A Tooth For a Tooth


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After Xu Qing Nuo suffered emotional betrayal, his way to retaliate was to make the other person feel the same.

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Efu-sama rated it
November 12, 2021
Status: Completed
I am so glad that the MC has his revenge on the Scumbags, yeah, not just one Scum boyfriend but also a Scum best friend who got entangled and is still able to justify their actions as "a mere play".

I like the tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye notion. To make the scumbag who said that he still loves MC feel how does it like to be cheated.

While the ending is up to my liking, and we can be sure that MC finally meets his true love after... more>> leaving this Scumbag BF, the process of going there is...a bit painful.

The MC chose to go to some bar and wanted to have a one-night stand with a stranger to get revenge. Like, it's a relief that MC met a good person in the bar (the final ML), but in case he met with another Scumbag, then wouldn't the MC running from Tiger Mouth into a Wolf den? Escaping from a Scum only to meet another Scum?

If MC did not meet the final ML in the bar, he'd be hurting himself more, because MC is originally a straightforward person. If he truly did meet a stranger who is flimsy and only wanted some f*cks, the MC would end up adding wounds to himself, by thinking that he has been dirtied, by playing around just to get revenge.

Having a one-night stand is normal for those who are familiar with it, but for those with a straightforward and have quite an orthodox mindsets like MC here, it can be something he felt ashamed about and will only decrease his self-confidence in the later stage.

For once, his self-esteem has been going down since the Scum BF cheated. So, if he meets someone else who thinks s*x is the way to satisfy physiological needs, he may not realize but subconsciously he will lose confidence in himself. Thinking that even his BF thinks he is unworthy of a faithful relationship, and thinking that his body is only enough to attract those with lust.

I don't think the process of having revenge is good, because it may, hurt the MC more. Fortunately, he meets the right person, the final ML. <<less
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kislanyk rated it
October 23, 2021
Status: --
As the translator of this novel, I have to give it 5 stars. I wouldn't have picked it up if it hadn't been one of my favorite books in the ... more>>

get a better ML, aka 'change the gong'

genre. In the Chinese danmei circles among the books with this trope, it's a classic.

This is a short story that describes how the 7-year-itch happened and how the MC retaliated against the betrayal that he suffered.

As for the ending...


Personally, despite the rather open ending with a strong foreshadowing of HE, I found this story really satisfying, and I hope more authors choose to no longer forgive the scum for their evil deeds (I look at you 188 Boy's Team dudes!) rather than giving the couple a forceful HE.

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PhoenixChameleon rated it
October 25, 2021
Status: Completed
Hard to find gem with the links missing. You’ll have a dig/search a little to find it but it’s worth it. High school sweethearts -> what happens when one of them discovers his lover has been cheating on him with his best friend? A short story of eye for an eye revenge. The MC doesn’t feel good about it, but finds it necessary for catharsis. Our MC is lucky in his knight in shining armor has been hovering like a shadow knight. There’s a lot is sweetness mixed with the... more>> sharp bitterness. It’s a HE. Lots of subtleties if you look. A great quick read under 15 chapters! <<less
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enaillig rated it
December 30, 2021
Status: c5
I love it, the theme is revenge. Remember revenge is always a morally grey area. You may not like the MC's way of doing things but I wouldn't bother myself with it because it's satisfying. All I wanna say is, good riddance.

It's an open ending. But no worries. There's enough clues on what might or might not happen. Just lead your wild and rich imagination to a positive one.


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karwasama rated it
November 28, 2021
Status: Completed
Abso-f*cking-lutley loved this.

Sick of scum gongs? Sick of scum gongs who are forgiven after a bit of groveling? Sick of MCs who end up crawling back to their abusers? This novel will cure you of all your frustration and anger.

This manages to take a realistic approach to how someone would react to their significant other cheating. The MC isn't indifferent - the ML was someone who he spent years with, of course he's going to need some time to come to terms with what happened, especially once it's revealed that... more>> the person he cheated with was his

best friend.

I've never been cheated on, but if I was, I imagine I would want to do the exact same thing as the MC did. Like, if you don't want to experience what the ML experienced in the novel, I just wouldn't cheat in the first place, you know?

Anyway, I loved this. Just like The Slag Gong Wants to Kill Me, but with much more realism. A 5.0/5.0 stars! <<less
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periperi rated it
October 24, 2021
Status: Completed
5 stars

As author mentioned, some may not agree with the way MC did his revenge (literal tooth for a tooth method), but this is a very short story. Scum (and mistress) get what they deserve but I wish there was just that little bit more to show us the happy end for MC instead of just a foreshadowing.

