I myself when I first started writing it didn't even think this was inappropriate. But since the only person I've actually spoken to about what I'm writing does, I figure I'd better seek some more feedback on it to break the 50/50 tie. The only issue is the ages of my characters. They're 13 and 14. It's a YA novel. I don't know if 13-14 is a children's or YA audience, but the story itself is definitely YA because there is some light romantic tension between the two main characters. You know, just hugging and kissing (not snogging or making out - kissing) and looking intensely into each others' eyes and all that. No sex. Ever. I have been told that such behaviors are too mature for the ages of the characters and that their ages should be raised to at least 15 and 16. I have really grown attached to my characters being just as they are, but I don't know if young people having a serious love for each other is an outrageous issue or not.