This is a heavy read, don't get me wrong. Eleanor & Park centers around a desperately mistreated teenager named Eleanor, with just about nothing to live for. That is, until she meets Park. This books deals with mature topics such as sex, bullying, and abusive parents. There are scenes of making out, and the characters debate whether or not to have sex. The language is quite coarse, as well as frequent. In my opinion, the good outweighs the bad, though. The romance is incredibly sweet, and touching, and there are some good role models. The age-appropriateness really depends on the parents' morals/values, as well as the maturity of the child.