Little Madman’s Guide to Acting Good


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Chen Qizhao was reborn and returned to the age of 18 when he was still the wicked little overlord of the Chen family.

At this time, his brother hadn’t experienced a car accident while his parents were in good health and weren’t seriously ill. The Chen family was still the prosperous Chen family and everyone thought he was a good-for-nothing who was useless and easily taken advantage of.

“He only knows how to quarrel with his older brother every day. He is arrogant and willful!”

“He looks good, but unfortunately, he is an idiot.”

“Isn’t he a useless person? Just serve him well.”

“It is a pity about that child of the Chen family.”

There were the group of scoundrel friends who were full of thoughts, the rats eyeing him covetously and the old, cunning people who were secretly scheming.

Chen Qizhao put on a mask of arrogance again. ‘Do you like acting so much? Why don’t we act together?’

It wasn’t until later that everyone discovered that at the end of the play, they would either go bankrupt or be imprisoned.

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New moonh rated it
September 17, 2023
Status: --
damn..... this is so good. I love how realistic the whole family is..... u can love ur family but barely like them like the MC and his family in his first life. the personality clashes and the lack of communication. the way no one yielded or even tried which made it such a tragedy. I love that in qizhao's second life he had the maturity and foresight to try and understand his older brother and dad, which in turn made them try to relate to him. in the end the... more>> whole family does love and care about each other, and the try so hard in their own broken way.

also MC isn't calm he's disassociating through his trauma. the portrayal of his ptsd and his family's acceptance is really nice to read about. I love how much they try and care for each other in their clumsy ways. this story reads anxious and gives a feeling of dread, which matches the mood of the MC really well. definitely a fav. <<less
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Ecirteab rated it
June 20, 2022
Status: Completed
I enjoyed this novel very much.

It's more or less a rebirth revenge novel as MC tries to dig out a never ending conspiracy aimed at his family.

MC used to be an arrogant young master who conflicted with his family until the rug was pulled and he spent years getting revenge before traveling back in time to where it started to unravel. While he puts on the same carefree air, it contrasts with his immense paranoia. I do enjoy an MC worn down by life and trying desperately to protect what... more>> he can.

While MC is smart and very scheming, it's not without a price and I liked that this novel shows that. There's so much to do and MC runs himself ragged trying. The future MC lives very much impacts him psychologically and I'm glad this novel addressed that.

The family dynamics were also interesting. MC very much doesn't get along with his family and even post rebirth it doesn't change easily. He has to actively try and they also have to try on their behalf. There's no magical overnight change (well except MC but rebirth so) and both sides have to re-evaluate and reform.

Romance- I did quite like it. ML is a pretty good ML who loves and helps MC a lot. I generally liked their romance except for a bit in the fanwai but otherwise it's fun to watch build up. MC definitely has some hand fixation haha <<less
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rhianirory rated it
June 19, 2022
Status: Completed

lots of scheming, mystery and drama, but what I found most interesting was the human side of the story; the MC is as flawed as the rest of us and as fallible. His reactions to the past are relatable and he's not some all-knowing OP character face-slapping left and right. He shoulders everything and runs himself ragged trying to make sure the past doesn't happen again. The ML is OK, he bends over backwards for the MC and doesn't call him little bunny or treat him like he's 5.

I also... more>> like how supportive and concerned the ML his immediate family is, instead of the usual infighting and back biting that's often prevalent in these kinds of stories.


I love that this story addresses the treatment of mental illness in a factual and compassionate way without blaming the MC, though I think he has some serious PTSD, rather than a generalized anxiety disorder.

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Celissiye rated it
November 24, 2022
Status: Completed
Rating: 4.2

Overall a good story, probably one of the best modern setting of 'reborn to avoid tragedy' I've read.

