The novel Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is narrated by the main character, Lia Overbrook. She is an 18-year-old girl, a senior in high school, and has been anorexic since middle school, when she made a bet with her best friend Cassie over who could become the skinniest girl in the school. As the years went on, Cassie and Lia both strengthened and hurt one another by this wager. The wager and the secret of their eating disorders kept them close and allowed them to confide in one another. At the same time, they were supporting each other's self-destruction.
Lia's physical appearance is slight, and very, very skinny. For most of the novel, she weighs less than 100 pounds. As a result of her lack of body fat, she is constantly cold, bundling up in lots of layers and bulky clothing. These clothes serve the dual purpose of hiding how much weight she's lost from her family (who are constantly worried about her and urging her to seek help) and keep her body warm.
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