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Cheng Ke quit his job, moved away from his rich family in pursuit of arts. He is a sand painter who creates stunning pieces of art using sand. He becomes Jiang Yu Duo’s tenant who’s a gang leader and takes care of his sister’s apartments. Their worlds collide as they move from mutual rejection to mutual understanding. Through hard work and struggles, they each achieve success and move towards a better future.

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17 Reviews


kinda_legendary
New kinda_legend
Feb 02, 2024
Status: Completed
I love this novel so much - I created my account to review it. Both of the characters are so well done and they have a great relationship. They start out as not liking eachother very much but grow to understand each other and are very respectful and display their love in different ways which is so nice. The story is well paced, with good comedy, happy moments and tense moments. I will say this novel is jot for people who do not like discussions on mental issues, I personally... more>> felt that they were handled well and not magically cured or anything like that but some people may prefer to avoid it. <<less
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Lori_gh
Lori_gh
Aug 23, 2020
Status: --
I came here after watching the anime, but it’s really different, in a good way. The flow of the story is completely different and everything just seems better. Totally recommend. The novel emphasizes more on the struggles of the characters. It's even better because they are common real life struggles. The random gay moments also make it super worth it.
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LWH22
LWH22
Sep 28, 2020
Status: c102
This is good. I actually finished it through MTL because I got so curious about how Cheng Ke and Jian Yu Duo would end up. I liked their interactions and how they slowly got to know and trust each other. I like how the reader found out about and got to know Jiang Yu Duo and his story at the same time and pace as Cheng Ke, (the reader may be even a bit behind compared to Cheng Ke). The story is mainly about these two but other side... more>> characters were endearing as well, like Cheng Qing.

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some parts of the story did actually scare me a bit, like descriptions of when Jiang Yu Duo would see "people" out of the corner of his eye, I actually felt his anxiety and frustration at those times. I liked how the author didn't do a "happily ever after" miracle cure but stated that it is something they would have to live with, which is more realistic

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longing
longing
Nov 15, 2020
Status: c102
I MTLed it.

It is slice of life, the genre I hate and love at the same time. And it is amazing how complicated can be feelings caused by a novel. The story feels quite real. I will reread it if I'll ever forget the plot details.

So. MC and ML are equal, and they fit each other, love each other and always ready to help. They are both interesting characters. They're growing. And the way they're getting together is actually funny. All the story is written with pieces of comedy above... more>> the serious themes it shows.

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There are the psychic issues and hospital theme, which I am not expert in, so I don't know if what author tells is true.

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If you want to smile, think about the life you have and its values and cry a little, I suppose you will not regret reading this work. I do not.

The warning here: it can be more difficult to read than it seems, I spent 5 days just because I needed some rest of it in the culmination, but you can finish it faster if your emotional stamina is higher than mine. <<less
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chenjiaan
chenjiaan
Aug 27, 2020
Status: --
Good take on struggles in a modern relationship. Very heartwarming read that does a good job at developing characters and their relationship with one another. Wu Zhe is definitely an underrated writer and I love how she's so good at just slowly unveiling things as the story progresses.

However, the translation quality is iffy and I and have to wonder if it's being MTLed and then lightly edited.
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ylial
ylial
Jan 06, 2021
Status: Completed
Good story. A slice of life between 2 wounded persons. I like this because the ML is not omnipotent as other novels' ML. For usual danmei, Xu Ding is probably the ML since he is very capable to protect the MC. NOT RECOMMENDED for those who want fluffy, exciting, fast-paced and romantic BL novels

For used on MC & ML. In the first half of the story u won't know if the person's and shadows, that the ML sees, are real or not. Second half if facing their fears.
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lovecherrymotion
lovecherrymo
Jan 10, 2024
Status: Completed
Such a good novel. Even though I finished it a few weeks ago, I still can't stop thinking about it. Cheng Ke and Jiang Yuduo are such well-written, dynamic characters. Their struggles, actions, and personalities feel so real. This novel definitely goes through heavy subjects, and there are plenty of knives (both literal knives, and also the metaphorical 'knives' causing emotional damage to readers). The side characters are also interesting, though they are not the focus of the plot.