Scenarios are written carefully enough that it doesn't feel like a cheap-face slapping story. The family that the MC wants to protect is actually nice (cool older brother, father, and mother), but they didn't get along in the previous life b/c of MC's attitude and prodigal lifestyle. ML is gentle and clever, a scholarly type, while MC is inwardly irritable, paranoid, but acts dumb and mischievous on the outside for the... more>> majority of the story, hiding his mental issues from others. MC is the most interesting part of the novel. It's very satisfying when he purposefully ruins some of the villain's plans while staying unnoticed; he's clever and good at fighting too, a certified badass at times. He was wholly responsible for saving everyone in this timeline, and it wasn't a case where he clung to the ML who then solved things. Since everyone died in his other life, he has PTSD and anxiety disorder, which this novel, outstandingly, tries and does a pretty good job at addressing. In many other stories where MC is reborn they'll just be like 'oh this is great time to get revenge. I'm totally not bothered by how I and all I loved died in the prior life', so it felt nice that the MC in this story was clearly impacted by the past life.

The relationship between the MC and ML is wholesome/healthy, but never felt like a focal point in the story, and there wasn't any drama between the two before or after they officially start dating. So despite the ML being a good character, it does feel a bit bland considering it's a BL. They mostly just hang out together, hiding their various actions from each other (especially the MC), which means they almost never collaborate in taking down the villains. I think if the ML was more positive and playful, their relationship would have a more interesting dynamic. Because in regards to characters, they almost all have a 'serious' personality type. MC is serious about saving his family, the brother/father duo are always serious about work, the mother is always worried, etc.. The only character with a more silly personality is the MC's best friend.

Additionally, the Villains are rather one-dimensional. Despite how each one had several appearances throughout chapters, they are all generally bad people who at most got a paragraph of explanation as to why they act the way they do. Some of the arcs are interesting, but with long explanation about business/stocks etc. it got boring at times. I never worried that MC or an important side character might actually die (or be serious hurt) (except the one case with the aromatherapy poisoning), so it also was a bit anticlimactic at times.


For my last point of why I feel the story is good but not great-- despite the author's attempt to portray psychological issues, I find it a bit odd how PTSD wasn't mentioned, and also the reactions of the MC's family to the murder attempts. It's true that the MC is the only one who knows how horribly his family dies in the other life, but clear attempts of murder were made on the brother/father of the MC multiple times, and it was kinda weird how calmly they took it. Look, if someone switched my medicine FROM THE BOTTLE or put a weird drug in my car I'd be paranoid for weeks. But it seemed like the brother/father of the MC were hardly effected. And even given their 'serious and rational' personalities that allow them to keep calm, unlike the MC (who is extremely anxious to the point of sickness), you'd think they might attribute some of his mental breakdowns to PTSD about the murder attempts, and not that he has an inherit psychological problem like long-term anxiety or depression. Plus, I'm not sure anxiety medications are the right choice if the real cause is PTSD/disassociation from flashblacks, which makes the last arc of the story quite sad. I mean, it's not like the MC is believed even if the says he's from another time line. There's also the mother, who keeps making the MC take chinese medicine... and TCM is just bad... it has little basis in science and some ingredients are from endangered species.


In the end, it was definitely a good read, with some dramatic arcs, interesting MC with a psychological issue, and likable supporting cast and ML, but nothing that I found overly riveting. Thank you so much for the translation, I enjoyed the story! <<less
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Keshij rated it
July 16, 2022
Status: Completed
Well it’s a good story with great suspense.

Ive read hundreds of rebirth stories but have never read such an realistic portrayal of a MC who gets a second chance.

MC felt like a normal person than a character of a book.

... more>> plus it kept me going cuz unlike other novels I have read so far, I really could not even guess who the real antagonist was, which was extremely rare for someone who had read too many Chinese BL. I mean I guessed many times, but was always wrong.

So, overall it’s a very good story, the plot was good, had many thrilling moments. <<less
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Hello123 rated it
July 16, 2022
Status: Completed
This turned out to be a very good read. You get the satisfaction of watching the MC being in control of the situation without it becoming a random op protag faceslapping others saga. The MC is not a genius or op or anything of the sort. He was originally just an immature short tempered guy who had to step up and bear the burdens and loneliness that followed after his family's deaths. The 10 yrs he spent getting back up on his own has made him pretty damn good at... more>> "scheming" and also extremely careful and a lil paranoid (pretty justified I would say).

