Amazing, intricate story. Not as bad as everyone depicts it to be
First off let me tell you that this is one of the best books ever written. Its intricate themes, plot and characters leave you begging for more, eagerly flipping through the pages. People depict this book to be one of too much violence, sex and bad role models. Although this is true to some degree not all of it is accurate. The book does have some sex, but not nearly as graphic as the movie. Yes there is swearing, but I'm pretty sure your kids hear more swear words on the school bus then they will in this book. And finally yes, there is drinking/smoking.But not anything too extreme. The genius of the book out weighs all of its negatives.
In conclusion, I believe that this book would be fit for a mature 11-12 year old that can handle some intense stuff.