Han in September 2010
|Born||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Genre||Young adult fiction|
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Early life & education
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, and later earned her MFA in creative writing at The New School, 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.
Han wrote her first published book, Shug, while she was in college. 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."
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.
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."
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. Kirkus Reviews said of the book, "An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love." 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. A third book about Lara Jean, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, was released in 2017.
- Children's books
- The 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 978-1416995586
- Burn for Burn trilogy
- Burn for Burn (2012) ISBN 978-1442440753
- Fire with Fire (2013) ISBN 978-1442440784
- Ashes to Ashes (2014) ISBN 978-1442440814
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before 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 978-1481430487
- Short stories
- "Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me" in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (2014) ISBN 978-1250059307
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- Hong, Terry. "An Interview with Jenny Han". Bookslut. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
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- "Jenny Han; Official Publisher Page". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- "To All the Boys I've Loved Before; Book by Jenny Han". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- Ludwig, Elisa (April 2, 2014). "TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han". KirkusReviews.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- "2015-2016 AWARDS WINNERS". Asian Pacific American Literature Awards. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "Always and Forever, Lara Jean; Book by Jenny Han". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
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