And even with just a short story, there is some depth to the characters (they have their backgrounds, how they met, a bit of relationship dynamics), so to see it slowly crumble and... more>> fall out of love in such a short span made it a good read. Still wanted a little more for the good ML though.

Otherwise a nice short revenge story. <<less
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Lea168 rated it
December 28, 2021
Status: Completed
4.5/5* - RECOMMEND

Loved this story! Personally, I think it is a super fitting revenge and ending LOL. This story also feels like revenge for all those other scum gong stories in which the scum got away too easily.

The story was fast paced (very short chapters). There was a little back story and author did well describing MC's hurt and emotions. Also, the scum gong's remorse came across very well. You could feel the scum's panic and regret in the end.

The ending is super promising! It felt like an easter egg.... more>> First, I felt bad for MC as

at the beginning he only felt revenge when he slept with the guy he picked up in the bar. But in the end he cried in the guy's arms mourning over his lost relationship of 7 years and felt disgusted that he was so vindictive. This guy from the bar is someone who had a secret crush on MC for years without MC even knowing him, and was happy to be used by MC. It was hot to read how h**ny he was for MC when he finally got the chance to be with him. After MC left the scum gong, this guy followed MC to his home town and tries to win his heart.

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Levis rated it
June 23, 2022
Status: Completed
It's soooooo satisfying. Cheating will never be okay. Even if you try to convince yourself you will forgive your significant other as long as they still live you, the pain they brought you will stay. It's a very memorable scar. A burn scar even.

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Although the methods MC did as revenge is usually something that isn't okay with my books, it felt weirdly satisfying. It really is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.


2nd ML!!! I finally read something that lets the MC get together with the 2nd ML.


Even of it was left in an open ended manner, the hint directs to them being the end game. So happy!!


Just have to say, the b*atch that is the supposed friend of the MC really is thick skinned, along with the jerk ML. Wow.


To have the face to cheat while looking at him like everything is okay. And have the nerve to question the ML cheating when he himself went to him because he felt empty! There's a lot of men in the world, why him?!


Overall, this one makes me happy, lol. Even if I do feel bad for MC. But at least he got back at them. Thumbs up!! <<less
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Lost Happiness rated it
October 23, 2021
Status: Completed
This story isn't about MC finding love but revenge on the scumbag though there is a ML who appears, sort of like the silent loyal dog who guards you from afar in secret.

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I like how MC's friend love life is intertwine with the scumbag's mistress. The friend's crush is won over after his persistence as well as knowing the mistress action of cheating on him with MC's scumbag lover.

ML backstory would be revealed in the extra where he knew MC but acted like he didn't, all to steal a chance to slowly get into MC's circle. I really support him.

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dhyll rated it
February 12, 2022
Status: Completed
I like stories like these. This is not to say I condone MC's methods but come on, this is fiction. Isn't it great to see human waste get hurt when their actions bite them in the a**? People should be prepared for the consequence of their s*upidity. What you give is what you get. If he can do that to him, why can't MC do it?

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That Mao whatever really had the guts to act like the victim and very WRECKED when he was the one who CHEATED with MC's BEST FRIEND. Like bro? You claim to love someone yet you do things that would hurt them. That's not love; that's s*upidity and douchebagness. And yes MC also cheated but alas, this is titled a tooth for a tooth. It was obvious he was gonna do it and I support hurting a-holes regardless of the means.

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Staringatastar rated it
January 11, 2022
Status: Completed
So good! I love a good face slapping, especially one that is so self aware of it's own demerits. The author acknowledged that this is not right, and even the character realizes in the end how meaningless his revenge is. But boy is it satisfying. I just feel bad for jh in the epilogue - I hate it when people give up their potential, even if it's for love, but especially if it's for a crush.
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Onyo.onyo rated it
December 16, 2021
Status: Completed
it's not with the best ending but it's quite worth it. Although I don't really like the way MC takes revenge, but his boyfriend deserves it. I just wish I could see more of his boyfriend suffer.
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Li Sha rated it
August 27, 2022
Status: Completed
I was wondering the whole time whether the scum boyfriend and friend had been possessed by an evil spirit or something. Because at least for me, their feelings for MC was genuine. Scum boyfriend loved MC, while the scum friend also treated him genuinely as a friend. Only, no one knows why the f*ck did they do adultery, and I just couldn't come up with a reason for them doing so as well. I also don't remember it being mentioned in the story. MC clearly said that these two used... more>> to see each other as an enemy, and right now, even MC is also wondering how did these two hooked up.

