The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol’s Fake Boyfriend


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The year he was fifteen, Ling Ke realized he was gay, and that he fell in love with a hot guy the same gender he was! Ling Ke spied on the other’s online friend group, paid attention to that person’s every move, and privately, started his fanatical fan-boying actions. Unfortunately, the hot guy he liked was someone who changed girlfriends like he changed clothes, a pretentious and straight male.

A few years later, Ling Ke and the hot guy he was secretly in love with got into the same university and became good friends. In order to prevent his beloved from hating him, Ling Ke repressed his true feelings and forced himself to pretend to be a 24k, pure gold straight guy.


Having high-spec looks, Qi Feng was a networking expert, but in order to preserve his all-around shining and popular heartthrob image, he always hid his true sexuality, that he was gay. He got himself (fake) girlfriends all throughout school, literally playing himself into being branded as a skirt-chaser.

Until one day, he met his true love. The other looked delicate and gentle, cold and out-of-reach, as if the ideal lover he’d dreamed of in his heart.

Except, there was just one thing. That guy also looked completely straight……

In short, this is the love story of two scared, in-the-closet gay guys pretending to be straight while mutually trying to feel the other out.

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Gei xiaoCao dang JiananYou de Rizi
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XD rated it
November 22, 2017
Status: c46
I've been reading Winter's summaries at https://wintertranslates. Wordpress. Com

It's a beautiful story full of fluffy moments and hilarious misunderstandings (not angsty torturous misunderstandings, so don't worry about that).

Favorite paragraph (other than the fluffy-sweet parts) :

Besides, he really was gay, so to act as lovers, he just needed to be himself. However, the problem was that he needed to fake-act as a gay guy on the foundation of fake-acting as a straight guy. This act-ception was the real challenge.

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Attica rated it
October 3, 2018
Status: Completed
The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend can be summed up very simply as this: an extremely long and serious game of Gay Chicken.

The first 2/3 of this novel were an immense pleasure to read. Ling Ke is a fascinating MC--the story really explored how his deep-rooted feelings of inferiority were both his greatest strength and his greatest weakness. His drive to be better than Qi Feng enabled him to reach incredible new heights, but it also consumed his life to an unhealthy degree. (I also liked... more>> that he openly acknowledged his own homosexuality.) And when Ling Ke and Qi Feng actually began interacting, the wonderful sexual tension between them was so much fun. Misunderstandings and sweet moments and drama galore!

Unfortunately, it's not all sunshine and rainbows here. There were definite flaws that I noticed:

    • Qi Feng is a less compelling character than Ling Ke. He had the potential to be just as interesting as Ling Ke if his flaws and weaknesses were further explored. Instead, the author chose to make him a "perfect boyfriend" character, so he becomes rather boring/predictable.
    • As an extension of the above... after Ling Ke and Qi Feng get together, their dynamic falls into rather stereotypical BL territory. You know, the whole "extremely devoted and confident Gong, the shy and vulnerable Shou". Ling Ke especially suffered a lot from this, since it felt like he was being forced to act out of character.
    • The novel really piled on the whole "omg being homosexual is shameful, I can't let anyone know!" I know it's realistic and the result of cultural differences, but it got rather repetitive to hear the same thing over and over and over again. It would have been nice if that aspect was toned down at least a little bit.
Overall, The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend was a hilarious and fun ride. Its execution had problems, but Ling Ke was such a nicely unique MC that it was still worth reading.

[Of note, the Fake Relationship trope didn't actually last too long--the two of them resolved their miscommunications and got together pretty fast.] <<less
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ruiriod rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: --
lol there are chapters but you have to look at the site to find the summaries of them (which are pretty good and don't contain only 3 sentences- more like 50) good plot though, relatable protag

until the part where he gets super prince like and op

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Otwentyfirst rated it
July 4, 2018
Status: Completed
Seriously I so f*cking love this. Definitely 5 stars in the fluffy category.

