Let’s start off with the first part of the quote that I underlined. If I was truly unbiased (which you guys should know by now that I am far from being, this again wouldn’t bother me) However, there are of couple points I like to talk about. First off, The school she goes to is called St. Xavier’s? This sounds like a Private Catholic School. Now, maybe it’s my Texas showing, but where I come there are almost no Catholic public schools. However, people who are from NYC, feel free to correct me!
So move on to the rest of the passage. So, again if this wasn’t Clare writing the books the part where Clary offhandedly mentioning the ‘FEW GIRLS SHE ACTUALLY LIKED’ wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest. Actually, in high school I had very little girl friends and hung out with mostly boys. However, with all this exposition that Clare has been giving in this chapter and for the next one, I can pretty much tell you that there was true no talk of her life outside of her mother, and Simon.
All in all, this further goes to show that Clary is not the daughter of a poor barely making it Artist, as the subtext of Chapter 2 try to paint. She is actually a pretty upper middle class to moderately wealthy rich white girl who has her nose too stuck in the air to actually make friends other than Simon who basically licks her boots at this point.
Also, this is the second time a person calls Simon gay. No, it’s not insult in this context, but it’s still worrying that no one is considering that there might be something else going on with Simon. Clary and the as for now unnamed girl automatically went to the conclusion that Simon was gay. Admittedly, this can be explained by them being teenagers. However, I would hope that in 2007 (where the book is set) would be a bit more progressive, and opened minded.
However, the main thing I want to talk about is how yet again Clary is stupidly oblivious to Simon’s feelings, when he has been all but shouting that he’s in love with her. I can excuse her about her obviousness about her own feelings about Simon. You’re feelings can take you by surprise sometimes. It’s happened to me, and it’s probably happened to you. However, what’s frustrating is that Clary is stubbornly refusing to get a freaking clue. This would probably wouldn’t piss me off if Clary hadn’t been oblivious to the most obvious things since the beginning of the book.