Assistant Architect

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Zhang Siyi comes back from his overseas studies in architecture and is looking for work. His girlfriend, however, is full of complaints, for Zhang Siyi never has time for her. She breaks up with him in a fit of rage while throwing coffee over him.

Zhang Siyi manages to dodge the coffee, but unfortunately, it hits the guy behind him instead. Just when he is about to do something about it, the guy dismisses him and leaves.

Zhang Siyi thought that would be the end of it, but who would’ve thought that the very next day, he will meet the man again… in a job interview. And being hired by him will be just the beginning.

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คุณผู้ช่วยสถาปนิก
助理建筑师
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Queen_of_Chaos000
New Queen_of_Chaos000 rated it
September 21, 2022
Status: Completed
This was so so much more than just a love story. The lessons this teaches are very close to reality.

Zhang Siyi our adorable, cute, and clumsy fool of an MC was full of strengths and relatabilities reading him was an absolute treat. He was by no means perfect; he was full of flaws, but within those flaws, he managed to find what is extraordinary and finally reach his goals through his hard work. He may be frustrating at times but that is what I liked about him since he seemed... more>> so real and most of his worries and anxieties could be understood very well.

Gu Yu, our strict, in-control, genius, and sometimes pure childish ML is an absolute sweetheart. When you read him the first impression he gives is that he is perfect with no flaws to pick on. But as you get to know him, you will find he too has his own flaws. Sometimes a character when reading might sound very perfect, but the same character when related to reality is still not so perfect. Even then I adored Gu Yu as the story continued.

Very Recommended to read! It brings you to a beautiful yet simple world...

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P.S. I Love Gu Yu's and Zhang Siyu's little fox and little kitten stickers. So adorable. And also that cat reference in the earlier chapters was so apt. Gu Yu indeed fooled Zhang Siyu to his side while the little fool not realizing the noose ties around his neck already. But still so so cute. Hehe~~

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Little Cloud
New Little Cloud
September 20, 2022
Status: --
What a long journey..!

At first I wasn't that interested in the story line. But as the story developed further, the true plot came out. Actually the character development was superb. I am really impressed. How they first got introduced to us to the final farewell, the characters made a rapid progress.

This couple will be one of my favourites. Their first meeting to the life long promise, their relationship development was really nice. It was very healthy and adorable. Their understanding, how they help each other, how they struggled through hardships..... more>> Not to mention the little arguments and reconciliations. Everything was perfect.

Side characters also very memorable. The Friend circles, difference between the personalities.. Everything was up to detail. I love it very much.

Translation was good and it was a good reading experience.

Highly recommend! <<less
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OceanMagix
OceanMagix rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: Completed
My own feelings

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I first saw this novel months ago but I wasn't ready to read it then. The first few chapters of how Gu Yu and Zhang SiYi met... I can't remember why I didn't continue on back then.

A couple of days ago, I reread one of the author's work 'The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend' Finding it entertaining I went to search for more of the author's works.

Maybe it's cause I was once interested in architecture plus the previous novel put me in a good mood. I decided to try it again.

Before I started, I saw a review describing about it being relatable to reality. Being also around that point, I'm wondering about my future *laughs*.

Reading this simulated me.

I keep listening to others talk about how it is not easy to get a job. And that makes me wonder what sort of certificate may be able to have better chances.

Reading this two days, the thing that spoke out to me was about effort.

I feel that Zhang SiYi is a good example of what I feel.

When he started working at Boundless and realised that the company had people much better than him. That each and every one has their own strong point. So what does he have?

Zhang SiYi put in his efforts. Although he had a rocky start, when he improved further, his strength showed for itself.

No matter what, I feel that effort is important if you want to further yourself. Like what others say, what you put in will be what you are cultivating.

Honestly, I'm envious that ZSY has such a good environment. My nightmare would be having a situation like Su Yuan's.

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After finishing the novel, I think the BL became a backdrop for me. What I became focused on was Zhang SiYi's life. From first looking for a job, breaking up with his girlfriend and his subsequent growth.

Drawing toilets and car parks, given such things to do, if you never realised why your senior gave you such a thing to do, you will certainly complain. Well even after you know, you might still complain. *laughs*

what I admire about ZSY was that even after he realised why, he continued on with it. Although there was some grumbling he still took his work seriously.

What I like about the relationship process was that ZSY realised the difference between his current relationship and the previous one.

