Aug 18, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #21 -- Life on the Refrigerator Door Review


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
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256003Life on the Refrigerator Door
Author: Alice Kuipers
Release Date: August 28th, 2007
Publisher: Harper
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 220
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis: 

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 is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world. Moving and rich with emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative.

My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

First thing I need to say, is I wish I waited to re-read this book. Not saying it is bad, but I just got done reading a book with a really sad ending. I cried for a couple hours over that book, then sat down and read this book in one setting. I knew this book was sad, but I wanted to go ahead and take advantage of the night and get some reading in. I should have curled up and watched a movie.

With that said, I loved the book. I loved it back in the day and I love it now. It makes me wanna drive the hour and a half away drive to see my mom. I wish I could just give her a huge hug and tell her how much I love her.

This book is notes written back and forth between a mom and a daughter on a fridge. The pages are separated by each note, so it is a very fast read. You can easily sit down in one sitting and get it read all the way through. The mom is a doctor that delivers babies. Since she is a doctor she is gone quite a bit. The daughter is 15 years old and kind of consumed in her own life. She comes around when things get hard, but sometimes you wanna tell her to stop being so selfish.

Breast Cancer is in this book, so if there is anyone that has problems reading books with cancer, definitely stay away from this one. Most of the book is mild, but the book will leave you crying. I tried to hold it back since I knew it was going to be sad, but there was no hope for me. I lost it and had my boyfriend pause what he was watching on the TV just to try and comfort me.

Even though this is a book on cancer, it is a wonderful book. It makes you stop to look at your life and how you are acting towards those who you love. Sometimes you need a book like this to really make you appreciate them, sometimes we forget to. I love the books that make your search your soul, it means you can still always make your life better in some way. It is nice to find there are some books out there that can still make you think.




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