Posts Tagged ‘life on the refrigerator door’

¡Hola a todos! I hope your holidays have been filled with much merriment and a smorgasbord of food and books. I’m having a satisfying break myself.

I did get several books over the past week, and I’ll come around to reading them soon enough. This post, however, is reserved for Alice Kuipers’ “Life on the Refrigerator Door”. A very quick read, the story is told from the Post-It exchanges of a mother and daughter on (obviously) the refrigerator door.

Claire is your typical 15-year-old, going through the normal teenage girl’s concerns. What is perhaps rather unusual in her situation as compared to the average 15-year-old is that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. “Life on the Refrigerator Door” provides us with a glimpse of the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship as they both deal with the Big C in their lives.

I hold this book precious as well, because it does reflect a big part of my life. I may be over the teenage issues, but I can definitely relate with having to deal with cancer, since my mom is also battling it. While it took me 30 minutes to finish the book, I found myself tearing up at certain pages (as if time seems to move more slowly), largely because the characters’ mirror real-life thoughts and emotions. This note, in particular, hit home:

Thank you, Alice Kuipers, for such a gem. The book may not win such accolades, but I know that it can mean a lot to anyone who is or has ever been in the same situation.

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I decided to write about the book amidst the merriment of the holidays. After all, Christmas is about faith, hope, and love. And for us daughters who are helping their mothers fight cancer, life is largely about such.

I hope 2011 rings in a better year for us all. 🙂

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I must admit I’ve been devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows once again, in preparation for the movie. I saw it last night, and I was very satisfied overall. The cinematography was beautiful, and the movie’s screenplay was generally faithful to the book (give or take a couple of subplots deleted to condense it into a little over two hours), and the added elements served their purpose well (I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say those were visual elements to explain certain events in the book, plus throw in a couple of moments of romantic tensions and hilarity). Of course, the cliffhanger ending means another long wait for the last installment of the movies!

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In other news, here’s what Blooey got me last Wednesday:

I will leave the explanation of Alice Kuipers’ “Life on the Refrigerator Door” on a separate post, but here’s the inscription on the inside of my copy of Q&A:

It’s signed by none other than Vikas Swarup himself. OK, I must admit I haven’t read Q&A yet, but I am such a big fan of Slumdog Millionaire. I remember the thing that impressed me most about the movie (apart from the soundtrack, that is) was that it had such a simple, yet powerful story. Here’s the unlikeliest of quiz show winners battling against all odds, drawing out knowledge from his personal experiences, to win the grand prize.

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I dropped by the sale at National Bookstore in Market! Market! just this afternoon, as alerted by my best friend who saw a “Stars of the World Cup 2006” book for only P100. And I quote: “It has spreads of Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas, Raul, and Jose Antonio Reyes.” I passed up on the book, but got these instead:

A cheap copy of Kiran Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss” and a dated guidebook to Paris (so what if it’s two years old? I bet it will still be very helpful!).

I just want to share that there was a lady who cut in front of me on the line at the cashier (woman, just because your friend is in front of me doesn’t mean that your pass to pay before me!). She saw the Spanish workbook I was holding and wanted a copy for herself. I told her it was the last copy already, so she pestered the cashier about it. I did my best imitation of Fernando Torres’ bitchface on her. Puta, por favor.