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Life on the Refrigerator Door- Alice Kuipers

Cover of "Life on the Refrigerator Door"

Cover of Life on the Refrigerator Door

This review was written 9/4/09

Synopsis (from Amazon)

Beautifully told through notes left on their kitchen fridge, this is an intimate portrait of the relationship between a hard-working mother and her teenage daughter. Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, it is about being a ‘good mother’ or a ‘good daughter’, and is a reminder of how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them.


This is quite a nice little book, quite simple and a quick easy read, it only took me about an hour. As someone whose Mum has gone through breast cancer I could connect quite well with Claire’s character, not sure whether to worry or just try to act as if everything was normal and would be ok. In a way I found the idea of notes a bit unrealistic, I didn’t think such important things would be discussed on notes, or at least not to that extent, even though sometimes it is easier to write things down. I also think the book could have been better if

(highlight for spoiler)the mother had lived. I don’t know why really, I guess I would have liked to see how they coped with the aftermath. However the letters from Claire after her mother had died were very touching

In all if you don’t have much time, or just want something easy to read this is a quite good choice as it still has some of the touching elements which are usually only in more challenging books, but if you want a story about cancer there are probably some better ones out there



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