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Review: Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers

01/08/2017

Have you ever read a story told in the form of post-it notes? It’s such a great idea that is wonderfully executed by Kuipers.

 

 The story of Life on the Refrigerator Door evolves through these notes left on the refrigerator door from a mother to a daughter and vice versa. It’s super engaging and concise, and these simple notes tell the story of Claire and her mother. Some of these notes are short and show the simplicities of everyday life, like the mother telling Claire to do chores, and Claire telling her mother what to get at the grocery store. As Claire is dealing with the struggles of being a teenager, like fighting with her best friend, the divorce of her parents, and liking a new guy, her mother works tirelessly as a nurse. So they rarely have any face to face time and therefore resort to writing these notes. As the story moves along, the writing does a perfect job to change the tone of the overall book as her mother gets life changing, devastating news. The characters are real and extremely relatable. It’s a very quick read with a really wonderful message shown through the relationship between a mother and daughter that will make you shed a couple of tears.

 

Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.  

Image: Life on the Refrigerator Door

Life on the Refrigerator Door

A Novel in Notes
By Kuipers, Alice
Image: Life on the Refrigerator Door

Life on the Refrigerator Door

A Novel in Notes
By Kuipers, Alice