A very well crafted story with down to earth characters. And therein lies the appeal.
    • appearance descriptions aren't annoying and aren't effusive
    • characters are realistic. Realistic. I will say it again. REALISTIC. That makes this story very enjoyable to read
    • no drama
    • supporting characters are used very well, serving to reveal Ling Ke's and Qi Feng's thoughts helping to move the story along in a believable fashion. They are also wonderfully supportive and charming
I too read this on the site Winter Translation. The "summaries" are a looser form of translation but still keeps the authenticity of the characters dialog and inner thoughts. I honestly liked it quite a bit as it made the flow very smooth and gave me a good time.
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WhoWho rated it
January 5, 2018
Status: c62
I read from wintertranslates so basically the chapters were very detailed but not literal translations. But they were really well translated with lots of creative thought into it, and probably would be better than literal translations.

I really like the story and how it leaves you wanting for more. It always makes you stand on the tip of your toes. The synopsis is fine, but the story is amazing, and the synopsis does leave you with a bias, that might confuse you a bit. So if you are unsure after reading... more>> the synopsis, I highly recommend you to start reading the story.

Basically I really like what the translator has done to the original story, by also actually doing the other half of "translating." For example, there might be really bad and unnecessary stuff that the original author wrote to appeal the readers in China. The translator did a really good job at bridging that gap, and make it more suitable for other readers.

I'm okay with the fact that the characters were intentionally written as closeted and hiding their se xuality and willing also to do anything to mask it. But sometimes I feel like that part is overemphasized in the story. It's isn't so bad in this novel compared to "Waiting For You Online", partly because this translator does a really good job and also because the story is more believable, even though it has a lot of fictional stuff.

I really applaud the translator, since I feel like a big part of why the two main characters were so endearing is due to the translator. This is just speculation, but I feel like the Chinese author makes "being gay" a big deal/issue, whereas the translator makes it seem a bit more "normal". <<less
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Diviana rated it
March 6, 2018
Status: Completed
Two guys totally into each other pretending to be straight not to scare the other way? It is hilarious as the summary suggests. Ling Ke works so hard it made me want to cheer him on. The writing gets a overdone sometimes

especially how depict being in the closet

but the winter summaries managed to balance the tone.
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February 17, 2020
Status: Completed
gosh... I just can't... It's too fluffy and heart fluttering. Gay guys pretending to be straight pretending to be gay guys... I can't with these two, like seriously!! Lol.

No small wonder I've also enjoyed this book like I did Assistant Architect (AA), because the same author wrote both. Now, off to read 'Waiting for You Online' (also from same author). [BTW, Gu Yao, sister of ML 'Gu Yu' from AA made a cameo here.

https://wintertranslates. wordpress. com/. - to read the whole novel
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Sliph rated it
December 5, 2019
Status: Completed
The plot is pretty good and the ML is really likable.... however, the MC comes across as pretty prejudiced throughout and that's a bit of a dealbreaker for me personally. Without this flaw, I'd probably give it 4 stars as the story still has its moments.

An example of this type of thing is thrown at you straight away in the beginning chapters when the MC relates carrying tissue papers with being too feminine for a straight guy, and as a 'gay guy' he doesn't even carry them. Immediately associating feminity... more>> with homosexuality. (This is just a small example of this and is the first one that comes to mind but little things like this are constantly popping up throughout the web novel)

I'd still give this novel a shot but if things like the above ^ make you uncomfortable, it might be worth avoiding. <<less
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K3I rated it
April 5, 2020
Status: c21 part1
This is a nice story, pretty fluffy, but the prejudices are just throwing me off.

Like, the tissue paper thing being associated with feminity, which is then associated with homosexuality is just s*upid. Guys can carry around tissue papers also. It isn't really a feminine type of thing but more of a hygiene thing.

I mean, they even bring up sexuality in matters where I feel like it wouldn't even matter?

But, I do enjoy the fact that MC accepts his sexuality pretty easily. Although I think he might be slightly oversensitive in... more>> those matters. His inner monologue is like a shoujo protag. Like, your over thinking a lot of things.

Overall, I would rate it a 3.5 <<less
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Kryme rated it
January 24, 2020
Status: Completed
A very good and cute story.

The MC hides his emotions very well, appearing cold and calm on the surface when he's actually nervous.

The ML is cute and clingy and likes to show off in front of MC


I wanted to see more of the side couple...

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November 14, 2019
Status: Completed
Oh... What a heart-warming story. If you are looking for a cute plot to make you smile and feel all bubbly, go for it!

