K-pop star joins our ‘GMA3’ teen reading squad

Jessica Jung chats about her new novel, “Shine.”
4:38 | 10/27/20

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House Majority pac is responsible for the content of this advertising. Month, we tackled "Shine," it's a brand-new book by k-pop sensation Jessica Jung. Take a look. Jessica Jung's an international pop star with close to 1 million 10 million followers on EWS on YouTube. Named one of Forbes top 30 under 30 in Asia. Born in San Francisco, Jessica grew up in South Korea as she trained as a k-pop singer. Debuts as a founder member of the first k-pop group to reach 1 million views on a music video. This year she tackled new territory, releasing her debut novel "Shine," a book loosely based on her own experiences as a Korean American teenager. With the book sequel already in the works and a movie deal in development, it's safe to say that Jessica's future will continue to shine brightly. And joining us now all the way from Seoul, South Korea, is Jessica Jung herself. Jessica, it's so great to have you with us today and I also want to introduce our reading squad, they've been tearing through your book for the past few weeks. 13-year-old Anya, 14-year-old Lowe. How is everybody doing? Doing good. Thank you for having me. I'm superexcited to be here today. We're excited to have you and the book "Shine." All is fair in love and k-pop which is what it said in there. I know that you leaned on some of your experiences, but, I mean, how much of this is an autobiography. It's not fair to go that far, right? It's fiction. Maybe autobiography can come later in the years. All right, I know our reading for you. We'll start off with your question for Jessica. Hi, Jessica, it's meet you. Hi, nice to meet you. Okay, so my question is, was training as difficult as it's conveyed in the book? You get through, like what were some coping mechanisms? You know, I feel like when you want to achieve something it never really comes easy, so you really have to work hard for it. It was definitely tough because there were lots of rules and restrictions, like, you know, no phones, no dating, you know, always have to be on a diet and just be perfect. And when it was hard for me I had people, great people surrounding me. My family who was so supportive, and a lot of good people. What's your question? Are any of these characters based on real people you know? Actually, yes. There are definitely some, but not all, but for instance, Leia, who's Rachel's little sister is inspired by my own little sister, crystal, we were both trainees at a very young age and we were also k-pop stars, and you know we always had each other's back and we always helped each other. It's really hard to find good friends, and in the industry true friends, so we were very lucky to have each other. And we have time for one more question. It's from Anya. What's your question? H Jessica. Hi. I know your book is all about the k-pop world, but did you put in any other like obsessions in the book? Well, you know, my three biggest obsessions are food, fashion and travel. And for "Shine," I put in a lot of Korean food references, so that people can be familiar with Korean food and be more curious. But in "Bright," my sequel coming out next year, I do a lot of fashion and travel aspect and Food, fashion, travel but Jessica, it's really good to see you. Congratulations on everything you've got going and for spending some time with us and thank you as well to our reading squad for coming in, having a few questions, hope you got your questions answered. Pick up a copy of "Shine" in STEs now. Everyone, have a good one. Wave us bye. Still ahead here on

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