SAYE

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When Jiang Cheng was told to return to a family that he never knew or had a relationship with, he had never expected to end up meeting a young girl, and eventually, her seemingly roguish brother Gu Fei, as a first encounter in the new city.

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Run Freely
SAYE「Act Wildly」
Set It All Free
เริ่มใหม่กับนายคงไม่เลวร้ายนัก
撒野
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03/16/22 Sae c63
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evileye23
New evileye23 rated it
July 1, 2022
Status: c118
Wonderful character development so far, and particularly good dialogue and interactions.

I really appreciate how real a lot of the dialogue feels, particularly the casual cursing and banter -- thinking about reading the raws later to see the OG version. Not just cliché romance lines or "cold silent possessive ML"s; these characters really do fit the setting they've been given, and sound like teenage/YA guys just f*cking around or giving each other shit. There are a lot of other novels where I wonder if the teen boys are actually supposed to... more>> be teen boys based on how they always speak, and although those novels usually have characters with better living environments and family backgrounds, it still feels moderately unreal. That's certainly not the case here.

I saw it mentioned that Jiang Cheng's cursing sounds a lot more aggro/not banter-like in the EN TL compared to the raws, but I don't think it's really the case. I haven't read the raws, but a lot of the TL still gives me the "hey bro, f*ck you, you s*upid bastard lmao" feeling. Very casual and familiar.

A little bittersweet from the very beginning.

Each character, including the side characters, has their own background that you can slowly start seeing bits and pieces about. Even while the story is centered around the MCs, the world around them is still there for the taking. There might be a lot of studying scumbags, but there aren't so many pointless idiots there for a grand faceslap. They don't win everything, and there are limits to success, even when they put in some effort and try, but sometimes the journey is more important than a first place medallion.

Edit: Listened to some audiobook recs of the original CN raws (past the EN TLs of up to 117), and they're pretty damn good. Also some of the radio show, which is genuinely great. <<less
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_ice
_ice rated it
February 29, 2020
Status: Completed
Hello, I am the new co-translator for this novel that will be helping with the translations starting from Ch. 21 _ (:3 」∠) _ Although I am aware that as a translator, I may be a little biased, however, I wouldn't be translating a series that I don't feel incredibly moved by... and SAYE moved me.

By a lot.

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Spoiler

The story is about the difficulties our MC, Jiang Cheng, a handsome boy with good grades but a rebellious spirit, and ML, Gu Fei, a calm boy with more burdens than he should handle and a beautiful face (but is just as masculine; there is no gong-shou dynamic here, they are a very equal and reversible couple), overcome as they trudge along the path towards growing up with the unstopping comfort and support of one another.

The introduction to the story may seem boring to some at first glance, but as you choose to go further along with the story, you'll be taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From the tender moments of warmth between Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei to the sheer desperation felt by the two towards their unfortunate circumstances, each moment feels incredibly raw in its realism.

Their difficulties, too, have a wide range; from the dark pasts that only an unfortunate few have to face to the almost laughable common problems that any 17-year-old teenager would face. Nothing felt overly dramatized nor exaggerated; the author was able to perfectly balance out the heavy impacts of emotions by bringing in a good amount of hilarious moments of teenage antics; ultimately creating a story that was not only deep but well-rounded and memorable.

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As a reader with an unfortunately strikingly similar background and past as both protagonists, my level of relation towards the two may be more than most people would feel. Reading this story gave me hope for my own life. However, that by no means means that you have to have a similar and equally dark past to appreciate the story.

If the only reason why one could be moved by the story is by having sheer similarities in circumstances, then this story would not be nearly so popular in China right now. Even if you do not have a similarly tragic past, the author is still able to let the reader understand and fall in love with her characters due to her own powerful ability to portray emotions and the use of the little moments in life that everybody could be able to relate to one or the other.

Although the story is incredibly popular in the Chinese community, I realize that most people in the west aren't particularly interested in realistic stories... thus making this story terribly underexposed at the moment. I highly recommend that everybody give this story a shot. You won't regret it. <<less
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mayangel7
mayangel7 rated it
August 2, 2020
Status: Completed
It's practically impossible to approach anything without prejudice. There's a strongly negative connotation attached to this word, but these expectations can play a large role in preparing us for the future. What's more, we're constantly learning and revising these expectations to better reflect reality. In a way, I'd argue that this is an important process in maturity, especially from childhood to adulthood. And I think SAYE does a great job portraying this idea.

