Language is referred to, not spoken directly. This book rocks! Middle school even made it our summer reading book because of its... greatness! I love the descriptions of the Applewhite family and especially the youngest- named Destiny. You almost go "Awww" because the visual is so good and you can picture him in your mind! I highly recommend this book, a really cute story! If you're a boy though don't worry it's not super 'girly' or anything.
The "drinking drugs and smoking" category isn't an issue at all. Here is the best part: one older member of the Applewhite actually stomps on cigarettes and they all discourage smoking too. Awesome message!