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Goodnight Nobody

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  56,572 ratings  ·  2,060 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s unforgettable story of adjusting to suburbia—and all the surprises hidden behind its doors.

For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia has been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling and
Paperback, 387 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Washington Square Press (first published September 20th 2005)
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Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
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) to r ...more
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book multiple times (I've lost count) and I just adore it. I was craving the familiar and after giving this book as a recommendation to folks looking for a mystery without darkness/violence I suddenly felt the need to read it. I snagged the audiobook from my library and I think it made me love it even more.

Kate Klein is a mom of three who is living in the picture perfect suburban town of Upchurch, Connecticut and she's struggling - to fit in with the mom crowd, to be a full time m
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, audiobook
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
May 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, chick-lit
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
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
DNF @ 20%. I’ve enjoyed others of Weiner’s- just wasn’t feeling this one. I found myself wandering away from it and thinking about other things. Too much fluff and not enough substance for me.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I've read other Jennifer Weiner books and really enjoyed them, but this was terrible. I couldn't stand the protagonist--she was an awkward, bumbling fool with a massive inferiority complex and judgment about everyone she met and barely knew. She kept apologizing to her neglectful, borderline emotionally abusive husband, and we're supposed to hate Evan, her crush, because they drunkenly kissed and then he didn't break up with his fiancée. Kate had childish expectations, which we're supposed to em ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really didn't like this book. Kate was extremely unlikeable. She bumbled through the whole mystery, making false accusations at every turn. It's a wonder she didn't end up sued for slander. She was also wishy washy about which man she wanted in her life. But last I checked one of them was actually making an effort and is father to her three kids. And let's talk about her kids. Kate whined constantly about being such a busy mom of three but more often than not she was dropping them off somewher ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love her books! Always fun reads!
Judy D Collins
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
"Jennifer Weiner always keeps you laughing with her outlandish ways and hurmor! "
Nik's Nook
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
If this were the first book I read by Weiner, I wouldn't read another. I really don't have anything to say about this book at all. It wasn't good. It wasn't bad. It was just a blah read.
The constant complaint of the avid Goodreads user: If only this site hadn't decided, for whatever random and never-fully-explained reasons, to patently and staunchly refuse to give us half stars...

But since they have, this is one that's getting rounded down, unfortunately. I've read the three books she published prior to this one and enjoyed all of them, but this one missed the mark for me. It's not meant to be a "thriller" but there is a bit of a mystery/thriller aspect to it, and I just don't
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I found this book a little hard to relate to as I don't have kids but the more I got into it, the more I enjoyed reading it as I was able to relate the underlying theme to myself. The main character has a great life in NYC, great friends, a promising job. After getting her heart broken by someone who she was secretly in love with, she travels to Europe in hopes her mom would suddenly be there for her and help lick her wounds. Instead, her mom spurns her like she always has. On her trip ...more
Kate is a mom of three, living in the suburbs and feeling like she just doesn’t live up to the other moms, and none of them are interested in being friends with her. She misses her best friend Janie from when they lived in New York City; luckily, “Aunt” Janie comes to visit fairly often. When one of the other local moms (Kitty) invites Kate over to talk about something, Kate instead stumbles upon Kitty’s dead body in the kitchen, with a knife sticking out of her back. Kate and the other moms are ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I have never read any books by Jennifer Weiner but I was watching Chapter and Converse on YouTube rave about this book. Based upon her stellar review of it I picked it up. Unfortunately, it was disappointing for me. We follow stay at home mom Kate Klein, who stumbles upon the body of another mom in her small knit community. This discovery reignites something in her and she begins to investigate who could be the murderer. Something that was very well done was the depiction of the characters. I en ...more
Anna Mcguire
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at my local library. They were having a sale and I had read a few other of Ms Weiner's books so I figured why not. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I connected with Kate and her feelings of not being enough while at the same time knowing I'm doing just fine. The book starts off with a murder and surprisingly you don't know who did it till the end. There's a huge plot twist, I gasped out loud and woke up my husband. The story keeps up a steady pace while giving ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The plot was good, however the heroine was a self deprecating complainer. After a while, every other line of her putting herself down or complaining about her wealthy lifestyle got old. It was hard to finish. Her lead characters are unusually not very likeable, but they have a redemptive moment and this book never had one.
I listened to this on audio. It’s a good beach read. The entire thing struck me as silly (the main character, the plot, many of the other characters), but I still enjoyed the story and was paying attention to it. So far, both books I’ve read by Jennifer Weiner are fairly focused on housewives, so I’m skeptical that I’ll read a whole lot more from her. But her books are certainly easy reading.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75-4 stars
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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