One Can’t Judge by Appearance


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Yan Xi grew up with the unique face of the heroine of a bitter drama.

Even the old man who set up a fortune-telling stall at the back door of the community had to shake his head and sigh with emotion when he saw her.

This girl looked bitter and ill-fated. It’s a pity. Pity.

Yan Xi:……

As the saying goes, You can not judge a person by appearance, just as you can’t measure the sea with a pint pot.

Yan Xi felt that although she had the face of a bitter heroine, she had the heart of a comedy heroine.

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IloveWebNovels rated it
October 18, 2021
Status: Completed
It's a really nice slice of life story with bits of drama (not really). I like the chemistry between the main couple and the subtle sweetness in their interaction. Also love that their romance progressed from friends to lovers. I'd say it's a realistic romance. Not everyone has dramatic twists and turns in their lives and whirlwind romance. So I love the realistic take on relationships. Especially for the ml's family.

... more>>

Where he already became indifferent to them and no longer had expectations. It's tiring to care and, as adults, there's so many things you have to worry about. One less is a blessing.


Also reeeeaaallly love the dynamics of the couple. The fierce-but-gentle-teddy-bear-inside ML x face-of-white-lotus-heroine-but-not-really-she's-kingkong fl.

They're so friggin' cute 😩 <<less
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Meatshield rated it
October 23, 2021
Status: Completed
Amazing story! This author has done it once again! Before this story I had always thought this author’s modern stories weren’t as engaging as her historical ones but this particular story was very good!

I think what made this story especially good is the fact that the MC has her own career and life outside the ML. The fact that she’s a reporter made for a lot of interesting events and I loved that she’s lauded as a senior killer cause elderly people adore her lol. Overall, she’s a well-rounded character... more>> who’s very likeable. Furthermore, her relationship with her dad is super cute. This author really has a way of writing about heartwarming family dynamics. The interactions between friends was also good. And of course, who could hate our adorkably serious and tsundere ML?

In general, I liked that the story was sweet and didn’t have too many crazy ups and downs because you can only handle so much dog blood right? <<less
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makenai89 rated it
October 15, 2021
Status: c100
It was nice and enjoyable, just what we could expect from Yue Xia Die Ying.

FL seems to have "weak woman" profile, but actually able to chase criminal and break doors. Meanwhile, ML seems fierce with poisonous mouth but actually is marshmallow-hearted teddy bear.

The novel plays up the contrast, while adding bits and pieces from both lead's bittersweet past. It is rather lacking in dramatic twists, but well, this is how life is.
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srrrahim rated it
April 4, 2022
Status: Completed

MC has a face that look easy to bully. A face that look like a dog blooded heroine in tv drama that cry from the first episode to the last episode
ML is someone who looks like a bad tempered villain and domineering ceo who loved to punch first, talk later
One Can't Judge by Appearance. That title represent our MC and ml
I laugh so hard when everytime they bicker or stand together, passerby can't help to think of some melodrama tv series about love hate and sadomasochistic relationship. Even their family and friends can't help but imagine that scenario when they see them standing side by side 😂😂😂
they are nothing like that. This is a sweet comedy novel, with bickering couple and slice of life

I also love MC father and mother's relationship. It make me realize some important thing
here's the quote

"After the two divorced, they didn't look for another partner. They met several times a year, but they no longer lived together.
Perhaps as my mother said, two people who love each other are not necessarily suitable for living together. Seeing all the bad habits of each other and enduring all the behaviors of each other contrary to their habits are the biggest challenges in married life"

The only thing that I feel dissatisfied with, is the mother and father of the male lead. The mother is a woman with princess disease. Someone who grown up in the green house. Learn to accept other people care and love and kindess, but never try to learn how to be kind and love others. And the father is someone who spoil his wife like a brain dead person from domineering ceo novel. Even the grandfather can see through their disgusting personality. The male lead past is pitiful, and I am so glad that he has his brother who always been there for him and took the role of father for him. Dear male lead, if you need elder sister in law, I am willing 🙋‍♀

