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Goodnight Nobody is bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's attempt at writing a mystery, with a healthy dose of the author's chick lit sensibilities thrown in for good measure. While this Desperate Housewives meets Sex in the City murder mystery won't make readers shake in their Manolo Blahniks, it will provide the obligatory humor and compassion to which fans of Weiner's Go...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Atria Books
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Rita
Jul 21, 2008 Rita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes chick lit
I liked Goodnight Nobody. It's an easy, fun read.

Having said that, however, I am going to critique Jennifer Weiner's works in general. I have read three of them: Good in Bed, In Her Shoes and Goodnight Nobody. There are similarities between the three of them that are starting to make Weiner's work seem formulaic.

1. Each of the books features a protagonist who is very conscious of her own non-stick figure body shape.

GIB: Cannie
IHS: Rose
GN: Kate

2. Each protagonist has a friend/cohort who is the o...more
Kristen
When I saw this in the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble - I thought I struck gold! I had really liked Good in Bed and In Her Shoes and was excited to pick up another book by Jennifer Weiner. Unfortunately, this fell flat. It was stale and I wasn't involved with the characters at all. Her protagonist was annoying (i.e. mother dealing with a crush she had years ago and now is hemming and hawing about the what-could-have-been) all the while her husband makes attempts (small though they may be)...more
Kirsten
I have to admit - I was disappointed by this book. I felt the heroine, whose name I have already forgotten, was not, in fact, someone I would want championing for me if I was murdered! Why does this woman have to be such a bumbling doofus? Just because she is a stay-at-home mom? The scene at the memorial service was just one example of her embarassment. She's telling everyone she is going to speak at the service, and then she is surprised when she is pushed to speak! I do like how the author inc...more
Barks & Bites
This story is about a desperate housewife who doesn't seem to fit in. After a surprise invite to the meanest of the "in" mom's home, Kate arrives to find her hostess dead on the floor with a knife poking out of her back. It's time to run, methinks.

She instead decides to spice up her boring life by investigating the murder. It reads to me like a very dull episode of Desperate Housewives with some flashbacks to the past thrown in for added tedium. I don't know if I'll finish this because, as the b...more
Abby
If Kate Klein, the protagonist of GOODNIGHT NOBODY, were real, we'd be best friends. Kate struggles with her life as a stay-at-home mom in suburbia. When she finds her neighbor stabbed to death in her kitchen, Kate launches her own investigation to find the killer. The investigation gives her life purpose again.

Author Jennifer Weiner is right-on with the desperation stay-at-home moms feel, as we put our skills aside and our lives on hold to change diapers and clean up spilled Kool-Aid. Kate Kle...more
Jo
This is not the type of book I normally read. It's not the right genre, style or character. So I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it.

Kate Klein is an accidental mother of three. She fell in "like" with her husband after a bad rebound, married him because it was sensible to do so, accidently fell pregnant and had a baby girl, then accidently fell pregnant with twin boys some two months later. Suddenly, she's gone from being a free-spirited (if slightly self-conscious) fashion and tabl...more
ErinReadsTooMuch
Jul 19, 2011 ErinReadsTooMuch rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I have to say that I pretty much hated this book. I only gave it that extra star because the actual writing is pretty good. She spins a good tale, and pretty much the only person you like in the book is Janie, her best friend. Kate, the main character, is pretty much one of the most selfish people I have ever read as a main character. You just feel sorry for her husband, whom she doesn't really love, but thought was suitable to marry because he was "nice", and you really feel sorry for her kids....more
Olivia
I LOVE Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed and enjoyed In Her Shoes and Little Earthquakes, but Goodnight Nobody just doesn't measure up. Maybe it is just slow to start, but I kept trying and couldn't finish it. In the other books, Weiner's characters aren't perfect and you love them that way, but the main character of GN is downright negative to the point of being extremely annoying. If I met her at the park, I would not befriend her either. (If you have read the book, you know what I mean by this.)...more
Lain
I am a little confused as to why Weiner, one of the hottest writers today, felt it necessary to try her hand at a mystery. After the raucous success of "In Her Shoes," "Good In Bed," and "Little Earthquakes," I expected her to keep moving on the same vein -- and I was excited about it.