I want to comment how much I loved the chemistry between MC and ML... ML is not the kind of top that forces the bottom, thankfully; he waited for MC, didn't cross bondaries when the time arrived... Please, more MLs like this!!

Also... Just me who after reading this one, wanted to read a story about a love triangle between two brothers fighting for one guy? Qi Yu's... more>> teasing got me... <<less
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ike_00000 rated it
August 4, 2019
Status: Completed
Super cute!! Normally I don't like stories where misunderstandings play a decent role and characters are overly dense, but this one was very sweet. NOTE: You can find all the chapters pretty well translated online!! The translator calls them "summaries" but they're so detailed it's pretty much a translation in all but name. I really recommend them.
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Croc rated it
September 7, 2018
Status: Completed
I absolutely love this novel. At first I read the full translations, but after reading one of the reviews that said that there’s a website with the summaries, I couldn’t help myself so I ended up reading those instead and finished the novel in two days. This novel is so cute. I love the characters and I love how the story is so light and playful. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance novels.
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PiCrazy31415 rated it
July 30, 2018
Status: Completed
Another one to add to the list of absolute favorites. To be honest, I was pretty surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. The synopsis didn't look too great, especially with all the emphasis on how the MC loved the ML first. But the MC's personality totally evened out the field, and gave us some amazing dynamics. It's also pretty hilarious that the title of the story is only relevant for a short period of the story.

Okay, so I love OP MCs. And yes, the MC here is pretty... more>> dang amazing. Tbh I'm most impressed by his ability to keep a calm and cold facade over all of his emotions, plus adding that to his handsomeness and apparently arrogant temperament to become someone similar to the ML. The ML is of course adorable, really clingy and affectionate all the time. And persistent in chasing the MC. The side characters definitely helped out a lot in this story. The friends are amazing, especially the ML's best bro hahahah. Best wingman, though probably only applicable for the MC. The big bro is also pretty tsundere, trying to help his dumb little brother under the facade of arguing and insulting him. Both the MC and ML's families are great, being reasonable and accepting of the couple. The ML's divorced parents are pretty damn relatable rn, and it makes me happy that they got back together even after a decade of separation. It gives me hope about the MC and ML constantly being together. Even I got emotional when the MC got that tattoo. Good for you, man.

Loved the adorable fluff in this story. Also, the s*x scenes weren't bad either. Many thanks to winter for the summaries, couldn't tell at all that they weren't translations. It's been a while since I've appreciated the feeling of being able to read coherent english for an entire LN. Recommend. <<less
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Moraxella rated it
April 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Fluffy and entertaining; worth the read, but, somehow I feel that the author hasn’t milked the pretend relationship to its fullest before things got resolved.
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Kian_Roronoa rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: c1
This was such a fluffy read. I was reading “Agreement to be gay for 30 days” and Jnaomi suggested this. I feel mushed reading it just under 12 hours.

This is full of fluff and no angst and also one of the few novel where the ML and MC admitted they are gay and not something like, I’m straight but I love him.
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Violet Grace rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: Completed
This story is very cute.

I can't help smiling through the entire story.

This is really my favourite.
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shimakaido rated it
January 7, 2018
Status: --
This novel has the characters who are the most unpredictable amongst all I have read so far, especially the MC, who is also the most three-dimensional character I have seen for a while, an entirely different shou/uke from most danmei I have read. The plot is simple, very familiar, and cliché but kudos to the author for making it a lot more fun by creatively writing her characters to drive the story into a more intersting ride.
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April 13, 2020
Status: --
Description doesn't fit the story well infact ML is bisexual at least that what I read and MC does love ML but he is very shy and scared I taught it's going to be painful and honestly I didn't read the story until 6months after because I didn't like the description and taught they will have lot misunderstandings but even tough they do they are all cute ML actually makes a lot moves through out the story and MC thinks it's normal between straight guys I already read the complete... more>> story which was translated but is not in nu I guess translator doest put in nu you Google may you will find it but as for story it's sweet no dog blood but there is dog food 😂😂🤣 <<less
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hy-d-ra rated it
March 3, 2020
Status: --
The MC to me is unlikable with his weird prejudices, so I don't plan to continue, but judging from other people's opinions it's cute. Maybe I'm weird, but to me MC is weird. So I'm out of here.
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