I thought this was an excellent book. I did not enjoy Weiner's previous book, Good in Bed, but I LOVED this one. I have read other reviews by folks who liked Good in Bed and such that HATED this book. So if you didn't like her previous books, give this one a try. It's definitely a mystery, with some chick/mom lit too. I would love to read more like this from Jennifer Weiner.
I find myself gobbling up all of her books that I can. I'm not too sure why, considering the endings to almost ALL of the books i've read have left me so mad. It seems like they are just unfinished and they leave you wondering "well what happened after?" If you're a fan of her books then you're probably already well aware of the style of her books and their endings. Other than the ending, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. I'd recommend it, but not without first making someone aware that becoming angry at the end is a definite possibility.
This was a different read for me of late. I've read one other Jennifer Weiner book, Good in Bed, and this was good but I liked that one better. This one lacked that zany touch of humor -- feeling like I was bogged down in Kate's life along with her would have been a bit easier with a few more laughs, although that was probably part of what she was getting at.
Overall, good book, but not great. And remind me not to get married, move to Connecticut, have a few kids and become a supermommy while my husband works long hours, becomes dismissive, and forgets how to be good in bed!
My more specific impressions? First, Kate is living the life I think I dread most -- one everyone thinks is perfect from the edges, but once inside you see that Kate is just there for other people to use and ignore. Actually I think it wouldn't be so bad if she were going through it with her husband as opposed to knowing her husband is watching distantly and still can't be bothered... Anyway, very well titled book.
It's also a very slow book, at least in the first half. It picked up a lot past the midway point, once more and more interesting things started to surface and especially after Kitty became more fleshed out as a character, even postmortem. And I caught the little play on the childhood name as compared to the main character's.
There were a few things I'd wish had been more specifically spelled out at the end, but that's just me and my need to know everything that did and will happen!
Weiner's typical formula of overweight woman unhappy with some part of her life has worked for three books. In _Goodnight Nobody_, she sticks with this formula, but also tries something new. It is a mystery of sorts.
The perfect mother is found dead. Her death was not a natural one. So, the community of Upchurch, CT (a whole community of perfect mothers) seeks to protect their families while honoring the deceased.
Kate Klein is not a perfect mother. As the discoverer of the dead body, she feels a connection with the woman who has died and seeks to discover who was responsible for the death.
If this is your first Jennifer Weiner book, you will love it. If you have read several of her books, you will enjoy it, but realize it is not her best book. It's enjoyable for sure, but she has written better stories!
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner, and find her books very entertaining. That said, I must admit this book was a disappointment.
First to the outline of the book. Kate Klein is a suburban mother of three children under five. Her husband is a workaholic, and she feels left out of the clique of women that she has somewhat befriended in her neighborhood. When Kate finds the body of one of these moms after arriving for a play date, she sees it as an opportunity to break out of her rut. It also leads her to cross paths with a first love and begin to question her marriage.
My problems with the book start with Kate, the heroine/protagonist of the book. Although at times I identified with some of her plight, having lived in the suburbs most of my life and recognizing some of the Stepford wives she contends with, I also found her irritating. She claims not to fit in with her group of friends, but at times she seems rather condescending of their choices in life. She also seems to be rather offhand about her kids, and seems to enjoy herself only when they arent around. I dont think everyone needs to be a perfect mom 24/7, but cook them a meal once in a while, and do some laundry for crying out loud. It was as if trying to distance the character of Kate from the other moms Weiner went a little to far to the other side. The character of Janie, Kates best friend was more of a caricature than a real person. Ben and Evan the two men in Kates life seemed more like props. The mystery of the book was interesting enough, and had a satisfying enough conclusion; although Kates story did not. It seemed deliberately open ended, as if setting up for a sequel. I have come to expect more from Ms Weiners books, and hope her next book brings back her more winning style.
If you ever lived as a stay at home mom in suburbia, this book right up your alley. IT's mystery involving a very normal wife in an almost stepford burb in CT. Her advntures, and misadventures are endearling . I found it a nice read, even though not my lifestyle, I would recomment it.
