Secretly, Secretly; But Unable to Hide It

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The time she is thirteen years old, Sang Zhi secretly has a crush on a man.
 That man looks cold and sluggish, he can be described as someone that is careless and casual. He frequently comes to her house.

One afternoon, he stays at her Ge Ge’s (Older brother, 桑延) room to play a game.
 Once in a while when he sees her come inside the room to bring a plate of fruits and snacks, he will smiles like an evildoer: “Kid, what are you doing? How can you blush so hard every time you see me.”


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This novel narrates the story of the young Sang Zhi and Duan Jia Xu. Sang Zhi gets to know Duan Jia Xu, who is seven years older than her, through her Ge Ge (Older brother, 桑延).

During their several interactions, Sang Zhi starts to develop a crush on Duan Jia Xu. It happens from her young age till she is an adult. After the graduation, Duan Jia Xu goes home and works hard. They have cut down their contact.

Sang Zhi and Duan Jia Xu begin to contact each other again after Sang Zhi attends the university in the city he is in. In their day by day intimate and close interaction, Sang Zhi notices the source of Duan Jia Xu’s burdens. With Sang Zhi’s companion, Duan Jia Xu also starts to let it go, he starts to have new relationship with her.

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Review
24 Reviews


imdemeterZ
New imdemeterZ
Apr 12, 2021
Status: Completed
This novel is soooo good! The beginning and the process of their development are the scenes that I want to read in a novel. Their cheesy moments are just enough to satisfy me, its not dragging to the point that it makes me cringe. The ending is too sudden but I think it's good enough to let the novel end the way it is.

ADDED TO RE-READ later list!
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Freyalily
New Freyalily
Apr 08, 2021
Status: Completed
the fight between the siblings are very childish lol
BUT
the plot and love story are very realistic & mature (not because of the sex, but the way they fall in love and communicate to each other)

there's up and down, also there's character development
the siblings always fight, but the brother will always protect his sister
the fluff are not too cheesy, they show their love in a mature way too

what I love about the ML is
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Spoiler

ML really owe FL parent a lot, since they're the one who help him when he was at the very worst state at his life, and also treat ML very kindly
but then after knowing ML & FL in a relationship, FL parent opposed it (for various reason including age diff)
so we know where this will go, I assume ML will listen to FL parent and stay away from her and never to appear again, poof! Like other clinche characters

BUT NO!
He never have thoughts of dumping FL, they both tactically assume they're in relationship with marriage in mind
Even when he feeling himself unworthy of FL, very low self esteem too
Still the ML was planning to keep trying & trying to persuade FL parents until they approved (but it didn't take long lol, only the 2nd meeting they already persuaded)

This what I really love, it's very rare in any novel, where the couple will continue fighting and trying to be together even when they can't, yes there's problem but running away is never the solution
Most couple in the novel I read, there must be either the ml/FL running away dumping their partner because they ASSUME what they do is for their partner own good, the 'I'm letting you go for your own good and because I love you' kinda shit,
that's just f*cking s*upid to me, if you truly love someone, you will continue to fight for being by their side, fight for it, change for better if you can

And that's what the ML do
and it's not 1 sided, the FL too do the same, they both fight for each other

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the story are very good
though the translator have lots of mistake in the translation, but still, 5 star for effort & introducing the novel to me <<less
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orientalfairy
orientalfair
Nov 12, 2020
Status: Completed
From the start to finish, the plot is very well-written. It is fluffy and quite simple but it never makes you feel bored and makes you anticipate the next chapters.

Moreover, ML is just too good. Really the perfectt ML with his gentleness, kindness and sweetness. Yes, he is kind but you still get the alpha vibes from him. Perhaps, it is because he is a bit older than the MC but I just love it when he teases her and always shameless with her.

He’s a ML that I wished existed... more>> IRL.

Also, at the same time, MC is very refreshing, has a great personality. She is brave, not cold and dense and not necessarily OP as well. My cheeks hurt too much from some of her dialogues because she is hilarious.

Overall, it’s just a really heartwarming story. I hope more people get to read it :) And like what others have said, reading this will make you wish you had a Gege as well. <<less
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BlackTeaAndMallows
BlackTeaAndM
Aug 05, 2020
Status: Completed
A LOVELY story. So adorable~

The female lead is sensible and the male lead is really good [he is setting the bar high up]. Their interactions and growth overtime was a journey that is a little bumpy but is still sweet and joyful for a reader to be with.

