(CBS) — A 16-year-old junior at St. Charles East High School is now a published author – selling what she calls “realistic fiction” on the Barnes and Noble website.

“Unrequited” is the story of a 22-year-old man from Portland who has love life problems.

The cover art for "Unrequited."

The cover art for “Unrequited.”

So what does a 16-year-old girl know about all that?

“I’m in high school so I see it all the time. Kind of the petty he-loves-me-but-I-don’t-love-him kind of thing,” says author Paige Romero.

She says there’s more to it than that.

“I’ve seen my parents go through their divorce, so I kind of know how that thing goes.”

“Unrequited” is a self-published book. Romero says sales are good on the Barnes and Noble site.

She says she’d like to write for a living, but she says she knows that’s like trying to become an actress on Broadway.

“It’s my passion. And I just love to write, and it doesn’t matter what age you are, just as long as you put your heart into it.”

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