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Life on the Refrigerator Door

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,371 Ratings  ·  1,349 Reviews
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 wit ...more
Published (first published August 3rd 2007)
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Mar 24, 2008 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I took a week or so to write my review of this book because I'm still not certain how I truly feel. I admit to having borrowed it from the library's "We recommend" section; I felt it would be a quick 'read whilst waiting on the car line' book. Little did I know forty-five minutes worth of reading would cause such inner strife!

Initially I felt the plot to be terribly contrived in terms of post-it note communication. However, having finished the book I realised several people/families have indeed
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

This story is told in the form of notes on the refrigerator door from mother to daughter and vise versa. It's engaging and easily captures the attention of the reader as it reveals the life of Claire and her mom. It's pretty clear where the book is taking us and the morals behind the writing--> don't waste a moment of life, make time for each other, don't ignore the important things that face us, etc. Despite the obvious nature of this book, I became invested in the glimpse into the life of t
Oct 12, 2007 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
I found it hard to like this book because I didn't like the mother at all. My problem with that character was she didn't seem to know much about breast cancer even though she was an ob/gyn, she seemed less mature than her daughter most of the time, and thing the bothered me the most was she didn't have a cell phone. What ob/gyn in this day and age doesn't have a cell phone? (Of course, if she had a cell phone, she could've called her daughter and written fewer notes, which would've been a proble ...more
Ana Carolina
Mar 13, 2016 Ana Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book yesterday and decided to read a page before going to sleep, however this turned out to be impossible to put down and when I realized, it was over.

At a time when face to face comunication and personal interaction is increasingly scarce, it's important to question ourselves - do we really know the people closest to us? at the end of the day what we are doing and the people we're sharing our moments with are the ones that really matter?

A very quick read that still menages to conve
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mothers with teenage daughters
Okay, I'll admit it...this book had me bawling in the waiting room at the doctor's office yesterday. Everyone thought I was there for bad news. After reading the ending, I could honestly tell the doctor I was doing great.
The title caught my eye first, but when I saw the pages were notes between a mother and daughter, I had to read it. Claire is a teenager struggling to define herself in a life of divorce, friends, boys, and school. Her mom is also struggling as a single mother raising a daugh
Catarina Miranda
Oh dam... I knew that something really bad was going to happen... oh dam...
I really enjoyed this book, even though it was really sad and heartbreaking. I'm still trying not to cry, to be truly honest.
It has an extraordinary and essential message. Good book.
Eva Leger
May 13, 2010 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young women
Recommended to Eva by: found @ the supermarker yesterday - already had it listed to-rea
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I had this listed to-read for quite awhile and finally stumbled upon it yesterday at the Super G. :)
I will admit that I'm glad I didn't pay $15.95 for it. As much as I liked it being that it took me less than 20 minutes to read I would have been a little ticked at that. As it happened I only paid $3.00 for it and for this I am pleased.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 3 is the ending. The ending affected me more than any other part of the book.
Oct 25, 2012 Sweetdhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Berapa kali saya merasa jengkel karena Emak?

Berapa kali saya mengacuhkan Emak karena bosan mendengarkan keluhan beliau?

Berapa kali saya merasa tidak mendengarkan nasihat beliau?

Berapa kali saya membuat Emak jengkel karena tidak menyentuh masakan yang sudah susah payah beliau siapkan untuk saya?

Berapa kali saya membuat Emak menarik nafas panjang untuk setiap perselisihan pendapat yang selalu berakhir dengan terdiamnya beliau karena kekeraskepalaan saya?

Jan 06, 2011 ucha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
komunikasi antara ibu dan anak perempuannya lewat pintu kulkas
bisa jadi sosok claire seperti kita
* meminta uang jajan : menuliskannya dengan huruf-huruf besar
* marah kepada ibu : hanya menuliskan pesan-pesan pendek
* berkata pada ibu : dan aku tidak menginginkan "ibu yang lebih baik". Aku sudah punya kau (pg.217)
* kehilangan ibu : mengalami kekosongan yang luar biasa dan menyadari betapa seharusnya lebih mencintainya lagi sepanjang waktunya

*thanks echa buat pinjaman bukunya*
Andava com este livro na estante há algum tempo em lista de espera para ser lido. Confesso que a minha vontade para o ler foi-se logo no momento em que o recebi cá em casa, o abri e vi como estava organizado o seu conteúdo. Quando o encomendei numa das promoções da presença não imaginava com tão pouco texto. Sim, foi preconceito aquilo que aconteceu porque pensei que pouco texto era indicativo de má história.

