This book covers so many important topics that speak to teens, and adults too, in a variety of ways, that I find it hard to categorize any one thing. It's just a book about real life that says so much and says it simply, without fuss and over the top drama, while packing a powerful punch. It's genius, it's inspiring. I LOVED IT! It is a great book and it would be a great read for anyone. In a nutshell I suppose this book is about people. Relationships with people. And grasping ones identity within those relationships and finding hope to persevere through difficult times, specifically through depression and it's impact on those around you even when you're not the only subject of the disease. This book was a wonderful read. Painful at times, brutally honest and bold, Saving Francesca certainly spoke to my once teenaged self and would have been an excellent read for when I was 14 and watching my own mother suffer a nervous breakdown. Although it covered the angsty topic of depression, there were many times Marchetta offered readers a chance to indulge in laughter and humor of the secondary characters' interaction with the protagonist and gave a realistic view of the road to recovery while providing a sense of hope in the end.