Life On The Refrigerator Door

By: Alice Kuipers

Basic Book Info

Book title: Life On The Refrigerator Door

Author: Alice Kuipers

Genre: Fiction/Reality


There are two protagonists (Claire and her mother. Claire's mothers name was never actually stated. The only name stated for her was mom.) . The antagonist isn't a person it's an event that occurs through out the whole story. If I reveal the event it would ruin the whole story.

Some other characters are: Emma - one of Claire's friends

Michael - Emily's boyfriend for most of the book (they break up before the end)

"Dad" - Claire's dad (his name is also never stated)

James- one of Claire's friends but ends up becoming her boyfriend near the end of the book

Cheryl, Juliette, Sandy, Jack - Claire's other friends

" Grandpa" - Claire's grandpa (name never stated)

'Mom's" work friends

All the characters in the list are side characters or flat/stock characters


Claire and her mom write notes to each other and put them on the refrigerator door. They would talk normally but Claire's mom is a doctor at the hospital so she leaves before Claire wakes up and is normally home after she's gone to bed. Claire's mom is a single mom and hasn't dated in a while because of her dedication to work and raising Claire. Claire starts out as a sassy, rebellious teen age girl. Both Claire and her mom's life change when a huge catastrophe appears. Not only does this catastrophe affect the two protagonists but it also affects their friends and family. Read Life on the Refrigerator Door to learn all about Claire and her mother's ordinary life as it turns into a whirlwind of confusion and grief.


This book takes place on the refrigerator door but it mentions:

Claire's backyard

A path by the river

The hospital

"Moms" bedroom

Claire's dads house

Claire's grandpas house

Emma's house

Claire's school

Claire's kitchen

A car

Claire's bedroom


- Its a shorter book so it doesn't take long to read.

-Only to developing characters and you always know who the notes from so its easy to follow.

-It makes you feel emotion.


- There are only 4 long chapters (I prefer short chapters)

- Not much character detail

-Doesn't tell you how some conflict is resolved or started (because it is resolved or started outside the notes)

Moments Of Impact

My favorite part of the book is how the book starts. There is no intro and I like that because I like getting straight to the story.

My least favorite part of the book isn't the ending but its near the end. The notes they write start getting longer and filled with more sorrow and fear. I don't like that because the protagonist's are mostly positive through the book and then the characters kinda switch to being more negative at the end of the book.


1. Person vs Person ~ Involves: Claire and "Mom"~ Claire and her mom fight about Claire's boyfriend Michael.

2. Person vs Person ~ Involves: Claire and "Mom" ` Claire and her mom fight about "mom" never being home.

3. Person vs Person ~ Involves: Claire and her mom ~ Claire and "mom" fight about Claire's behavior and then Claire decides to move in with her dad and they fight about that.

4. Person vs self~ Involves "mom" and "mom"~ Even though the book never actually said "mom" is fighting herself you can tell she is because near the end she starts blaming herself for everything that has happened even though this family's issue doesn't happen because of someone, it happens all by itself. Its all a total mishap.

There is lots more conflict in this book but these are some of the main conflicts in the book.


Life can change in an instant.

There were other "mini-messages" through out the book but I believe this is the theme because it is the message that is sent through out the whole book not just in certain places like the "mini-messages".

Book Review

" Life On The Refrigerator Door is a well written story about a mother and daughter filled with joy and sorrow. Anyone who likes a joyous but sad story should read this book. I liked it and hope that others will read it and enjoy it like I did." - Daina B

The Pitch

Life on the refrigerator door is a great book because not only does this book make you feel emotion the characters feel it to. You feel what the characters feel. Not only that but this book could be based about someone's life. Its not but it could be meaning its realistic. If you're a person who likes a book that makes you feel emotion and a book where the story goes from normal life to something sad but the characters stay positive. Sure they write some sad notes but they're mostly positive even though they know exactly what's going on. A book that has a true heart felt ending. A straight up great book. Then you should definitely read this book. I quite enjoyed it and that says a lot because I have read lots of novel but there are only 3 I actually enjoyed. This one being one of the 3. I truthfully think this is a great book and hope that everyone who reads it will like it as much as I did.


Here are some quotes by the author:

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened. And if you can't do that, force a smile on your face and sob into your pillow later.”

-Alice Kuipers, 40 Things I Want To Tell You

"Somtimes you're lying when you say nothing at all”

-Alice Kuipers, 40 Things I Want To Tell You

"We're the result of choices we make everyday"

-Alice Kuipers, The Death Of Us

About The Author

Alice Kuipers was born in London, England and currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her first novel was published in 28 countries and that's just the beginning! She has gone on to write 4 other young adult fiction novels (that I know about) and 2 in the working of a 3rd children's novel. She has won many awards. Here's a few examples: The Redbridge Book award, The Sheffield Libraries Choice award, The Grand Prix de Viarmes, and many more! She is a well loved, talented author.