Lee tends to look young for her age. She dresses very simply, either in a T-shirt and jeans or in formal attire with a dress shirt and dress pants.
Lee is quite an introvert who seems distant from people, but she's a loyal friend. She hates doing girly things and generally doesn't care much about what people think. She can be sarcastic and bold sometimes, but she's very creative and insightful though as seen in her writing.
Lee was born in Chicago, where her dad originally did business. She went to the local kindergarten but didn't really fit in with the school system. She didn't enjoy doing the same things her peers did and often refused to interact with the other kids. Her parents moved with her dad's job, as he now wanted to expand his business to Lebeaux, so they eventually wound up in Lebeaux where she was homeschooled by her aunt until she was 14. While homeschooled, Lee developed a great interest in reading and writing. She also learned her other subjects reluctantly, but she greatly appreciated her free time to read and write and let her creativity take off and explore. She frequented the Lebeaux library and museums to find inspiration. She never made many friends or enjoyed anything girly such as fashion or music, as her mother wished. However, her parents still made sure she enrolled in community programs to learn basic computer, craft, and music skills so that she would have exposure to other students.
When the recession hit in 2007, Lee's dad's company shut down, and they moved to Barfield. Lee formally enrolled in Barfield High School. Initially, Lee hated school as she was uncomfortable being around people and having to adhere to social conventions, and she also found the teachers' styles of teaching to be useless. Finally in junior year, she appreciated her English teacher who opened her mind to different styles of literary analysis and she began to enjoy school. It was this year that she also met Nessie Stevens at a bookstore when they both were looking for the same book they enjoyed as a child. They bonded well and Lee began to appreciate a life with friends. Nessie was also somewhat introverted and awkward but in a different way, as she looked to pop culture to fulfill her interests unlike Lee's writing passion.
Lee and Nessie decided to go to Barfield Community College together, as neither of their families had strong financial situations, Lee due to her father's unstable business and Nessie due to her single mother raising three daughters, and neither had particularly excelling grades. Lee studied English at BCC for two years before receiving her associates degree. At BCC, she was dragged into the school paper due to her writing capabilities, but she was never particularly interested in journalism. She enjoyed writing opinion articles but disliked reporting on news. After graduating, she is currently doing freelance writing and inspired by her English teacher in junior year and love of poetry, she is also working as a teacher for poetry at Barfield Community Center.
Tom Wildehyde: Lee and her father are not particularly close. He focuses a lot on his business, which is rather unsuccessful, so he spends the rest of his time golfing with friends.
Daisy Wildehyde: Lee does not get along well with her mother for a number of reasons. Daisy always hoped her daughter would be a girly girl who would find a good husband for herself in the future and live a comfortable life without worries. Lee despises her real first name Rose a lot because she hated being associated with a romantic flower, unlike her mother. Daisy is also often on Lee's back for not being girly enough and caring about shopping or liking clothes. Because of Daisy's nagging of Lee, Lee maintains a distance from her mother and does not tell her anything personal.
Evie Wildehyde: Evie is Lee's little sister. They are not particularly close, but Lee cares a lot for her and finds her adorable. Their mother is quite fond of Evie and both their parents seem to show more care for Evie due to her girlier nature.
Gwen Price: Gwen is Lee's cousin since their moms are sisters. They get along relatively well, but Gwen is extremely intelligent and strange and sarcasm-impaired, which doesn't bode well with Lee, who tends to be snarky.
Nessie Stevens: Nessie and Lee are best friends and roommates. They met in junior high at a bookstore over a book they both loved as children and quickly became close friends. Although the two have very different personalities, as Nessie is quite bubbly and Lee can be quite closed, Lee appreciates Nessie's personality a lot. Nessie often cheers her up and she keeps Nessie grounded.
Her real first name is Rose, but she hates the name, so she tells everyone to call her Lee.
Lee's favorite work to write is poetry.
She is a vegetarian as she has a huge love of animals, especially birds.
I actually came up with Lee before I came up with Nessie cuz I wanted sort of a non-girly girl who still isn't so much of a boyish person either who has her own opinions and doesn't let other people dictate her life. But she ended up literally existing to talk to Nessie so that was boring.