I Just Want to Freeload on Your Luck

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Despite having found Mingxi, the Zhao family continued to favor the fake daughter, saying that Mingxi was not as kind nor as graceful as Zhao Yuan.

Mingxi didn’t mind. She continued to work hard to please her family although they would always say that she was trying to rob their attention away from Zhao Yuan.

Until she died because of a terminal illness.

It was then that she realized that Zhao Yuan was the actual lady blessed by luck while she was merely this novel’s evil supporting character with a tragic ending.

Zhao Mingxi who was given a second chance at life was bitterly disappointed. She no longer cared about her family. Screw her family and her fiancé. She immediately packed her bags and left home, off to complete the task given by the system named ‘Becoming Friends With Popular and Valuable Characters’.

After she left, the house suddenly became cold and quiet.

By right they should feel at ease, but–

Her parents, her indifferent elder brother, her brash younger brother, Shen Liyao who was used to her pursuits were all successively feeling… unused to it?

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我就想蹭你的气运
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Raizel_Pendragon
New Raizel_Pendragon rated it
September 10, 2021
Status: Completed
If I was rich enough I'd print flyers, fly a helicopter and scatter it across the continent cause our ML, Fu Yangxi Is Best Boi!!! I just adore him!! He's a cute, somewhat childish tsundere. An overbearing young master who's funny, jealous, possessive yet respectful and strong. He doesn't do everything for the FL but supports and watches over her from the sidelines. He tries to act like MC doesn't affect him but his ears immediately turn red and gives him away😂. I really love how much of a good... more>> boi tsundere he is. Like-
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• he wanted to have matching items (scarves and phone cases) with her but was too embarrassed about it so got the entire gang similar ones.

• how even while heartbroken and despairing (on learning she didn't like him romantically) he never pushed her away but still silently kept protecting her.

• how he mobilised his family's private plane and took her to her grandma's place just cause she cried after getting drunk.

• how he later bought out that land in her name (and this was while he was still sad and heartbroken).

• how flustered he got and fell down and broke his leg while running to her after she confessed. I just can't-🤦🏻‍♂️😂

• how he got to school at ungodly hours to get rid of the loveletters on her table.

• how he got injured cause he charged back into the burning house a second time just to get back the relic her grandmother left her.

•And how he's always so proud of her and truly happy for each of her achievements!

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I really like Mingxi's character and how-
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•Decisive and firm she was in cutting off the family and that Shao dude cause they were only dragging her down.

• She, unlike usual Chinese reborn MCs didn't like taking petty and malicious sort of revenge on them. She's optimistic and kind and differentiates right and wrong quite well.

• how she stood up to his mother and finally got them (his grandpa and mom) to realise that she (his mom) needs help and that what happened was not really the ML's fault.

• how she enjoys teasing the ML.

• how she genuinely cared about those who were good to her like her friend, friend's family and the Dong family.

•She gave up the ?lucky-sprouts and hence the heroine halo to heal Yangxi because she didn't want those around her to become her stepping stones and get hurt for her.

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I'm jealous of how good and sweet their relationship is!!😩💘

Other than that this is mostly the usual "cannonfodder who was abused betrayed and neglected in first life gets a second chance and goldfingers to make things right" story. But it's fluffy and worth a read.

The entire sh!t in this story occurred cause of the Zhao family's lack of commonsense and low EQ. If they didn't know how to handle something like "the daughter we raised is a fake but our real daughter feels like the outsider" they should've got professional help. It's not like they're uneducated or without money to hire a good psychologist/ counsellor! Watching the Zhao family repeat the same mistake of ignoring, blaming and maltreating one child while trying to make the other feel better is just grating. 🙄 Because I can understand it if Mingxi (MC) 's dissatisfied with the adopted daughter cause forget losing her familial ties, status and affection, the mere existence of orgFL's heroine halo gave Mingxi ridiculous debuffs like intelligence reduction, unluckiness and even a 'can't die naturally'. And I can understand Zhao Yuan (orgFL) feeling threatened by the reappearance of the blood related daughter who is the real owner of all that she's gained and enjoyed so far.

And I don't think it was necessary for the author to make her (Yuan) into a brain-dead deranged villainess at the end. They really pushed her down the drains into near irredeemable and nonrecoverable straits. If nothing else she's just an 18yr old who till then was pampered and protected in the palms of an affluent family. She really knew no better. She was scared, selfish and didn't want to let go of her fortunes but who exactly is to blame for that?? It was her family that raised her that way. So while I don't like her I don't hate her either.

