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Life on the Refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers

Life on the Refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers. Pub. MacMillan, 2007.

The title tells you almost everything you need to know about this novel but I am going to try to tell you a little bit more, and avoid giving the show away.

It is a mother and daughter novel. Claire is 15 years old and she lives with her mother who is a doctor specialising in childbirth. Because babies tend to come at any time of day, Claire and her mother rarely see each other and communicate by leaving notes on, you guessed it, the refrigerator door.

Sometime the notes are as banal as asking each other to collect groceries or to discuss the livelihood of their pet rabbit Peter.

Then something serious happens to the mother and Claire discovers boys. The notes now get more meaningful and a wider range of emotions are expressed. That is it. You will have to read it to find out more.

This is an easy read which you could finish in one sitting. For the reluctant girl reader of high school age, it is ideal. I enjoyed it even though the emotion was a bit much for a manly bloke like me.

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