The FL's family (her brother and parents), their friends and the others characters are so well done and feel so life-like. Furthermore, this story touches on family and friendship, it's so heartwarming and wholesome. Of course, there were sprinkles of sorrow here and... more>> there but all will be well.

Yep, a fun and nice read. <<less
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introverted_girl
introverted_
Aug 15, 2020
Status: Completed
Most of the time, it was hilarious especially the relationship between the Sang siblings. I also love the relationship between Duan Jia Xu and Sang Yan, they may be so shameless but they both have suffered. I MTLed both of their stories, I was like: how could there be such perfect men? Yes Sang Yan has his own story, the direct translation is Difficult to Coax (https://www. Zhenhunxiaoshuo. Com/nanhong/) !!

Duan Jia Xu is really setting the standard (same with Sang Yan I'm telling you). He is so patient, understanding, and... more>> loyal. I am a sucker for one-woman man in novels since real life men are tr*sh. Anyway, you would not fault Sang Zhi for falling in love with this man.

At first, I kind of questioned Sang Zhi's personality when she was young. Or is it really like supposed to be liked that and I'm the abnormal one? I mean she's already 13 yrs old yet she's a bit immature. I don't know, maybe I just matured early so I couldn't understand her. I still love her tho! She matures eventually, except when she's dealing with her brother. They are both so petty. I just can't. Hahaha.

The translation is not that great but, I still thank them for their hardwork. There are extra chapters, just MTL them. <<less
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Dr
Dr
Nov 12, 2020
Status: Completed
Loved it best leads

ML is so funny and seductive always teasing FL lol foxy guy

FL is witty and cute with her secret crush

Every character is well planned

Their love story is just awsm

Only a little bit of drama, 99% of story is full of happiness and fluff
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yany
yany
Oct 31, 2020
Status: epilogue
I don't even where to begin with this book so I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. I absolutely love this book. I was captivated by the story. This novel is an absolute must-read. It was one of those novels that drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Totally fell in love with the characters, and I honestly couldn't put it down. All characters in this novel seem reasonable and enjoyable to me, including the side characters. All those concerns regarding their relationship... more>> are totally understandable. Everything just looks realistic and sensible. In my opinion, this novel is similar to "Healing Sunshine", but brighter. Also, please go read the epilogue on MTL. Overall, beautiful and heartwarming. Screw all those low rates. <<less
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SSKF
SSKF
Oct 18, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a very cute and sweet story. It also portrayed a realistic romance, sibling relationship and family life. I love many things about this story.
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shasoo
shasoo
Jun 11, 2020
Status: Completed
ReI have to say this is the first Chinese novel that I've read and I don't feel boring and being an irritation to main characters include the side characters,

All seem reasonable and sensible- feel this just simple story yet developing so many things that reflect in our life.

For sure, I'm really don't mind with the different ages between them, I mean it's not really a big deal, back then, I have a relationship with my "5 years" older than me.

I think it's not about the different ages... more>> will become the main problem of some certain relationship but maybe it's will have some side effects, it's doesn't matter as long as you feel comfortable around them.

I am really glad that this novel doesn't really highlight the issue of about ages matter rather shows the progress between them. It feels so hilarious, funny, and sweet.

But I guess maybe he's a one of her Ge ge best friend, it just somehow makes things "weird" but not that weird, well he knows her at age 13 years old, so yeah

And I love sang zhi character and she likes living to prove that women are most complicated ehehehe but not that she being difficult, she sometimes cute, s*upid, carelessness but mature in her way guess.

And for the male lead, f*cking loved him, he's so witty and loves the way he's flirting so rogue,

Okay last BIG DROP SPOILER

In this novel,

There are TWO SHAMELESS GE GE,

Just find out which one more shameless ~

Btw her relationship between *her biological* gege basically the reality who have gege just like me LOL <<less
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Mcol1617
Mcol1617
May 22, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't know why this story doesn't have ANY reviews.

