Life on the Refrigerator Door - Alice Kuipers Review

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Released: August 3rd 2007 (hardback)
HarperCollins Canada
Pages: 240
Source: Library


Life on the Refrigerator Door is a poignant and deeply moving first novel about the bonds of love and frustration that tie mothers and daughters together. Told entirely in a series of notes left on the kitchen fridge — some casual, some intimate, some funny, some angry — it is the story of nine months in the life of 15-year-old Claire and her single mother. Preoccupied with their busy separate lives, rarely in the same room at the same time, they talk to each other in a series of short snippets that reflect the daily drama of school, boyfriends, work and chores that make up their days. Yet the mundane soon becomes extraordinary when a crisis overtakes their lives—a momentous change that will redefine their relationship and unfold in their exchanges on the refrigerator door.

Short, powerful and unforgettable, Kuipers’ novel looks deep into the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, and the distances that can open up between people who live together but exist in their own worlds. Unfolding in a wonderfully simple and intimate narrative, Life on the Refrigerator Door will appeal to readers across the generations, delivering universal lessons about love.


A very quick read but emotional.

I liked this book. It's a roller coasters of emotions between a mother and a daughter who leave notes on the fridge for each other because their schedule are so different and busy. Claire is a 15 year old teenager going to school, being with friends and dealing with a boyfriend, while her mother works at the hospital and has a busy sporadic work schedule.

Once bad news hits you see the notes change between the mothers and daughter.

As every mother and daughter they fight, the have fun together and they deal with issues together but some of the issues and questions written in the notes were really serious and I thought were questions that should have been discussed in person or at least in a phone call not in notes.

I would have liked maybe dates on the notes just to know how sporadic the notes were. The sections in the book just tell you what time of year it is in chunks. January, March, June, and September.

I enjoyed this book and it did make me feel emotion at the end of the book.

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