Jenny Han is a beloved young adult author best known for her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before book series-turned-Netflix adaptation, but she’s more than just a one-trick pony!
Han’s other novels are just as captivating as her most-popular series, so if you’re looking to get a glimpse of her other lovable characters’ lives, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, you’ll be introduced to all Jenny Han books in order, so sit back, relax, and get ready to find your next favorite book!
About Jenny Han
Jenny Han was born to Korean-American parents on September 3rd, 1980. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from college with an MFA in creative writing. In 2006, she published her first novel, Shug, which she wrote while attending college.
She went on to write the trilogies, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Burn for Burn, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, with the ladder being turned into a wildly popular three-movie Netflix adaptation.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’s spin-off television series, XO, Kitty, is set to premiere on May 18th, 2023. In 2022, a television series based on The Summer I Turned Pretty series was released on Amazon Prime.
Han has been busy writing and producing films and television series and has yet to start working on any new books, but don’t worry; she plans to return to her novel-writing roots when the opportunity presents itself!
In the meantime, enjoy this comprehensive guide to all current Jenny Han books in order!
Standalone Novels and Nonfiction Books
Han’s standalone novels and other books can be read in any order but are listed below in order of publication.
Shug is a children’s book that follows Annemarie “Shug” Wilcox, a twelve-year-old girl just starting junior high. She’s in an awkward stage–she’s too tall, has too many freckles, and unlike some of her peers, her chest is still flat.
In addition to that, her dearest friends aren’t acting so dear anymore. Particularly Mark.
My True Love Gave to Me is an anthology with twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, including Jenny Han. The book has stories revolving around Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa.
Han’s contribution, Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me, is a Christmas story.
The Summer I Turned Pretty Series
The Summer I Turned Pretty series comprises three novels that follow the protagonist, Belly’s romantic misadventures. The series contains a sweet, classic summer love story, a love triangle, and plenty of coming-of-age drama.
The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009)
In the series’ first book, Isabel ‘Belly’ Conklin has an unforgettable summer like no other. Everything magical happens during the summertime between June and August, and Belly expects this summer to be no different.
While visiting Susannah’s–her mother’s best friend’s–beach house as she does every summer, she spends time with Jeremiah and Conrad–her best friends since birth, her brother figures, and more recently, her crushes.
Being the only girl and the youngest of their friend group, she’s always felt somewhat out of place with them, but that feeling only worsened once she developed a crush on the incredibly aloof Conrad.
Conrad never noticed Belly pining after him–until this summer. Belly’s sixteen now, and Jeremiah and Conrad are noticing her in a whole new light.
The summer house is where Belly has done most of her growing up and experienced most of her firsts. Her first kiss, first crush, first love–and soon, her first heartbreak.
It’s Not Summer Without You (2010)
The second book in the series is much more melancholic. For the first time in her life, Belly is not looking forward to the summer. In fact, she wishes it would never come.
Susannah is sick, Conrad is completely apathetic toward Belly, and there has never been a bigger distance between the two of them.
But when Jeremiah calls, saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly immediately returns to the beach house to help find him despite the tension between the three of them.
We’ll Always Have Summer (2011)
In the final book of the series, Belly–now in college and going by Isabel–is still torn between Jeremiah and Conrad and must face the inevitable: she’ll have to break one of their hearts.
She and Jeremiah have been dating for two years now. When they decide to get married, they can’t figure out why everyone’s so against it. Didn’t everyone expect it? Isabel was bound to end up with one of the Fisher boys, and Conrad is completely unreliable.
He may have been her first love, but Jeremiah is the one she ultimately chose to be with, right?
But the wedding planning is rushed. Isabel is determined to prove her love for Jeremiah, and Jeremiah wants to hear, ‘I do,’ from Isabel before Conrad can pop back into their lives.
Conrad has never gotten over his mistake of letting Isabel go, and he realizes it’s now or never. He needs to win her heart again–and Isabel needs to make a choice.
Clara Lee Series
The Clara Lee series currently only contains one book. It’s a children’s book suitable for kids ages 8 – 12 and is a great read for fans of Clementine and Judy Moody.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream (2011)
Clara Lee has always dreamed of one day being Little Miss Apple Pie in her town’s Apple Blossom Festival parade. She hates bad dreams, but her grandpa insists that they’re good luck. After having a bad dream and experiencing a string of good things, she decides that maybe he’s right.
