It’s Jenny Han’s world, and we’re just living (and loving) in it. Amazon Prime Video’s series adaptation of The Summer I Turned Pretty, Han’s first YA romance trilogy, stole our hearts and dominated our screens last summer, skyrocketing its two love interests, Chris Briney and Gavin Casalegno, to heartthrob status seemingly overnight. This July, Season 2 of the coming-of-age romance returns to reignite our crush on the Cousins Beach-goers — and apparently revive Season 1’s twisted love triangle.
If you’re a fan of Jenny Han’s work, as the author of the original series or as the showrunner on The Summer I Turned Pretty, it may come as no surprise to you that this isn’t the multi-hyphenate’s first time adapting one of her works for the screen. Netflix’s original movie series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an adaptation of Han’s most recent romance novel series, and the streamer’s new show, XO, Kitty, marks the first Netflix Original show that’s a spinoff from a Netflix Original film — spearheaded by Han, though not based on one of her books directly.
Between Han’s production deal with Amazon Studios and the forthcoming original movie and “couple of books,” she reportedly has in the works, it seems high time to hop on Jenny Han’s bandwagon, if you haven’t already. Here’s what you need to know about the new season of The Summer I Turned Pretty, plus how to catch up on every other series and movie in the Jenny Han universe:
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 release date
The second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty premieres with three new episodes on Friday, July 14, 2023. The remaining five episodes of Season 2 will drop weekly on Prime Video through August 18.
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 trailer
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 cast
Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Sean Kaufman, Jackie Chung, David Iacono and Rain Spencer are all returning for the second season of Summer I Turned Pretty. Season 2 will also see the addition of a new cousin in cousins: Elsie Fisher, from Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Prime Video’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism.
Will there be a Summer I Turned Pretty Season 3?
While Amazon has yet to confirm a third season of Summer I Turned Pretty, rumors that the series has already begun early production on Season 3 have been reported.
Since there are three Jenny Han books, and the author inked an overall deal with Prime Video back in 2022, which will allow her to “create and develop new projects” for the streaming service, odds for a Summer I Turned Pretty Season 3 are looking good.
Is XO, Kitty a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel?
This series spinoff of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before focuses on Kitty Song Covey, little sister to Lara Jean Covey (and Margo) from the Netflix films. It’s a continuation of Kitty’s coming-of-age story, but the series doesn’t reveal much in the way of Kitty’s two elder sisters. The show also works independently from the films, so even if you haven’t caught up on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (although you totally should), you can still enjoy XO, Kitty as a standalone show.
XO, Kitty cast
Anna Cathcart reprises her role as Kitty Covey alongside returning To All the Boys cast members John Corbett and Sarayu Rao. Minyeong Choi, Gia Kim, Sang Heon Lee and Anthony Keyvan also star.
XO, Kitty Season 2 release date
Netflix’ first series spinoff of an original movie will be getting a second season, but unfortunately, there’s no official release date for XO, Kitty Season 2 (yet). In the meantime, why not check out the rest of Jenny Han’s universe?
Where to watch the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)
XO, Kitty (2023)
Where to watch The Summer I Turned Pretty franchise:
Are all of Jenny Han’s books connected?
Not exactly. So far, Han has not gone as far as to declare all of her stories are connected. However, Jenny Han does make minor cameos in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and both seasons of The Summer I Turned Pretty. So, by that logic, we could assume these shows and movies take place in the same cinematic universe, even if there has yet to be any crossover (much like Sam Levinson suggested about his two series, Euphoria and The Idol).
Jenny Han books in release order:
While Jenny Han has three book series and two non-series novels, only two of her series have been adapted for the screen thus far.
Burn for Burn series (Co-authored with Siobhan Vivian)
Summer I Turned Pretty series
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series
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