But this book doesn't make the grade set by her previous three best-sellers. The mystery is clunky, the characters annoying, and the plot disjointed. This was a strange attempt at a new genre. Let's hope Weiner re...more
Kelly
I am starting to see a theme in Jennifer Weiner's books...heart-broken girls that immediately meet a guy that they dont really like but dont find completely repulsive that can financially support them and they end up marrying the guy, not being extremely happy, regretting not being with the guy they were passionate with...makes me wonder about Jennifer Weiner's husband. Also-I feel like there are two types of parents...well that's debatable-but two types of GOOD parents...the kind that TRULY TRU...more
CJ
i didn't have a book to take on the bus/train for labor day weekend...a co-worker loaned me this...i was semi-interested b/c the author has another book i've wanted to read...anyhow, _goodnight nobody_ is a bit hackneyed. trite writing about the thin, beautiful, seemingly successful types...and i'm afraid the author didn't make me very empathetic to the more "realistic" narrator...she's supposed to be smart and not thin...looking for more stimulation than she's getting from being a stay-at-home...more
Tamara
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Julie
Kate Klein is a displaced suburban mom of three who misses her former life in New York where she used her brain and didn't feel completely inadequate compared with the playground supermoms she associates with (none of whom she'd actually call a true friend). When one of the ubermommies turns up dead, Kate can't resist the lure of trying to solve the crime, which causes her path to cross with a former boyfriend -- the one that got away.

Part who done it, part a commentary on married life with chil...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Un mari avocat, une jolie maison dans une petite ville "select" du Connecticut et trois charmants bambins... A première vue, Kate Klein a tout d'une femme comblée. Mais en réalité, elle s'ennuie ferme et ne se retrouve pas dans son quotidien de femme au foyer. Lorsqu'elle découvre sa voisine un couteau plantée dans le dos, son esprit de journaliste d'investigation refait surface ! Accompagnée de son amie de toujours, l'excentrique et fringante Janie, elle décide d'élucider le mystère qui secoue...more
Jessica Lawlor
Since I adore Jennifer Weiner’s writing, I was very excited to read Goodnight Nobody. Unfortunately, now I have read all of Weiner’s novels, so now I’m just waiting for her to write another!
Goodnight Nobody tells the story of Kate Klein, an unsatisfied suburban mom with three kids who misses life as a working woman in New York City. Trying to fit in with the other mom’s in the Connecticut town of Upchurch proves difficult for Kate, but just as she feels like she could make a connection with one...more
Alice
I don't like open-ended narratives. It's a shame, because this book had so much going for it. I sympathized with the main character, I enjoyed the pacing and the characters, and I wanted to know where it was going. Instead, I got a fizzled part 3, no resolution to the questions that kept me pulled along to the end, and a failed attempt at a pastiche to Kate Chopin's The Awakening. An ending that tried to be highbrow and literary instead felt to me like a cop-out, and I made a disgusted noise whe...more
Kolleen
What can I say? Jennifer Weiner is my hero. She writes these delicious stories with the quirkiest and most loveable characters and they always happen to fall into my lap at just the right time. Her stories and writing are always very similar, but different enough to make each read unique and fun. And praise to her for adding a little mystery to her novels. I thought she did a great job of it, despite everyone elses critiques. That being said, if Kate Klein were a real person, we would be best fr...more
Jamie
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Alison
All in all: read the book. It's a good one. Honestly, read anything by Jennifer Weiner. She is very talented, even if I don't always agree with her decisions.

Surprisingly, I probably liked this book the best out of any of Jennifer Weiner's books. I say surprisingly, because it is probably the most different. It mixes mystery, suspense, and romance all in one, and does a very good job with all three. I didn't see the ending of the mystery angle coming until Kate did, which I always think is good;...more
Jennifer Johnson
Apparently all housewives in Connecticut are bored- and I was NOT the only one.