This is better than Weiner's usual (which aren't bad) because it is actually a murder mystery as well as an exploration into the world of mom's. Our protagonist Kate is a mother of three and has recently moved to a very snobby suburb in Connecticute where the mom's try to one-up each other on what a great mom they are. One of the snotty mom's is murdered and Kate finds her body. Kate works on finding the killer and in the process runs into the guy she never got over. This is a fun time with never a dull moment!
This book was something of a break from the usual JW book. While the main character is her typical plus-sized heroine, the book wasn't all about getting a guy or keeping one.
It was a little unbelievable in parts (Why, for example, would a bored suburban housewife decide that it was her job to solve a murder mystery?) but overall I really liked this one. Even the "perfect" neighborhood moms grabbed my interest and kept my attention through-out.
Bookfanatic reviewed Goodnight Nobody (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 4
A funny and poignant tale of life in suburbia but not one of my favorites from Jennifer Weiner. This is one part mystery and two parts chick lit. Many of us can relate to the heroine. She wears sweat pants to play dates at the playground and fishes out old stale chips from her diaper bag much to the horror of the other mothers who are all petite and all of whom give healthy snacks to their children. A misfit and not too unhappy about it, Kate's life in Connecticut gives a good glimpse into the mommy wars and the fierce competition among mothers to outdo, outshine others. The mystery story seemed out of place. This could have been even better book if the murder was excised from the narrative. Weiner could have explored what it means to be a stay at home mom in the 21st century.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner! This book doesn't let you down at all! If anything, it shows you what a dynamic author she truly is because this if the first book of hers that includes a "murder mystery". And you can't miss her humor and sarcasm - a great book all around!
This book reminded me of Susan Isaac's Compromising Positions, and was just as fun. I've read all Weiner's books and although the mystery-like plot is different for her, the snappy diaglog and witty observations are just as good, if not better.
Fantasy L. reviewed Goodnight Nobody (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
I love Jennifer Weiner's books! She is just so funny and real and reading her books makes me feel like I'm sitting around the table, drinking coffee with some of my best friends. I highly reccomend this book, and any of her others, to anyone!
I loved this book. It made me laugh out loud many times, as I can relate to some of her feelings of being a mother of small children in a new neighborhood and trying to relate to it all. This author gives her character just great wit and intelligence. I have read most of her books and everyone of then is great. I highly recommend this book!!
I absolutely love Jennifer Weiner!!! I first picked up "Good in Bed" at a yard sale, and loved it, so I have been on the hunt to pick up more of her books. Her charectors are always believable a highly relateable. This book is awsome as are all the rest of hers I have read. I will not part with my Jennifer Weiner books anytime soon.
I bought this in an airport so I didn't have really high expectations. I was merely looking for a book that would entertain me during my flight. It served its purpose, as I was entertained. Though I must say, I thought the ending was a little stupid.
I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a "fluff" book. It's good for travel, or for those times when you want to read a book, but don't want to get your brain too involved.
A disappointment. The world does not need another bored-suburban-housewife-investigates-murder tale, even when the bored-suburban-housewife is one of Weiner's fully realized, quirky, bright women. The secondary plot involving the Guy That Got Away is good, but feels like it belongs in another book of its own.
Fun, fast-moving, yet thoughtful story of a young mother feeling frustrated in her upper-class Connecticut suburb, until the murder of another mom in her circle causes her to investigate the woman's life--and her own.
Usually Jennifer Weiner is outstanding. For some reason this book did not hit the mark for me, i found myself bored, confused by the plot, a bit bored and i struggled to finish the book. usually i whip through her books, so this one just did not work for me.
The reader does a great job, but I am a bit confused as to how the title fits the story. The story itself is entertaining, but I did not find the characters near as interesting as her other books, Good in Bed & Little Earthquakes.
It took me a long time to get through this book. I'm not sure why. I liked it well enough. It was light and funny at times, but it seemed to have way more layers than was necessary. Kate and Janie made a great team and I loved Sophie! A bored housewife playing detective with her best friend just wasn't enough to hold my attention in long bursts. Perhaps it just wasn't the right book at the right time.
I instantly identified with the heroine in this book. A full time mother who feels she is not allowing herself to continue to grow. It has some neat twist and turns. Nice ending...I won't give it away, but I didn't see it coming!
A first for Jennifer Weiner. This book combines aspects from all of her past stories - love, friendship, humor - but this time she also adds some suspense. The main character is strong as always and very witty. I loved it!
