"It didn’t make any sense to me, but that didn’t matter. As the box slipped from my hands and my eyes widened at this realization, time moved slowly. I caught onto everything. I saw the facial expression of all the people around me. I felt Mom reach for me, but she fell short when I stepped back. I think Nik called for me, but his voice was muted, as if he was moving his lips but nothing was coming out. Things were a bit blurry, too, as if the world around me was moving at a rate my mind, body, and eyes couldn’t process. I had to get out of there. Turning, I did the only thing I could. I ran."
A girl’s sixteenth birthday should be something she looks forward to. It should be the best time of her life. It should be a day for her to be spoiled. It should not be the day she finds out that her whole life has been one big lie.
Janie Liac is the daughter of a famous aging rock star—at least, that’s what her parents have always told her. During the party for her sixteenth birthday, though, a strange man shows up with an even stranger confession: that he’s her real father.
Soon, Janie’s classmates are gossiping, she can’t stand to be in the same room as her parents, and her boyfriend—the one person that she thought would be there when she needed him the most—is getting fed up with her. Then there’s the issue of her biological father. She decides to meet with him, doing so in secret.
Everyone has something to say about the matter, especially the reporters that are following Janie around. First, they show up at her high school, but, when they don’t get their story there, they begin camping out outside of her house, waiting for her to say something.
Ultimately a tale of forgiveness, "Unsweet Sixteen" is told through the eyes of a girl that wants nothing more than to just move on.