Felizmente fui agradavelmente surpreendida. Gostei bastante da forma como a autora deci
Dec 20, 2007 J-Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and adults who have been touched by cancer
This book is incredibly moving especially when you think about the fact that it is written entirely in scribbled notes on the refrigerator door. A great example of how alternative formats can be just as strong as powerful as the traditional novel.

I like how the author didn't fill in the blanks, the reader is left to decide what conversations and fights take place between the daily notes. In short notes, Kuipers captures the voice of a teenage girl and her mother struggling to fit cancer into the
Oct 18, 2007 Urmysweeti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Today I listened to a book on CD. The title was "Life on the Refrigerator Door, Notes between Mother and Daughter". It was about a Mother and Daughter that left notes for each on the frige door. Much of the time they were caught up in everyday life, even when mom was diagnosed with cancer. This book made me realize that life is too short. Today I have made the decision to make my relationships with my daughters better. I don't want to waste time life is too short. It cold be gone in a snap of a
Dec 13, 2007 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Such a quick read, think I had it finished in under an hour. I really didn't like most of this book. It seemed so wrong to me that this family of two couldn't take the time to communicate face-to-face. Although they do talk about a few meetings, most of the book centered around the fact that they didn't really know each other and were both so selfish they wouldn't stop anything in their own lives to spend time with each other. The mother knew little to nothing about the daughters school and soci ...more
May 24, 2008 YoSafBridg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
"This is Just to Say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold"
I remember when i first encountered this poem~ninth grade Honors English (my all time favorite teacher~most inspirational~props again Mr. Mathis...) I seem to remember one of those painful sessions of analyzation~searching for meaning, symbolism, wondering if there were any right or wrong answers (which brings back ni
Apr 14, 2014 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
5 stars, I finished this book a minute ago, it took me today to read, it is short but powerful. i really like the style, because you can imagine it however you want in your mind. I saw a mother and daughter that did not see enough of each other. They loved each other very much despite their fights. They didn't realise how little time they had left together which I found really sad. This book taught me a lesson: enjoy life and complete your dreams while you can. This book made me think of how luc ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Keisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 / 5 stars

It was a quick and powerful read.
Feb 03, 2014 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
I found Life on the Refrigerator Door in the super-discount bin at Barnes&Noble, thought it was an interesting concept and picked it up.

It wasn't a fantastic book and only took me about 40 minutes to read, but it certainly had a strong message.

This epistolary work is written in the form of notes between a mother and daughter left on the refrigerator as they just miss each other going through the motions of their busy lives.

When I first read the book, I felt both mother and daughter were se
Harun Harahap
Buku yang sangat menarik. Seorang anak bernama Claire berbalas pesan dengan ibunya melalui pesan singkat yang ditempel di pintu kulkas. Pesan ini kadang hanya sebaris, kadang panjang hingga dua halaman. Dari permintaan membeli kebutuhan sehari-hari hingga melepaskan curahan hati.

Buku ini jujur sekali mengisahkan hubungan Ibu dan anak. Tak semuanya manis, terkadang ada perselisihan. Egois itu tak hanya milik seorang remaja yang baru tumbuh melainkan seorang ibu pun memilikinya. Tapi itu semua tak
Dec 15, 2009 Weni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unik. Setiap lembar dalam buku ini adalah pesan yang ditempelkan di pintu kulkas oleh Claire (remaja berusia 15 tahun) dan ibunya untuk berkomunikasi. Ada daftar belanja, ada nilai ulangan di sekolah, ada cerita ttg teman laki2, ada pertengkaran, ada penyesalan, ada rasa cemas, ada rasa takut, ada rasa bangga, ada cinta.

Saya membaca chicklit tapi belum pernah membaca teenlit. 'Kehidupan di Pintu Kulkas' adalah teenlit pertama saya. Sial, buku ini berhasil membuat saya yang mudah terharu (baca: c
Oct 30, 2007 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings about this one. I had a hard time not feeling frustrated with the mother. I have a teenage daughter and I cant imagine being so busy where I had to leave notes on everything from being dianosed with breast cancer to what boys she is dating. The mother was the won suffering with the cancer but I felt more sympathetic towards the daughter who I felt was neglected. The ending was very sad and it did bring tears to my eyes. The good thing about the book is it is a reminder to sl ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never judge a book by its cover. You can say that again!