The synopsis on here kind of sucks. It starts with Cheng Ke... more>> being kicked out of home by his father (due to his brother's manipulations/actions). He has multiple chance encounters with Jiang Yuduo, and he eventually ends up as Cheng Ke's landlord. Cheng Ke has spent his entire life in a rich household, with servants taking care of literally everything. Now, he is alone and has to figure out how to live. The novel not only focuses on the developing relationship between Cheng Ke and Jiang Yuduo, it also focuses on their struggles and personal growth.

Cheng Ke struggles in domestic tasks, but excels in sand art and interacting with the 'high class' world.

Jiang Yuduo rules the streets and has many close followers, but he is tormented by his past and mental illness

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(self harm, hallucinations, delusions) at one point, he even hurts cheng ke, and at other points WOULD have hurt him if cheng ke was physically in the same location

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This novel shows both of them dealing with their struggles, and relying on each other. Although both of them may seem rude, they are both compassionate people. Although they start the novel alone, by the end they have each other.

The relationship, trust, and romance that builds between Cheng Ke and Jiang Yuduo is extremely heartwarming. Some parts felt so desolate, that I had to take a break and read something fluffier. But the care those two had for each other allowed me to push through the darker moments.

Overall, I highly recommend. <<less
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Olivia D
Olivia D
Sep 06, 2023
Status: Completed
I didn't expect to love this novel so much. Its amazing how it potrays the mental illness and actually deals with it.

I love both Chengke and Jiang Yuduo relationship. Although it wasn't great in the beginning but they do cared about each other. Chengke is a son of rich man and he leave the house to lead his own life and ended as Yuduo's housemate for a while.

Its cute how Chengke appears to be clueless and didn't know how to turn on the stove or making soup etc (probably due... more>> to his upbringing). Yuduo is the one who is in charge helping him. Chengke is also interesting with his sand painting art.

I'm crying when Yuduo decided to continue his treatment & afraid if Chengke couldn't wait and soon leave him. I'm glad that Chengke is always there beside him.

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That bubble tea shop opening moment is damn touching and sweet.

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# I did watch the anime ver tho its just a bromance but still some scene included which is good enough for me <<less
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HaylD
HaylD
Aug 13, 2023
Status: Completed
I first started reading the manua and fell in love. When I dove into the novel it only had 31 translated chapters so I MTLd the rest and it’s seriously such an amazing story!! I love the characters! I love the plot everything it’s one my absolute favorites. I’m excited that the translation is being finished! Absolutely worth a read or five!
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twobada
twobada
Jun 20, 2022
Status: --
1st of all, don't MTL if you can because it drastically lowers the experience.

2nd, the quality shines through even with bad MTL.

When it comes to danmeis that deal with mental illness, this is definitely one of the masterpieces. I feel overwhelmed right now because of how pleased I am after reading it and seeing our main CP grow in their journey together.

... more>> I especially love how both of them were actually mentally ill, with ML's mental illness being very, very severe. But they were patient, caring, and supportive with each other.

The fact that loving and caring for someone who's mentally ill requires commitment was also highlighted here. I liked that a lot. Because it's especially true in real life. Just the feeling of love is never enough. It's a lot of mental (and sometimes physical) effort and consideration.

That part was never glossed over here and you can really see the main couple's progress individually and as a couple.

The pacing was really good and the characters and the environment they lived in felt so alive even though the main focus was always on the main characters. There were no wasted chunks of text just describing what or who. Just people coming alive. Good writing. <<less
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Michelle-08
Michelle-08
Jan 31, 2024
Status: Completed
“If the main character really died, then I wouldn’t have many feelings about it. Besides, so many people pay attention to the main character, whether they’re happy or sad, whether they’re well or not, whether they’re dead or alive, ” Jiang Yuduo withdrew from the novel world, speaking softly, “It’s a different story for side characters, especially the minor ones. No one ever cares about them.” - Aweeee! This truly breaks my heart.