She puts her fear of giving public speeches behind her to give a speech in front of the entire school so she can run for Little Miss Apple Pie. But when bad things start to happen, she fears her luck has run out.
And worse, she begins to wonder if her Korean blood will prevent her from being American enough to win despite being born right here in town.
Burn for Burn Series
Written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, Burn for Burn follows three girls–Lillia Cho, Mary Zane, and Kat DeBrassio–who meet by chance in a bathroom during the lowest points of their lives and decide to take revenge and get back at those who have hurt them.
The series takes place in a high school setting and has plenty of drama, betrayal, and unexpected plot twists. Though they are contemporary YA novels, the books contain heavy subject matter and are better for older readers.
Burn for Burn (2012)
The first novel of the series introduces us to the three beloved characters who set out on a revenge mission together, and the book’s summary speaks for itself!
“Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.”
Fire with Fire (2013)
The second novel in the series picks up where the first left off. The girls’ plan didn’t go as it was supposed to at the Homecoming dance, and now all they can do is pick up the pieces and pretend they never even had a pact.
But the girls from book one aren’t the same girls in book two. They’ve all changed. Kat and Lillia have started to understand that there are certain things they can’t control or change, and they’re learning to cope with their pasts.
Mary…Is as intense as ever. Filled with rage that she can’t seem to control, there is something seriously wrong with her, and everybody can see it.
Ashes to Ashes (2014)
In the final book of the series, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to Rennie after her death, but Mary is the only one who knows the truth about what happened that night.
Lillia and Reeve are falling in love, and Mary isn’t happy about the fact that Reeve is happy despite all the misery he’s caused her. The three-girl group’s revenge pact is a thing of the past, but Mary is still out for blood.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series
The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is a YA romance series that includes fake dating, love triangles, high school drama, coming-of-age challenges, a strong sense of cultural identity, and most importantly, a happily ever after!
It’s Jenny Han’s most successful trilogy and follows sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song as she experiences love and heartbreak.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2014)
In book one, Lara Jean keeps all the love letters that she’s written inside a hatbox that her mother gave her. Lara Jean has written a letter for every boy she’s ever loved–five in total–and she’s poured her heart out into them because she knows the letters are for her eyes only.
Until one day, when the letters are mailed out, and Lara Jean’s love life goes from completely imaginary to totally real in an instant.
P.S. I Still Love You (2015)
Lara Jean is more confused than ever. After falling in love with Peter during their fake relationship, the two of them are now locked in a very real relationship.
But although Peter Kavinsky is just as lovable as always, Lara Jean can’t help thinking about her former crush, the handsome John Ambrose, and the fact that he’s never once hurt her–unlike Peter.
When he suddenly reaches out to her, Lara Jean must make a choice and risk hurting one of the most important people in her life.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (2017)
In the final book of the series, Lara Jean has made her choice and is in a happy relationship with the love of her life.
Things are going as well as they can be during her senior year–she has an incredible boyfriend, her father is finally getting remarried, and her older sister is coming home from college just in time for the wedding!
But growing pains persist, and change is on the horizon. Soon, Lara Jean will have to decide where she’ll go to college and what that’ll mean for her relationship. Will she have to leave the love of her life behind?
Whether you’re searching for a cute children’s book or a sweet YA romance–if you’re a longtime fan or a new lover of Jenny Han’s books, this comprehensive guide should help you immerse yourself in Han’s carefully crafted worlds–in the order in which she created them!
Why did Jenny Han write to All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?
She was inspired to write the book because of her own habit of writing love letters to the boys she had crushes on as a teenager.
Is Jenny Han working on another novel?
Not actively. She’s currently focused on writing and producing movies and TV shows–mostly her own adaptations. However, she isn’t finished writing novels for good!
She plans to dedicate some time to working on a young adult novel and an adult novel that she started writing a few years ago when she has spare time.
Will there be a season 2 of The Summer I Turned Pretty?
Yes! Although the new season’s release date has yet to be announced, the series was renewed for a second season before it even premiered. So, it’s safe to say that season 2 will be coming soon!
Is there or will there be a 4th to All the Boys I’ve Loved Before book?
No. The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is a trilogy that was completed with the third book. There are currently no plans to include a 4th book.
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