The attitude he had towards his ex and how he realised the difference in his feelings and attitude towards Gu Yu. It touched me when he felt apologetic when he realised the way he treated his previous relationship as compared to what depth of feeling he has to Gu Yu

And Gu Yu isn't omnipotent. Like how it was mentioned that GY is a rational person, you cannot always use rationality to treat your relationship, it is not something controllable. Gu Yu is human too. No no, he's not just a cold strict guy. Gu Yu has layers of emotions, slowly melting outwards.

When looking at the comments, I realised that there isn't perfection. Saying that Zhang SiYi's overreaction was frequent and also about how it felt like ZSY was the one who kept apologising first even though Gu Yu was also in the wrong. Maybe I'll have to read again to reflect on this part. I'm not sure why it was written so, maybe subconsciously? maybe not? Who knows but it's simulating my brain for further thoughts anyway *laughs*

Actually there's many more things but I'll not continue on...

The supporting cast:

Cactus oh cactus, what an appearance you made at the beginning and what a cameo you made at the end >.<

Looking back, while the surrounding people gave colours to their story, at the end, what I know of them was only during what now feels like a short journey they had with both Zhang SiYi and Gu Yu. While it's not an abrupt ending it felt like their lives became untold stories.

The laughter:

>_<|| I cant remember?!?!

Maybe it's the little jellies, the karma of phone numbers *hahaha*, the childhood stories and perhaps fate. It's funny thing, how fate can make people interconnected. Well, you'll have to read the novel to understand O (∩_∩) O~~ *hahaha*

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xxBlackRabbitxx
xxBlackRabbitxx rated it
September 6, 2019
Status: c172
Its really a sweet and good slice of life yaoi/shounen ai novel. It's s never too fast or too slow, and each stage of falling inlove was corporated throughly here unlike other stories where they instantly fell in love.

I guess the only draw back here is 2 things. 1 is just at the 150's to 170's is quite boring and pretty much a stagnant point of the novel (or where I stop for now) as well as the where the ML is really never in the wrong of the... more>> situation. Its not really like he's never wrong but the way its was told made it as if, if ever MC and ML we're quarreling or something they made the dialog where 95% of the reason they fought was because of MC despite it being a 50-50. For example, communication problem of the two became mc's fault for not taking the initiative to talk to ML despite the ML himself not doing the same. In the end the one who apologized and was lectured was MC by the fking ML himself and the whole time this was happening the MC have got problems after problems piling up then some bomb of unluck was given to him by ML in a unemotional way and somehow its still MC who took the initiative to say sorry. just bc the author feels sorry for ML for thinking that he's getting hopes up... Pls... The MC was given 4-5 big problems continuously and his mentality throughly suffered by the last bad news but somehow its still acceptable to lecture him first when half the problem was bc of ML and his lack of communication (f*ck sorry for ranting still bitter about this section ruined my mood for the ff. Chapters) <<less
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Redroses__
Redroses__ rated it
January 20, 2019
Status: Completed
The novel is relatable because it presents the reality of life after graduation. The time wherein reality will smack you in the face while your expectations crumble. I especially like how the story shows the struggles of different people on how to face life. For me, as a newly graduate individual, this story serves to remind me to perservere even if I don't know what to do anymore.;)

But above all, I love Gu Yu and Zhang Si Yi. The BL was so lit :D So much fluff which had... more>> me smiling throughout the end. Like! <<less
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Aurinne
Aurinne rated it
April 16, 2020
Status: Completed
An extremely rare five-star rating from me.

This suited my taste so well and was almost (almost) flawless.

I really enjoy stories that genuinely focus on the development of something (sport, acting, magic, anything), and the focus on the MC's achitectural career was extremely enjoyable and satisfying to read. I appreciated the slow building of the main couple's relationship, the realistic and (relatively) complex personalities of the characters, the measured storytelling style and the couple's balance. There was, definitely, a small power imbalance in this story - the apparently-perfect ML who is... more>> already in a position of leadership and relative influence vs the talented but immature and unfocused MC. However, this wasn't used as an excuse to make a possessive/domineering/doting ML and a cute/s*upid MC, although there is a definite mentor-learner dynamic. Instead, the story gradually brought out the strengths of the MC's character, showed how he had traits that were different from and appealing to the ML, and showed how even his traits that were initially weaknesses could become strengths with focus and maturity.

The complexity of the characters extended to the supporting characters, too. While not all received a lot of attention, I appreciated the way many of the characters were presented with a realistic mix of positive and negative traits. No characters were perfect, and often their traits were flaws or negatives in some situations but strengths in others. The "bad" characters (and it's not a story with unnecessary scheming/jealousy etc.) were frequently revealed to primarily have different values rather than inherent meanness. I enjoyed the way we as readers learned to see other characters less biasedly (negatively or positively) as the MC matured.

