Greetings from Pink Hell - Lisa’s Crazy Diary

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Lisa, stranded in the madhouse

Life has turned into a total disaster!!! Thanks to her mother’s sudden flash of romantic insanity, Lisa, (13), a formerly happy only child, has moved to a backwater town out in the country. And her family has expanded with the addition of a rosily naive stepsister, an eight-year-old wannabe rapper, and a crazy New Age grandma.

Lisa isn’t sure which of them is the worst. She wants her old life back, but running away wouldn’t work. Then Ilkan, a kebab stand owner, gives her a new idea: Since she can’t convince her mother to move back to the city, Lisa will have to convince the others to kick them out! Inspired by the rumors of a falafel mafia gang, Lisa cooks up the perfect plan.


  • Funnily self-deprecating: Lisa’s diary (in a glittery bubblegum pink cover – thanks, Grandma!) offers a high degree of reader identification
  • Leonie Below is a young author with a hilarious new narrative voice
Leonie Below

Leonie Below, born in 1990, studied European Media Culture in Weimar and Lyon, as well as Media Studies at the Babelsberg Film University in Potsdam. She currently works as a screenplay author and writes children’s books.

Nicole El Salamoni
Greetings from Pink Hell - Lisa’s Crazy Diary

Lisa, stranded in the madhouse

Life has turned into a total disaster!!! Thanks to her mother’s sudden flash of romantic insanity, Lisa, (13), a formerly happy only child, has moved to a backwater town out in the country. And her family has expanded with the addition of a rosily naive stepsister, an eight-year-old wannabe rapper, and a crazy New Age grandma.

Lisa isn’t sure which of them is the worst. She wants her old life back, but running away wouldn’t work. Then Ilkan, a kebab stand owner, gives her a new idea: Since she can’t convince her mother to move back to the city, Lisa will have to convince the others to kick them out! Inspired by the rumors of a falafel mafia gang, Lisa cooks up the perfect plan.


  • Funnily self-deprecating: Lisa’s diary (in a glittery bubblegum pink cover – thanks, Grandma!) offers a high degree of reader identification
  • Leonie Below is a young author with a hilarious new narrative voice
Bibliographic Data
208 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-76308-0
First published 2020