An aspiring journalist and freelance writer living in the heart of Adelaide.
Published October 19th 2011
Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers, is a novel that is written entirely in notes. The post-it style conversations go between a busy workaholic mother and her typical teenage daughter. The complication of notes left for each other on the fridge door, follows the duo over a nine-month period, where you are plunged into their chaotic world of work, school, groceries, boyfriends and finally doctors appointments.
The original and simple narrative will have you captivated, reading the pages with acute scrutiny and interest. You too will soon feel as though you are standing side by side the respective characters, with bittersweet emotions that mirror their triumphs and traumas of their everyday life. Preoccupied with their own busy agendas they barely find time for one another, from shopping lists to leftovers, the notes are short and sweet, until crisis strikes and the time poor pair find it easier to write than talk.
Kuipers uniquely engages the reader to fill in the blanks between each of the notes and piece together the characters disjointed and separate lives. When Claire's mum – who is only ever referred to as mum – is diagnosed with breast cancer they comfort each other through sentimental notes that are often clichéd and will probably have you rolling your eyes, but don't let that put you off. Life on the refrigerator door is a poignant story, which suits the 'novel in notes' style through its captivating, uplifting and ultimately saddening story. A little bit predictable but truly moving, it will be one of the fastest reads you have and one that I can guarantee will definitely stay with you the longest, just make sure you have a box of tissues close by.