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Life on the Refrigerator Door

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  5,084 ratings  ·  1,136 reviews
"Mom, "

"I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plants. I cleaned out Peter's cage. I tidied the sitting room. And the kitchen. And I did the washing up. "

"I'm going to bed. "

"Your live-in servant, "

"Claire "

'Life on the Refrigerator Door' is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published by MacMillan UK (first published August 3rd 2007)
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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
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
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Eva Leger
May 13, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

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?

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*
Dec 20, 2007 J-Lynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
The Airship Librarian
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.
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
Jan 21, 2008 Rosianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every girl I know
I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't quite five star material and I was rather dubious at first but it turned out to be a great, innovative story, with hints of Jaclyn Moriarity type style. I want to buy it now.
Oct 20, 2010 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: e.c.h.a
Shelves: fictions-others
sederhana, tapi begitu bermakna
kisah yang penuh haru, namun kau bisa belajar sesuatu
jadi nikmati hidup dengan orang-orang yang kau sayangi
siapa yang tahu apa yang akan terjadi besok
This is a great book!!!!!!!! :P . I loved it.. it is very sad though :D
This book is quite touching and I’m glad that Ellen recommended me this book. It gets interesting as the book goes on. It started that the mother and daughter don’t have time to talk to each other. So they write notes on the refrigerator door. The mother found out that she had breast cancer later on. The daughter didn’t know about this until the mother really had to get treatment. The daughter concerned for her mother. Then the mother finally opened her heart and told her everything. All the tre ...more
Original review here:

When I was a kid, I remember my mom and dad leaving notes for us all over the house — sometimes on the closet, sometimes on the computer monitor, sometimes even on the front door. I do remember them leaving notes on the refrigerator door, and sometimes we do that, too, if only to make use of the magnets that we have managed to collect from wherever we’ve been from all over the years. Most of these notes were reminders, mostly, and som
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'
ide sederhana yg jadi luar biasa (versi rhe)

gimana rasa klo tinggal serumah tapi ga pernah ketemu, kesempatan bertukar kabar hanya dari pintu kulkas..

benda mati yang menghidupi orang hidup untuk ga ikut"an mati...

moga ga seperti itu dech...

nb:cover na bagus

-baca ulang-

pengen rasa na memurunkan bintang na setelah bca ulang. pertama membaca tahun 2008, ketika 2011 membaca ulang, ntah karena suasana mellow or memang kedewasaan usia -cie.... berasa tua-, ketika membaca kisah ini lebih terhanyut o
Kathrine Grey
May 07, 2012 Kathrine Grey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Daughters; Mothers; Women; Rabbit Owners; Cancer survivors
I picked this book up at a used book store thinking it's the week of Mother's Day and it seemed like a good, quick read. I wasn't wrong and, after 45 minutes of tears streaming down my face, all I want to do is hug my own mother.

This novel is as short and sweet as the notes of which it is comprised. Definitely recommend to any girl who has ever had a mother. Period. Though, if studied too closely the notes can seem contrived and unrealistic at times, the emotional intensity and the fast-paced na
Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between A Mother and Daughter by Alice Kuipers is an inspiring and unique take on the mother-daughter relationship, and provides a newfound respect for all single, working mothers doing their best to raise their kids. The book captures the essence of a struggling, yet normal relationship between a fifteen year old girl and her working mom whose busy schedule delivering babies doesn't help mend any fences with their relationship.

The book takes a twist from th
Buku ini seharusnya menyentuh. Sangat menyentuh. Bagaimana melalui surat-surat pendek yang ditempelkan di pintu kulkas, seorang ibu dan anaknya bisa berkomunikasi setiap hari. Dan hanya dari surat-surat pendek itu, pembaca bisa tahu kisah cinta (baik yang cinta monyet maupun sungguhan) si anak, perceraian orangtua, persahabatan, dan sebagainya.

Masalahnya, saya sedikit 'kecele' dengan buku ini. Ya, saya paling tidak mau membaca sinopsis dan ya, saya tahu buku ini berkisah tentang surat-menyurat a
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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 three children, a girl and two boys.

My first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries, won several awards and was named as a New York Times book for the Teen Age. My second is called
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