I was intrigued by the idea of Life on the Refridgerator Door by Alice Kuipers. A book made up of notes left by a mother and her daughter on their refridgerator door as a way of communicating to each other during their busy lives? How would this work as a 'novel'?
On the whole, I would say that it does work. Despite the majority of notes being fleeting, sometimes single sentences, Kuipers manages to create two very different characters in the way they write their notes to one another. The mother is dealing with feelings of guilt at not being there enough for her daughter while she deals with being a busy midwife, and Claire her daughter, is dealing with an absent mother who she needs to help her deal with boys, school and impending adulthood. When the mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, the two of them deal with anger, hope, despair and love, all through the notes they write w.
This book is sweet, touching and sad. It serves as a reminder that we must all make the most of the time we have and not have any regrets, and to tell those that we love just how important they are. The main failing of this book is that it just seems to be over too quickly, and I personally felt that I wouldn't remember the characters or really the book a week or so after finishing it. It just seem to be lacking that spark that makes you really connect to a book and want to read it again and again.
Ideally I would give it 3.5 stars. 4 seems too many, 3 not enough. I would recommend borrowing it from a friend, rather than buying it to keep.