I felt bad for these two scums tho. Imagine being in a relationship for 7 years, only for that love one of yours to cheat on you. Imagine being close friends, only for that friend of yours who you trusted to have an ambiguous relationship with your love one. That would indeed broke my heart, because I treated these two motherf*ckers as my important person who I will never part from.

But the other me also felt satisfied seeing them regret their actions. And I'm glad MC gave them a taste of misery. I only wished it was longer, like around 20 chapters or at least 15 chapters. I wanted to see these two scums suffer more than the MC had suffered so it could be more worth it.

What made things more satisfying was that the ML actually knew all along MC from head to foot, including that MC was using him as a revenge for the scum boyfriend. Although the story was implied as HE, I hope there's even at least one or two extra chapters where it showcases how these two got together in the end.

In overall, this story is still good, deserving my 5 stars. I would honestly love to see more stories like this where a "white lotus" MC would actually took revenge on his scum boyfriend, without forgiving him ever again. <<less
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King of No Killing rated it
July 17, 2022
Status: Completed
Perhaps only those who have the same way of reasoning and mindset as me will really appreciate this story. Call it being hypocrite. But what can I do? I just want him to feel the same thing I felt. Like XQN said, "I'm just returning the favor".

So you better skip this if you find the MC's way of revenge is against your moral or not in line with your world views.

You still ended up reading it coz you didn't know the story would end up like that? Pfft. The title... more>> + tags are already clear enough for you to know.

Anyway, truly loved the story! <<less
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Nah rated it
March 21, 2022
Status: --
It is good MC not letting him self at receiving end. He went to revenge, being a monster after bitten by one. I like the realization of MC that he felt disgust doing the same thing his cheater husband did. However, he can't be a saint that forgive and just let go. There is a touch of realistic here.


The story feel barren. The emotions was not portrayed lavishly. It feels like monotone historical stories you got in class.
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StarrEyed rated it
December 7, 2021
Status: --
I loved him for his revenge. It was epic!! I picture that in the end he and his family reconcile and he and the ML get together and live happily ever after. He also finds out how long and how much the ML did love him.
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Reyleisha rated it
November 28, 2021
Status: Completed
Rating: 4/5- Really liked this. I think there’s a lot of catharsis but also a lot of self-sabotage in this story.

Yes eventually the MC will have a proper relationship but he most certainly requires some closure and therapy to get there.

The revenge was well plotted overall though even though the MC wounded himself to get it.
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Version rated it
September 6, 2023
Status: c1
A real gem! The best revenge story I have ever read.

I am not a fan of revenge stories, because, unfortunately, revenge stories are usually full of cruelty and violence. Even if the people deserve to be punished, I feel terrible discomfort from reading these details, it spoils the whole impression of the story.

But not this time. Such a sophisticated revenge in response to betrayal. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth - revenge, where there was no physical violence. But the result achieved is impressive and extremely satisfying. I liked the end of the story the most.


I liked the end of the story the most.
First and most importantly, the main character did not forgive, as it often happens, the ML.
Secondly, readers are clearly given a hint that everything for the MC will be fine with the second lead.


A wonderful story. Thanks to the author and the translator/s.
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May 31, 2022
Status: Completed
I love this! Completely worth the read, absolutely. At first I didn't expect much since it is so short, but I was pleasantly surprised since it delivered even in so little chapters. The feels are there, the characterisation is good, their personnalities fully fledged, although not perfect but since it already only has so many chapters, it is good enough. Recommend reading it. Give it a chance <3
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earlydiaries rated it
February 24, 2022
Status: Completed
plot & pacing: A+++++

characters: I want to personally skin alive the ML and who he cheats with. I merely laughed when MC did the same thing. Fair is fair.

this novel isn't a comedy but I was grinning and laughing for majority of the reading. Oh, MC, go get your revenge, honey. Also, may I mention the writing is actually good.

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I loved the reveal at the end about jh


my only gripe with this is that ML didn't suffer enough and neither did the guy he cheated on MC with. I wish MC was more ruthless. Alas, only he was the most hurt out of this. He really deserved none of this. And the audacity of the two a**holes? God I wish MC or who he cheated with had the other two beat up until they can't stand. Maybe that way they wouldn't be able to go to each other and f*ck anymore. ML really had the audacity to be crying and getting drunk like that as if he wasn't a lying and cheating son of a b*tch. Note that I have never been cheated on haha I'm just an MC supporter in most if not all novels I read. I just wish we had more to read. This was barely satisfying but still a good read. <<less
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