Well MTL for this one is really easy to understand. So do give it a try! <<less
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fauxfox
New fauxfox
September 10, 2021
Status: --
Fu Yangxi is so fkkn cute. He has terminal Second-Male-Lead-in-a-Dogblood-drama disease, but thankfully he fixates on the antagonistic female supporting role hahaha. His brain circuits are AMAZING?? How does it even work........ he works so hard and yet is still willing to be the 2ML supporting the FL with the ML while drenched in rain, despite having better qualifications than the ML in every way. Uhhh, unfortunately this is because he's spent the last five years in hell with his family and is accustomed to abuse, but Mingxi is definitely... more>> better than that! She has no interest in her assigned 'ML' and quickly notices something wrong and decisively assigns Fu Yangxi to the role of her ML hahaha.

Fu Yangxi is the kind of tsundere I think no one will dislike. He's not abusive in his Tsun-tsun mode and his dere is off the charts! This child is only ~18 years old and he really does act like a child, being quickly pleased and extremely face-saving, but his face-saving quickly bites him in the butt and his desire for affection is so strong he doesn't hesitate to contradict himself. He's the type with a hard mouth, but he's easily flustered and betrays himself with his actions.

There are some dogblood drama moments when Fu Yangxi realizes that Mingxi isn't actually pursuing him romantically, which is when he develops the terminal 2nd Male Lead disease, and given that this story is based off a misunderstanding to begin with (that Mingxi likes him and is pursuing him), misunderstandings continue, but while it's distressing to read about Fu Yangxi's literal teen angst response to having his heart broken, this only carries on for a few weeks in story time, while Mingxi has definitely detected his abnormality and is trying to make him feel better. Even if she's not pursuing him romantically, she has determined him as a very good friend by this time and is very sincere.

But the overall atmosphere of this story is definitely fluffy and sweet! I'm sensitive to secondhand embarrassment, but was never embarrassed by the characters. There's a funny moment when Mingxi is trying to understand her relationship with Yangxi with her friend, and she felt like a "dog man trying to understand but is confused by his girlfriend." Which given Mingxi's overall decisive and calm temperament VS Yangxi's introverted but sensitive heart... isn't strictly a lie hahaha.

As for the family and the fiance... the fiance is a scum. At first I had no negative feelings about him, but Mingxi really nails it when she notices the ex-fiance coming back around to bother her- his male ego could not tolerate someone who worshiped him losing interest. I was really annoyed by his behavior, even going so far as to bother and deceive Mingxi's elders (not the Zhao family) to pretend that they're still on good terms despite acknowledging himself that he didn't take care of her the way they asked him to before they left. He's also never clarified to his friends that they're engaged and Mingxi doesn't just have a crush on him... so he only acknowledged the engagement when it's convenient.

As for the family, I'm ambivalent. I feel like their ending was too much. Since the world is a novel, and Mingxi's Luck sharing system exists, and her luck does decrease the one time she comes in close contact with Zhao Yuan, then even if the Zhao family neglected and alienated Mingxi to the point of treating her like an unwanted illegitimate daughter, I can't treat it completely as their fault. They never intentionally mistreated Mingxi, they just neglected her badly... the fact that she dies alone at 23 of brain cancer without her family ever knowing she was sick really implies the depth of their neglect. I also don't blame Mingxi for being decisive and cutting this family off. In fact, I don't believe that she can forget or forgive her experiences, nor do I think she should. IMO, once the Zhao family realizes they were wrong, wouldn't it be fine just to keep away from Mingxi? <<less
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narixems
narixems rated it
December 30, 2020
Status: Completed
another switch at birth story—

WHY CANT YOU JUST LET BOTH DAUGHTERS LIVE IN PEACE TOGETHER UGHHHHHHH

i really just want everybody to have a happy ending. The family is absolute tr*sh, and so is the ori!fl.

... more>> but I genuinely felt bad for the ori!fl. She was raised as a spoiled and pampered princess, how would she know any better?

Also, I don't like how the story keeps mentioning that blood is thicker than water over and over again. I have an adopted older sister, and it's offensive because even though we're not blood related, she's no less than a genuine older sister to me. <<less
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YellowNoodle
YellowNoodle rated it
November 28, 2020
Status: Completed
*Takes a deep breath* FU YANGXI IS BEST BOI!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone...y'all... my heart is just so sweet. I loved the main leads relationship and couldn't help but feel envious of it. Ah, I really am a single dog.

The novel's basis starts with the heroine, who was originally a evil side character, trying her best to grow her little flower pot of luck after going back in time to age 17.

... more>> To do so, mingxi needs to become close with those who have high amounts of luck.

And Fu Yangxi is chosen. (Hooray!)

This novel is about growth, love, and regret.

I had so much satisfaction with the story. The funny interactions between the leads, the squabbles between classrooms, and the karma that came upon to those who deserved it.

However, there came a certain point in the story where I did get annoyed because I felt it dragged on for too long. Considering the FL's decisive actions
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the authors choice to drag out the misunderstanding of shen liyaobetween both the FL and ML didn't make sense to me.

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I also didnt like how her family and shen liyao kept coming back again and again. Like, she clarified everything to you already, why do you keep bothering the FL like a ghost?

