The book was deemed inappropriate for middle school students because of its theme of mortality, sexual content, and vulgar language. Suzanne Hurt with The Press Enterprise, a local Riverside news outlet, reports that one parent, Karen Kruger, complained, “I just didn’t think it was appropriate for an 11-, 12-, 13-year-old to read. I was really shocked it was in a middle school.”
On a personal note:
My 12 year old daughter can't get enough of both the book and the movie. It's a tearjerker, but so what? The language? Just get out on the streets. Sexual content? Turn TV on... or pretty much any radio station, where half of all the songs now have something to say about sex, and the other half uses vulgar language.