I really enjoyed the book and would read more of her books
I really enjoyed this book
Jen Morningstar
I loved that this was like reading two books in one and how they ended up fitting together like that last puzzle piece at the end.

I really wondered about Pete the entire time I was reading, and thought he was just too good to be true, but he had to be because he was the hero and going to save that poor girl.
I was so into the Jenny & Pete part of the story, I had to remind myself this was fiction.

Once again, Delinsky drew me in from the start and didnt let me go until I read the last sentence...more
 Gigi Ann
I like Ms. Delinsky's writing and have read many of her books, however this one was not a favorite of mine. I felt it was a bit wordy, I felt some of it could have been edited out, but, I'm not an editor, so what do I know? This was one of her earlier books, I found her books just a few years ago, so that is probably some of the reason I didn't like this book as well as some of her newer books. It was OK, and I awarded it 3 stars.

I borrowed this book from my local library.
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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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