One thing about this novel that I found different compared to others is how the mc's relationship with his family is handled. His relationship with his family had always been very strained ever since his high school days. Constant fights, lack of proper communication because the MC and his father n brother are stubborn and prideful as hell etc. This doesnt just magically change after rebirth. He tries to reign in his temper and avoid quarrells but MC spent too long not knowing how to get along with his family. The same goes for his father and bro. So he doesnt turn into the "clingy loving child of the family" that we normally see in rebirth stories. The tragedies of his past life and the problems in his relationship with his family still weighs on him and it takes a lot of time and effort from both the MC and his family for things to slowly get better. (All of them are nice ppl. They care about each other a lot. It just never translated well to the other bcoz well why communicate when u can quarrel 🤷. It gets better though).

ooh and also, the ML does not follow the "coldfaced president who is even more op than the mc" trope. The ML is a researcher so he is initially not directly involved in most of the business war mess. He helps based on his capacity using the connections of his family and friends but its still the MC and his family's fight. <<less
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Shortk rated it
September 18, 2022
Status: Completed
4.5 not rounded up bc why didn't they consider therapy. This has a lot of great qualities in a cliche rebirth revenge genre, such as a calm smart MC, a good gradual romance, an actual sense of emotion you feel towards his past bc of how it even affects him in this life, how supportive & caring his family is, and how seriously depression is taken as an illness by his family. The last two points are what make this novel stand out.

The family so genuinely cares about the MC... more>> that they come off slightly annoying. Not as "annoying characters", but as people who regard the changes in the MC's actions/character as significant markers that they will worry about over exhaustion as real family would that can be naturally "annoying". The fact is the MC is traumatized and the family notices it slowly and gradually addresses it with him. Unfortunately bc his truama happened in his past life, they just worry about his mental illness of anxiety/fear for seemingly no reason. But the fact is they don't brush it off bc they genuinely love him. It really shows with how they will eventually adapt and make amends with the child they remember him to be and the full on reborned 30+ yr old traumatized person capable & "anxious" person he is acting as rn to them.

The second note, unfortunately bc

the family didn't believe in his "dream"/past life he confessed to, they don't fully understand he has real underlying trauma. The ending although some may say is slow, is absolutely necessary for the MC and the readers to understand how important the MC's past is to not only affecting the MC's mentality on his current future but how it shows to the readers that this isn't just a cliche book where we'll act like the past of this character doesn't matter. Bc mental health is a real issue to be concerned about and just bc you got reborned, doesn't mean everything is ok up there in your head after I get revenge. The slow ending showing is recovery is necessary and important. That being said I wish they didn't just put him on meds. Nothing against meds, but the boy is truamatized. He needed therapy y'all. Sadly they don't think he's truamatized again bc they don't know that that sh*t really happened to him. They just think he's chronically anxiety and depressed which they take seriously enough to ask him to take medical treatment but Ahh it just makes you pity him so much bc of we as readers know that the family will never truly get to know his issues. But they are trying and it's truly heartwarming to see a real family who cares.


My cons are that I don't really like how they always tried to protect the mom by not telling her what was going on... Although it wouldn't change anything either way, I think that's a bit uh old fashioned and chauvinistic but it's well intended so I let it go. The other is that although the slow leading ending is necessary, the end to the last chapter 112 is like lol just a full on lead up to the extras aka didn't feel like a real ending. But it's a fully closed/resolved ending don't worry. I'm just being picky about the writing lol. <<less
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ylial rated it
June 26, 2022
Status: Completed
Love this story so much and the other works of the author! It mainly involves schemes and conspiracies. Very well written and realistic in approach. The romance is not much; the ML serves as beacon for MC due to his extreme anxiety.

The MC thought he was a broom star that caused all the death of his family. He thought he avenged them in the last life. Fortunately, he returned to his young self (18y/o). He slowly uncovered the past. He schemed to protect his family while acting like a waste... more>> 2nd generation.

Unfortunately, he experienced mental problems, since he really didn't want the past to repeat itself and he shouldered most of problems. He was right, his family really wouldn't believe him and didn't believe him when he said the truth.

Completed the main story and cohabitation extra. The parallel world in past life is still on going until today <<less
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Katielicious rated it
June 25, 2023
Status: --
This story has a depressing tone like Rebirth: different way & Dear Mr Lu. However, the different & best thing about it is the relationship isn't born out of malice.

