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Jia He is a worker-bee screenwriter in China, a profession that really does not get much for recognition but suits her personality of not liking to be in the spotlight. One day, she gets a call and finds out who will be the leading actor of her latest script—Yi Wenze, her longtime idol since her teenage days. Jia He is the screenwriter on-location for this project. So, she is there, trying best to maintain her composure and contain her starstruck giddiness in front of her idol. In the process, she happily discovers, some time later, that she has become friends with her idol. Aaaah! Already a dream come true, right? Her time with this project comes to an end, and she bids farewell and returns home, thinking that if some day she runs into Yi Wenze again, they are acquainted enough that they can nod their heads in friendly greeting to one another. But then, soon after, she gets a phone call, and the name that shows up on her caller ID is… Yi Wenze.

And so, this is a story of how a little screenwriter is pursued by her idol, the one who had been in all her teenage dreams, how she goes from being idol’s diehard fan, to idol’s friend, to idol’s girlfriend, to idol’s fiancee, to idol’s… Hehehehe.

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Silver_Moon789 rated it
December 13, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly, the story was just average to me, despite me liking the premise a lot, in the end I couldn't get myself to rate it higher than this. The couple's whole relationship in the beginning was kind of ambiguous to me, because like it went from oh you can see hints of the ML showing interest in the FL even if nothing is really stated, and then BOOM they're kissing and officially dating without anyone ever asking each other out which kind of annoyed me. I also thought the story... more>> line went a bit fast with the pacing, then again as a novel with close to zero conflict I guess that only makes sense.

The characters themselves were kinda bland and there really isn't enough backstory, especially with how the ML supposedly got interest in the MC. Like in comparison with the FL who we know is a hardcore fan of the ML, so her initial crush makes sense, but with the ML I still can't wrap my head around how he started liking the FL because the novel's explanation was really weak

Seeing someone be a really big fan of you ten years ago when they're underage and then meeting them ten years later, somehow immediately recognizing them and being wow I wanna date her and then almost immediately marry her

. I feel that their relationship wasn't deep enough to go and get married just like that, and also the FL pretty much immediately goes off any and all protection during s*x which I mean, you do you but she barely knew the guy for two months and already the two were like lets get married and have kids and uhhhh what? I know that happens in real life but I still think that went by way too fast, especially considering that they didn't seem all that close with each other. Their relationship in the novel had near zero interesting points where you learned more about their relationship or where they learned more about each other... again, very bland

And the side characters too, like what the heck is with Qiao Qiao

getting married in a snap with some random dude who proposed without ever dating her over Weibo?? What was the thought process that made her be like this is exactly how I want to be married.

Everything combined made me really feel off about the series. It wasn't bad but it wasn't exactly good either. It was however pretty fluffy in a dull sort of way and a quick read so if you're into that knock yourself out. <<less
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crprlnm rated it
March 7, 2019
Status: Completed
This is probably what every fangirls or fanboys dream. To be able to meet your idol, to talk to him, to work with him, to be friends with him and then to be together with him.

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“Wouldn’t be uncomfortable to have a boyfriend like me?”, he asked. As a celebrity, he gets no privacy, his work requires him to be away for weeks or months and he always have to watch his attitude in front of so many people. But for Jia He, all he wants to cherish and be with her.

“Wouldn’t be inconvenient to have a girlfriend like me?”, she answered. As a screenwriter, she works behind the scene, she’s not used on being the one who’s in the limelight. As a normal fan, she wondered if she’s enough for him. But for Yi Wenze, she’s willing to try and trust him.


Despite the difference of their job, where one is constantly in the limelight and other one is hidden, both of them are willing to support each other, to slowly get to know to each other and finally to trust each other.

When you read this novel, you’ll smile from the beginning to the end. ‪♡ <<less
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speracles rated it
January 5, 2019
Status: c2.1
So far, totally fun, sweet, and tastes like bubblegum. Well-written with believable characters, recommended for anyone who likes to squee at cute things.
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Flying Jade rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: --
Average at best. The premise of the story is interesting but the very boring after awhile. The main force pushing the FL to the ML is her best friend, Qiao Qiao, whose intervention I find way too much. It gave of a feel fandom without ever evolving into love.

Many scenes were way too boring, needing annoying side characters like Qiao Qiao, to subtlely set them up or sometimes the universe just toss the leads together. It just wasn't enough
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tedy2004 rated it
October 9, 2020
Status: c15
I totally agree with sangmaharni. The author made this story with cliche plots which are okay, as many novels have some cliche plots and create something new with it, but in this novel honestly, the plots are really dull.

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The ML was in a marriage with Second FL but then divorced because they both had an agreement, which gave me a sour taste.

The plot of FL meeting her idol is.... so how should I say it... unwantable. Again the trend of fan/idol novel in this story for me the FL's attachment or love for me is really over-exaggerated in the story. I mean what do you the FL like so much about the ML just because of his face, dramas you fell in love with him, from the time you were a teenage girl? you even dated a guy, that's what it's written in the novel (that guy betrayed her), which yea showed that she didn't love him that much.

P.S. It's just... too unrealistic with the FL's feelings as love for the ML idol. For me it feels like the characters know that this is a story and they have done it so many times, that they don't have any emotion, I understand but I don't feel that much of the story.


I definitely don't recommend it.

P.S: 1 star for translation, 1 star for the jokes I guess <<less
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sangmaharani rated it
September 16, 2020
Status: Completed
The key point of this story is relationship between ML and MC. It is basically smooth sailing all the way, so I find this rather flat. It basically consists of sugar and saccharine.

The only conflict comes from that MC is so meek and won't take innitiative that ML needs to assure MC about his interest in her. Their past failed relationships don't give any additional dynamics. Just try to take them out, I bet you won't find big change in the plot.

The characters are dull as heck. Usually introvert person... more>> has rich inner world, but this MC is just boring inside out. She also doesn't have the 'it factor' that makes her worthy of being MC. Neither she carries the plot (she often needs push from supporting characters), nor she is an interesting narrator.

Meanwhile, ML is too 'in love' for someone who has just divorced for two months. He is too good to be true.

The story-telling is just okay. While it is not bad, there is no particular scene or dialogue that grabs my attention. There is no element that makes me think, 'this is unique to this novel' or such.

I wonder if 3 star is too high rating. <<less
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Goldeneyeddragon rated it
December 30, 2019
Status: c9 part3
Perspective from ~ch9:The plot is cute, the ML very fluffy and doting, only the MC annoys me immensely... Seriously, there are shy girls but she is worse than a nun with a celibacy vow - why is she always scared/running away/backing out/denying everything when ML (whom she likes, and liked for a long time) tries to communicate, or just do anything together with her. Seriously, every time she's behaving as if she's one second away from fainting or changing her name and running away to another country (it's damn annoying).... more>> In conversation she's always silent, looking for a way to run away or can't even tie two words together, I can't really believe there can be healthy romance without an ounce of communication irl. I think I'll stop reading before the female lead annoys me to death. <<less
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frostcrystal rated it
December 23, 2019
Status: c10 part3
Bland is more or less how I would describe this story. There's nothing really wrong with it, and the translation is fantastic, but I just can't get into it. The FL, unfortunately, is my least favourite type of character - extremely shy, retiring, always flustered and running away and second guessing herself... the kind that makes you wonder why she was interesting to the ML.
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Njtrisha rated it
April 6, 2021
Status: --
The story is pretty okay to me, like it's not the best because the relationship between MC and ML didn't seem matched to me! Some things were unclear like the divorce of mL, why he likes MC and all that, . I didn't like the friend of MC that much.. Story seemed quite bland to me but the translation was really good, they did a great job at translating this novel..
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DOHere rated it
September 23, 2019
Status: Completed
The main characters seemed a bit 2D to me, they were a bit boring and they didn't talk much. I didn't see much chemistry between them. Especially, with her being supposedly a hardcore fan, I expected to see more swooning and the like
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rndmsmmrflng rated it
April 13, 2021
Status: Completed
Dropping @ ch11. MBFB's novels in general have always been above satisfactory. It's not like I'm dropping this bec it has a bad storyline or there was an issue with the translation. I'm dropping this bec it just doesn't interest me anymore. Like what hoju (the translator) mentioned before starting the translation, this novel was written back in 2011, MBFB's writing style back then was different. The trends of stories back then were also different. The novel's overall atmosphere is light. Nothing complicated (easy to predict if you've been hanging... more>> out in this site for so long). Another thing is that I have read Really, Really Miss You before this and I must say that this is inferior to it in my opinion. RRMY brought me laughter almost every chapter of it but this one was simpler and almost passive for my taste. So I recommend reading this first before RRMY. If you still don't feel like reading the whole thing then proceed to RRMY and you'll see what I mean. <<less
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September 4, 2020
Status: Completed
It was a good one time read.

The beginning was interesting but then it got boring (but still can be read) .

The main thing I wanted to know about after reading is the reason behind ML's divorce.

I even re read some chapters thinking I missed it, but no the author didn't mention anything about it at all.
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Saphie rated it
May 12, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a cute story with barely any problems other than MC's insecurity for dating her idol and little jealousy++ her reserved nature. But that's to be expected because this novel is realistic and frankly, if that was me, I wouldn't even talk lol.

ML is sweet and open with his actions, the only misgiving is the author not stating what happened for him to be divorced???

