The Maknae Has to Be an Idol


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“I will leave the debut group.”

I can’t make it in this group. I should leave and set up a chicken restaurant so that my brothers could at least make a name for themselves.

Destined to be a failed idol, I decided to leave the group for the betterment of the others.


[A member dies if you leave the debut group.]


“…This is making me crazy.”

The struggles of Bong Tae-Yoon, the Maknae on top, whose hands hold the lives of his group members, begins now!

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막내는 아이돌이 되어야한다
Related Series
Debut or Die (2)
The Trashy PD Has To Survive as an Idol (2)
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Save a Failed Idol’s Life (1)
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Idol’s Technique That Never Fails (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. Silly goofy idol novels
  2. IDOL/ACTOR (male protagonist)
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4 Reviews

New Goodreadsonl
Apr 14, 2024
Status: c172
I like that this doesn't end with the MC debuting. There's a deeper plot happening in the background, which adds a lot of intrigue and suspense.

I'm so confused by whats happening with the system. It's not as straightforward like other system novels, but it makes it more interesting.

10/10 I need more chapters.
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Jan 31, 2024
Status: c106
Excellent! I wasn't expecting much since there are many generic idol KR novels out there, and most of them are pretty mediocre. Also the art cover looks a little old-fashioned. However, this reminds me a lot of Debut or Die, which is one of my favorite novels. The MC Taeyoon is very practical, loves his members, and has a tragic backstory. He's quite cute in a tsundere maknae way. MC has system benefits but it's not super overdone and annoying. Regression mystery is intriguing. I love me a good supporting... more>> character cast - here, only half of the idol group has significant characterization about a third into the story, but it's made up for with a very interesting rival/friend character. <<less
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Dec 18, 2023
Status: c54
So far, I'm loving the novel. It's kind of wholesome, and I love their friendship; it's so genuine. I'm still waiting for more chapters.
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Mar 03, 2024
Status: c136
I’m really in love with this novel! It’s premise is like debut or die but give it a significant change. Tae-Yoon is so cute, I really felt like a fan rooting for him. The chemistry with the members are also all great, they didn’t really feel flat but have their own personalities, the side characters makes you want too root for them too!

The MC, Tae-Yoon have a system like any other idol MC do, but his is quite different. The system doesn’t show something like a status window, so it’s... more>> quite nice to see a change of pace. He’s not op too, we see him struggling a lot but the solution doesn’t feel that crazy or far fetched.

The story is quite a slow burn though. But very chapter makes you want to know more about it. I recommend this novel to anyone who is craving for more idol novels like me, it’s really a fun read with slight angst in it. <<less
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