Salad Days


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This is the story between a young innocent ballet boy and a passionate, determined boxing boy. The two met at the children’s palace, and since then, they have grown up together supporting each other. May there be hardships, may there be obstacles, yet they never stopped pursuing their dreams. The beauty of the salad days is the sweat from the hard work and the bonding of friendship. Although they have completely different paths set up for them, what never changes is their beautiful friendship…

Associated Names
One entry per line
Jīng Jiǔ
Over the Years
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2 Reviews

Sep 19, 2020
Status: --
Never know that there's actually a novel. I know this from the comic and instantly fall in love with it. Such a beautiful art and story. Too bad only few chapter translated.. Maybe I'll come back again next time.

I hope someone will pick up this great story.
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Nov 25, 2020
Status: Completed
Salad Days was the first webnovel I ever mtl'd, and what inspired me to translate the first few chapters of the novel (as of writing this review). I'll talk about what I think of it below:

As a whole, I liked this sweet little novel. The dynamic between ballet and boxing was a fresh idea—and this, coupled with the "pure love" between the two main characters was what drew me in and kept me reading.

Good points: Strong themes of family, friendship, and never giving up, beautiful descriptions of scenery and comical... more>> dialogue, cute characters and mutual pining, a gorgeous climax scene

Not so good points: Very slow pacing that drags sometimes, not enough challenge for the main protagonist, some lack of development for side characters, not enough real sports descriptions and too much filler


Jiang Shen never really lost a competition during the span of the novel. He just kept winning and easily moving ahead in his dancing career, meanwhile Bai Jinyi was mentioned to lose at least a few times. Jiang Shen's character remained relatively the same throughout the novel without as much progression as it could've had due to this.


Something else that I could never wrap my head around about the novel's conclusion was:

Jiang Shen and Bai Jinyi never seemed to become intimate in five years of dating, as in the last chapter a side character asks Jiang Shen about this and is surprised to hear that they've never even messed around. Perhaps Jiang Shen was too embarrassed to admit anything but I find it unrealistic that two healthy boys who have not been mentioned to be ace/have traumas and have pined over each other for years as well as dated from around sixteen to in their twenties would have never gotten to the next base. There was a makeout scene but it was short and pretty much cut to black. Even if this is a "pure" romance, the vague and unexplained lack of physical development seemed strange to me. Perhaps their love was more spiritual...


Regardless of some of these criticisms, Salad Days is still a calming and lighthearted childhood sweethearts webnovel to read, and perfect for anyone looking for an introductory and quick read BL that isn't centered on the physical aspects. <<less
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