Life on the Refrigerator Door, by Alice Kuipers

It took me longer to drive to the library, peruse the shelves, check out my books, drive home and unload than it did to read this book.  Seriously.  Which isn’t an altogether bad thing, except that the sparse pages coupled with the After School Special quality of the plot made me just shrug when all was said and done.

I have to confess, this is one of those times when I was blinded in my book choice by my own personal issues.  My teenage daughter and I are going through a “patch,” and I was caught by the book’s supertitle:  Notes Between a Mother and Daughter.  Be advised – that little inclusion is not an exaggeration.  The entire book is written in note form.  You’re left to do the detective work in filling in the plot between the scribbles.  While I give the author points for trying this interesting concept, it created too shallow of a storyline.

My own daughter is 14, just a year younger than the daughter in this book.  I wonder if by next year I’ll be leaving her grocery lists and asking her to cook meals the way the mother did in this book.  Then again, maybe my daughter would wonder when I’m going to start paying her $10 week allowance like the mother did in this book.  Maybe I’ll just keep all that to myself.

Related Links:  Here’s such a harsh review that it actually made me laugh (and wince!)

And yet someone at HarperCollins thought there was enough to this book for a Reading Guide!