Author

Lydia Rood

Lydia Rood (b. 1957) studied journalism and Spanish and began her career as a journalist and editor at de Volkskrant. She wrote her first children’s book while she was studying, but did not devote herself entirely to writing until 1991. She is best known as an author for young adults, but she writes for all age groups. In the 1990s, she caused something of a stir with a series of erotic stories in which the leading roles were played by women. Rood lives in a picturesque wooden fisherman’s cottage with her husband, Mohammed Sahli, and her daughter, Roosmarijn. Characters under pressure who stand up for themselves are a theme that runs through her work.

Kiss

Kiss

(Lemniscaat, 2005, 96 pages)

Marjon is the daughter of the famous actor Toon Mandersloot. When she bumps into him one afternoon after school, she’s not in the mood for chatting. But Toon manages to talk her into going for a walk in the woods with him.

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Nobody’s Girl

Nobody’s Girl

(Leopold, 2017, 212 pages)

Seventeen-year-old Liesbeth thinks she is big and ugly. She wants to go to university, but her parents, who are getting divorced, say they can’t afford it. She has to take care of her autistic brother and sister, one of whom bites himself, while the other wipes poo on the walls. Liesbeth feels abandoned, as her two best friends are now going out with each other. And after she gets off with a guy called Beer, half the school starts calling her a slut and Beer wants nothing more to do with her.

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