(It is not a completely flawless story, but the flaws were relatively minor in the context of the whole story - mainly a few ways the relationship, when they were finally together, was written slightly ML-biased, which I'm a bit tired of, but this was mild compared to most BL.)

For some, the slow pace of the romance and attention to the details of the MC's career (which forms the primary impetus for the plot) may not be what they are looking for in a story. For me, it was a well-executed, easy-to-read, intelligent and well-translated novel that was really satisfying and exactly suited my taste. <<less
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batodo
batodo rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly this needs to be a webtoon, like, right now. An actual healthy relationship that develops natural. Wow. I love.
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Shortk
Shortk
July 12, 2020
Status: c47
I'm trying really hard here right now to give Gu the benefit of the doubt. Our MC is flawed sure but he has a good heart and wouldn't intentionally hurt someone who didn't hurt him. Gu is a great boss who is truly a mentor but I can't imagine at this point them being together. He treats him like a child (which is fine as the boss but not in a relationship)... Also the level of teasing here is almost bullying but I'm only okay with it if they arent... more>> supposed to be a couple here. This isn't an equal relationship right now and it makes me uncomfortable if they become a couple as this unequal relationship. Gu, rightfully, is more wise and intelligent than the MC but he also doesn't treat him as nicely as he would anyone else, which again is only relatively ok if they aren't supposed to be a couple??

I mean, I really want to believe, but it's not like Gu ever apologizes... Because somehow he's always in the right? The MC maybe slightly immature but his general feelings of unfairness are justified sometimes, especially with Gu's behavior towards him. Like you have all these people around him saying, no it means he cares about you and yeah like I said, that kind of mentoring is fine as your boss but ahhh I just don't know like I don't want them to be a couple unless Gu learns some healthy communication, also it's just hard as inherently this is an unfair relationship because he is the MC's boss.

I know I'm rambling. But man the MC is immature sometimes sure but dude he's hella nice for being able to take the "teasing"/bullying he experiences.

Ahhh I'm still gonna read but ahhh <<less
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agathe
agathe rated it
January 26, 2019
Status: c222
It’s probably one of the best novel I read so far in the web galaxy

Fisrt it’s pretty well witten; it was good enouh for me to go through excruciating google translations, and it’s good enough for me to wait for more good translation in the hope tonsee them compiled in one good file :)

i cannot relate to the « young » graduates thing, but I would guess it’s probably very good; yet as a professional in a not to far away art job, I was captivated by the inside... more>> of the architects job, and all it’s culture;

but what made this book extremely special to me was the very deep insight of china and somewhat a political culture, and social values that are very challenged by the introduction of the big power of « money » since the 80s. It is absolutely not central, but it gives a strong flavor showing contradictions of our own system, that maybe we do not perceive anymore

contrary to many text, It gave me a feel of that country, made me want to learn more, and to see more. The relationship between the MC and the ML are ok, and cute, sometimes they can even bring a big bit of depth, specially when the story converge toward realistic subjects ; but I must say I loved the professional part more than the romance

maybe it’s me, but i’d rather it would have kept the same depth, instead of being a bit gimmicky, for example including some very typical painful butt allusions. I would guess the intimate part, makes the genre, but the heart is not there. And maybe i’m st Dreaming to read stories where if sexuality is a subject, it does not come with abuses, even if pretendingly fun, cute and half accepted. In the same way the strict « top/bottom » script of these register seems apaling to the old me. Why should there be a « sacrifice »of pride or health, why should it « hurt ». It does not need to; but well. It’s a genre, it’s not this title in particular;.

Yet the rest of the text shows so much maturity and interest that I could not help wanting a bit more there Too. I love deepth that can be kind to my small reader heart. It’s something that actually works pretty well with the chapters about the relationship with friends and family, they bring a lot of « closet peril » questions with smart and sometimes big emotions, but without ever becoming to harsh.

Don’t misunderstand me, it’s still very sweet and cute. It’s simply seems a bit to stereotypical when it get « intimate », and I just wish it had achieved the greatness of the professional pursuits. It’s a great read and I can only recommend it and thak deeply the very good translator that shared this great piece with us :) <<less
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Aila
Aila
April 24, 2020
Status: c61
I can't anymore...I give up.

I can't, for the life of me, like the ML even just one bit. He's the kind of sly bastard I can't stand and of course it's because I can't find a reason to like him. I don't find the charm with his personality and if his chemistry with MC is at least good it can be ignored. But no, I can't find it in me to root for them. The MC is likeable, but ML? Hah. I root more for the best friend (though I... more>> dunno if he likes MC).