Aside from that, I really enjoyed the book. It made me wish for a special someone to love and rely on.

Highlights:

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Translated by my own discretion and understanding of mtl.

Fu Yangxi grabbed the windowsil, his head turning to furiously stare at his old grandpa, "I just like her! If you dare to move her, I will jump right away! I will jump and- no! I will jump from the Fu's mansion and crash the Fu's stocks"

I really could not with this scene, I laughed so much. Hes so exaggerated.

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Professor Gao glanced at Fu Yangzi, "Does she look good?:

Fu Yangzi without any embarrassment said proudly, "Of course she looks good."

Professor Gao stared at with with strange eyes and replied, "So good looking you drink tea by spilling it to the floor?"

Fu Yangzi felt as if an explosion went off and his face flushed. As if he was burned, he quickly jumped to his feet and hurriedly pulled tissues from the coffee table to clean up the mess on the floor.

Mingzi in the kitchen: "..."

This made me smile

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20 minutes later, Fu Yanxzi raised his eyebrows in triumph and said, "That's what you see now."

He then arrogantly held Zhao Mingzi's hand in front of the three of them and deliberately dangled it to let them see clearly.

If it weren't for his fractured ankle, there was no doubt Fu Yangzi would drag their clasped hands in front of the eyes of Jiang Xiuqiu and Ke Chengwen.

I laughed so hard, Yangxi is so cute showing off his relationship 😭

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All in and all, an enjoyable and cute read.

5/5

Enjoi and Adieu! <<less
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neri21
neri21 rated it
March 11, 2021
Status: c22 part1
This is a very fascinating novel because for a relatively thin volume of only 75 pages, it manages to say everything that other novels want to say about the conflict that inevitably arises when the biological son or daughter of a family face off with kids their families adopted after they've been kidnapped, sold, or trafficked.

In this instance, Zhao Mingzhi's parents and siblings didn't want to hurt the adopted kid so they pushed their own daughter/sister away, mistakenly thinking she wouldn't mind since the adopted kid had been with the... more>> family for 17 years, meaning the affection is deeper and not taken for granted.

Not only is the fake daughter lovely, smart and intelligent, she is the product of the family's particular brand of nurturing and care. She is the daughter they have raised in their own image. To push her away in favor of the true daughter is a rejection of that basic tenet. You cannot eat your own child, whether she's biological or adopted.

The true daughter who has been away for 15 years is also a stranger to them. She was raised by another family, in their own signature brand of caring and nurturing. Zhao Mingxi is obedient, filial, simple, innocent, not very smart but is a fantastic cook. She's the opposite of fake daughter Zhao Yuan, who is ambitious, popular, intelligent, and very smart.

So what to do with the unwanted hick the family are suddenly saddled with? Push her away. Betray, abuse, mistreat, neglect. By the end of the two years that Zhao Mingxi stayed with them, they finally got what they wanted, which is to drive her away. And she was driven away to struggle alone with a disease that eventually took her life at the young age of 23.

And this girl died a really lonely death. When her family finally noticed that she's nowhere to be found, she was already on the last stage of her illness. Their frantic search led them to her ashes and the banners that an aunt put up to announce her death. Surprisingly, people stopped by to pay their respects. Neighbors and friends Mingxi and the old lady who adopted her once knew when they still lived there.

The Zhao family lost Mingxi in the first timeline. They were shocked and the guilt really never left them. Even their relationship with the adopted daughter changed because Zhao Mingxi's death was a mountain they cannot hurdle anymore. Death put an effective stop to the competition, the favoritism, the blame. Their biological daughter didn't even told them she was ill. There was always something suspicious about their feelings for this unwanted child. And now that she's gone, they had no way of channeling their grief and regret.

In this second timeline, the loss was even deeper and tragic. A live Zhao Mingxi, with cold and indifferent eyes, told her father and mother, her eldest and youngest brothers, to leave her the hell alone. They're annoying and she doesn't want to have to deal with them anymore. She told them not to take responsibility of her anymore. Then adds the line that forever cuts her ambilical cord to the rest of the family: And in the future, when you grow old, I won't have to bear the responsibility of supporting you. From a legal point of view, the two of us no longer owe each other.

Ouch!

This novel should be tagged as a tragedy. For this scene alone and the ensuing misery that the Zhao family had to endure. And it was an unnecessary misery they all brought upon themselves. When the mom confronted the fake daughter about the nanny abusing Mingxi, the fake daughter reminded the mom that in the first place, it was her who warned Mingxi not to touch her stuff. When Mingxi touched my piano, you all screamed at her like she was carting away the damn thing to sell. And now you're blaming me for her mistreatment? We all followed your lead in how you interact and treated her. And now you're blaming us for her unhappiness?

That's the point other authors of similar novels failed to expand. The adopted daughter may be a scheming bit*h but she, who stands to lose the most in this situation, sees and merely follows the lead of the parents. If the parents had been welcoming and loving to Mingxi from the start, would the fake daughter have the chance to play her games in the first place?

