K-Pop Star Jessica Jung to Release YA Novel September 29th

Jessica Jung, former member of the highly renowned K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation, will release her first young adult fiction novel this month.

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Jessica Jung, former member of the highly acclaimed K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation, will release her first young adult fiction novel this month.

Described as “Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl,Shine is told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Rachel Kim, a Korean American trainee at one of the most renowned K-pop companies in South Korea. Strict rules such as 24/7 training and no dating challenge the lives of Rachel and her stardom-aspiring peers. Will the underbelly of the industry prevent her from reaching her dreams?

Girls’ Generation fans may be in for a treat as some of the narrative closely mirrors Jung’s own experiences. In an interview this June, she divulged that the novel is heavily inspired by her days as a K-pop trainee.

Shine was born because I wanted to tell the truth about my experience, the way only good fiction can. But I also wanted to create good entertainment, like I’ve been doing my whole life, and I know that entertainment means blending real details with great storytelling and giving all the characters their own plots to follow. I wanted this big ensemble cast of great teen characters like in Gossip Girl, but based on all the people I grew up with and trained with. Oh, and romance – there had to be romance! So this project is the perfect blend of the kinds of shows and books I love, mixed with real things that happened to me and real information about the K-pop world.

Shine is currently available for pre-order and will release September 29th.

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