There's also no effin consequence at all for his actions. The MC might dislike him but only for a second, cuz of course he can't really hate him or else the story wouldn't move forward. This story finally irked me into hating stories where it's heavily in favor of MLs, where characters have no free will and just moving according to the author's whims. They're not even being treated as people so much so as puppets. At some works I might ignore this, but not when you hate one of the primary characters. Most of my misgivings might be caused of this forced romance. I can read a story about MC and his architecture journey and occasionally show progress with the relationship between him and besfriend and I would be content.

And of course, the romance. I don't dislike stories where the romance is secondary, I even like some of them where the life of the characters are showed. Of course, at the chapter where I'm at there's still no romance, and frankly I can't imagine how they're gonna be like when they finally got in a relationship, so I decided to skip and skimmed through the extras (cuz where else would authors shower the readers with fluff). Surprise, their behaviors are still the same (and by the same I mean their interaction with each other), and I can't sense the romantic atmosphere off them. I dunno, maybe I'm just blind or with I skimmed through that, too.

I think by the fact alone that when I was finding some completed bl works to read and saw this at first it didnt catch my attention (the reason I read this is cuz I found out its the same auhor as waiting for you online) may be because in the end it didnt really hold my attention for long.

There, finally I vented my frustrations. Read at your own risk. <<less
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holedawn
holedawn rated it
February 2, 2021
Status: Completed
This is the first Asian web novel I completed, and I loved it! It had minor flaws, but I can tolerate and forgive them because of the genuine and fluffy love between the MC and ML. Also, HUGE thanks to Snowy Notes for translating it sufficiently.

What I appreciated about the story:

    1. The personalities of the characters were consistent! The MC and ML didn't suddenly change just 'cause they got together. The author took time to show their growth: personal, career, and relationship-wise. However, this is a double-edged sword with some downsides mentioned in the next paragraph.
    2. The smut scenes were *chef's kiss*. As a gay man, I appreciate it when BL novels not only embrace the idea of physical affection between two men but also do it properly. I especially LOVED
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      how the gong never came hands-free from his ass. Even though I find the concept really hot, realistically speaking very few gay men can achieve this. Assistant Architect described the gong's experience as pleasurable and just-one-dick-touch-away-from-orgasm, which is closer to real life.

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    3. The supporting and side characters had just enough personality, not too much or too little. I like it when romance novel authors understand why the main couple is called the main couple.
    4. The "villains" are not necessarily villains. They felt human, and their reasons and mindset behind their actions and behavior are not black or white.
    5. The author beautifully showed the depth of their architectural and historical knowledge without making the story boring or unnecessarily wordy. I even found it very inspiring.
The minor flaws of the story, in my opinion:

    1. The MC is flawed so we can see his growth, but there are some points in the story where it's no longer adorable and makes you scratch your head thinking "Why is he doing the same mistake again? Why is he behaving like this considering his age?"
    2. The story is heavily biased towards the ML when it came to relationship issues.
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      I think the ML apologized only 2 or 3 times during the story in all their misunderstandings, even in problems where he was 100% at fault. This is where the whole "perfect ML" trope went overboard. I especially hated the part where he called the MC disappointing for feeling like sh*t and wanting to quit work after experiencing life crises; ML invalidated the MC's feelings by explaining that other people had it worse. The extra chapter showing the ML's thought process during this scene didn't make it any better: to sum it up, the ML called the MC disappointing 'cause he felt "I know you feel like sh*t and wanna quit work, but what about me? If you leave, then what about me?" Pissed me off so bad.

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Damachu
Damachu rated it
October 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Finished reading this 2 weeks ago but still itching to reread it again if not for the huge number of chapters. The romance is a slow burn but to compensate for that, the author managed to tell a compelling story about architecture and its workspace. The journey of the characters made a huge impact for me, a soon-to-be graduate, as it taught me the reality beyond the corners of school. It's really an enjoyable read and you won't regret spending nights on it.

Could use more pa!pa!pa! Scenes tho
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rinshi
rinshi rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: c184
This novel is really a fun read. Although, admittedly, the pacing was a bit slow, and it took till chapter 107 (I think?) 'till their first kiss. But honestly, it was worth the wait. The relationship between MC and ML is thrilling, and I liked its progression. It showed how hesitant both parties were, which was completely justified, given the uncertainty and doubts they had about each other's sexual orientation.