I'll admit that I approached this novel with prejudices of my own, and I was delighted to be... more>> proven wrong again and again. Reading SAYE was a wonderful journey. There's a lot to praise about this novel, but I was particularly taken by the author's writing style.

Firstly, the dialogue is incredible. Writing good dialogue is a very delicate art, but Wu Zhe does it almost perfectly. Whether it's playful bantering or heart-to-heart conversations or small talk, we're given a good amount of insight into the characters and character relationships in a manner that's both natural and interesting.

On that note, the characterization and character development were wonderful as well. There's too much that I could say here, so I'll just quote an unknown source: "You have to be interested in people if you want to be a successful writer of stories." I could really feel that in this story.

The author does a great job with scene descriptions. There's just enough detail that you can picture the scene perfectly, but not too much that it slows the pacing. Also, Wu Zhe does a great job portraying youth in a way that rings true, with its impulsiveness and courage. No matter what the characters go through, there's nearly always a strong thread of optimism that keeps the novel from ever getting too heavy. Not to mention, the author has a wicked sense of humor. I really appreciate that there's no unnecessary drama in the book. If there's anything that I had to complain about, I did have relatively more difficulty getting through the last few chapters of the novel (especially the extras). I think it's safe to say that the author and I have different views on what defines success, which is fine. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Initially, I was quite surprised to see this novel recommended again and again on Chinese forums, and I started reading with the question: Is it really that good? Having finished reading, I can answer with certainty: Yes, it really is that good.

"我想,在你眼里,撒野奔跑,我想,一个眼神,就到老。" <<less
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tinkiness
tinkiness rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: Completed
Read the raws. What a phenomenal book. The characters, the writing, the pacing, the story, everything is so beautifully and delicately written but at the same time feral like the title. It's sweet, heartbreaking, and hilarious. After all the novels I've read, finally there's a 10/10.

Very best of luck to the translators for working on this one since half the brilliance of this novel is in the easy bantering and wordplay. Loosen up and try to convey more the feeling than exact word for word. Swear up a storm in... more>> English. Go wild. <<less
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byunnie
byunnie rated it
April 6, 2020
Status: Completed
I'm ashamed to say that I had never known of this novel (despite its huge popularity in the Chinese circle) before this year. I saw some tweets about it when people were talking about the erha live action and decided to read it and it was not a mistake. First off, I cannot begin to describe my love for this novel in proper words, this is the best I could articulate that wasn't just garbled word smashes and muffled screams

This is one of the most beautiful novels I have read... more>> in a while, the author wrote the characters with so much care and you could really see that as you go on reading the book unraveling their backstories. The author also wrote the relationship between JC and GF very well, most danmei's would write the "top" "bottom" roles in stone which I find very distasteful. The side characters felt like real people with real relationships not just random side character bffs whose only real purpose is to either give encouragement to the relationship or make the ML jealous (over friendship smh).

Overall it was a wonderful read with no ''oppressive jealous of the rocks around love interest'' ML and "super op take 10 dollars to the stock market and become a billionare'' MC

ALSO I really loved how mental illness was written here. It's not something that just cures itself with the power of love, its an actual illness that many struggle with and will struggle with for the rest of their lives even with professional help... and FOR ONCE it wasn't just written as "crazy" or something the MC healed with his presence like many other stories. love that for me :). <<less
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vanerz
vanerz rated it
January 24, 2019
Status: --
I made an account because I was so excited this novel is finally getting translated. I've read about 80 chapters of it in Chinese and I enjoyed it so much. It's such a tender story that brings two such different people, yet so well-described and crafted by Wu Zhe, together. And ultimately, it's about youth and letting loose and being true to yourself. Thank you so much for starting to translate it!!
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Lyska3303
Lyska3303 rated it
November 3, 2020
Status: Completed
READ IT!

