Jenny Han

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Jenny Han
Jenny Han.jpg
Han in September 2010
Born Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American[1]
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Genre Young adult fiction

Jenny Han is an American author of young adult fiction. She wrote the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series.

Early life & education[edit]

Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and has one younger sister. After high school, Han went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,[2] and later earned her MFA in creative writing at The New School,[3] where she met fellow young adult novelists Morgan Matson and Siobhan Vivian; the latter of which she would go on to co-write the Burn for Burn series with. Han resides in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Han wrote her first published book, Shug, while she was in college.[4] Shug is about Annemarie Wilcox, a twelve-year-old trying to navigate the perils of junior high school. Publishers Weekly said of the novel, "With its distinct Southern flavor, its presentation of universal conflicts and a cast of characters sure to be recognizable to readers, this book will likely draw a wide audience."[5]

Her next project was a trilogy for young adults about a girl's coming-of-age during summers. The trilogy, which includes The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer, quickly became a Best Seller on The New York Times list.[6]

In 2011, Han began working on a new young adult series with fellow writer Siobhan Vivian about three high school girls who begin a mission to exact revenge on people who wronged them. According to Han, she and Vivian "have been [best friends] and writing buddies for years ... We've always traded our own pages back and forth, so this is a pretty natural progression for us."[4]

She released a young adult romance novel in 2014, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, about Lara Jean Song Covey, a half-Korean, half-Caucasian high school student whose life turns upside down when the letters she's written to all the boys she's had crushes on get sent out.[7] Kirkus Reviews said of the book, "An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love."[8] Han embarked on a national book tour for To All the Boys I've Loved Before. The sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, was released the following year and was met with another national book tour. Additionally, the book won the Young Adult 2015–2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.[9] A third book about Lara Jean, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, was released in 2017.[10]


Han with a copy of her novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before in April 2014
Children's books
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy
Burn for Burn trilogy
To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy
Short stories
  • "Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me" in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (2014) ISBN 978-1250059307


  1. ^ Carlson, Julie (July 1, 2014). "Jenny Han's YA books attract Hollywood's attention". The Korea Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Jenny Han, writer of books for kids and teens". Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jenny Han books: To All The Boys I've Loved Before". Simon & Schuster. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Hong, Terry. "An Interview with Jenny Han". Bookslut. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Children's Book Review: Shug by Jenny Han". Publishers Weekly. April 17, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jenny Han; Official Publisher Page". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "To All the Boys I've Loved Before; Book by Jenny Han". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ludwig, Elisa (April 2, 2014). "TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han". Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2015-2016 AWARDS WINNERS". Asian Pacific American Literature Awards. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Always and Forever, Lara Jean; Book by Jenny Han". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 

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