Genius Fundamentals


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Everyone believes Lin Zhao Xi’s a genius.

Only she knows she’s looking back on years of experience in math competitions as a basis to “cheat”.

Until one day, her idol quietly looks at her.

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Time and space overlap, returning thrice.

— The past can change you.

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Tian Cai Ji Ben Fa
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Recca201 rated it
May 19, 2019
Status: Completed
This is not a typical romance story, nor is it a heart-pumping adventure all throughout... It's simply very different from everything else I have read. This novel is very unique, and also my dream come true for all those daydreams i've done back when I was in high school.

The MC is generally a calm and smart person, but she is no way perfect. She gets nervous and worries a lot, but she tries to overcome and improve her faults. She also knows how to accept the inevitable and gain strength... more>> from it. Her character growth is beautifully portrayed.

All the other characters are fleshed out perfectly, every single one shows depth and growth, while 'villains' can actually not all be black, but can have their own personality and background, and can grow from the hardships they experienced.

The ML who is initially portrayed to be perfect in all aspects is actually not perfect at all, but have his own difficulties, trauma, and growth. One thing for sure, he is a genius, just like the MC's adorable father.

For me the most enigmatic character of this novel is the MC's father. He is my favorite character, even more than the MC and ML. He is very mysterious, and his mysteries, get solved one by one, until all that is left makes you tear up.

The plot is very well planned, and the author themselves clarified in a note that he had long created the outline of the story, and will follow through the end despite the audience's opinions. And I think the author did well on that. The novel will always remain in my mind.

This is a happy ending. Although it is a very slow romance thus lacking dogfood, but the extra chapters somewhat fed me a bit of my cravings, albeit a bit.

  • (Edit) I'm not the translator btw, just someone who've mtled the novel and loved it to death
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RiannNeko rated it
November 16, 2019
Status: Completed
What would you change if you were given the chance?

I have rarely read works like this. There's romance, comedy and also school-life but it is a book about dealing with regrets and accepting what happened.

Plot: 4.5 Stars
I don't count this as spoiler because this is the premise of the book. MC time-travels to the past only to find out that it isn't necessarily the same. MC lives with her single father, a genius mathematician, who is one of the best people there probably is. Despite learning a lot from... more>> her father, she is a philosophy student. She blames herself for his father not achieving his fullest potential since he had to take care of her.

It is beautifully crafted. There is actually a reason (ish) how MC goes back to another timeline and life wasn't easy for her there as well.


The fact that in the other timeline, she lived in an orphanage struck me the most. It was one of the first instances where we see MC addressing if MC!Dad regret raising her. It was really heart-wrenching when MC!Dad first rejects her at first and then succumbs to MC wanting him to teach her mathematics. I was so happy when she finally gets adopted back by MC!Dad. Each travel of the timeline is different (12 y/o, Approaching senior middle school and high school) and MC has her own different set of problems

The fact that the timelines are separate also is a great premise because it tackles MC really applying what she learned when she goes back to her timeline.


Characters: 5 stars

Have I said that MC is a well-rounded character? She is very smart but she also doubts herself if she can actually make a difference. She appreciates her father more and makes friends that she can count on. The supporting characters are also developed very well, especially MC! Dad, ML and the friends that she has made. There is a reason why MC! Dad is so mysterious and he has his own set of problems that MC tries to uncover. Why he raised MC? Why isn't his genius acknowledged? ML isn't the ML who is aloof and untouchable. He becomes MC friend, stands by her and offers her silent support. He has his own set of problems as well.

The villains aren't even the villains because they are human beings and can change.

I absolutely adore this novel. I would recommend this for everyone especially when you are at a time where you are doubting yourself and what you can do. <<less
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