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…

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Jīng Jiǔ
Kéo Dài
Over the Years
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Salad Days (manhua)
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chocopie00 rated it
September 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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Vesica rated it
November 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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Ppkk85 rated it
January 22, 2023
Status: Completed
it’s not the worst I’ve read but also not the best either. If you want an easy no stress read then this is it. MC got the best parents, best of friends, best lover, and basically best life ever! MC works hard and is successful at his career. Everyone around him his successful and kind. It got boring but had to finish it bc I bought the ebook already.
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honeymustqrd rated it
May 16, 2022
Status: Completed
I can't believe more people haven't read this beautiful story. If you need some sweetness and sugar in your life, then Salad Days is an automatic go to. Even though it was mainly fluff, I cried a lot. We all have dreams. For some, they are harder to get within your grasp but that shouldn't be the reason to stop you. Salad Days made me reflect on my life and that was an emotional ride. The translation was super simple and it's one of the few stories that didn't give... more>> me a headache. I think they put some crack in it because I couldn't stop reading no matter what. I very highly recommend it for just a relaxing experience. Also, as a shipper, the romance was really cute but it wasn't the main star of the show which is also a first for me. Salad Days has a beautiful plot and characters and I seriously love it so much! <<less
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kaydramas1997 rated it
April 30, 2023
Status: c1 part1
ah it was so satisfying to watch all these lovely characters grow up and achieve their dreams! There was barely any conflict but I was perfectly okay with that–despite the lack of true plot going on, I was entertained the whole way through.

the romance was sugary sweet! I can see why they fell for each other. The friendship/familial dynamics were so wholesome, I loved how supportive everyone was 🥺 the fact that the whole village adores little swan (and richie rich bai) was adorable. It’s been awhile since I read... more>> a novel where I completely loved every single character that showed up

anyways, the extras were adorable the main couple was adorable the story was adorable the whole thing was just adorable!!!! <<less
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