This book is my new favorite. It discusses some very intriguing topics for teens today, such as relationships, romances (especially forbidden ones--but not the 'mom-doesn't-approve' type at all!), family, morals, and gays. The whole series is fabulous, but the first one is definitely my favorite. It is everything I want a book to be: funny, as in laugh out loud, getting stares from your classmates funny, upsetting, but just enough to keep your attention and demand vengence, and interesting, in the holy cow no way did she just go there way. The series has many twists and turns that will turn your mind in a complete 360 and never let you guess the ending, something I usually am very good at doing, unfortunately. No, this book keeps you on your toes, never has a boring moment, and is very quotable, as my friends and I have proved. The movie is much awaited, and I insist everyone read this series. Clary, Jace, Simon, and all the rest will be lodged in my mind for a long time, and I'm in no hurry to change that. This book is a must-read this summer!Very well written, extremely satisfying all the way to the end of the fifth (and final, as believed) book.