However, I must note that I was sometimes really put off by the MC's naive (and often very childish) personality. Nevertheless,... more>> I really liked (almost) all of the characters in the story (especially Tao Fei who kept cracking me up). <<less
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positiveaddictchan
positiveaddictchan rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: Completed
The romance is slow burn, but totally worth it!

It depicts a realistic take on the field of Architecture--from being a student, working, and the accompanying challenges.

I love how the MC and the ML's relationship developed. It really shows that when you find the right person, you will work hard to be the best version of yourself.

I love how the story came full circle by the end.

All I can think of as I was reading the last extra chapter was: Zhang Siyi #proud.
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FistFullOfDillars
FistFullOfDillars rated it
March 13, 2019
Status: c118
I do not understand why this doesn't have a higher rating, it is one of my all-time favourites!

Very fluffy, slow-burn romance with adorable characters and just the right amount of tension. If you like modern BL with sweet misunderstandings, more romance than smut (although there is a wee bit of smut, I promise) then you've hit gold with this.

I also love the insight you're given into working in architecture, it's fascinating.

In terms of tone, I'd place it with 'The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend' and 'Rebirth... more>> of a Supermodel'. READ READ READ! <<less
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jellyfishies
jellyfishies rated it
December 20, 2021
Status: Completed
4.6

If I had to give this novel a rating when I was only, like, less than 100 chapters through, it would have not been this high. I'm the type of reader that usually savors the process of the two main characters getting into a relationship the most. The secrecy! the pining! the misunderstanding (s) ! the palpitating heartbeat and the furtive glances etc etc. But while the two-sided pining in this story was also really cute, I think I honestly enjoyed reading about their post-get-together relationship the most. (and I'll... more>> get into that)

It's a little hard to pinpoint what the main appeal of this novel was, but it made me feel very warm, and sometimes very touched. It's one of the novels with the most righteous three views (三观) that I've ever read. The two main characters, Zhang Siyi and Gu Yu are thoroughly fleshed out. The supporting characters are very three-dimensional as well. There is no flat antagonist, no Mary Sue's, no holy mothers, or whatever other sort of stereotypes that are commonly seen in webnovels. The story truly depicts how every person comes from different experiences and environments, and the author allows the readers to at least understand, if not relate, to the reasons behind their actions.

Zhang Siyi: I feel like ZSY is the type of character that a lot of readers would find a tad annoying, so I would like to defend him. It's true that he's not the typical main character you would find. And by that, I just mean he's not perfect. He's not quiet and withdrawn, nor is he soft and loving, nor is he cold-hearted and vicious. It's very important for me to mention this again. No character within this novel fit into a convenient stereotype. I honestly didn't mind his character even in his earliest, most immature stage. He's starts off as a fresh graduate, newly independent from his parents' financial support, carrying his dreams of being an architect into an economy where architecture no longer has as high of a demand. He struggles in the beginning with work, has conflicts with his superior (Gu Yu), has trouble making important decisions, easily loses his temper, easily feels defeated when he runs into an obstacle. All these imperfections may make the reader dislike him but I instead felt myself empathizing greatly. Why expect someone who just entered the workforce to already be steady and matured? ZSY's immaturity is only further amplified when contrasted against GY but it's important to remember that there are SIX YEARS of an age gap. And while six years might be nothing in the long run, six years is a lot for the beginning stages of someone's career. And the novel brings us through exactly six years of ZSY's career. And we really start to see him shine. Even though he has his childish moments, you can tell that he honestly really likes architecture. And once given the right environment and role models, he willingly takes up self-improvement and sticks with it. And that's, I think, one of the most impressive things about ZSY. You'll find out throughout the novel that ZSY has always had a talent for creative designs. But I think what made him as successful as he will become is his persistence and dedication. He can make himself put aside time-wasting hobbies and make room for self-improvement, and I think that's more powerful than anything else. I feel like through those 200+ chapters I truly followed ZSY step by step as he grew and mature, and
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in the last chapter, when he was 29, and interviewing someone fresh out of college, I almost cried. When he was in that seat at 23 he had looked at GY incredulously because how could someone so young be so successful. And now he's in the exact same position he once thought was impossible.

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Anyways, I think ZSY is a very inspiring character. I think the most important lesson the author is trying to tell everyone through his story is that it's okay to be at a loss, it's okay if you're currently the worst one of the bunch, because as long as you stay true to what you love, as long as you keep improving yourself, everything will turn out ok.