The pacing of the whole story feels incredibly slow. My heart was tense throughout as I kept hoping he wouldn't fall for any traps, either from previous life or butterfly effects.

The romance was painfully slower. Only starts around ch 80.

I felt how MC was depressed & apathetic to his own life. He was always getting injured. I felt scared that right... more>> after he saved his family, if he wasn't interested in ml, he wouldn't mind dying. <<less
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WallEyeKnee rated it
January 8, 2023
Status: Completed
Author does a great job when she write about family struggles and business wars. Just that I really hope ML can be less bland and have a personality though

MC is great, alot of emotional turmoils he had to faced when he was reborn, it a was a great struggle to save his family in this new reborn life. But he did everything he needed to do to protect his love ones

I love Mc's family, they really cared about MC, MC just didnt realize and don't know what happened during... more>> his teen years. I wish we had more of his reputation being clean up and gets everybody's respect #which he does in a way but not in a wild area. We know why but I just wish you know that useless son label turn into something epic against everbody

I like the novel it was good read. I love the MC's scheming and I love how the family all tide together and face their enemies. There was like 100 spies in the whole company damn it was a struggle. Thought next time author please add some personality to ML! <<less
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Rutabaga rated it
October 23, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a novel where I genuinely enjoyed both the romance and the plot.

The plot is cohesive, the events line up perfectly, and the face-slapping isn't over the top. It doesn't get repetitive and the plot events are pretty solid.

The romance was also kinda nice, the general flow of it was natural, and I liked their chemistry, and the ML in general was just, really nice. Not the usual you'd see in romance genres, at least. For the ML, he actually doesn't really have character development in the story like... more>> other major characters do (correct me if I'm wrong), but I didn't really find him uninteresting or 2d. He wasn't deep, but I enjoyed him enough to like him.

I really like how the family in this novel. There was drama that didn't capitalise off of misunderstandings. What a surprise! Yeah. I just really like their relationship in all. It was a nice breather from uneccesary, terrible and overdone family drama in other novels.

Overall, just a really nice novel that I'd recommend. <<less
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Zero Angel
Zero Angel rated it
September 3, 2022
Status: Completed
Really good. The suspense and conspiracies in the start really hit me hard and each time, the plot was building up to a greater hand behind. I really loved how the author balanced the scheme plot and the romance plot, and I also loved the sweetness between the MC and ML at the end and how the ML really takes care of the MC as he is struggling. I did feel that it would be better if the MC had told the ML about his rebirth, so that he could... more>> actually have someone who believes him to share it with, and they could have helped each other. However, most importantly, the fact that the author really took the issue of the MC's illness seriously and gave him time to actually get out of it and rest was really different from several other rebirth stories. Just loved this novel. <<less
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I love readying rated it
August 20, 2022
Status: chap112
done. This story is good, it's really my taste hahaa.. The plot revolves around MC who wants to fix his past, and I really like the MC character here really! He's tough because of his youth experience, he handles things alone quietly huh even though it's known to everyone in the end. But I really like that! This story is good, the plot is perfect, and I really like MC here, sometimes I wanna cry seeing when MC remembers his previous life
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Aniki212 rated it
August 7, 2022
Status: c78

Scheme, conspiracy, drama, suspense. The romance part is really nice; slow romance indeed, but this pace is more realistic. No OP character here.

Thank you for the translation!
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Yumeru rated it
August 3, 2023
Status: c88
i am more lenient in giving 5 stars to novels. I based it on the tags and chracter development of characters. This novel is kinda heavy considering our MC had a tragic 1st life. There's some light undertones when he's pretending to be a dandy rich 2nd generation but people will eventually realize that he is more than that. He's protectiveness for his family and for shen huhu. This is more fleshed out than other novels about rebirth. There is a BIG impact of rebirth to MC, take note that... more>> there's the major tag of Psychological. And wow for the twist and turns of the villains. The main problem goes way way abck and its our MC who slowly unfolds it. Connecting what he experienced on his 1st life

i mtled it like 100+ chap, HE of course but there's extra chaps for diff ending. Anyways our MC deserves a happy ending for the tragedies that he suffered. Well thats what's nice for rebirth/2nd life but in reality we only have 1 life. <<less
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thespectre193 rated it
June 12, 2023
Status: Completed
I kinda hoped ML and mc's brother remember the past life

but other than that this story is what I wanted to read. It had everything that I hoped for. It felt like the author wrote this story for me to read. The last time I felt this was about a year ago when I read death progress bar.
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darkelf01 rated it
March 17, 2023
Status: c107
Is it weird that I ship this little madman MC with the little madman on the final boss' side more than with the average kind joe ML?