Till the end, Mingxi never bends and reconcile with her parents and siblings. As a reader though, I feel for the family. The last scene of them was watching Mingxi graduate from inside a car. They see her with her peers, her friends, her boyfriend and her adopted family and you can feel the heartache. One of them even wonders if they're going to be invited to her wedding.

Their ending is uncertain but the author uses one of the brothers' speech to offer some hope: time is long and emotions can change. Maybe then Mingxi will return to them.

Nice novel. The emotions are real and the characters grow like mushrooms with hearts. The story of the boy who Mingxi liked in the first timeline was also tragic.

The ending of Zhao Xuan shouldn't be that bitter though. She is an 18-year old kid whose place in the totem pole is about to crumble. If she cannot rely on herself then who else can she rely on? The author really pulled her down into the gutter, which I think was unnecessary.

But all in all, a really, really nice novel. And the MTL was readable and okay. <<less
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omgquiznak
omgquiznak rated it
November 29, 2020
Status: Completed
The story and romance is nice. One of the things I like the most about this besides the romance is the Female and Male Lead's personality. Unlike some bad romance novels, they have a rather 3d personality.

The FL is very decisive, once she decides on something, she won't go back on it, I guess she's also a tough girl, and can actually stand up for her other half when he is troubled, instead of hiding behind him.
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When the ML's mom blamed the ML for something that was never his fault, the FL said something really long and meaningful (?) to the ML's mother and kinda changed the ML and his mom's bad relationship for the better.

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The ML, is kinda a tsundere. But it's not the annoying domineering CEO kind of "Woman, I'm not interested in you." kind of thing, but rather the cute kind. Well, it's cute to read, and he's also caring. He's smart yet s*upid. No top of the class grades or girls waiting lines just to see him kind of thing. He has his own fears and imperfections, which is why I like him.

My favourite character would be the ML's grandfather. No throwing money and leave my grandson or something like that, and he's actually rational (though a bit strange).

I guess, read this novel if you have time. It's a nice one to read, and it has a sense of good humour and youth in the novel while retaining some sensitive topics and making the romance a normal friends to lovers rather than love at first sight. It does have plot holes, but they don't affect the story. Sorry for the long review and bad English.
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happydot
happydot rated it
November 25, 2020
Status: Completed
I am so glad that I was able to find this gem. This is so such an adorable, fluffy, and satisfying read. There’s drama that makes the story interesting to read, but it doesn’t drag on and on. It gets nicely tied up at the end.

The ML is also different from your usual Chinese MLs who are perfect in every way and only know how to treat the people around them like crap. He’s a boy who has a deep and troubling background of his own, someone who is also... more>> very insecure, and is super adorable with how he blushes when the MC gives him attention. He’s wealthy and handsome, but he’s not first in school nor does he have girls flocking over him. He seems like your imperfectly perfect character, and it’s so refreshing to read about him because him being that way just accentuates the love and care that he has for the MC.

There are a few plot holes, but they don’t detract much from the story. This is a story meant to make you giggle and smile at how cute the two characters are together. It’s a very satisfying read, and I definitely recommend it! <<less
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whitespade
whitespade rated it
December 8, 2020
Status: c63
Readable MTL

Trigger warning to people that hate when author put down adopted children because I sure do. Even though I do not like Zhao Yuan as a person the sentiment that somehow adopted children are far below blood related children rankled me because family is not about blood its about relationships. 18 years of raising a child and able to just cut off the relationship - even without the fiasco I can't see any real family relationship here.

Anyway apart from that disgusting trope, I like this novel because the interaction... more>> between ML and FL are really cute. Light and fluffy and sweet. I dropped the novel when it seems like nothing going to happen just more dog food and I don't want to see ML repair his relationship with his mom that constantly tell him to die. Just because its a blood related mother than her actions is excusable?!??? Also author trying to make the grandpa a good character when he gave ML a choice to be a emotional punching bag or scram somwhere else. F*ck no you don't use a child, tell him he should die in place of his brother and father and look on as his mother abuse him and throw sharp objects to him. The f*ck is wrong with the author. <<less
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ApolloAresZues
ApolloAresZues rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: Completed
Read this a while back but I want to say it deserves 5 stars for the way the family was handled alone. If you've read the summary you know the MC was treated like sh*t all for the sake of showing the secondary FL (the swapped child) that they didnt value her less. They also treated MC like she "owed" them instead of the other way around up until she eventually died. In that life, she was continuously framed, ignored, wronged, and unfavored. So when she gets the second chance,... more>> she does the most obvious thing, she moves out and stays far tf away from this family as possible. And
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this continues until the end. She never forgives them and they never get back right. She also never takes revenge on them either but I would say her complete disregard of them and her finding happiness without them was the revenge. While they felt shitty and would prob always feel awkward at "family" dinners, shes chilling with people who love and care for her with a great future.