Gu Yu: I saw a lot of people bashing Gu Yu's character, and not going to lie, I was one of them. In the earlier chapters of the novel, especially before the two got together, I honestly didn't like his character that much. ZSY was such a realistic character, but GY was just another one of those perfect and cool tops. And even worse, he seemed to be fond of toying with ZSY. But. But!!! BUT!!!! I ended up head over heels f*cking in love with his character. One thing that I should have realized much sooner was that, if GY really was designed to be a perfect character, I wouldn't have disliked him. To dislike someone means that there is a complexity to the character. Most of the time with flat "perfect" characters, all I feel is a sort of indifference. GY's way of interacting with ZSY in the beginning is all because he didn't know how to pursue someone he likes. As we learn more and more about GY, especially as well hear more about him from the people who watched him grow up (his sister, his seniors at college, his parents), we find out that he's truly a lot more imperfect of a character than he was shown to be. He, from young, has always had a mean streak. He's respectful to his elders, and enjoys teasing his juniors. He's way too good at putting up an act, he's fond of making people choke on their own words, he's really just downright mean sometimes. Is this a good trait? Not really. But has he ever really taken it too far? No. Because you can tell that the more he teases someone, the more he feels close to them. The two people that he seems to be the most fond of bullying are his younger sister and ZSY. And he cares for them beyond anything else. There are people who think that GY might have gone too far with bullying ZSY,
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like when he snuck a photo of him napping durin ga meeting, and then submitted that photo to a company-wide photography competition.

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But honestly I think this is a grey area. I personally think this: He never took it too far with the jokes, and the times when he scolded him harshly, ZSY was not in the right. Does this mean that GY was always in the right? No, this was another thing that infuriated me in the beginning. In every argument, I believe that ZSY and GY always shared some parts of the blame, but it was almost always ZSY that apologized. But then I understood that it was just another point of GY's imperfections: his pride. There were a lot of this that GY didn't know how to do. He didn't know how to properly pursue ZSY, didn't know how to kindly criticize people, didn't know how to express his care, didn't know how to put down his pride and apologize. But then, look, people change. ZSY told him, hey, if you had only said things this way, then you wouldn't seem cold-hearted and a total bastard. And GY listened, he reflected, he thought about how people viewed his words, and really it was as if you could physically see him melting. He would apologize, he learned how to coax people, he learned how to not just inwardly love, but outwardly as well. And many of the things that GY did later on in the novel really moved me beyond words. You could really tell that he was more and more in love with ZSY, and also learned how to show it more and more.

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I remember after thsi one argument, ZSY stood up from the couch, ready to be the one to apologize, but he found GY all crouched over sitting on the staircase, because he was sad that ZSY was mad at him, but didn't want to confront him while he was still angry. So he was just sitting there in the dark waiting for ZSY to calm down.

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And this is another thing that I was really impressed by. The realism of their relationship. How often their arguments would be, but also generally how short they lasted. There was no giant misunderstanding that lasted years, but their days also weren't free of conflict. They argued, fought, but apologized, talked, and reconciled. And each time it happens they understand each other more, understand where they went wrong, and understand how to communicate better. Once GY hugged ZSY after an argument and said something along the lines of how he really doesn't like it when ZSY is mad at him. And just that little verbal admission of weakness, the confession of how his mood is tied so sturdily to ZSY, it just made me AhhHHHH (and it also made ZSY ahHHH as well, because that boy is quick to anger but also quick to forgive). Anyways, I love GY. I've talked about imperfections, so let's now talk about how perfect he is LMFAO. Like beyond just 'ZSY'S boyfriend, ' GY himself is just such a f*ckign good character. We don't have to mention how he's tall and handsome and rich and talented and smart and etc etc. But his f*cking views are so like. on point. Like whenever he guides ZSY, on both work-related and life-related matters, I just feel this sort of... awe, and at how mature he is. Even though he seemed to have a lot of trouble expressing himself, it seems as though he understands human and human behavior very well. He's cultured, he's well-read, he has good living habits, and my god he's honestly like the Perfect Husband.

