Life on the Refrigerator Door

Life on the Refrigerator Door

Notes Between A Mother and Daughter : A Novel in Notes

Book - 2007
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Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood--boys, school, friends, identity; Claire's mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined.

Heartfelt, touching, and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world. Moving and rich with emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007
ISBN: 9780061370496
Branch Call Number: F KUI


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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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