I really love this story. The FL is awesome, when I say awesome she isn't a Mary Sue but that she has a personality, she is sassy, a little bit impulsive and she isn't afraid to blackmail her brother?. Our ML is also awesome, I love the way he is always teasing FL, he is like the smiling gangster. He isn't a douchebag like most MLs tend to be on this part of town. He is one of THE best ML... more>> written in Chinese novel. One of the best thing about this book is the sibling relationship between FL and her brother, they are always making trouble for each other, and trying to one up the other which I think is a very realistic portrayal of most sibling bonds.

Their first meeting is hilarious (FL mistakes ML for her brother who came back after getting plastic surgery) and it sets a tone for the entire story. The story begins when FL is 13, so it takes some time for her to finally grow up, so anything romantic really begins from chapter 30, but it's totally worth it.

You should read this story if you are bored reading about either white lotus or Mary Sue heroines, and want to go on a journey with the FL from her impulsive adolescent, to her first crush, heartbreak and eventually finding love. <<less
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Fungiball
Fungiball
Dec 28, 2020
Status: Completed
Not gonna lie, this novel is one of the best novel I have read until now, and I can proudly say that this is a gem. Relationship between ML and FL is so sweet and heartwarming also realistic too. Throughout the journey of their relationship, I feel a lot of emotions, laugh, cry, giggling, and a little warning ... more>>
Spoiler

for you who will read this novel, I am sure you will smile a lot till you get a mouth cramps 😂

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So in conclusion I am really satisfied with this novel. For you who still unsure wether to read this novel or not, I really recommend for you to try this one, you won't regret it 😉. And also thank you for 88tang for translating this novel, you are awesome! Lastly happy reading! <<less
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keiko sakura
keiko sakura
Dec 14, 2020
Status: --
A recommendation for the audience, you will have a great laugh and sweet feeling reading this book. The flow and the story was brought nicely, I could feel what the the author intends me to feel. A nice translation and ofcourse a fast one too.
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Pyolove
Pyolove
Nov 16, 2020
Status: epilogue
I really love this book. It's well written and translated. The story is realistic in my opinion. I do not understand why people gave bad rating for this novel. This novel taught a lesson about how important family responsibilities are. I love how the MC and ML could overcome everything together, it was very heartwarming and sweet. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as I fell in love with these wonderful characters.
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starbella
starbella
Aug 13, 2020
Status: --
Dont understand the low ratings when this story is a gem. I usually dont like stories where the FL chases after the guy but this is rly sweet and the ML is great. Give it a try!
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francheskmpos
francheskmpo
May 27, 2020
Status: --
This story is BEAUTIFUL! Super recommended, I don't understand why it has such a low rating.
the protagonists have good personalities, they are both intelligent and very human.
The interactions of sister and brother is very funny and natural, in addition to the excellent translation.
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Ainslee
Ainslee
Feb 15, 2021
Status: --
It's absurd to think this way, but I felt like I've read this plot before.

However, I haven't bookmarked this novel, nor did I marked any of the chapter.

Did I MTL it beforehand and forgot to left a review? 😅 I've no idea, but it's possible because the scenes felt so familiar like I know what will happen in the next chapter.

Aishhh ✧ (>o<) ノ✧

Aside from slightly grammar error and somehow difficult to understand sentences, I'm very grateful to the translator. ༼ つ ◕‿◕ ༽つ
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secondthots
secondthots
Jan 12, 2021
Status: Completed
"He never drinks, yet because of her, he breaks his principle." —c77

I swooned. It's been a while since I've read such a peaceful, dog-blood free plot. It's light-hearted & irresistibly sweet. Seriously, it'll give you a toothache at the end!

Your classic "falling in love with my brother's best friend" with added age gap & diabetes-inducing fluff. The translations may be off grammar-wise, but the read is light & easy to follow. Shout-out to the TL because she's done a great job nevertheless. As for the plot, I adore the pacing.... more>> It's pretty unique to start off immediately when FL was 13 & having first encountered ML. Usually, novels tend to resort to flashbacks to further accentuate feelings of unrequited love, but I love how we got to go through FL's journey together. We got to see her mature into a graceful & strong young lady all the while watching her sprout her first feelings for her gege's best friend. It's refreshing to watch her feelings slowly blossom & I must confess that I'm a strong supporter of "first love wins all" (an idealistic notion but one I can't shake off).

