Life on the Refrigerator Door

Life on the Refrigerator Door

By Alice Kuipers

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Harper Collins : 2007
ISBN: 9780002006798
Branch Call Number: FIC Kuip
Characteristics: 220p

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shokolit Sep 13, 2018

A beautiful short book, that is an exchange of notes on the refrigerator between a mother and her daughter. I cried so much reading it.

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NeverEndingCycle
Dec 24, 2014

Cried. Cried so hard. Very emotional. Very well-written. Ugh, very good book.

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

Imagine this. You're Claire, an only child who's not a child, almost an adult, almost able to take care of yourself. Not that you have a choice about taking care of yourself, anyway. Your dad's not in the picture, and your mom's a big-shot doctor.

You and your mom hardly ever see each other, but you love each other very much, so you stay in touch the easiest way you know how. By jotting down a quick sticky note to each other as you run out, and sticking it to the fridge. Sometimes it's a grocery list. Sometimes it's news about a date. Sometimes it's a complaint, we never see each other any more! But there's plenty of time for that later, right? Then one day, there's bad news on the fridge that changes everything.

Curious? This is a fast read, because it's told completely through these notes. Claire's story isn't an easy read, though. Some might even call it heartbreaking.

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red_alligator_4826
Aug 02, 2014

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad that I read it. It is an amazing book but it is emotional. I didn't think I would be that into it but it was truly amazing

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elfster14
Aug 06, 2012

Very sad, found myself crying at the end of it. But really touching. I know personally the pain of losing someone to this disease. Helped me to remember the good times

loonylovesgood Aug 05, 2011

Read this in one day. Very sad, but I like the note-writing style.

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Mum_of_2
Jul 22, 2011

Interesting story of a mother-daughter relationship and courage in the face of illness. I liked the original format of telling a story through notes.

TheRachelS Jun 16, 2011

Recommended by Lainey

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tfernley
Apr 21, 2011

I really enjoyed this story, and was able to read it in an afternoon. It was really nice to see the relationship between mother and daughter develop. Well done.

Cait_Sidhe Jul 20, 2010

Such a sad story but also so poignant, especially as the relationship between mother and daughter becomes more apparent the further into this book you get. Well worth a read

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