I am 13. This is the best book I have read in a while! It is hard to get through the first half, as others have said, but I believe it is worth it. There is some violence, but it is not described incredibly graphically. Ashley provokes her mother Gay at first, but she grows and matures a lot by the end of the book. Be warned it is a mature book, and not for children under 11 or children that are immature.