And the 2nd male lead has more complex personality than I expected it. He looks like a gentle and kind men, but he is actually a vindictive, scheming and ruthless men. Later, I feel like, he is better than scum, but he can't be a kind and good men. If he is kind, he won't survive. And deep down, once upon a time, he also want someone to stand up for him and be there for him. But in the end, I think he doesn't really love MC. He just think that MC was interesting, and he was also feel insulted about their past (him sending a love letter to MC, and MC didn't show up). I really want to see him fall in love with someone in extra chapter, or meeting an important person, regardless of gender. I think he deserve to be happy too

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Tattaro rated it
April 13, 2022
Status: Completed
This author masterfully detailed the silly bickering and cringe of "attraction" when building a relationship. People who are in a relationship, have been in one or have witnessed a relationship develop would find this novel relatable. If this novel was a story, people would keep watching this show not for the plot but for the script. It's an enjoyable MTL read. 😁
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Mehmeh713 rated it
February 1, 2022
Status: Completed
Adorable adorable adorable. It’s a really cute pairing between a mega ultra lord tsundere ML and a FL who looks super easy to bully but is actually pretty tough.

ML is my favorite hereeeee. Basically a very successful kind hearted cold guy who has never dated any girl before, has a super ‘straight man’ mentality and looks down on his friend for helping his girlfriend carry her bags. He bickers a lot with the FL because of how awful his words are when they first meet but actually treats her pretty... more>> well. There really is some tween-age flavor to the romance since he’s so innocent and adorable about his feelings for FL. He’s abit like a Labrador retriever after he falls for the FL and they get together.


I think my favorite bits are when he’s slapped in the face by his own words because he starts to do all the things he made fun of when he dates FL. His friends call him out on it like crazy but he’s just like so what. His internal monologues when he treats FL well or gives in to her are also pretty entertaining.


I think one interesting thing in the book was the relationship between the ML and his parents. It’s kind of complicated and at first, I was kind of like why’s there no resolution to it. Don’t they deserve more of a face slap for their behavior? But I guess at the end of the day, their distanced relationship with both of their sons was the resolution. There’s no need to harp on the past but there’s also no need to be particularly close.

I really love this author’s books. Her romances are one of equals where the female is always always given respect and ownership in the relationship (it’s also the same in the author’s BLs). I think that’s something I really appreciate and it definitely carries through in this book as well. Read it and enjoy the adorable sugary journey 😁 <<less
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pastelbunnyyy rated it
January 2, 2022
Status: Completed
This is the type of slice of life that I enjoy. Slow burn romances born out of friendship. Realistic family issues that are not drawn out. Not a lot of miscommunications.

Really love how healthy the relationship progression was and glad that this is the first novel I read for 2022. Manifesting ML and FL’s relationship for myself 🤞🏻
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peanutbutter_J rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: Completed
Definitely a light read that gives you a smile when you finish.

But im still a bit vexed abt ML's irresponsible father altho ML already put it behind him but I still want to make him taste hospital's bed for a week. And his mother with Princess Disease, well at least she realize her fault in the end.
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Aaaaryah72 rated it
October 13, 2021
Status: Completed
Love. Love. Love.

Chill out type protagonist. I love her life. The most realistic life to be live on in this modern era. I mean, if you do have a doting parent- the wealthy one and good visual.

hehehe sound a lot, but I think if you do have a doting parent with at least middle up economy, for me- I will adapting with her type of life immediately.

there is no dog blood or slap slap drama, she living her life just like water flow. Enjoy it. Working hard for things she... more>> believe, really- just focusing on her live.

Note : The Male lead the pity one. T.T <<less
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Sheddy rated it
May 21, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a very nice love story with a high EQ female lead, it feels pleasant how she can read the room and knows when to stand up for herself. She's not a damsel in distress for sure. The ML is the awkward type guy who isn't good at speaking, which could often make people misunderstand him, his mean looking face also doesn't help, but since the FL have high EQ, she could understand him pretty well most of the time, so there isn't much dumb misunderstanding due to lack... more>> of communication and unnecessary drama.

