Jessica Jung, K-pop star and former member of Girls’ Generation, is releasing her first book this year, a Young Adult (YA) novel called Shine. It follows a Korean-American teen named Rachel, who’s recruited by major K-pop label DB Entertainment to be part of a nine-girl group.
“The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date,” the synopsis reads. “As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee.”
In an excerpt published by Entertainment Weekly, we find Rachel in the middle of a group interview, thinking about the rules of her K-pop world. She describes her girl group as “a sea of perfectly tousled beach waves and unblemished faces glowing from years of skin-brightening face masks, choreographed down to the angle of our sleekly crossed legs and the descending order of our pastel rainbow-hued stilettos.”
The book will come out later this year. According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s already being developed for the screen with Matt Kaplan of ACE Entertainment, the team behind the Netflix hit adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
It was in 2014 that Jessica was reportedly “forced out” of Girls’ Generation due to scheduling conflicts with her luxury fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. In 2016, she released her solo album, With Love J, which became a global hit. In 2017, she was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Asia.
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