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Jessica Jung is hitting the books.
The K-pop star will publish her debut novel, Shine, in the fall of 2020, EW can announce exclusively. It's part of a two-book deal Jung made with Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, for a series about a Korean-American teenager in training to become the next major K-pop star. (The sequel is slated for 2021.)
And that's not all: EW has also learned that Glasstown Entertainment, the producing and book-development company founded by authors Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer, has already sold Shine in 11 foreign territories and is currently developing the project for the screen with Matt Kaplan of ACE Entertainment, the team behind Netflix's smash adaptation To All the Boys I've Loved Before.
Jung, who was born in San Francisco and is best known as a former member of the girls' group Girl's Generation, drew from personal experience in writing the book. She was included in Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia list of influential people in 2017 and is one of the most-followed K-pop stars on Instagram.
“With Shine, I wanted to tell a big, fun, escapist story that also examines in-depth, behind- the-scenes aspects of the K-pop world,” Jung said in a statement. “My goal was to tell a transparent, candid story — in a way that sometimes fiction does best.”
“This series embodies everything I love about YA — it's romantic and juicy, timely, and true, and will speak to anyone who has ever felt like a fish out of water,” added Jennifer Ung, a senior editor at Simon Pulse. “I can't wait for all readers, but especially Asian-American teens, to see themselves in Jessica's creation, Rachel Kim.”
Read the synopsis below:
Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls Generation.
What would you sacrifice for a chance to live your dreams?
For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Or at least that's been the answer for the past six years, ever since she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul's largest K-pop labels, known for churning out the industry's most popular stars.
The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don't date. So while Rachel and her fellow trainees face grueling practices, punishing expectations, and ruthless competition, they know it's worth it for the chance to debut in DB's newest girl group.
And when the opportunity to sing with K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee arises, Rachel knows this is her chance to get noticed. To finally debut. The only problem? Jason is charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented—he's exactly the kind of distraction Rachel can't afford to have. And exactly the kind she can't stay away from.
Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea's most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the twisted, technicolor world of K-pop. Where following your dreams might just mean living through a nightmare. Where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success might be even higher.
It's time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE.


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nayeoniModerator   2 months ago
I'm low-key really excited to read this 👀
2 months ago
Original DavidModerator   2 months ago
It's a smart move, she's got a built-in audience, the CRA crowd, and then an interesting topic that she's indisputably a domain expert in
2 months ago

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