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I know some might say they deserved a second chance but I completely disagree. They
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were tricked, yes. And they were victims that got their own daughter swapped.

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But what does that make MC? Is she not the biggest victim? Doesnt she deserve comfort? But that's not what they gave her. Even in the second life they felt entitled to her affection and filial piety despite not treating her like family at all. So because they weren't malicious, it takes back the years she spent catering to them that ended in her dying with regrets and not being put first. They treated her worse than one would even treat distant relatives.

So now that MC is finally happy without them, with a guy she loves and who loves her the most. And with friends that make her happy and a bright future, why does she have to relive her nightmare just to make them feel better about themselves? If they were so content without her in the last life, I definitely think they'll be fine without her now.

As for the brother
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I didnt care for him as much as other readers did. I thought he was just slightly less as bad. I mean, if she hadn't literally ran away from home and cut off all contact, would he have suddenly repented? No, because in the last life he didnt. We already know what what've happened. He would've accepted all her goodwill and continued to treat her like the dirt beneath his shoe. So what if he regretted the most? It was only because of fearing she wouldn't cook for him and stuff. How sad, lol. All the whole family cared about was what she was doing for them. Including the brother. So his regret didnt mean much to me. Also him being tsundere wasnt all that cute given the things he did prior. Like no I'm not going to accept you're reluctant ass goodwill. I get why MC dumped all his gifts because if she had accepted them the brother would probably assume she'd forgiven him and would start acting all familiar by thinking she'd do stuff for him again. Shes not a maid.

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I just really liked the fact that this novel did what a lot of novels with terrible family members failed to do, which is choosing not to forgive them. Alot of chinese novels esp do that unfair filial piety sht that suddenly makes even abandonment and neglect forgivable. It's always pissed me off. So this relieved me on top of making me happy with the cute love story.

On that note I liked the ML he was a super cute tsundere who treated MC very well and always put her first. He also didnt urge her to forgive her family members under some s*upid ass guide of "forgiving is healing". It was the perfect length too. A great read. <<less
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Itssalwa
Itssalwa rated it
November 24, 2020
Status: Completed
Me going to change my review bc my last review seems to be mad...

Okay, this novel I'll give it 5 rate. I am satisfied with how it ends.

The plot is well written, I like the author words and ofc translation do a great job here.

... more>> The plot is fluffy and cute, sometimes are a bit annoying bc of antagonists like cmon I only want to see interaction between the cute fluffy doggie ML with MC : (

I AM a person who get annoyed, irritated easly and when I read the white lotus act (mistaken sis) I am mad. Lol, I am such a kid zohzsksb.

I really like MC character. She did not give any f to those bishis family. I don't feel any soft spot for them. They're beyond forgivable. And MC do a great job when she face them.

She act like 'okay here listen to me hoe*, I forgive you all but nah I'll never go back again'

I like her bc she's not the typicall chinese FL who likes to be abuse verbally and physically and choose to forgive. Really what a saint.

But this FL, She hardens her heart, and she did a great job at it.

For ML. Huft— what could I describe him? Cinnamon rolls, flufdy dog, warm honey, a softie cute who looks cold af but actually had a heart of hello kitty. Huft— I want keep him in my pocket forever.

They're two broken souls. And I'm glad they're met.

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CrazyApple
CrazyApple
November 22, 2020
Status: Completed
A cute novel about a villaness who learned her worth and never look back. This is one of the few novels that gives you a satisfying look into the downfall and redemption of the people who previously let her down. Zhao Mingxi truly did not look back and at some times you'd want her to reconcile with her family. However, the author created her as her own person and it thus would've been out of character for her.
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Wife of Sovereign
Wife of Sovereign rated it
July 10, 2021
Status: c29
It's a refreshing novel, I love the 'system' is not that strict where she had to do everything it says. No, she chose to do it herself and it didn't go over the line or excessive... Like, you have to trap someone and so-on to get points, or you have to destroy someone's livelihood to get points, or you have to save someone's life yada yada. No, it was all simple tasks that she needed to find out herself.

The ML didn't feel like an ML at first, ngl. He felt... more>> like a second male lead who just happens to meet the FL first, but so far, he is the only one for the MC so I belatedly realized at chapter 14 or so that he's our ML. It was surprising to say the least because he's completely out of the norm as an ML. You see, MLs are usually extremely cold and black-bellied or princely charming prince who is only kind to MC. So to get an innocent, badboy, death-seeking, tsundere as an ML was so jarring yet... refreshing.

A few readers have complained that he's too immature to be a proper ML, but hey, people can grow and he's not a bad guy. Let's stop with the trope that all FLs have to get ruthless, cool, badass, corpse-faced MLs. Life is not perfect, let us have our fun. I think he's cute and deserving to be the ML since he stays beside FL though it was because of his own misunderstanding that she likes him.

