Jenny Han Biography & Facts
Jenny Han (born September 3, 1980) is an American author of young adult fiction and children's fiction. She is best known for writing The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and the To All the Boys series, the latter of which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2018.
Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, to Korean-American parents. She graduated from Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in 1998, then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2006, she received her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at The New School. Han lives in Brooklyn, New York City.
Han wrote her first book, the children's novel Shug, while she was in college. Shug was published in 2006 and is about Annemarie Wilcox, a twelve-year-old trying to navigate the perils of junior high school. Her next project was a young adult romance trilogy about a girl's coming-of-age during her summer breaks. The three novels, The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, and We'll Always Have Summer, were published from 2009 to 2011 by Simon & Schuster and quickly became New York Times Best Sellers.Han's second's young adult trilogy was co-written with Siobhan Vivian and began with the 2012 publication of Burn for Burn. The novel follows three high school girls seeking revenge in their island town and contains paranormal and romance elements. The trilogy includes Fire with Fire, published in 2013, and Ashes to Ashes, published in 2014.
In 2014, Han released a young adult romance novel, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, about Lara Jean Song Covey, a high school student whose life turns upside down when the letters she wrote to her five past crushes are mailed without her knowledge. The novel was optioned for a screen adaptation within weeks of its publication. The sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, was released the following year, and won the Young Adult 2015–2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A third novel, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, was released in 2017. The film adaptation of the first novel, starring Lana Condor in the lead role, began filming in July 2017 and was released by Netflix in August 2018, to positive reviews. Han had a brief cameo in the film. The sequel films To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All the Boys: Always and Forever were released in 2020 and 2021.
Children's booksShug (2006) ISBN 978-1416909422
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream (2011) ISBN 978-0316070386The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy
The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009) ISBN 978-1416968238
It's Not Summer Without You (2010) ISBN 978-1416995555
We'll Always Have Summer (2011) ISBN 978-1416995586Burn for Burn trilogy (co-authored with Sioban Vivian)
Burn for Burn (2012) ISBN 978-1442440753
Fire with Fire (2013) ISBN 978-1442440784
Ashes to Ashes (2014) ISBN 978-1442440814To All the Boys trilogy
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2014) ISBN 978-1442426702
P.S. I Still Love You (2015) ISBN 978-1442426733
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (2017) ISBN 978-1481430487Short stories
"Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me" in My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (2014) ISBN 978-1250059307References
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