I recently read all of Weiner's books after attending a booksigning in my neighborhood. I have to say, she is hilarious and so much like her heroines in her novels. Believe it or not, a lot of her characters are based on people she knows. She is a riot! This book was pretty good, but I like her other works better.
This is about a suburban housewife who finds herself being snubbed by the other mothers and becomes very bored with her life. Until one of the other mothers is murdered and she decides to investigate for herself. I enjoyed this book very much. I love all of Jennifer Weiner's books.
I've read all of Jennifer Weiner's other books and I've loved each one of them - they were all books I couldn't put down. This one, however, did not grab my attention like the others. It wasn't bad but I just didn't find it as gripping as her other books.
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 of the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling and enduring endless games of Candy Land, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety.
When a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is the most exciting thing to happen in Upchurch, Connecticut, since her neighbors broke ground for a guesthouse and cracked their septic tanks. Even though the local police chief warns her that crime-fightings a job best left to the professionals, Kate launches an unofficial investigation---from 8:45 to 11:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, when her kids are in nursery school.
As Kate is drawn deeper into the murdered womans past, she begins to uncover the secrets and lies behind Upchurchs picket-fence façade---and considers the choices and compromises all modern women make as they navigate between obligation and independence, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of ones own.
This was my first Jennifer Weiner book, and I was engrossed from the second I picked the book up. It is a great chick lit book with some mystery thrown in. And stay-at-home moms who feel inadequate definitely will relate!
I tried desperately hard to read this, but I couldn't get into it no matter how hard I tried. I had to put it down after a few chapters. I am usually a huge Jennifer Weiner fan, but this one left me very disappointed.
"Goodnight Nobody" is a very good novel that is several cuts above the average mystery which is forgotten as soon as you finish it. An unusual mix of the literary with satire and mystery, it is hard to peg but easy to recommend.
Kate is a fish out of water in her new Connecticut suburb, where everyone else is a Supermom and is careful to feed their kids only organic foods.
She tries to befriend Kitty, but unfortunately she turns up dead when Kate and her kids show up for a play date. Oops, sorry to bother you, Kitty. Oops, the discovery turns on her latent reporter instincts and she is off nosing around for leads and interviews.
There is much humor and hilarity in the novel, aside from the satire. Her own feelings of inadequacy, fed by her children's excellent timing in upchucking, her inventive lies which backfire on her, her best friend Janie who calls her back to herself as a reporter -- I only wish she had referred to her new hometown as Upchuck more often.
Underneath are themes of self-erasure and identity. Women marry and move to "Upchuck" and we hardly have any idea what they did or what they were before they moved. None of the housewives have a paying position outside the home, and they are rather shocked when it is discovered that Kitty was helping write or research a famous columnist's material. On top of that, Kate's own husband seems to be less than supportive of her efforts to uncover the truth behind Kitty's murder. At the end, Kate and hubby Ben are separated while they sort out their marriage.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's newest novel tells the story of a young mother's move to a postcard-perfect Connecticut town and the secrets she uncovers there. For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia's 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 enduring endless games of Candy Land, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. When a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch since her neighbors broke ground for a guesthouse and cracked their septic tank. Even though Kate's husband and the police chief warn her that crime-fighting's a job best left to professionals, she can't let it go. So Kate launches an unofficial investigation -- from 8:45 to 11:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, when her kids are in nursery school -- with the help of her hilarious best friend, carpet heiress Janie Segal, and Evan McKenna, a former flame she thought she'd left behind in New York City. As the search for the killer progresses, Kate is drawn deeper into the murdered woman's double life. She discovers the secrets and lies behind Upchurch's placid picket-fence facade -- and the choices and compromises all modern women make as they navigate between independence and obligation, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of one's own. Engrossing, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Goodnight Nobody is another unputdownable, timely tale; an insightful mystery with a great heart and a narrator you'll never forget.
