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Life on the Refrigerator Door

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  9,938 ratings  ·  1,871 reviews

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,


Life on the Refrigerator Door is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their stor
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 30th 2015 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published August 3rd 2007)
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Mar 19, 2008 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 ♡ bookwormthoughts

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 the
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this beautiful little gem of a book, a couple of years ago. You might think to yourself ... Well, alright, cool ... but how can you write a review for a book you barely remember?

I'll tell you how.

You don't write a review, but you write something along the lines of a 'recollection of thoughts'. I might not remember every detail of the book - actually, who am I kidding - I barely remember anything, but a few main themes.

However, I can remember what I felt whilst reading this novel, and y
Ana Carolina Maciel
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
Stella❤️ 孔凡星
I’ve read this book twice, once in English and once almost two years later in French, and I didn’t like it either time. This book was fine but it just wasn’t really for me.
Oct 11, 2007 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
Jul 11, 2011 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
Eva Marie
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young women
Recommended to Eva Marie 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.
Apr 10, 2014 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
Close Enough
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, eng2020
It is a quick read , about a woman and her daughter who are communicating most of the time through  fridge's notes because they  are rarely  at home at the same time,no wonder the young girl is just a 15 years old spending her entire time between school and hanging out with her friends or babysitting   whilst her mom is a doctor.  They talk almost about everything; relationships, grocery, school, their rabbit peter....and even disease.
 The mother suffered from a breast cancer ,unfortunately she
May 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cathoused
"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
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Dec 20, 2007 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
Sep 16, 2007 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
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.
Dec 13, 2007 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
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
Paty Pana
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
But don’t worry, this review will be a 5 star one!

I am still waiting for this exams results, but I just couldn’t resist this new book staring at me? And then it made it impossible to study after reading the last page? It was an absolutely bad decision to read this in the middle of the night instead of preparing for the next days important exams but… that’s priorities right? 0:)

I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plan
Very quick read about a mother daughter relationship. Kind of vague but still good.
Mia B
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers is a heartfelt story of a mother and daughter relationship. This novel is realistic fiction. The theme of this book is, “there’s always enough time.” Now, if you have read this book, you may wonder why I chose this theme. If you haven’t read it, it is about a girl, Claire, and her mother. Claire’s parents are getting a divorce, but Claire lives with her mom. Both girls are very, very busy. Claire obviously has to go to school, but she is also always ...more
Bindu Manoj
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pediatrician who is a single mother, her fifteen year old daughter, a cancer diagnosis and their life over an year. Just in notes on a refrigerator door. No context setting, no description of their home or surroundings, no soliloquies, no other conversation between them or with any other characters, just these notes. And the notes? Perfunctory, as between any other mother and her teenaged daughter. Yet, the depth of emotions it conveys!

Reading between the lines, literally that is what this boo
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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 selfis
Sep 18, 2007 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
Soha Ahmed
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a friend of mine from university lent me this book, she said it made her bawl her eyes out. I was instantly curious. But flipping through the pages I saw that the book only contained notes- it was literally just short notes left on the door of a refrigerator, put together to tell a story.

I've always held the notion that a story with in-depth character exploration and a strong plot embedded in emotions/relationships that tug at your heartstrings could draw the reader in- enough to make them
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in 30 min, didnt realize it was so short but I guess greater things come in smaller packages. At first I was kind of annoyed with claire and how she would brush off her mom and act like a complete teenager but soon I realized, what else can you expect from a 15 year old girl. As the notes progressed you could see how their attitude changed and how they realized things could never be the same. I cryed a bit at the end and Im very happy with this quick read since I am a momma's girl. ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously just sped through this in 15 minutes... wow the FEELS!!!! Of course the end made me cry right in the middle of the library, but I'm trying to keep it together.
I think I would have liked this book just a teensy bit better if there would have been snippets of the real story between the post-its every so often.
Even still it was a super emotional read for such little text at some points.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good, quick book. I read it in a day so it’s perfect if you’re in a pinch.
Irina (Lohe Loeb)
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This one was an unexpected read for me. I noticed it at work and after taking a look decided that I want to read it. It seemed like a quick read, and it was. And it was also hard. As I am prone to crying while reading, it wasn't my brightest idea to read it at work. Some a bit embarrassing moments happened and stuff.

What I'm trying to say - I really liked this book. Hard, but something I needed to read :)
I liked the unique idea of this book. How life can take us away from the people we love , how gradually walls are built between us and we suddenly aren't there for each other like in the past. The Book illustrated the feeling really well and it really touches your heart. ...more
Camillia (Twenty Three Pages)
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 tea
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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 in 29 countrie

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