Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter

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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 deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world and delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061373442
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ALICE KUIPERS is the award-winning, bestselling author of four previous novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did, 40 Things I Want to Tell You and The Death of Us, and two picture books. Her work has been published in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon.


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Life on the Refrigerator Door
Notes Between a Mother and Daughter, a novel

Chapter One

Hey Claire-Bear,

carrots and rabbit food for Peter
ground beef
juice—you choose

If you can carry any more, get a chicken and two cans of beans. Don't worry if you can't, I can try and pick these up tomorrow.

Love, Mom.

—Money on the counter. Don't forget your key!


I bought everything on the list except the chicken and the beans. It was freezing outside and carrying the bags back I thought my fingers were going tofall off. I need new gloves. We should go to the store again this Saturday—you aren't working this weekend are you?

Hope you had a good day???


Life on the Refrigerator Door
Notes Between a Mother and Daughter, a novel
. Copyright © by Alice Kuipers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Reading Group Guide

1. How does the 'post-it note' format affect the read of the book? Did you find it effective? Why or why not?

2. Do you fault Claire or her mother for their limited communication style? Both of them? Neither of them?

3. Is Claire a good daughter? Is her mother a good mother? Why or why not?

4. Does this inspire you to change the way you communicate with your parents/children/loved ones? If so, how?

5. How do we see Claire and her mother's relationship change after the breast cancer diagnosis?

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Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
deep220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[Life on the Refrigerator Door] by [[Alice Kuipers]] is a wonderful reminder why we need to make time for those we love. Very Very quick read. Seriously about an hour.... and only that because you are crying. My own mother has survived cancer twice now. So obivously the theme in this book was close to my heart. I would recommend as a good read for any family. Especially mothers and daughters. Warning though don't read in a public place. Unless you are confortable with people coming up to and asking if you are alright. You will most definately cry before then end.
krissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is all written in notes, supposedly left on the fridge (thus, the title, heh). It covers a little less then a year in the life of a single mom and her teenage daughter. What caught my interest was the format. I like books written with a hook, like the first time I read one written all in emails. The reader is left to read between the lines in some places, but it wasn¿t as difficult or confusing to follow as it could have been. Things like dinner the night before or care of the bunny are there, but left mostly to imagination. I also like how the author intertwines serious notes (to move the plot forward) along with the frivolous (like shopping lists, and a key that keeps going missing). Very fast read, that took an unexpected twist, and ended up being much more serious then I had originally thought. Worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago