Everyone Thinks that I Like Him


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From infancy to maturity, what Ye Zhou dislikes the most was “two”.

The reasons were: he was ranked second at home, he had been forever ranked second at school, no matter how diligently he worked and tried, he couldn’t shake off that “second” curse. What was more exasperating was that, at University, not only was he ranked second, but even his appearance that he was proud of had to be classified as second best!

Why can’t I obtain the first place!

The eternal second will rise!

Then, Ye Zhou, after his vigorous efforts finally rises and the result was… the first became his boyfriend.

This is the story of a man who has been forced to be “second” and how he became the first, most popular.

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New NekoF10 rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: extra
Light, comedic and fluffy story. There are a few heart-wrenching moments in between (backstory) which I think made the story much more colourful- though not melodramatic. No rap* elements (forced kiss, sadistic inclinations etc.). I appreciate how the ML was so understanding and considerate towards the MC. Their chemistry is great and their interactions are very cute. The romance was realistic and gradual.

The main selling point in this story is how the side characters influenced the CP and their hilarious interactions they have with the CP and amongst... more>> themselves (and they're 3D not just cardboard cutouts which made the story much more realistic). The misunderstandings are funny rather than exasperating not like some other novels out there.

All in all this novel is my all-time favourites. I'm not much of a re-reader but I would probably reread it sometimes later. <<less
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New Yaoisensei rated it
February 18, 2020
Status: Completed
This was such a fun read. No major plot but also no angst or drama, just a sweet fluffy slice of life story about two college kids and their funny as hell roommates.

If you've read something nasty and it left a bad taste in your mouth or if you read an emotionally draining book and just need a break filled with sweet nothings then I recommend this. It will warm you up and get you ready for your next heartache (I'm talking to all you emotional masochists out there 😂😂... more>> you know yourselves)

The family dynamics was a touchy topic (If you have siblings and narcissistic parents you'll know) but it didn't take up too much of the story-Probably less than a chapter-and I was okay with that. I came here for a good time and I got what I came for. 10/10 would recommend. <<less
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Harrr rated it
August 16, 2018
Status: Completed
So... I finished this story already. I can't write a helping review for you to decide whether to read this or not. But I can help to write my own opinion while I read it?

At first, I was just trying to read anything that could take my interest — because I'll probably drop it after a few chapters, anyway. Too much damsel-in-distress or dependent shou in Chinese BL novels. And it drop a lot of stories from my list. I desided to reading some chapters and somehow hooked by the... more>> way the author writen the friendship between the ML and MC. It's really sweet, I can imagine how their relationship will be going even if it become platonic later — which of course, make me a little bit sour remembering that this is a BL story (because I rather it become platonic than destroying my expectation, really). But, fortunately, the way their relationship progressing did not dissapoint me. It's really balance, between the missunderstanding, the way each characters coped with their feeling, everything flow nicely.


A little bit dissapointed though that it still ending with a little bit depending shou and too superior gong. But at least it's not really severe. So I still can accept it.



And about the ending, if you count it from the 4th extra, it's already quite satisfactory, actually, eventhough it feel a little bit bland. You already got response from all the significant people about their relationship. There is no questions left. So you can rest assure.



Just... why there is only one smut scene!? Like... I know the story want to give me a domestic feeling. But if you only want to give me once, then don't bother give me anything, ah!

Uhuk, sorry. My bad.

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animana2 rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: c25
This story is great!

I read the two reviews giving it three stars and thought the novel would be average. But in the end, it was a pleasant surprise.

The light and fluent prose and vivid ambiance make the read as easy as breathing while the intelligent and sharp humor brings out smiles to the readers' lips at every few lines.

... more>> However, the most remarkable merit of the novel is the impressive ability of the author to create and depict vivid characters.

The author took the two most classic gong and shou personalities in Danmei and turned them into real people to the point where you feel you could eventually meet them on the streets. Which is quite different from the utopic characters that are frequently present in novels and that could never exist outside of the fictional universe.

The powerful and indifferent male God became someone that actually has personal feelings and thoughts under the aloofness while the whimsical MC is not excessively naive and unreasonable.

Both are intelligent and smart and can hold a conversation while exchanging light jabs with each other, which makes watching their interaction very fun and pleasant.

It is true that their schoolmates are nosy and make a mess out of the misunderstanding at the beginning, but they rarely cross the line to a real invasion of personal space so it doesn't turn unpleasant or aggravating. It is, otherwise, realistic.

Furthermore, they are clearly not being mean or intruding only for their own amusement. They are truly trying to give a hand even if it is not needed or requested.

But, above all, the MC is someone with a strong mentality that can healthily and reasonably deal with their interference.

And, as a plus, the ML is not one of the arrogant kind that treats the MC harshly because he thinks the other is trying to curry favors. He observes and understands the situation and is mature enough to not make a mountain out of a molehill.

All in all, it is a great read that is perfectly capable of providing plenty of enjoyable moments.

Also, before I forget, the translation is top quality. :) <<less
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saltyseven rated it
December 7, 2018
Status: Completed
This is such a cute story!

Our MC is so hilarious, a natural airhead and our ML is a god sent gorgeous iceberg and together they make a very funny combi!

But the most funny part is how their surrounding (the whole school actually) misunderstood them and always tried hard to create opportunities for them omg I can't stop laughing reading this one 😂😂😂

The translator did a very good job delivering this story too, congratulations!
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YoriMei rated it
November 14, 2019
Status: extra
Fluffy, and surprisingly one of my favorite stories I've ever read. I even came back to reread only one specific part but by the time I looked up from the screen I had reread the entire thing!

Plot isn't quite unique, or even special. As the summary states everyone is convinced MC is in love with ML and the resulting commotion is a hilarious romcom set in modern day university. However I greatly appreciate the realistic bitterness that comes up from their family issues, and while the entire university is gunho... more>> about their relationship, society isn't so accepting (aka parents). However, the true standout is the characterization and the way the characters interact! Both MC and ML mesh very well together, and their ensemble of friends Are hilarious. The way the characters interact is fantastic, from ML's (un) subtle hints that he likes MC, to the way the banter between even the friends and the main characters feel authentic and organic. The friends feel like an actual group of friends and not just background characters for the sake of it. My personal favorite scene being when one background character speaks like a wuxia novel and MC matches his way of speaking!

it's almost shocking how much I enjoyed this novel, I truly do suggest you give it a shot. <<less
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Farid_san rated it
October 15, 2019
Status: Completed
Oh God, really, actually i've read this story quite some time ago, and forgot to write a review or vote it. But now, when I scroll about my reading list I saw this and I think I should vote and write a review for this one, because it'd be a waste if such an amazing story not to be voted and such a waste if I didnt share the greatness of this story LOL.

It's damn hillarious, a comedy among comedy BL novel I think? LOL. The narration, the interaction, the... more>> thoughts of the character are amazingly funny. But still, despite the good laugh its offering, there's also some seriousness in it, a bit love problem, family drama, jealousy, and quarrel. But all of that are resolved in a great way. It's well balanced story. But still, the whole story is a troll and hillarious LOL, really I remember I couldnt stop laughing, giggling, and smacking my table when I read this one a while ago.

The character are lovables, whether it's MC, ML, or even secondary character. They have a 3D personality, means the character building are done pretty well. Once again, I find "a cool, male god, multi talented, soft hearted, but amazingly normal guy ML", that's not a black bellied, or overbearing CEO, and crazy possesive or rapist. Truly a given ahhhh. You know its really painful when a story you like somehow has a rapist and yandere ML righttt? And you dont have to worry about a poisonous female bit*h that BL novels usually have LOL, cause the female in here are normal, the normal female in the reality, not an exaggerated love rival scheming bit*h who hates the MC that BL novels usually portrayed.

The problem the MC facing are understandable, the love-hate realtionship at the beginning between MC and ML is understandable, the family issues also understandable. You know, its happening in reality. Some family really are abandoning their children for a foolish reason like wanting their child to be number one and comparing their child one after another, especially for Asian mom LOL. Believe me, some Asian mom really likes to compare their child to another child, LOL. It's one of the best BL/danmei novel with a modern theme i've read so far. Different from the general idea, when a modern BL novel usually have a dog blood drama, angsty, society perceptive, homophobic, and family refusal, that kind of drag of waaaay too long. This novel does has the issues about family acceptance, but it's not dragging too long and not way too dramatic, you know where MC and ML got separated because of the family. So, if you want a good read, a comedic one, and a good ending but with a proper plot, this is for you.

Give it a try, I guarantee you won't waste your time for nothing. <<less
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teajikan rated it
October 4, 2019
Status: Completed
what a read!! Both of our MC and ML are clear-headed and very smart, they have strong personality but somehow are compatible with each other.

the story of them progressing from (one-sided) enemies to friends, to finally falling in love with each other is very well written. Their couple dynamic is very warm and domestic that it makes you jealous. All the side characters are funny and essential in making the story more interesting and hilarious.

I love it a lot, it was a very nice read!
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earlgreyt rated it
February 28, 2019
Status: Completed
Ahh, this is like balm for the soul~

Tired of revenge/face-slapping novels?

Tired of yandere/possessive/controlling/self-centered MLs?

This is a humorous and fluffy slice-of-life college romance that starts from a misunderstanding between the MC and ML who are both outstanding, handsome and intelligent students. The story takes us through the university life of the two students, to moving-out and coming-out, and attending grad school. The side characters (dorm mates) are absolutely precious and hilarious. ... more>>

It's so cute that despite the MC being forever 'second place' in terms of studies/competitions, he's actually extremely friendly/outgoing/valued by his community, so his interpersonal skills can be said to definitely outshine the ML.


The relationship progression is a sweet slow-burn. The author builds up a true friendship and trust between the main characters, so it avoids over-used tropes like "the vinegar-bucket ML can't stand other people appreciating the MC." This is one of the few really positive relationships I've seen in CNovels where the two people in a relationship not only bring out the best in each other and wholeheartedly support each other, but also give each other space and mutual trust.


It's unfortunate but most CN books completely romanticize rape/obsession/stalking/stockholm syndrome/dependent personality disorder/possessiveness etc. So the romantic relationships portrayed tend to be extremely unrealistic as well as unhealthy.


Fantastic translation, the humor comes across on point. I would re-read! <<less
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hy-d-ra rated it
September 19, 2019
Status: Completed
Easy slice of life read about a campus couple. Has enough fluff and humor, but also will treat you to some heart-wrenching sad moments.

As many stories, this one starts with a misunderstanding. But later both MC and ML evolve genuine feelings towards each other, clearing the prejudice. I really like this part about it, because not everything starts off the bat.

Loved the more realistic take on different opinions about same s*x couples. While campus youngsters didn't really bother about it, since they knew their mates for quite some time they... more>> gave their blessings, family members didn't take it so well, who needed a long time to accept, who couldn't accept at all. The most important part is what is love for them and how they decided that no matter what they will stay together. <<less
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PotatoCakes rated it
February 5, 2019
Status: Completed
It's a cute fluffy school romance comedy akin to Hana Kimi or any typical shoujo. It's full of misunderstandings that eventually brings the main protagonists together. The entire story is comfortable and well paced. The side characters are funny and full of personality. The ending is especially satisfying since it neatly wraps up all the storylines. The last 20 chapters is essentially an extended "happily ever after".

I rated this novel 4 stars instead of 5 since there's nothing new or unique about this novel. It's your classic story with all... more>> the tropes and stereotypes, but packaged nicely. The MC is insecure and tsun, the ML is confident and perfect. As usually, the ML is much smarter and better than the MC in almost every way (except the MC is better at cleaning?). The plot progresses as expected after the first chapter.

While this is not a must read, I would recommend reading this novel if you have the time. It's fluffy and cute but also easy to read. Oftentimes, the downside of reading BL novels is the poor writing, but this novel is entirely translated and of high quality. <<less
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oikawas rated it
January 2, 2019
Status: c74
If you're looking for a good light-hearted read, mixed with a bit of angst here and thereㅡ or just something to make you smile and giggle, then I recommend this book to you!

I wish there were more novels like this, it helps me be at ease and think about my terrible life choices. Both ML and the MC are intelligent, but they're both kinda clueless about their feelings. They trust and love each other a loooot that it hurts my teeth. Their friends are so cute too, though they often... more>> misunderstood those two, they're still very very supportive of their relationshipㅡ not only them actually, but the entire school! The fact that every students worship accepts their relationship regardless of their gender gave this easy and nice atmosphere that made it even 🌻🌼🌸🍀🍂🍀🌺🍁🌲🌴 to read. I don't know how to explain that, let's just say you feel more "flowery" when reading it. Like that shiny flower BG effect in mangas lol

Definitely one of my favorite novel in 2018, and probably in my top 5! Thank you so much to the translators for doing such a great job! &Gt;ㅁ<) 99 <<less
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Sarsanilla rated it
September 9, 2018
Status: --
Two guys get harassed because guy A took a picture of guy B so he can exchange the photo for one of guy C. A likes C, but everyone is convinced that he likes B and they keep forcing them together.

They moved A's stuff into B's room. B was okay with it, but still.


Over time, the two do seem to become more comfortable with each other, but I can't bring myself to like it. Especially because of the cringeworthy comments you can find. It just isn't for me.
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Mayah rated it
February 13, 2019
Status: Completed
I've never wrote a review yet I'm so annoyed by this story extras and ending I feel I have to vent.

I was going to give it 3 stars thinking I shouldn't be strict because it's a slice of life and I shouldn't be harsh just because I don't like the genre but srsly just because it's a slice of life does it have to be SO VERY BORING !!!

its supposed to be the easy going kind of plot with no real conflict and overdose of drama and believe me I've... more>> read a lot great novels with no real complicated plot so it can be done. This one is just too boring with no passion except for the passion of defending gays right, and not even that was done nicely.

ppl keep saying it's fluffy but it's not really every single event that should have been romantic was written dryly


when confessing boy was that boring there wasn't much giving of the ML feelings before it. MC had the most stupid reason for not understanding his feelings towards ml, and when they finally got together there wasn't that fluffy or passionate reaction I don't think it was realistic either

The event in which their friend kept misunderstanding their relationship was funny and realistic at first but afterward it just got stupid I mean who would think he's smashing a car with a duster and who the h*ll cleans a car roof with a duster!! These are students of a high level university not KG kids.

their first time the fudge is with this sho he just had his first kiss recently and most likely was a top since his first love was apparently a bottom yet he was so accepting and fast to ask foe a second just cause he was loose and it's a waste just to do it once, , even if you want to think well yeah there are ppl like that but This is a novel couldn't the author just this once in this major event add little fluff and romantic feeling to it just leave realism to the family issues and the being gay thing, , humph

and finally when the ML proposed, , if that was even a proposal I mean what does the author want, , srsly I only got the feeling that they are way too serious and boring "sigh"


the extra were no extra it was the author making up for the loose end in the plot and not even a satisfying one, the last extra just made me explode that I took the time to write this review


the lady was starting to appeal to us when the author decided to show her as a proud b*ch only to afterward only confirm that she's going to be the sister in low to the brother who is a nice character, , ahdifjfiendk 😤


htis is only talking about the romantic side didn't get to the writing style, , 1 star it is but if you like slice of life yaoi, , this might be to your liking <<less
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rhianirory rated it
January 23, 2019
Status: Completed
fun and more humorous than I expected, especially after the rough start at the beginning. I wish i, too could worship at the Shang Ye alter before finals/ presentations/ dissertation. The test gods are something I could actually get behind.

as for the story, I love the friendship that develops between the two and the fact that both are fairly equal, though this being Chinese, they aren't presented as a reversible couple (I've never seen a reversible couple in Chinese BL so if you know of any, please recommend). As someone... more>> who very much dislikes when the MC is presented as a girl in everything but physical gender, (especially the stupid, need to be rescued all the time types), I am grateful for stories like this where the MC is smart and retains his normal brain function even after getting together with the ML. It's also nice not to see an abusive, obsessive, domineering ML for a change. There is a little bit of angsty parent stuff but it was handled very well and I thought in the end it was fairly realistic because


my cousin is gay and his parents reacted like YZs and haven't spoken to him in five years while his husbands parents accepted them, so their situation was very similar to the MC and ML

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3nlightened2oul rated it
January 28, 2020
Status: Completed
I usually lean in more to transmigration wuxia and whatnots. But suprisingly, this fic, I found, is quite enjoyable. A lovely gem indeed ^_^

Although it may not have the complex plots, still I praise author-nim for fleshing out the characters well and turning even the most mundane things hilarious lol. Also the interweaving of scenes and romance comes naturally, which I hardly find these days : (

Anyways, an amusing slice of life once in a while is satistfying hehe
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izayaYY rated it
December 16, 2019
Status: --
This is my second time reading, after a year maybe. There is indeed a lot to like in this novel. It is lighthearted, no angst, funny, realistic. The premise is very similar to 'Love Stop Rumours' which I really liked. There are some great moments in this novel: the ShangYe car, the strawberry plants, the silly roommates, ShangJin’s beautiful confession (so simple yet so poetic), the couple’s wilful independence from their parents (not just financially independent but also emotionally, which I consider more important). I enjoyed their daily interactions and... more>> solid friendship at the beginning. I also loved ShangJin’s decisive nature and maturity and his swift actions throughout the novel. YeZhou’s mum as the archetypal education-obsessed chinese parent, is very well portrayed, totally realistic and relatable (for me).

YeZhou’s character I liked less for many reasons: his pitiful reaction to ShangJin’s confession, his indecision in regards to TangDongdong, his inability to confront his mum despite so much verbal abuse, his mixed attitude towards ranking (hey man, are you proud of your 2nd place or not?), his inability to realise his feelings for ShangJin despite being described as someone smart and outgoing with good EQ, a social butterfly even.

There is another thing I disliked, only one reader mentioned it: I also felt that the romance lacked intensity and passion. The only moment I felt any passion was from ShangJin’s confession. Then came YeZhou’s pitiful reaction which was totally anticlimactic. Even their smut scene was monotonous. It’s like: Let’s do it, we did it, now let’s sleep! Where’s the fluff? Where is the heartfelt emotion? The excitement? The marriage proposal was also pretty restrained and casual. Maybe that’s the problem with too much realism? The romance felt ordinary, just like any normal couple irl. The problem is not the genre. I have read many lighthearted slice-of-life more passionate than this one. <<less
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yunxjae rated it
December 6, 2019
Status: --
I really adore this story!!!!!!

It was so fluffy. The plot is so smooth and makes you want to read moreee and moreeeee.
very highly recommended!
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gigabytes rated it
November 18, 2019
Status: Completed
I found this a day before my exams were about to begin and started reading it in between my study break, thinking that maybe it wouldn't grab my interest from the very first chapter and I would be able to put it down after reading a few chapters.I was dead wrong.

The story pulls you in from the very beginning and there's no way out unless you complete it!! It's a fluff fest! Very, very cute. What I liked the most was both the character's personality. And the plus part, both... more>> are them are extremely intelligent. Not only in studies but some of the stuff they say

(about being independent and what not)

it really touches you. Also, absolutely loved their friends. So supportive and always causing trouble, lol.

If you're wondering whether to read it or not, don't fret. Just read it. <<less
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tahneenee rated it
November 8, 2019
Status: extra
I just want to say that I absolutely adore this story!!!!! This is a precious addition to my favorites list. Will re read. Both of the main men are great people. I’m adding shangye into my fledgling pantheon alongside hualian 🙇🏽‍♀️

please forgive me my feudal superstition 🤪
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K. rated it
September 1, 2019
Status: Completed
Wow okay, I basically had to look for my old NU account just so I could leave a review here! I have to say, I started this novel with a lot of prejudice for this "school life" type of light story as I am used to reading plot-heavy novels and I've had a pretty bad experience with this genre. However, this is a perfect exemple of "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover". While at the beginning it does feel like it warps reality to accommodate the plot, the... more>> engaging dialogues and unexpectedly interesting personnalities of the CP sparked my interest and kept me going. And I do NOT regret that decision, this CP brought me so much joy I feel like reading it a second time. The most important aspect of this CP is that their relationship is healthy, it's a relationship of trust and affection, they can be sweet, incredibly domestic but also while keeping their usual playful banter. The ML in particular could have gone the "usual" danmei route multiple times but surprised me with his responsible and mature attitude. The first chapters might seem typical at first but it definitely gets better, the CP's relationship is so natural it's very comfortable to read, despite the whole "misunderstanding" thing. It personally didn't bother me much since I was much more interested in the ML's way of dealing with things.
The theme of family in this novel is also very important and realistic as well, contrary to my original expectations. Their issues with their families were both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
Overall, this CP gave me everything I wanted and more. <<less
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Icycle rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: Completed
Very heartwarming. A lot of BL novels out there leave me feeling uncomfortable; when writing about the gay demographic, it's not always done respectfully. I felt the author took care with these characters; it definitely is very slice of life, and I acknowledge it was sometimes about boring day-to-day stuff. This novel was genuinely so sweet, but not overly so; I highly recommend it. If all you're interested in is the NSFW stuff or tortured angst/abuse, this might not be for you. However, I easily rank it as one of... more>> my favorites! <<less
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