Life on the Refrigerator Door By Alice Kuipers

Admit it or not, as human beings, we have a tendency to read notes or letters that are not meant for us. We are curious beings and the need to know what others are up to leads us to take peeks on notes left lying around more often than we would like to admit it. In the book Life on the Refrigerator Door, we get to read 206 conversation notes left on the fridge by a mom and her daughter, Claire. Both are so busy that even though they are living under the same roof, their refrigerator has been their medium on keeping tabs on one another and believe or not, even on tackling their problems.

The story is presented with just the notes left by Claire for her mom and vice versa, and this is also obvious when you see the cover as the copy says it’s *a novel in notes*. I find this a fascinating way in presenting a debut novel, as the story behind each note is left to the readers’ imagination. As you read each note, mental pictures come into your head as to how both the writer, as she composes the note, and the reader, as she reads the note, might be feeling at the moment. Also, the reader is left to fill in the events in between each note. As the reader is a busybody in the story, it would be hard putting down this book, as you would want to immediately see what the succeeding notes have to offer.

If I have to describe this book in one word, it would be “subtle.” The author’s writing style does not dictate the reader’s emotions; instead the reader is left to feel what they want as they read through each note. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a book to bring with you on a short plane ride or road trip, then you should definitely pick up this book.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

How do you end a series?

This question might have run inside the heads of authors and novelists who have created intricate novels that have span out to two or more books. As Suzanne Collins ends The Hunger Games trilogy with the release of Mockingjay last August 24, it has ended not just the “wait” of fans, but as well as the journey (and love triangle) of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, and the country of Panem; which is supposed to be the future of North America. Mockingjay, just like the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, will not disappoint in keeping readers at the edge of their seats. Each page makes you want to devour more of the story, with Katniss discovering the continuous existence of District 13, and deciding to be the face of the resistance against the Capitol and President Snow, thus becoming the “Mockingjay.”

Each page turned opens new questions that make the book hard to put down: Will this character survive? How will the people react? Will Katniss choose Peeta or Gale? Who will be the final victor of this story? Will there be an end for the annual reaping?

But as with every great story, it comes to an end; Suzanne Collins has allowed Katniss to grow in this book, from being a teenager making rash decisions, to a mature individual that is able to see the bigger picture not only for herself but also for Panem. She has also given more depth to certain characters in this book, we get to see more of Prim, and we get to understand more about Haymitch. More districts are also visited, and the reader also gets to walk in and under the Capitol.

Overall, the Mockingjay did not disappoint, it was a great closure for a series that has heightened our adrenaline as we were dragged to the Arena with the tributes and dividing us between Team Peeta and Team Gale. Mockingjay has delivered a great finish to the Hunger Games.