Jennifer Weiner's Goodnight Nobody is her latest novel and the author finds herself straying from her lighter more romantic stories to one of mystery. Kate Klein is the heroine, stuck in boring Connecticut, in kind of a Stepford Wives hell, a hell she feels in no way in which she belongs. The "mommies" around her are perfect and she feels like she and her family don't fit in to the perfect little town. When she discov...more
Carmen
Jennifer Weiner tries her hand at mystery in this book. But she is more skilled at writing her usual self-deprecating comedies like Little Earthquakes, Good in Bed and In Her Shoes. Like all her protagonists, Kate Klein is overweight and a writer. She is stuck in suburbia and bored out of her mind. Then a neighbor gets murdered and she takes it upon herself to investigate. The book is well-written, funny, and entertaining, but compared to her other books I am forced to give it a 3. There's just...more
Caitlin
This is the first book I have read by Jennifer Weiner and I must say I am slightly disappointed. I definitely expected a light, chick lit kind of book and was surprised to find a chick lit twist on a murder mystery (which trust me, isn't as good as it may sound). I have no idea what her other books are like, but I was left wanting more from my first experience. Nevertheless, I still found it mildly entertaining but its definitely no page turner. I will admit that I didn't figure it out ahead of...more
Heather

Kate Klein’s life is not what she thought it would be. Trapped in suburbia with three preschoolers, her days drone endlessly by in a never-ending parade of carpools, play dates, snooty super moms, and household chores.
Kitty Cavanaugh is the undisputed queen of the Upchurch mommies. On the surface, she’s the perfect mom with the perfect suburban life. She’s gorgeous, with not a single ounce of “baby weight” hanging around her tummy or hips. Her twins are beautiful and well behaved. Her home is lo...more
Cook Memorial Public Library
This is the first chick-lit book I've ever gotten all the way through, not that I've tried that many, I never thought I'd enjoy one. I was wrong. And I might read another Jennifer Weiner book, some day.

Goodnight Nobody is about a New York gal who falls in love, gets married, has three kids in the space of two years, and ends up in a Connecticut suburb before she knows what hit her. Then one of the playground mommies is murdered and things really get interesting.

Kate can only investigate the mu...more
Laura
I went in blind...having no clue it was a murder mystery...what do I not read front covers?? ha! This book could easily be a season out of "Desperate Housewives". I found it entertaining and I wanted to keep reading. I even found myself becoming a bit nervous/anxious towards the climax/conclusion. With that being said I wish Weiner did not feel the need to involve such explicit sexual details...and I felt like I was almost home free without encountering too much "adult language" until the last f...more
Joanie
It took me 3 months to finish this book. I liked the first third of the book. The second third lost me. I did like the fish out of water angle, but the contrast was too extreme. She was portrayed a a bumbling idiot. When she kept using the Hello Kitty notebook throughout her entire "investigation" I wanted to scream and ended up feeling very disconnected from her. There were so many interviews and suspects I got lost. While the last third of the book was paced more quickly and a little intriguin...more
Katy
I thought, "Oh, another book about a 30 or 40 something Mom who doesn't know what to do with herself." And yes, it was, but it wasn't either. I actually enjoyed reading the story of a stay-at-home Mom who didn't know what to do with herself until a neighbor was murdered. As it turned out, she finds the body and is unwittingly drawn into searching for the murderer. She finds something else, the realization that she doesn't know her neighbors (which she already knew), didn't recognize who she and...more
Curtis
Goodnight Nobody may not be Weiner's best effort, and for some of her followers it's their least favorite book. But Weiner is such a terrific writer that even at half speed she's still leader of the pack... and that's not to say she's at half speed here.

Initially this suburban tale starts off lighthearted and maybe even a tad cliche, but nevertheless I was entertained from the start. Besides, what do I know about being a white, upper middle class housewife, who may or may not have married on the...more
Nycol Desmarais
I enjoy everything from this author. The characters are so real and the plot is very plausible, it's hard to go back to reality and put the book down. I like the suspense in this book, it's got a little more action! I was given this book by my best friend because the main character, Kate's best friend Janie (aka Aunt Janie) who reminded her of me. For example scenario where she is wearing calf skin boots to babysit or letting the kids wear PJs all day. I Kate (like MY best friend) is a mother tr...more
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(Hiekkakakkuja ja rikoksia) I found this book from a second hand store and thought to give it a go. Reading the back cover, it seemed like it might be a fun mystery. It wasn't - I got bored and skipped to the end to find out who did it. Didn't seem like a very inventive murder mystery either. The narration jumps from the present moment to the past memories of the protagonist and back again, and the story advances way too slowly when you expected the murder investigation to go on. The characters...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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