    • Developed, fleshed out plot
    • Intricate characters' personality and development
    • Warm and realistic portrayal of relationship (their dependency of each other, ugh, amazing<3)
The choice of words Wu Zhe used is very beautiful, it makes me understand and felt deeply what the characters are feeling and struggling about. The side characters really add to the plot, no random characters with no purpose and meaning (ex : only making the MC looks op, nope). This story brings us through the journey of Jiang Cheng in adolescent until he became an adult, beginning from stepping into a new and completely different environment. It shows us how he cope with his situation and meeting Gu Fei along the way, the person who will run freely until the end of time with him. It's very heartwarming how they both try their best to make their life better while thinking of each other. I think one of the most amazing things is how one person could change other people' lives so much. Unlike in other novels where there are fixed antagonists who keep coming back to bother the MC, Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei go on with their lives after solving their problems, and encounter new people in their pursuit of a better life. Sa Ye also portrays the struggle of mental ilnesses and tries to deliver it as realistically as possible.

I'll say this again, this story is wonderfully beautiful, its setting, its plot, its characters, its words, everything can touch your heart. I cried a LOT, and giggled a lot too while reading this. I personally think this is one of the best, if not the best story that I've ever read. For me, it's the closest story to reach a solid 5/5, and believe me, I've read a LOT. I'll read it again when the translation is complete. The song in the story is a bop. I downloaded it and listened to it so many times. I'm truly not doing justice to the story through my review, I can only strongly urge you to read this masterpiece.
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katofu
katofu rated it
July 26, 2019
Status: --
This is my first time writing a review, mostly because I really can't be bothered to do so for any novel I've read. However, this novel is worthy of any praise it gets. I don't know how to explain it, but this novel has this whole healing aura around it. Reading it gives me a sense serenity and makes my heart warm up. Two drastically different people who come from broken families eventually grow closer. Their interactions are simple, yet the author is able to beautifully portray the emotions and... more>> growth of the characters. I really can't go into depth with my poor explanation skills, but if you were to take away one thing from my review is to read this novel right now. I can guarantee you will not regret it. <<less
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Lily Lily
Lily Lily rated it
January 9, 2021
Status: Completed
  1. "I HOPE WE CAN ALL BE AS BRAVE AS EACH OTHER." 5/5

    just go for it..

    if you are looking for a heartwarming and wholesome read..!! It really has a special place in my heart as I can relate to both jiang cheng and gu fei so much..!! I felt like they are just two ordinary people existing somewhere in this world..!!

    their relationship dynamic is one of the best I ever read..!! They understand each other wordlessly and yes THEY COMMUNICATE and are very SUPPORTIVE of each other and know how important it is to give personal space in any relationship.!! THEY ARE JUST VERY BEAUTIFUL, IMPERFECT AND COMFORTING.!!

    saye is really a beautiful story and it will inspire you to move on and do well in life.!!

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kakaoing
kakaoing rated it
November 10, 2019
Status: Completed
READ THIS WEBNOVEL.

This webnovel is probably the best I've ever read. It has a sweet and genuine coming-of-age vibe that threaded through the entire story, and it really made you feel for the characters when their lives got difficult. The characterisation is very strong and the main characters never really had moments where you can't understand where they're coming from or their motivations. It's about being true to yourself and letting yourself be helped, but also about picking yourself up from a dismal place and looking towards hope. Ultimately, it's... more>> really about two lonely boys who found each other in a complicated situation and moving forward together, finding a family in each other, and never giving up even when it gets rough.

I edited my review just to flail about it more. It's honestly my favourite story, and also one of the most well-known among the c-fan community. The author is really good at writing realistic stories that pull at your heartstrings, and the subdued yet emotional tone at some intense parts really hits you in the gut. (Also it makes you want a relationship like that, when you just get the other person without any unnecessary drama ;_;)

Spoiler

Jiang Cheng is one of the most courageous and motivating characters I've ever read, and Gu Fei and his internal motivations and struggles (which are all perfectly understandable!!) makes you hurt for him, but his inner strength to carry on is obvious. They help each other in an extremely equal relationship that I personally think is a bit hard to find in Chinese danmei.

希望我们都能像对方一样勇敢 are words I WILL STRIVE TO LIVE BY. And it's not even the only notable quote in this book.

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jiraiya121
jiraiya121 rated it
October 19, 2020
Status: Completed
Sa Ye is one of the most heartwrenching novels you will read, because the author Wu Zhe is a masterful storyteller at portraying real life for what it is. Throughout this novel, you will be immersed in the ordinary lives of two boys, and their very realistic struggles as they cope with the shackles and repercussions of an unhealthy family environment, which only serves to cripple them rather than help them flourish.