Anyways. I really enjoyed this brand of reality that the novel offered. It offered many realistic depictions of what people are like, of what today's society is like, of how interactions and relationships between people are like. But it also offered an optimistic view. I think this is why I found the novel so heart-warming. It's not idealistic, but it's an idealistic brand of realism. It portrays a story that really could take place in today's world. Which is why all the characters feel really fortunate and inspiring. If it had taken place in a flat and idealistic world with a fine line between the good and the bad and where the good side always wins, it wouldn't have been as touching to see the characters end up happy. Yet it's because that the author wrote all the characters so meticulously, and built the world the way it really is, not black, not white, but full of moral greyzones, that it feels so heartwarming to see the characters end up with a happy ending. ZSY and GY were fortunate to have a relatively smooth coming out to their family (albeit with some struggle). They were fortunate to have friends, both from school and workplace that keep up with them even as everyone separates on their own paths of life. They were fortunate to have met, to share an ambition, to have the talent, the perseverance, and the financial conditions that allow them to pursue that ambition hand-in-hand. It wasn't as if everything they ever wanted just fell out of the sky and landed in their hands. Which is why it feels so fortunate when they do obtain what they want. Because they worked for it. And though luck plays a heavy hand, they worked hard for their relationship as well.
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When GY decided to follow ZSY abroad. And when ZSY wanted to hide his admission letters so he could stay with GY. Initially, I felt frustrated, felt annoyed, because at core I'm the type of person to not like it when someone makes unrealistic decisions out of love. But then both of them revealed their thought process, they expressed how little they were willing to let the other go. Because regardless of how much they love the other, and regardless how much faith they have in the other, no one can be sure what will happen two years from now. And it just made me feel a little silly because here I was thinking --ZSY is only going to study for 2 years or so, right? How hard could it be to just wait for him to come back. And it's all because of all those novels with the "I will wait X years for you" trope. Because, really, in this world. With this limited of a lifespan. No one can tell what will happen next week, much less in 52 weeks, or in 104 weeks, etc etc. I'm not even talking about cheating. I'm just simply talking about the timezone difference, the lack of physical intimacy, the inability to be there for each other. Can video calls really replace an honest to god embrace? And, like GY and ZSY in this case, one could avoid a long-distance relationship, why risk it? Even if the chance of their relationship falling apart due to the logn distance is 1%, is that risk worth it? And to them, it wasn't. Because although GY had a high position in the industry and a stable leadership job at a good company, he also has the ability to develop in London, and then come back to China after several years to start his own place. And although ZSY had the opportunity to quickly improve his abilities by continuing his education, he can also take it step by step in China, improving, but just slower. But if by some chance, they lose this relationship, if they lose this other person from their life, there will never ever be a second chance. And aflijd;FDJ goD They just love each othe rso f*cking much

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And you know what, even though they probably only said 'i love you" like 3 times throughout all 230+ chapters, this is one of the novels where I felt so f*cking deeply that they loved each other. But more importantly, I thoroughly understand why they loved each other. And that's so f*cking important because there's so many of those novels out there where one character just falls from the other straight away and then loves them enough to do anything for them and I just ??? Like ok cute I guess but like why??? But like, with this novel, I actually understood. I felt how ZSY fell for GY step by step. And while GY's process of falling in love was unclear at first, we slowly get more and more insight into that later on. And then even after they get together, we also get to see how they love and understand each other more and more and AHHHH. Ok. I'm doen. This is why too long.

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Lyska3303
Lyska3303 rated it
July 5, 2021
Status: Completed
I don't mean to write a review, but I want to input my view on the topic about Siyi apologizing first whenever they have arguments. Personally, I think it's because this novel is heavily written in Siyi's point of view. Even if there are some 3rd point of views, it's written neutrally. Siyi has always regarded Gu Yu as someone superior to him. When you're in love, especially when you think the other party is financially more stable, older, and more mature than you, it's natural that you tend to... more>> think it's your fault. Of course, argument is there because of two parties, and it has been a while since I read this, but I remember that Gu Yu is not totally unapologetic, he feels bad sometimes. And who knows, maybe if there were his POV, he would be blaming himself. I just think it's normal for a person to introspect their fault first in a relationship. Since this is mostly written with Siyi's view, and we rarely see Gu Yu's view, of course it's more apparent that Siyi's blaming himself.

This is a great novel with a steady pace and a meaningful story about pursuing your dreams and gaining success in life. The characters and plot are also enjoyable. I recommend this story very much, and if there are people hesitating to read it because of some comments regarding the previous topic I reviewed, I hope you can reconsider. <<less
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secondthots
secondthots rated it
January 14, 2021
Status: Completed
Ohhh to date your hot older boss...

The only question I have is directed to myself: WHY did I not read this sooner??

Age-gap, office romance, & a sweet slow-burn plot that would boil you alive. My only gripe is that I'm the farthest thing from an architect major- heck, I'm in the medical field, so it's not an exaggeration when I say I know zilch about the topic. My lack of knowledge makes it easier for me to forgo any obvious information gaps. I simply just don't know lmao. Nevertheless, an... more>> interesting read. I found the subject fascinating! Fortunately, I have yet to face the dilemmas of being a fresh graduate. I assume the depictions in this novel weren't exaggerated- it's difficult to secure a job.. even more so one that treats you decently. That being said, I felt a lot of empathy for the ML's circle of friends. It was nice to see them included & it didn't seem that the novel was merely built to revolve around the main CP. The pacing is quite nice, but I felt like I could have read more. That's just me... I don't want my spicy fluff to end.