A good novel, slice of life. If I was one the realistic side of a reader I'd give this a five but im not and half... more>> way through I got bored and only willed myself to read it, I also skimmed some parts but meh.. :/ 3.5 / 5 <<less
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March 26, 2020
Status: prologue
it is really good and fluffy... but until the end.. I am still curious why did he had a failed marriage given how perfect he is..

and is there another novel for xiaoyou? she is interesting.
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cookieconquerer rated it
May 5, 2019
Status: Completed
This is adorable and sweet. I love their interactions and how she grows from seeing him as her idol to seeing him as a man as well. It takes a bit to get used to her shyness, but she has her moments where she stands out so it balances out her dumbfounded ones (in my opinion). Would highly recommend for those who like modern romance with a minimum of misunderstandings and a majority of fluff.
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QingSe rated it
January 3, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a true gem and I am so glad I found it. Full chapters are just a google away and it's definitely worth it, if you're looking for a mild romance to recover from dog blood drama with.

The male lead is respectful and empathetic, if a bit bland, while the female lead balances him out quite well but is still realistic. The book generally carries a lighthearted realism in its vibe - it's the perfect example of a slice-of-life novel. All the side characters are fleshed out and three-dimensional,... more>> with little to no cannon fodder or villainised 'antagonist' (the whole book is quite mild when you look back). If you're looking to be entertained, this is probably not it.

Looking back, I definitely liked it more while I was reading it, though. It's quite an uncontroversial and softhanded piece but I almost pulled an all-nighter trying to finish it - and then I just skipped to the epilogue anyway.

Summary: softhanded, uncontroversial, slice-of-life, peaceful realism, mild <<less
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chande rated it
October 3, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a sweet story about the fan and her idol. MC is a screenwriter while ML is a famous actor. They meet in the drama that she recently wrote where he become the lead actor.

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Unknown to her, he already met her when she's just 15 yo while he's in an early phase of his career.


During the filming, they slowly become closer, not just as a fan and an idol or a screenwriter and an actor, but also as a man and a woman.


I'm just a bit baffled about the reason why ML falls in love with MC. If it's because of the moment where she's just 15, why in the end he married someone else? (Although it's ended up with divorce).

Speaking about his previous marriage with Tian Chu (his ex's name), it's like it never existed in the first place. People around ML rather treat his divorce like it's just a simple break up between boyfriend and girlfriend, not between a married couple. ML's family are included. Marriage is not only about 2 people but also 2 families but ML's family treat Tian Chu like she's never been in their family. Even his mom mentioned that she never truly knew what's it like to be a mother in law to her daughter in law.

It's just not like ML's character at all who treat his relationship very seriously. Did he really marry Tian Chu for love?

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Onymous rated it
September 14, 2020
Status: Completed
Very good quality of translation, as expected of Hui3r.

It's fluff and a light read. It's cute too.

The only reason why it's not full stars is because of personal preference.

ML is a celebrity so it was expected that MC will have to share ML with his fans. His time and affection. ML is doting and sweet. But for me, he's too calm and collected. Here we have MC, nervous and anxious, and there ML is nothing but collected. It's nice to a certain extent but it kind of a bit shows... more>> that he's not taking her insecurities seriously. Just a tiny bit. He reassures her but for me it's kind of lacking.


She asks him why he likes her and he just says sweet words and didn't really answer.

During his birthday, MC waited for him and he went home at midnight since he was having a fan meet to celebrate his birthday. Even the cake she brought was redundant since he already ate a lot. Albeit, ML still forced himself to eat but that for me isn't really sweet.

That kind of sharing. Sigh. So hard to have that kind of relationship. They can't even shop together for furniture.


They both try their best in this relationship. But I kind of feel sad with MC of the things she has to endure when you have a celebrity boyfriend. But since she loves him too much, the pros outweigh the cons so all is well

Really though, that's the only thing I'm not really happy about. I guess I'm not into celebrity relationships. <<less
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miccavergara rated it
June 26, 2020
Status: Completed
If you want fluff, then you've come at the right place! This novel was just magical. It was sweet, lighthearted, innocent, and yet so sexy at times. We have our Female Lead who has been a die-hard fan of one idol (the Male Lead) since she was young. She grew up and ended up being a screenwriter for the latest drama that he was working on. That was where we saw the two of them become acquaintances, friends, and then finally... something more.

This is just a wonderful story and the... more>> translation from Hui3r was top notch as always. Definitely recommend and definitely will be re-reading! <<less
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Eclat123 rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: Completed
God, MBFB's works are always so very realistic. Despite the fact that the setting is in entertainment circle, MC and ML's interactions are extremely relatable. This kind of slow-paced relationship, MC's inner monologues, her insecurities, all of those are too realistic.

I hate how their interactions reminded me so much of me and my first love....

It makes me feel so lonely and crave another relationship ???
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