Jenny Han: Everything She Touches Turns to Gold


Elizabeth Ippolito

With Summer 2023 in full swing, New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han has a slate of new projects set to come out in the next few months. But if you’re like me and cannot wait much longer, here are all of Jenny Han’s films and TV series you can binge on in the meantime!

“To All The Boys I Loved Before”: Netflix (2018)

Based on the novel of the same name, Han opens up a new film trilogy with a smash hit. In the film, Lara-Jean Covey begins fake dating Peter Kavinsky after five love letters she wrote in private were sent out. Lara-Jean wants her sister’s ex-boyfriend to believe she never liked him to begin with and Peter wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. A wildly charming Rom-com and the start to Jenny Han’s reign, the film sets the precedent for films to come.

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”: Netflix (2020)

The second film of the trilogy follows Lara-Jean as she struggles to maintain her relationship with Peter, one of the five recipients of her love letters. He returns to her life and causes emotional conflict for Lara-Jean.

“To All The Boys: Always and Forever”: Netflix (2021)

In the third and final film of the trilogy, Lara-Jean enters her senior year thinking of all her options for the future. Lara-Jean thinks of her Korean culture and must decide if she wants Peter to be in that future or not.

“XO, Kitty”: Netflix (2023)

The Spinoff to the “To All The Boys” film trilogy, follows Lara-Jean’s younger sister Kitty. Kitty travels to Seoul, South Korea to surprise her long-distance boyfriend Dae at his boarding school that Kitty’s mother had attended in her teenage years. Kitty is soon to find that Dae had been cheating on her and Kitty must find her place at school on her own, while still trying to learn more about her late mother. “XO, Kitty” is less developed than Han’s other work, but the story makes for a great binge-watching series.

“The Summer I Turned Pretty”: Amazon Prime (2022, 2023)

One of the best projects to come out of Jenny Han, “The Summer I Turned Pretty” follows Belly for the summer as she spends it on Cape Cod with her Mother’s best friend’s family. Belly finds herself in a love triangle with brothers Conrad and Jeremiah and must figure out which way to go. Season one was released in 2022, and fans saw season two premiere on July 14, 2023. Season two follows the events of the second book of the trilogy titled ”It’s Not Summer Without You”.

If you are more into reading, all of the films and series mentioned above are available as novels of the same name, but if you’re like me and love what Jenny Han brings to the small screen, “The Summer I Turned Pretty” season two is the next project fans can look out for, now streaming on Amazon Prime.