City of Bones
How we cite our quotes:
[Clary] recognized her mother instantly: Jocelyn, no more than seventeen or eighteen, her hair halfway down her back and her face a little rounder, the chin and mouth less defined. She looks like me, Clary thought dazedly. (11.96)
We wish this revelation would give Clary the self-confidence to realize that she, too, will age into an attractive woman once she's past her awkward teen years. We really wish she'd just get over her whole hang-up on appearance altogether, but at least this is a small step in the right direction.
"Demon hunting and fashion," Clary said. "I never would have thought they went together." (11.224)
Here's something we can get behind—showing your strength and taking charge, now that's hot.
[Simon] wasn't looking at [Clary's] backpack; he was looking at her legs as if he'd never seen them before. (11.228)
We wouldn't be surprised if Clary had a tomboy style, until she puts on one of Isabelle's dresses confirming that yes, she is a girl, and yes, she does have legs. This isn't going to help deter Simon's unrequited crush one bit. Poor guy.