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And he's a redhead (Yes, it's dyed), do you know how rare it is to get a redhead ML? He's one of a kind! A rare specimen!

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All in all, so far, I have no complaint. There isn't any improvement from the FL's side regarding romance yet, but I'm hoping to see her happy with Fu Yangxi... Or in a bad scenario that I was actually right and Fu Yangxi IS the second lead and will lose her to the true ML (I'm crossing my fingers. I love him), I still hope they could be really good friends.

And this novel, as summary mentioned, has the element of regret, which is what I love in a trope. Her family will have to face the retribution of their bias and regrets!

(Also, a top commenter mentioned that they disagree on how the FL treated the younger brother and cut him off often, citing that as a younger sibling, Zhao Yuning has that privilege of being rude af and she has to be softer to him since they DID bond. Well, it has been mentioned despite that, he still treated her rudely even after years passed AND the younger brother has grown up. Yes, I pity the younger brother, but there's no reason for Zhao Mingxi (FL/MC) to cater him or hear him out. He's the silent (if not active) aggressor in her miserable past life too.

The family is dysfunctional to begin with. What's with a younger sister (granted, adopted, but even BEFORE the reveal) and the eldest brother being weirdly close to each other
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to the point in the original story prior transmigration, the eldest brother Zhao Zhanhuai will be romantically involved with the Zhao Yuan (The og!female lead), tf? Though because of the FL's slip-up, ZZH realized their abnormal closeness and began distancing himself early. STILL--

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The second eldest brother is probably a horrible sad*st and the third brother was self-centered

The mom is brainless, the dad's personality seems to be summed up as 'always busy'. <<less
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Gerboker
Gerboker
May 26, 2021
Status: c61
The ML is very cute and sweet, and when she's with him, so is the MC. The problem is the rest of the plot. 30 chapters in I was already sick and tired of hearing about the MC's family, we get it, she has no intention of ever having anything to do with them and they regret it. 60 chapters in and I couldn't believe we were still harping on this topic. I could not care less about those characters and every time they showed up the story became super... more>> boring. (I was also not interested in the former love interest harping on and on about his regret as well, but at least he actually served a plot purpose)

In addition the MC has a serious mary sue problem to the point of being boring, as well. Only around the ML does she manage to feel like a 3d character, the rest of the time she's too perfect at everything. I couldn't care less about her winning the beauty contest and the academic contest, those plot lines were very dull and written like cardboard. By contrast, interactions with the ML's class were usually funny and interesting.

In conclusion, the ML is the redeeming factor of this novel. His combination of being hot headed, tsundere, narcissistic, and yet genuinely thoughtful and considerate (multiple times where he specifically chooses not to do some asinine male lead behavior because he knows it could hurt the MC, and he's always super attentive in a very tsundere way) was very cute. But beyond that, the story and writing just get way better when he's around, the interesting things happen in his presence, there's tension, there's fun interactions... it feels like scenes without him the author just goes through the motions and drags things on and on and on. <<less
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solivagantsoul
solivagantsoul rated it
January 13, 2021
Status: Completed
a fantastic idea has been put together, it's not rebirth revenge but about her second chance.

one thing ill mention first is about how everyone in the comments is stating that the family should've received a second chance and they're improving... blah blah blah but tbh have you ever contemplated on all their actions put together and the effect it had on her as a child?

She grew up in the village, pretty much an orphan and when she was taken back to her biological family she finds herself so out of... more>> place in a place so much different from her own. She tries to fit in, finds some warmth in this new family she may have longed for her whole life filled with these beautiful ideas and hopes only to find that no one truly cared about her or her wishes. They only saw their other daughter and only took care of her mood. What about our mc? she was also 15 too-just young and ignorant but she had to step down over and over. be bullied by her older brother, ignored by the father, neglected by the mother over and over-being spoken to demeaningly, ignoring her wishes and abandoning her. she lost her only family she knew (her grandmother) and has nowhere else to go or a place to call home so she tried her best and hardest, suffered and was humiliated and finally died in sufferings.

if you look at it one way she also had her mistakes as she should try to speak up and make them aware of how they were treating her but she took it all silently. I can understand why tho but still.

the whole family ran around on their toes trying to please and make the 'adopted' daughter feel like nothings changed and they're still family and kept hurting their biological daughter. Tbh although the girl did s*upid things as the family that raised her as their own daughter/sister they just threw her away. her mothers' mistakes were not hers but I felt chilled by how they completely abandoned her. at the very least they could have given her a place to stay and enough cash to survive for a while and sent her abroad or something but it's like they left her on the streets. the whole 'blood' and 'not blood' child is ridiculous IMO.

leaving the family and moving on with her life is the best result honestly, as even if everyone else in the family forgets she would never be able to and so it would always remain as a thorn in her heart. the family was full selfish jerks anyways. not to mention IMHO it seems like an open ending as we don't know for sure if she ever forgives them and gets back together or they all move on eventually.