When I reached for Life on the Refrigerator Door at four in the morning I hoped for a light reading that would distract me from the stabbing pain in my stomach. Instead, I ended up being punched by a rather raw wave of emotion that I was not expecting at all.

Honestly, I find it hard to believe that people would communicate like this. I mean, at first it made sense. Even though plain - I thought this was going to be sort of a scrapbook thing
Este livro lê-se rapidamente devido à forma como está escrito. A linguagem é muito acessível e expressiva e o livro retrata na perfeição um tema dramático e bastante atual. Além disso, a autora consegue transmitir uma realidade que certamente acontece em muitas famílias: a falta de tempo para estar com aqueles que são mais importantes.

Opinião completa: http://quandoseabreumlivro.blogspot.p...
Camillia Dass
We went out to have lunch today at Nandos and before we went home, I popped into the bookstore. I was browsing when I saw this book. I walked away from it though because it looked like the stereotypical YA novel. But later on, I found myself drifting back to it. I picked it up, it had a pretty cover, and flipped to the first page. I quickly realised that the book was written in completely in notes and lists.

So I started to read. And read. And read. And I finally finished the book.

There were tear
Jun 28, 2015 Clarabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une mère et sa fille ne font que se croiser et communiquent par des petits messages, laissés sur le frigo. Liste de courses, gros bisous pour la journée, comment s'est passé ton exposé, ce soir je reste chez ma copine, rappelle ton père, nettoie la cage du lapin, etc. Que de l'ordinaire.
Et puis, la demande devient pressante : la mère de Claire veut la voir entre quatre yeux, lui parler d'un rendez-vous chez le médecin, lui expliquer cette boule au sein. C'est très grave, la mère est paniquée d'
Jan 18, 2009 Roos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenlit, 2009
Gila...bisa-bisanya 2 orang hidup serumah berkomunikasi hanya lewat notes atau pesan yang ditempelkan disebuah Kulkas.

Seorang Ibu, yang juga seorang dokter dan single parent mempunyai seorang anak gadis Claire yang sibuk bersekolah dan bekerja part time as baby sitter. Contoh notesnya nih:

Hei Claire-Bear,

wortel dan makanan kelinci untuk Peter
daging sapi giling
jus-kau yang pilih

Kalau kau masih bisa membawa lebih banyak, belikan juga ayam dan dua ka
Apr 19, 2016 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voor de tweede keer gelezen. Nu vallen er weer andere dingen op als de eerste keer dat ik het las. Het is een communicatie tussen moeder en tienerdochter die heel herkenbaar voor mij is. Ik heb geen borstkanker maar wel 9 specialisten. Mijn kinderen hebben dus regelmatig met die angst te maken.

Wat in een gewoon leven zou kunnen gebeuren. De 15 jarige Claire woont bij haar gescheiden moeder die werkt als gynaecologe. De communicatie verloopt via briefjes. De inhoud simpel. "Mama je bent w
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was a really quick read as the format of the book is conversation through post-it notes and eventually, a letter. This made the book an extremely quick read, but unfortunately I think that this didn't make the book as effective as it could be. Cancer is a quite shocking and a very emotive subject, but I just couldn't connect or feel much towards this book. It was all very quick and I although I thought that the post-it notes were a clever idea, I just can't believe that a mother and daughte ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Ingrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat idea, pretty neat presentation, but it fell a bit flat for me. The characters never really made me feel and I just shot through the book quickly, never being impacted. It was a light read, despite the fact that it probably wasn't meant to be. I'd still recommend it to people if they like this sort of work.
Mar 21, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting style---a book composed completely of notes!

I did wish it was a bit more engaging however.

I felt the character development was weak, and I really wished that instead of it all being refrigerator door notes (which to me exacts a certain amount of detachment) that the notes would have been interspersed throughout the story and given a stronger character development.

Cool idea---but I had difficulty connecting to the characters and developing empathy for the plot. Short read though--pr
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I was born in London, England, and I moved to Canada in 2003 when I fell in love with a Canadian. We live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which took a while for me to learn how to spell. I have four children, a girl and three boys.

My first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published
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