You will root for them as they find success and glimmers of hope in the rusty, dilapidated town they... more>> live in. You will want them to succeed, you will grow with them, cry with them, and desperately just want them to be free, to run wildly, and finally find their own happiness.

I read the raws so I haven't seen the english translations, but it's great to see it being updated regularly. Please give this novel a try, there is a happy ending at the end and the characters, their drives and their hardships will stay with you for a long, long time. <<less
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1darling
1darling rated it
September 17, 2020
Status: c52
First thing first, if anyone is thinking of reading this novel, don't even think about the word "hesitation" and just go for it. I can guarantee that no one will get bore. Or gonna think that it's not good. Everyone is gonna like it.

The thing I really like about this novel is the fact that it is not necessary that you are gonna end up in a better place or situation than you were before. Life can be so difficult. And you have to endure everything. Face the reality.

I really... more>> like this novel and waiting patiently for the updates..

I am really liking this novel. And I am really regretting over the fact that I didn't find this novel before and only came across to this beautiful novel now.

But enough with all this.

Just go on and have a good time reading this.

My outmost gratitude for the translators ❤️❤️ <<less
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Iamher
Iamher rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: c84
I haven't finished finished reading this yet, but I took a sneak peak at the ending.

Well, this novel is realistic.

Very realistic.

... more>> But the thing is, my world is different from them.

The way this novel works is that, it's all about taking risks, and making choices.

In all honesty, if I were Jiang Cheng, between choosing to stay for love or to leave for the sake of my future, I'd choose the latter.

And meeting someone like Gu Fei, while I may think that he's interesting and a person with a story, I won't have the patience to understand him.

Simply because, we're from completely different worlds.

No matter how I try to understand I won't be able to relate.

But this novel is just.... wow.

You can say that they're different, yet at the same time, not.

It's all about the perspective. I love how the ML knows his obligations, but I'm sad because of his circumstances. But that's that, just sad.

But Jiang Cheng was different. He tried to understand him. It was very heartwarming.

The type where you have the urge to just give up all your inhibitions and just fall in love without worries.

Their love story truly happened unexpectedly.

It was an act of fate.

While I haven't completed it yet, I hope that they won't give up on each other. No matter where the future will lead them.

P.S Gu Miao is very cute!

Time will heal, but if there's someone to help you, it's all the more helpful. <<less
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nandemonaiya
nandemonaiya rated it
February 22, 2021
Status: Completed
I just realised that I never posted an NU review of this, oops. This is my favourite webnovel, hands down. Plot, characters, dialogue, exposition, everything is spot on. Wu Zhe is amazing at banter generally, and also at depicting complex emotions and situations. This is her most acclaimed novel, so expect no less: there's a lot of clever and also silly humour against quite a bleak (and depressingly believable) setting.

Sometimes I get scared when I read reviews that describe a romance as "realistic", because I worry that it will remind... more>> me of how imperfect love is and leave me with a sour or bitter taste, but in this story the love is all the sweeter for its realism. The main characters' relationship evolves and matures throughout the novel. Their love is very natural, and the drama doesn't come from cute mishaps and misunderstandings, but from their dysfunctional society and messed-up parents. While they're quite a sweet couple throughout the novel, it's always tempered by the darkness of the world around them. They do have to work towards their happy ending, and the ending really is a happy, hopeful one.

TL;DR: One of the best coming-of-age stories around. Heartwarming and wholesome. Love it. <<less
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CabbageCultivator
CabbageCultivator rated it
January 3, 2021
Status: c66
I'm so glad that I choose Saye as my first ever BL novel to immerse myself into. Can't wait for this to be fully translated so I can binge read this masterpiece 💓
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Arian ganda
Arian ganda
September 26, 2020
Status: c73
This novel is so beautiful and heartwarming 🥺🥺 im reading the mtl right now and im still enjoying it even though its kinda confusing sometimes, its just so beautiful I cant stop reading 😭😭 vvv thankful to everyone translating this gem. I highly suggest this to everyone, the main characters are so special ❤️
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melongoh
melongoh rated it
July 1, 2021
Status: Completed
This is really an amazing coming of age novel by Wu Zhe. I'd read this novel over again.

I wasn't too excited about this novel initially as it was very depressing in the beginning, but the main characters, Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei supported each other, and from friendship to love. The saddest part of this story was Gu Fei's struggles and when he gave up on himself and called it quit with Jiang Cheng. Yet when they met again, they both hurt so much inside.