This is my least favorite of Jennifer Weiner's books. Her characters in this novel are left undeveloped throughout the story and are not even really likeable. It starts out good, with a relatable theme: "Suburban housewife (Kate) finds another one dead in her gourmet kitchen" but then the main character for not particular reason other than boredom goes into a Nancy Drew mode to try to find out who was the killer. It is hard to empathize with Kate, she doesn't really love her husband or being a mom, has not interesting voice or past and is frumpy and not even funny. The only saving grace is Kate's friend Janie, who is likable and funny. The twist and resolution on the story leaves a lot to be desired and leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Especially about the husband... and past boyfriend. Why did they play such an important part if nothing was going to link them to the story at all? I didn't get that. I wish Jennifer will go back to writing her funny witty easy read books that are great for the beach! Mystery not her forte.
Tricia S. reviewed Goodnight Nobody (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I love Jennifer Weiner for her ability to develop a story. The characters, settings, and other details are expressed without a feeling that you are forgetting the plot.
Goodnight nobody was not a typical Weiner story. I was pleasantly surprised and captivated by the mystery. I am no sluth myself, so I enjoyed the read without trying to solve the puzzle. I'm not sure tradtional mystery readers will do the same.
Being a mommie in the suburbs myself I could relate to the social aspects of the story. However, I've never had to investigate my neighbors!
im actually digging this book. i love chick lit, but i have to say, my brain is turning to mush. since id already checked this out from the library, i decided to start it while i sat and waited at the airport. and to my surprise someone gets murdered by the 5th page. so at least im forced to do some thinking! cant wait to find out who did it!
this turned out to be a really good book. i had no idea who the murder was up until it was revealed at the very end. she should write more mysteries.
I have never ready a Jennifer Weiner book before. This was the pick for our book club last month. I loved it. I thought her satirical view of life in the "burbs" was fantastic. What is so sad and many of the characterizations were not really that far from the truth. There was a fantastic balance of humor and suspense with the mystery aspect. I will say that the ladies in the book club who had read her before did not enjoy it as much as I did. They felt it was out of character for her and that she should not write mysteries.
Although this book wasn't as attention grabbing as some of Weiner's other offerings, I still really like the way the story played out. Kate is a character that you can really identify with, and her friend Janie is one of the most eccentric characters I've ever read. A good book to read while traveling or something.
A quick, easy and fun read! I wish Jen would stray from the overweight woman who wants to fit in - but this was a fun, summer read w/a twist o' an ending. Forgettable but loads of fun while you're with it! I couldn't put it down.
I really didn't care for this book. I have liked most of Jennifer Weiner's other books but I found the main character in this one annoying, almost a reverse snob. Also, the plot was not believable to me.
Karin M. reviewed Goodnight Nobody (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I hate to be mean but I really just did not like this book. Perhaps it's an East coast liberal thing, I dunno, but really not my style. Jennifer Weiner is funny but aside from that the story line was jumbled with lots of flashbacks and flashbacks within flashbacks. The ending drug on and was quite unclimatic and not really creative (IMO). It also wasn't a 'happy ending' which when I read it is for escape, I wanted a good ending...ho hum.
Clear your calendar before you start reading this one. I couldn't put it down. Some parts are so funny and so true to life especially when Kate is talking about things her kids do and her feelings of being a less than perfect mother. At the same time, it's a great story about relationships as well as a murder mystery. You'll love it!
I have read all of Jennifer Weiner's books and loved them. I loved this one, too, but it is very different from previous books. Sure, it has the trials and tribulations of a pudgy, harried mom, but it's also a very engaging murder mystery. I think of it as Murder She Wrote meets Desperate Housewives.
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 enduring endless games of Candy Land, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. When a fellow mother is murderd, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is the most exciting thing to happen in Upchurch, Connecticut, since her neighbors broke ground for a guesthouse and cracked their spetic tank. As Kate is drawn deeper into the murdered woman's past, she begins to uncover the secrets nd lies behind Upchurch's picket-fence facade---and considers the choices and compromises all modern women make as the navigate between obligation and independence, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of one's own. A Peyton Place for the 21st century, only more modern, hip and funny than the original.
This book is great, it's smart, it's funny (I definately got some weird looks for laughing outloud while reading it)and it's one of my favorites. I've had it for a while and I can't even tell you how many times I've read it, but the only imperfections is a couple of bent corners on the front and back covers and maybe a dog-eared page or two that hasn't straightened out yet.
When a fellow mother is murdered, Kate Klein finds that the unsolved mystery is the most exciting thing to happen in Upchurch, Connecticut, since her neighbors broke the ground for a guesthouse and cracked their septic tank.