The ML's parents are not very likable.


They love each other very much, that was very admirable but they often neglect their children, especially the ML since they didn't plan to have him, and also because ML's mother almost died giving birth to him, I find it ridiculous and unfair how he was treated, he didn't ask to be born, it's the parents fault for not using protection, but they shifted the blame on him.

I feel like ML's parents are like ML and FL from another novel with overbearing president and white lotus FL, there are those type of ML that love the FL so much that they even get jealous of their own kids, usually readers would find that it's cute, but this novel shows the reality of it, the children gets neglected while the parents being lovey-dovey with each other. Although the mother did realize her mistakes and wanted to fix it but the damage had already been done, not everyone gets a happy ending.

There are some other characters that make me dislike them, like a typical two faced 2nd ML, or a rich young master who gang r*ped an artist with his friends which caused her to commit suicide, left a bad taste in my mouth but it was only mentioned briefly, so don't worry about it.


I really like the extra chapters, especially the last one, really cute. <<less
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08phamann rated it
January 4, 2022
Status: c84
Cute romance, although it is quite slow.

ML and MC realise their feelings around the same time, but both are quite slow with confessing as they are either scared or don't want to ruin the friendship.

Once they get together it becomes very boring. I got to ch.44 and checked how many chapters were left, and realised I wasn't even halfway. I was not able to finish this novel as it got quite boring in the end. There was some family drama (MLs neglectful parents) and a case of an unwanted suitor/stalker... more>> for MC, but besides that there is nothing exciting. Their relationship is cute and uncomplicated but quite bland. I like that MC has a legitimate job and enjoys what she does. <<less
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ricachuu rated it
December 23, 2021
Status: Completed
The main leads are adorable and I love them and all but one thing that really stuck to me is that the second ML could be a potential of a novel where a reader gets sucked into this novel to save him. He's honestly really pitiful and if he had someone like FL in his life, he could've not been such a lonely and painful soul.

I really like FL (Yan Xi). She has everything one would want to be: extremely doting and loving parents ... more>>

though they both peacefully divorced and her mom died before the novel started

, straightforward and honest personality, kind and sincere heart, great friends, and of course, a fulfilling career. Unlike other female leads, she is more rational yet a bit reckless (since she does have a bit of strength) and is also really funny in a way lol. I also really like how she clearly distinguishes whether she likes someone or not and doesn't exhibit any sort of ambiguity towards the second ML.

ML (Yuan Yi) is really interesting as an ML. It's actually pretty rare to see a real tsundere ML in CN novels so it felt sort of refreshing (since most MLs have the same personality as the second ML). At first, you'd think of him as extremely rude with his poisonous mouth and rash personality (coupled with the descriptions of his appearance). You'd even wonder why he always helps FL every time even though he always says it's troublesome. Of course, as a seasoned novel reader, once he starts accompanying FL to meals, you'd then realize that he's just someone who has a hard mouth but a soft heart. He is very hesitant at first to admit his feeling and work on it since his parents made his heart doubtful about marriage

his parents do have an extremely good relationship but they tend to ignore their own children and just go on trips all the time. ML suffered some abuses because his parents never spared time to care about him at all.

ML is literally just a soft, milk wolf that looks and sounds fierce but acts like a puppy.

Though no worries since as much as second ML did end up liking FL, he is rational and cold enough to suppress such feelings since I do think he realized that FL and ML who are both extremely pure and kind to the core are more suitable. Still, I can imagine someone trying to protect him when he was younger and receiving all the love and affection he couldn't give though. Definitely someone who would be able to love him wholeheartedly but it's not really necessary.

I really like the supporting characters. Aside from ML's parents (who I have mixed feelings for since they did feel a bit of regret (?)), the rest of the characters were lovable and supported both leads along the way (ah, forgot about 2nd ML's shitty family, damn, the second ML deserves better even though is a shady person).

It's a nice, warm read that reminds you that as much as humans do have their inner dark side, all the good things such as love, warmth, and kindness still predominate in us. <<less
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