Ann Levine There is infrequent, mostly mild cursing, consisting of b***h, b*****d, and the like. There is consistent, offensive slang, especially directed at immigrants and Jews. There is also a murder and implied molestation, an attempted rape, and frequent drunkenness, with devastating consequences. A woman shoots a man in the stomach and another has frequent miscarriages. Teens contemplate having sex and get drunk. I would say know your audience, but probably 13+ if you're mature, 15+ if you're not. A teen would have to be very emotionally, physically, and mentally mature to read this book.
Pamela Slight profanity, however there is a goodly amount of bigotry. It is strange to read the accepted attitudes from the turn of the century in a book written in the 1940s.
Elisamatt Minimal profanity by today's standards. Possibly a small scene of violence when Francie is attacked in her tenement--nothing excessive.
Elizabeth Campbell there is not much profanity in the book, but some ugly scenes and concepts to explain to young adolescents depending on how innocent they are. i read it with an eye to my 11 year old, and decided he can wait a bit to read it.
Ana The word bastard was used a couple times but I think that's really it, and they were mostly using it in the context of an illegitimate child.
Emma Schaefer There wasn't a lot of cursing because the main character and her family hated profanities. At least, that's what I remember from reading it nearly two years ago.