The couple's dynamic was admittedly healthy and they're fond of each other but the spark's not there for me. Their relationship's more like.. I look up to you, you're good to me but it's kinda like brotherhood. And since there are also other people around MC who are kind to him in his past and current lives, I don't see ML as a special... more>> case. MC has traumatic dependence on ML and ML originally thought of MC as a little brother of his sister's good friend before their relationship developed. Reading about their romance is like the next-door crush trope. Sooo the problem's more like boredom on my part. I remember that I skipped a lot when they interacted.

The story's very pychologically-motivated. The business wars were kinda over the top but exciting. The family side... I wish they as a family could be more open and affectionate, but nothing much changed since they already formed that kind of dynamic. I'm unsatisfied because

the MC friggin' spent 10 years to avenge them in his past life and ended up dying in front of his brother's tombstone but we rarely get any heartwarming moments betweem them.


The villains got their just desserts and the way MC planned to push them to the hellhole was top notch. Even the little madman on villain's side came to admire his cunning plans. I was hoping for a foe yay, with power couple and love-hate epicness and all, but a nice joe who bends backward is also good, though it's not my preferred ship.

Recommended read, but don't expect much from the romance side. <<less
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Ainslee rated it
August 22, 2022
Status: c15
MTL Completed (main story), readability 90%.

It's been awhile since I found a worthwhile danmei to read.

Both MC and ML were great, had good chemistry, intelligent and not OP.

Though the backbone of MC 'spies' was not explained clearly, they're the true hidden card that MC had.
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August 10, 2022
Status: Completed
I did not expect to like this story so much. It's actually a little slice-of-life, the emotional line is very subtle and realistic. One of my favourite novels for sure!

I find this novel very full of substance (business/plot-development is so meaty!) while not lacking the presence of the ML as well. Although the romance is a back-burner, it's subtle and has a very cute 'crushing' feeling to it.

I honestly really like how I kept expecting things to 'wrap up' in a dramatic way, like in other novels, 'oh I'll be... more>> everything to you don't worry about it!' / 'oh don't worry, I'll take care of you for life!' or some unrealistic explanation to resolve situations -- but actually, it doesn't do that. This novel is amazing, and it feels good. I don't feel queasy reading the family atmosphere even though they're not 'close' as other novels, I actually find it refreshing that it felt.. Realistic. It felt nice. Unrealistic fantasy of a 'perfect' family or even just -- a family that doesn't cling to one another and love each other completely, although there's care -- it's hard to show. I find this so gratifying to read, and I felt good. I like this novel a lot.

It's underrated and subtle, but I think this novel creeps up on you like spring rain. It's a very nice novel. <<less
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AriaSoul16 rated it
July 27, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a revenge-driven and family-oriented novel. There is not much BL until the latter half.

It has a very clear and logical progression of events. The past and present life was wonderfully intertwined with the present knowledge and discovered secrets. The schemes and conspiracies were well-written.


I love how the MC has psychological problems. It is very reasonable after what he went through.

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MissZer0q rated it
July 4, 2022
Status: Completed
This one was a fun read.

... more>>

I felt really really bad for the MC’s past life like he really had no one with him like ML was there to help but he disappeared too and MC didnt even realize his feelings for him before he left and he just supressed his feelings after he left...

When he rebirthed too, I felt bad for him. Although he did have a new life and changed his past but he was still so trapped that I just cried for him. I loved his outburst when confronting his family. I know they wouldnt believe it but atleast he got to say it?? Anyways. Fortunately his family is with him now, fortunately his love can accompany him in this life.

Ugh the extras about the parallel universe where ML didnt die was so bittersweet. When MC asked “It would look ugly if you put a wedding ring on it.” (something along these lines cuz his left hand had a big scar) really just broke me. He was so insecure and I’m glad ML was there for him.

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