I find this novel very charming... more>> and heart warming. The characters tug my heart strings and the mundane scenery imagined in my mind when reading this novel became so beautiful (because I saw hearts in the air) that I can't wait to visit China and live like the locals, try the pancakes, pan-grilled bbq meat and breakfast that the male leads enjoyed! When reading this novel, I had in my mind was the cold weather and snow-covered streets in Harbin and coincidentally.... the upcoming drama was also filmed in Harbin! Lol!!!😂 <<less
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Achiless
Achiless rated it
August 28, 2020
Status: Completed
This is such a realistic story about 2 boys dealing with their problems in a selfish world.
I especially like how the writer portrays mental health; how it can stay with you and make every little thing effect you, and how you face the world with it and how the world treats you because of it.
You don't need to be anywhere near in the situation of the MCs to relate to them. Except the basketball matches, their everyday life is actually pretty interesting to me, someone who dislikes slice... more>> of life.

Because this story is so good, every little details that isn't as good as the overall story is, is very noticeable, so I have to nitpick:

If only both MC weren't "incredibly handsome" it would've been better. Like just say handsome and go lmao not incredibly handsome that kind of gets in the way of the realness. There are 3 main typed of BL: 1) gays for the sake of fangirl material 2) gay bc there are gay people in this world 3) gay to portray the struggles of the LGBTQ community. Everything else in this story points to 2) or 3), but the MCs being two super hot guys in a relationship falls into 1). Too bad bc this could've been something else.

The relationship between both MCs is also very good portrayed. Pretty realistic, not too much and not too little. It's just a bit too quick for the reader because both characters don't directly make it known to the reader that they like each other. Now I know of another book in which the girl also never made her love known to the reader, but as a reader you could just feel it. This isn't the case with SaYe.
Spoiler

And no, rubbing each other off isn't showing love, it's just attraction. You can feel the attraction, yes, and both characters do make that known to the reader. And then suddenly they're like "ok, it's love" and the next second they're together. And just to be clear, that situation is perfectly reasonable, but it just isn't portrayed well.

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*Just completed the raws and I take this paragraph back*
Also the character of Jiang Cheng is pretty hard to grasp.
{Prob also partly because of the translation. NOW LISTEN the translators did a GOOD job. The thing is just that, like the translator said, the way Jiang Cheng talks comes off as rude when translated. The way he swears is actually just very casual like when you tell a friend to f*ck off.}
So the thing is that Jiang Cheng is a character with many layers. He has a quick temper, acts like a rogue, but is actually pretty disciplined and has a sense of justice. He can also be really childish. Now the problem is that these types of layers are often portrayed as different characters instead of as a part of a whole. So it sometimes feel like you're looking at a bunch of different people instead of just different sides of one person.

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BUT remember, this is just me nitpicking. If this was a faceslapping/fangirl-material/dogblood novel or smthn, I would never be this critical because then the target audience changes. The more critical I am, the better the quality of the story is. <<less
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Psyche000804
Psyche000804 rated it
May 13, 2020
Status: --
I liked it a lot. It's really realistic and glittering the precious part of humanity ?? (Idk what I’m talking about)

i absolutely feel I’m enlightened by this novel.i start to be more patient to kids and start to care more for handicaps people.
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sheirineg
sheirineg
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed
one of the best yaoi, or even novel in general i've ever read. The author did well in making the setting (e.g. The city) comes to life, I could vividly imagine living in that kind of city and feel its nuance. I LOVE the main characters and their relationship, that feels so genuine, pure and sometimes it makes my heart ache. Like the feeling of first love. The characters are not perfect and but they accept and love each other's strengths and weaknesses. I WANT MORE EPILOGUES!! Completed this book... more>> through MTLing, but its fairly understandable if you have basic Chinese proficiency. Going to reread after the translation is completed. <<less
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Estelle_star_QAQ
Estelle_star_QAQ rated it
February 9, 2022
Status: Completed
Completed and reread several times.

This novel, to me, like thousands of other readers, is the white moonlight of campus bl in my heart. (Some ML's on danmei might find substitute for their white moonlight, but this novel is too good for me to find any worthy substitute)

The story of two financially weak students falling in love, understanding eachother, loving, caring and AHHHHHH.

This novel gives a more realistic view on campus bl novels

10/5 would definitely reread many times again.
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