What a roller coaster ride! The pain, struggle, the mental illness of the ML is heartbreaking. I like... more>> how the writer of this novel shows that not all mental illness patients can be treated completely like other novels depicted, which is what the case of our ML is. Here, the ML might be treating his mental illness for life but the good things is the MC is 100% there to understand and support him through his journey to healing. The love that they showed to each other is so beautiful.

This is highly recommended but please be mindful that there's a lot of trigger warnings for this novel, so read at your own risk. <<less
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meatbunluver
meatbunluver
Jan 19, 2024
Status: Completed
A really solid novel. There's something comforting about reading two broken people come together to pick up their shattered pieces, glue them together, and heal.

I wasn't sure what I was getting into from the synopsis (it doesn't even touch the surface of this masterpiece), but I'm so glad I read it. The author does a masterful job making you feel that the novel is real. It tackles serious issues, with a heavy sprinkle of comedy. Their backgrounds and lifestyles make Cheng Ke and Jiang Yuduo seem like people you can... more>> only meet through a story, but their struggles, flaws, and thoughts breathe through the pages.

Read if you like realistic novels with characters who genuinely grow to care and love each other, through all the hardships. <<less
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Minkyboodle
Minkyboodle
Oct 26, 2023
Status: Completed
I really enjoyed this novel! The characters were interesting and the story seemed pretty original. It had good pacing and realistic interactions/relationships.
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CrIsI
CrIsI
Aug 26, 2021
Status: c28
Hahaha love this Novel, between comedy and tragedy they walk forward and help eachother out sometimes voluntarily others accidentally, it doesn't matter.

Also, too funny how the Cheng's key always ends up stopping their arguments.
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JJQRC78
JJQRC78
Dec 05, 2023
Status: Completed
I think the Yaoi tag should changed to shounen ai, there’s no spice just sweet. The details of this novel relationship between characters happened in small scale (especially the side characters), that when suddenly mentioned after not long mentioned, it make me confused for a second past action. It will be more perfect if the ending (extra) include the progress of the relationship between the MC and his family, if there mention the progress of Chen Qing and his Xiao sun why not include Xu ding too? After all he... more>> was the main side characters too. It’s an elongated story that focused based of the daily life of mentally disabled character, the impact to their daily life, characters, social life, affected both physical and mental, vulnerability etc. Progressed to time of rehabilitation... it really told the more ‘normal’ people, that what we see as ‘abnormal’ actually want to be saw as ‘normal’ too, but there’s already label before they explain (already knew from reactions all the time). So sometimes they will show their discomfort from physical contact or if verbally, people will think that they want to argued or talk nothing/odd context. Well I meet them in real life and depression include in mental disorders too... so respect e/o and take effort to valued the person themself not the outsell and their shortcomings. Love all <<less
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amikyun
amikyun
Sep 14, 2023
Status: Completed
4.4 it really had twist and turn, it not foolish nor brainless but sometimes I feel it desolate, idk the detail of family member id not satisfying but our cp relationship sure is, although they don't explicit the switch we still can guess it
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pink_cat112
pink_cat112
Oct 02, 2021
Status: Completed
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Their first meeting was near tr*shcan lmao interesting beginning, I'll read it review: Oh my, this is good. The relationship progress from strangers to friend to lovers. Um there's also cat! Named Meow xD The beginning are damn funny, then it's creepy THEN it became touching as f*ck. Oh the theme is also heavy about

mental illness
i like how the author handled it, its a bit heavy, but its realistic (the one who can save you is yourself.) the couple is switch which I didn't expect but it's cool. Um, the romance is a bit slow but it's mainly cuz ML had abnormal childhood so it effect his lack understanding of his emotions (of like). About the noncon/dubcon kiss who happened more than thrice I have mixed feeling if that didn't happen I doubt their relationship will progressed into romantic one, and Jiang Yu (ML) also said that he didn't feel repulsed or disgusted, he felt nothing. Mainly, he's confused and as a man who thought he's straight it's understandable, still, dang Cheng ke consent ah! Oh, btw I Mtled this book, good read <3

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