Onwards to the main CP. Ahh this pair reminds me of Your Distance, though I find the latter to be much better. My personal preference, of course. I always love when you pair up a naïve baby with a stern daddy- GOD it's honestly one of my favorite personality pairings! Although ML is mature, he has moments where he exposes the more childish sides of his personality. I dig it! It's not what I'd expect from a 29-year-old, but I think his vinegar-drinking moments & awkward sulky instances are quite endearing. He's not perfect & I respect that. MC is basically like every other MC I like- lively, gullible, incredibly expressive. He's a nice fit to ML's more reserved & cold persona. They have their ups & downs, most of their problems due to their lack of communication. I must confess that some of their petty fights seem like something I would do... so a personal bonus for that realistic touch.

THE SMUT. It's been a while since I've read smut this good... kind of reminds me of Rebirth of a Supermodel when it comes down to it, but I am HAPPY. You honestly can't complain...

Favorite moment:

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YaoiMom22
YaoiMom22
May 21, 2019
Status: c19
Maybe I'm spoiled by "quick romance" stories or I'm just not all that into drawing toilets and parking lots but I'm struggling to stay interested in this story. I find myself skimming through half of each chapter since it's all about rooms and hectares and whathaveyou. Which yes, it IS about architecture but I thought it was supposed to be a romance too...

Don't get me wrong, it's well written and I DO like the MC and ML, I think I need a bit more than "so subtle you need a... more>> microscope to see them" romantic moments.

I'm going to give it a go though and not give up since the other reviews indicate fluff to come but jkfdlsja right now... I'm bored out of my mind. <<less
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Sinsey
Sinsey rated it
March 31, 2018
Status: c50
So far, its really interesting ?

Edit: MTL-ed my way through

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well I couldn't hold it in and mtl-ed my way through half of the chapters and I must say it really focuses more on architecture related stuff than Bl but there are subtle hints throughout. Well that's all I've got after reading till around 40 or 50. I guess we'll get more on their romance in the later chapters cos they're gradually building up their relationship and MC has already fallen in love with ml. Also both ML and MC are really cute aye

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Mogure.v
Mogure.v rated it
September 15, 2021
Status: Completed
Man, I'm simply in love with this book.

To be frank, I came here for the yaoi tag, but I stayed for the slice of life part. This novel really helps in giving glimpses to what it's like to live after graduating, and as an undergraduate student, it's very mind opening. The novel shows the varying struggles of adulthood through a diverse set of characters, albeit most of them have something to do with architecture/construction. Aside from that, the MC and ML are very likeable, too, though some may find tbemselves... more>> unable to stand either of them at the beginning parts of the novel. But I assure you, they will wonderfully undergo significant growth as individuals.

If you're here for the romance, go read it. If you're here for the slice of life, absolutely go flipping read it. It's that great. I hereby thank the person who created a recommendation list with this novel placed at the very top. <<less
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dogs.and.cats.are.equally.cute
dogs.and.cats.are.equally.cute rated it
January 26, 2021
Status: Completed
So basically, my reason for writing a review is cause a friend said that he didn't read this novel cause there was a bad review. I got all pissed and came running here to bump up the reviews cause someone dared to downvote one of my top 5 (and I realised that it's at 4.5 with 233 votes for 5 star and Idk where he read that).

MC is childish? He is!! That is how he grows. His growth from a naive, little bunny to a mature man is so endearing... more>> to experience. I love it. You can experience the change in the thought process of the MC as you read along.

As for the ML, he is cold and reserved but he is much more than that! He is built of layered emotions and I just love it.

The story is a 5 for me. It's realistic and the MC's maturing process is the reason I adore this novel. The side characters don't revolve around the leads and their troubles sometimes make you reflect so I think it's a wonderful job there too.

My favourite character (?) is the cactus. You'll know why 😂

Snowy is a godly MTL translator. Except for some slight grammatical errors my nazi eyes spotted, there is nothing there to hinder your reading. You will not be able to put this book down. And with my tastes leaning towards realistic, mature and completed (I usually bookmark and wait for completion if it isn't), this is an ABSOLUTE GEM.

Similar suggestions include Your Distance for modern, Golden Stage (ancient and cause I just adore it) and SAYE <<less
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