the novel actually seems to have some flaws and pretty much lacks substantial growth in characters but for the most part its great and a cute read. a precious ML who acts his age instead of being overly-mature. ngl it could be much better had the author developed the characters a bit more and allowed some more events and described things deeply. <<less
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ria_
ria_ rated it
August 2, 2021
Status: --
The best ML award goes to FU YANGXI ❤

I also like Mingxi's charachter and how

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she doesn't want the heroin halo at the end because she didn't want others to only be stepping stones for her and decided to live life with her own efforts

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Binge worthy
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Czarinananana
Czarinananana rated it
July 8, 2021
Status: Completed
Although I feel like she was too excessive in some parts like cutting off her younger brother (I feel that it’s too much because as an elder sibling myself, they’re really are like that. They are arrogant, s*upid, ignorant, and quite ungrateful. But in the end of the day, her younger brother did bond with her. My brother when we were younger, I would fight with him almost everyday, but when we are now older, we’re very close. IDK, I can’t really speak for her because we all grew up... more>> differently.

Aside from that, I think this is really great read. Not a waste of time. The ML is cute. And their love story makes me want to fall in love too. Hahaha. But really, where can you find a guy like this? XD <<less
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Doodoo
Doodoo rated it
July 2, 2021
Status: c80
What the heck. Actually too freaking cute!!! This novel is like a roller-coaster, one moment you are high on the cute heart-warming moments, the next you're plunged deeply into the emotional turmoil of a messed up family drama. But everything is wrapped up nicely by the sweetness of the MC and the ML's relationship.

The characters may be a bit bland and one dimensional at times, but generally, all of them have their own motivations and thoughts. You feel sorry for some of them, and don't care as much for others.

The... more>> revenge aspect was really satisfying. I liked how the MC (mingxi) was decisive in her actions of cutting her family off. She never regretted what she did, and good for her!! I also liked how her revenge wasn't like other typical Chinese novels where the MC harms others, ruins lives or other immoral stuff. She isn't caught up in making others miserable for her own horrible circumstances, but rather seeks revenge by living her best life, but also knows when to stand up for herself and those she cares about. In that way, she is one of my favourite MC's. She isn't mean, cold, or spiteful if she doesn't have to be, but calm, optimistic and hard-working. Her reformation from villainess to top student was really super cool!!!

Then, the ML (Fu Yangxi). Oh my God, he is the sweetest, cutest, most sincere love interest I've ever seen! His character is very realistically childish and rash at times, especially since this is a highschool romance. All too often there are highschool students in these types of novels that are described like tyrant CEO boss types. Like WTF? What kind of 18 yr old has 100 businesses, 1 billion networth and drinks Shiraz red wine?? Anyway, the ML is also unexpectedly mature, understanding and kind. He is the archetypal tsundere! He has his own painful past, but he never takes out his own grievances on others. I cannot go on about how much I like him. He also asks for consent and is patient. The MC almost wants to force him sometimes lol.

Moving on to the other characters. First of all, the MC's family.

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OK, I feel bad for them, andddd I kinda don't at the same time. Her biological family favours their adopted daughter, Zhao Yuan, more than the MC. They found MC when she was 15, and took her in for 2 years. In those 2 years, in order to make Zhao Yuan feel unthreatened by MC's existence, they treated MC horribly.

MC had to suck up to her family a lot, and had lots of expectations of love, but didn't get anything in return.

There's the younger brother, superstar older bother, CEO older brother, mum and dad. All of them realise too late that they've treated MC badly. Then there's a whole spiel about how blood is thicker than water when they finally lose MC. Really have no idea how their brains work. It's revealed that they've been tricked by a nanny, but what does that have anything to do with their own treatment of MC and moral conduct? Honestly don't feel bad for any of them except the little brother who genuinely sees MC as an older sister and was just immature. The rest can go into tr*shbin. They are all adults and should know how to act!

Then, Zhao Yuan. I am really conflicted about her. She is not malicious, just petty. She is naturally insecure about her position in the family, so she would find ways to pit herself against the MC. Purposefully, making MC seem jealous and dumb, that kind of stuff. Everyone spoils her, so she thinks she can do anything. Later on, she is kicked out of the family for something that's not really her fault and goes down a dark path. WTH, she is a child, if the adults around her enable her behaviour, of course she will act like how she acts. MC's family is just tr*sh ok!! I don't hate Zhao Yuan, but don't like her either.

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Then there are ML's friends, who are hilarious and charming. They are all really likeable, nice and mature despite a rebellious farce. There is also this dude called Shen whatever, who MC had a crush on before but treated MC coldly. Ofc he regrets it later, just like her family, but he learns to let go so he's an alright guy.

