Sorry for the length, but I’d love your help if you can wade through my dribble. I've been working on a story for a few months ago that has an age progression for a female character. The story starts when she's 9 and ends at 16 when she passes away. The essence of my story is about the complexity of the human experience socially, politically, emotionally, and spiritually. Even though she's young, my character comes from a war-torn part if the world, was enslaved at one point, and has seen things no child should see. So the four aspects I am focusing on are very plausible for a child. Towards the end of her life, I really wanted my character to have sexual experiences with her childhood love because it's a huge part of the overall human experience. I didn't think it was enough to just say it was beautiful and move on. My male character isn't the nicest of people, though he's always been wonderful to my main character. Though he is quite "experienced" and she is not, I want the reader to see how they influence each other. He learns how transformative a love-based sexual union can be, and she learns that she actually naturally sensual with a good sense of eroticism, but was too afraid of this to let it play out with anyone until then. There are two full scenes where you get serious detail, and the rest is just reference to their “activities”. The backstory with the violence is not actually included. It comes up as she talks to other people about her life and it's never in detail because people don't push her too much. I feel it gives the story an initially innocent feel because it starts when she is given to a nice woman to be raised as a daughter. I don't want the reader to be shocked when our sexually innocent girl is suddenly making passionate love on a regular basis. To balance this out, should I start the book with the rough parts of her story to give it a more mature feel from the start? Thoughts?