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, payed attention to that person’s every move, and privately, started his fanatical fanboying 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 hearthrob 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
Related Series
Agreement of Being Gay for 30 Days (2)
Everyone Thinks that I Like Him (1)
Reborn as My Love Rival’s Wife (1)
Qingge (1)
Waiting For You Online (1)
Don’t You Like Me (1)

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New Ainslee rated it
June 9, 2019
Status: --
Young adult story, very cheerful and heart warming without a speck of tragedy or life hurdle at all.

Everyone (almost, except big bro cuz he's just a cameo/spicy character) had a happy ending.
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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 homos*xuality.) And when Ling Ke and Qi Feng actually began interacting, the wonderful s*xual 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 homos*xual 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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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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Otwentyfirst rated it
July 4, 2018
Status: Completed
Seriously I so f**king 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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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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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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seawaterwitch rated it
February 24, 2019
Status: c20
So funny.

Both are gay pretending to be straight to be close to each other 😂😂😂😂

Both are afraid of rejection. Awww so cute.
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February 10, 2019
Status: Completed
Such a cute story! Thanks to the commenter who mentioned the summaries, I was able to finish the story - though if there were more translations, I'd probably read it again.

It's sort of great to read a minimally tragic bl story with a fairly functional couple. I loved the minor drama from misunderstandings. And I love how the extras add a nice coda to the story.
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kiraluvst rated it
December 1, 2018
Status: Completed
It is indeed funny, cute and sweet :)

I think the synopsis here is a bit misleading:

"He got himself (fake) girlfriends all throughout school, literally playing himself into being branded as a skirt-chaser."

since the ML seemed to be a very warm gentlemen in nature and perhaps was a bit clueless in younger age, remember he had never had his first kiss before.

Anyway it was an enjoyable quick read, recommended for those searching for a light read with which you can smile and say "awww" many times haha
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erialolita rated it
May 12, 2018
Status: Completed
This one is very cute and fluffy. I will admit at times its a bit frustrating as the reader because you know they are just pretending to be straight. I was reading the wonderful translations by Yuiko but they haven't updated in a while so I got impatient and read through machine translation. The first time I have done this until the end of a novel. Too bad the site I found cut out all the good parts. I think my favorite part was

... more>>

When the truth comes out. The ML was the one he first fell for at the piano recital, not the brother. The ML doesn't remember him exactly, though.


I really recommend this one as a way to get that fluffy warm feeling <<less
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Readforfun rated it
March 8, 2018
Status: Completed
Its a really nice story, worth reading.

It was really good story, you dont get bored while reading.

I was amazed at the storyline for a novel of 74 chapters it was really a nice romantic story.

To be honest I didnt road many bl novels because I dont found some I really like except (this one and Quickly War the Face of the Devil).

U can find somewhere all chapters as well (good translated).

Hope u can enjoy this novel like I did.
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