The system aspect wasn't really present except for the beginning of the novel. Sometimes characters that seem important are introduced, but just disappear into the background. On the whole though, this was a really satisfying read, and the translation was great!! Ok, I'm so sorry for rambling on and on, but this novel just got me really excited. <<less
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Kalliope
Kalliope rated it
June 20, 2021
Status: c28 part1
I really thought that this was gonna be your typical 'real daughter vs fake daughter' story but this was actually a very enjoyable read, mostly because of the ML.

First of all, I like how the FL is just minding her own business instead of wasting her energy over her dumb family. I love how she has a clear goal and how she's actually working hard to accomplish it. Sure, she's still OP in terms of her unparalleled beauty and talents, but here it was actually portrayed how hard she studied... more>> to get high ranks in school and the joy she felt when she succeeded was so genuine that I also felt proud of her.

Meanwhile, the ML..... I absolutely adore him lmao. He is my favorite kind of tsundere. Prickly on the outside, but really sweet and innocent in expressing his affection. Seeing him come up with ways to woo our FL is so hilarious to me. I lost it when he
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wanted to have matching things with FL but he didn't want to make it obvious so he bought the whole class matching phone cases and scarves and called it their gang symbols. 🤣🤣

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I also love how supportive he is. Instead of being the typical dominating ML who does everything for the FL, this one kind of just stands in the sidelines and watches her shine while subtly supporting her. He's also so proud of her which makes my heart melt.

I actually binge read this in one night and let me tell you, it was not an easy thing to do because each chapter is pretty long but I never got bored. My head may be spinning and my vision spotty but I have no regrets! This story pulled me out of my emotional slump. I recommend it 10/10!!! <<less
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anggr291
anggr291 rated it
May 16, 2021
Status: Completed
I MTLed everything,

and the best best best most refreshing part about this book is
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there was never a redemption arc for the shitty family members 😌😌 my soul is at peace, I love this for her!

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wleung.xo
wleung.xo rated it
April 27, 2021
Status: Completed
Hands down, one of the best light romance I've read so far.

It has a really nice mix of face-slapping, sad moments and fluff.

Normally, I don't really like the swapped-at-birth trope as the family always acts as if it can only be one daughter or the other which makes me feel weird. However, in this novel, I really like how the author made them quite realistic and gave a lot of reasoning on the reasons for their actions. Even though I HATED that family for the way they treated her in... more>> her first life and the way they switched up the moment they realised that they had lost her, I couldn't help but feel pity for them after they finally realised their mistakes and reflected. I also like how the author doesn't make the antagonists a 'bad person' all around (except for maybe Zhao Yuan)

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Personally, I found the family's end kind of bittersweet but I think that's the perfect way to end things. Although I felt kind of bad for that family, especially Zhao Yuning, the oldest brother and the mother, I really liked how Mingxi did not choose to forgive them but instead chose to move on without them.

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Fu Yangxi. One of my favourite male leads of all time. I love him soo muchhhhh.

Please don't be put off by the little number of chapters translated, the MTL are EXTREMELY readable which is also a plus. It won't give you a headache, I promise. <<less
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kawaii12345
kawaii12345 rated it
December 5, 2020
Status: Completed
Top marks all around. It's the best take on the switched at birth returning to the biological family and dealing with the cuckoo that's trying to keep her place in the nest that I've seen.

The dynamics really ring true, unlike say "The Legitimate Daughter Doesn't Care", The MC does care quite a bit but bites down and makes hard choices with a very believable motivation.

There's a few rough edges. The MC is a little bit OP (nowhere near the usual assassin, cultivator, doctor trope). The system is unneeded and detracts.... more>> But these are small potatoes in what's a great read <<less
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Alwaysresting
Alwaysresting rated it
August 28, 2021
Status: Completed
A hearty light fluffy read. Our MC is under the villianess halo of the heroine and died due to brain cancer (i guess). After being reborn when she was 17 she decided she doesn't want to repeat her mistake.

This is very funny and I love our ML to pieces. He's funny, jealous, possessive and shows like he isn't affected by our MC. Just his ears turn red 😂.

In the beginning he had this delusion that MC liked him and was chasing him thats why she's so clingy to him but... more>> she was just freeloading on his luck. He pretended that it was too annoying to be chased by her, eating her desserts daily and letting her do his work but he just can't hide that from us.

From being a rebellious teenager he turned to someone all of us wanted to meet once in our lives and you just can't help but love him🥺.

A good and fluffy read overall. MC family who started as neglecting MC and favoring the adopted daughter more changed soo much that I kinda started feeling bad for them. Specially zhao Yuning coz he was the closest to MC but at the end no matter what MC didn't even look back at them. But from her view its ok too coz after being found at 15, a bubbly girl full of expectation turned into someone who has no one to rely on emotionally and financially. But she's one of the strongest and likable MC apart from sometimes obvious.

A definite read. MTL was easy to read too. I definitely recommend. <<less
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