FL is witty from the very start. She's sharp, quick to adapt, & charming. ML is shameless, easily countering her fire-rapid quips & always managing to stun her with his responses. They're a fun pair to read about & I'm honestly just as stunned as FL when I see ML's fired shots. IT'S SO SICKENINGLY SWEET! Which is why I applaud the author for not creating terribly long & drawn-out misunderstandings. The main CP do encounter hurdles but they're utilized more to accelerate the growth of the characters respectively rather than act as a magnet for the two. Again, this is a novel to read when you need a break from angst-filled, melodramatic stories. It's a well-paced romance with more than enough excitement & fluff to get your blood sugar up!

TL;DR I would kill for a guy like Duan Jia Xu <<less
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wethairdampskin
wethairdamps
Jan 20, 2021
Status: Completed
😭😭 so good. It left you with a warm feeling. I love the dynamics between FL and ML, both of them are likeable and mature. The plot is not draggy. What I like the most is FL, she was potrayed as someone who's decisive, understanding, smart, and mature 💜

For the one review that criticized the translation quality....i don't know... maybe bcs english is not my first language, I never felt anything wrong with the translation, my reading experience is quite enjoyable. Furthermore, I never expect 100% professional translation, afterall, what... more>> I enjoy is a product of FREE translation so....🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ <<less
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kakashikeru
kakashikeru
Nov 22, 2020
Status: c85
This is such a fluffy and heartwarming story!!! Every single of MC and ML's interaction is cute and sweet. ML is gentle, caring, and considerate to MC. Yet, he can be shameless and tease her constantly. How can someone be so perfect :3 He's so good... I love how ML is MC's first love and ML's reaction when he realise his own feeling. They have a healthy relationship as they communicate with each other all the times. I truly adore this couple -- their love for each other make me... more>> smile and feel warmth while reading it :) <<less
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suudere
suudere
Apr 04, 2021
Status: Completed
I absolutely LOVE this story. I’ve reread it countless times. It’s a GEM.

The plot is well thought out from start to finish, it may seems slow at the beginning because it’s about her childhood but it is crucial to understand how she started to develop feelings for him and how it hurt her.

FL is brave sensible and beautiful, she knows when to be spoiled and knows when she needs to step up and confort her man or protect him. She’s amazing.

ML is loyal caring and a flirt at the same... more>> time, he is like the perfect ML in my opinion. He spoils and cares for FL since the beginning, even if it was not romantic love, he remembered every milestone of her and took the time to pamper her. Later on, when it turned to romantic love, he always put her first, he’s patient all the time and I loved that.

Their interactions thought out the story are super fun and cute and I loved out loud countless times even after having reread it many times. The way ML teases FL is just hilarious.

Moreover, every character in this story is realistic, her older overprotective brother, her parents not agreeing with their relationship, even the girl who made ML’s life impossible felt real and relatable.

Overall, amazing read, lots of laughs, also some angst, but most of it is full of kind hearted love. <<less
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sweetbitch__
Mar 29, 2021
Status: Completed
omg this literally one of the best modern romcom cn ever. Loved it so much, the plot, the characters, everythinggggggggggggg. Kudos to the translator<3.
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Shortk
Shortk
Jan 12, 2021
Status: c85
I beg for the extras. Hello.

Please.

This is the Chinese version of a well-written contemporary YA novel. I mean that extremely extremely positively. Not the tr*shy YA. The great YA ones.

This was a wonderful novel. If you have any sensitivity to understand what it feels like to love someone enough that you fear a. Rejection b. Not having them in your life and c. Ultimately any sign of expectation so you don't feel the pain of rejection then you too can emotionally understand why no:

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she couldn't just be like "I like you" even tho to us omnipresent readers that he is starting to like her. Shes not being passive. She's being scared because she's written to be understood why she is. It's true to the story and her

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It is not slow. They are not 2d characters; you don't just get your readers satisfaction without the 3d characters struggling with their own insecurities, fears, and hopes. That's what makes this book beautiful. No character was 2d. It was a story, a straight true to life romance. You fall in love and you get to enjoy it - an incredibly enjoyable and meaningful pacing of romance. Usreaders get to experience the whole ballpark ahem bases emotionally and physically with just the right pace - leading to incredible chemistry and tension <<less
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