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Life on the Refrigerator Door Kindle Edition
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I must admit that I do feel a little cheated by the book. It's 226 pages long but it's absolutely not 226 pages full of writing. Because the book is told in notes there's only one note per page and some of the notes are only a few lines long so I managed to finish the book in under an hour. It is a unique way of trying to tell a story but to be honest, after finishing it, I'm still not totally convinced it worked. I mean the quotes from the magazines say it's "heartbreaking" and "guaranteed to make me cry" but I never felt either of those emotions whilst reading the book.
The idea of a mother and daughter being so far apart that they only communicate via notes is actually pretty sad. What mother or daughter cannot find the time to talk to each other for at least an hour a day? And, to be honest, the notes don't even really have a ring of truth to them. They seem forced - despite the fact Claire doodles all over her drawings which is obviously an attempt from the author to get us to be able to know Claire a bit better and to make her more real to us. But for me it didn't really work.Read more ›
It gives an insight into a relationship between a mother and her 15 year old daughter, not just a glimpse of their everyday lives but their worries and concerns when the mother has a health scare. The author captures the confusing and conflicting emotions both of them experience and although short, it's to the point and gets across what I feel was intended; Not only to appreciate and enjoy those we sometimes take for granted but also to communicate with each other. That doesn't mean just telling someone we love them but appreciating that we need to share our happiness and our inner worries with them too sometimes.
It made me cry (I think you'd have to be made of stone not to be moved by it), but maybe the last couple of pages were over too quickly because I would have liked to have felt more uplifted by it.
I've read a few of the reviews here - both positive and negative, so I thought I'd put my own in. Firstly, I can see why some people have put negative comments - it is a short book, there isn't an in-depth story, the characters don't spring to life, some notes seem pointless as they take less than a second to read.
But I don't think it needed anymore.
Speaking like many people,as someone who knows what Claire is going through until the end (I can't say I know what that's like and I'm hoping I won't have to for a while yet) I found this book very moving and very to-the-point. It wasn't fussy and melodramatic, which would've spoilt it, the notes were very short, very general, very random at times - but they did give you an idea of what went on in between the notes - when mother and daughter did actually meet and talk together. Some people have said it was a shock that they didn't talk enough - maybe they did, we don't know because the book's not about their conversations, it's about the notes they left and we don't need anything else.
What I like about it is that it pins down the whole situation. Okay it doesn't go into detail- it doesn't follow the whole story or spend time showing big emotional episodes between the characters - but it does highlight a few things. Like I said, I can relate to what Claire's going through and contrary to what a couple of people have said, I thought it was very real. It isn't an easy subject to approach or to talk about - especially with the cancer-sufferer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick and fast-paced read told exclusively by notes left on the fridge door between a mother and daughter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)
Absolutely loved this book! Wouldn't recommend it for a long read as it takes around 30-45 minutes to read but it is definitely amazing! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Shortest book, no real story line, finished in 30 minutes, not what I was expecting for £5Published 7 months ago by Grace
This book is very interesting because
1. It is played out differently to other books
2. It is set over the course of a year
3. Read more
Quite a short read but really enjoyed it.
Wouldn't recommend this for people under 11.
Touching and heart wrenching. Great book.
Touching book, however i found the writing style hard to get into. I guess this is personal preference though as all other reviews look amazing! xPublished 10 months ago by hannah