The Reason We Broke up


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My dream was you, Na HaYeon.

Model HaYeon has been in a relationship with actor Taewan for a long time. The love that started at the tender age of eighteen is about to end at twenty-nine.

“Let’s break up now, Taewan. Let’s stop.”

“Why do you want to break up? Are you telling me the love is gone?”

“No, the love isn’t gone.”

The love had never gone away for a moment. From the moment he walked over with the springtime as his backdrop, it had always been there.

“I still love you.”

“Then why?”

Taewan shouted out as if he couldn’t understand.

“I don’t have the confidence to love you tomorrow.”


“That’s the reason.”

Me, the one who tells you it’s the end even though I said it wasn’t.

You, the one who knows it’s the end but can’t end it.

This love that only gives us more wounds as we stay together…

Will we be able to protect it?

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Lois. rated it
June 20, 2021
Status: c25
I've currently catched up with the updates. If you're looking for a potentially sad or tragic love story this is prolly for you. The main couple seems pretty wholesome as seen from their past memories though it makes you question what made them albeit distanced from each other as seen from the description. Try it out if you want to. The plot really does seem pretty promising too for this one.
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ley.monade rated it
April 1, 2022
Status: extra
This was an amazing short read. It really clenches your heart.

Neither side were at fault at all. It's because they both love each other so much that the sacrifices that they have done for each other just ended up actually hurting themselves and each other.

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I was glad that Hayeon made the decision to break up before taewan got his trophy because that made a really huge impact of him realizing what was really meant for him.


I would love for Korea to make this into a movie (too short for a kdrama) in the future because this is amazing on so many levels <<less
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Renjiko rated it
January 16, 2022
Status: Completed

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Male lead is the real MVP of this story. His POV maannn!! Maybe its in our nature to be curious about what our partner thoughts during the breakup cycle but the thing is, the writing skills is just spectacular. The DRAMA tag aint lie bruh!

Very realistic, relatable and whether youve been into break up or not, this HITS! Cheers for my tears and my sister thingking im having life struggle for crying midnight while reading this. Lol

The communication and set backs are so satisfying too. The characters are both imperfect yet admirable. You cannot hate anyone of the leads, instead you will love the two of them. In relationship, we tend to label one we cannot control and fit in our hands as toxic, give more weight to the feelings thats left on us. "He or she did this to me/ I hate him so much for such/ why he has to do this and that" that we sometimes forget to ask the other party if hes happy or maybe hes hurting and trying too but we just fail to see. If they chose to seperate ways the other is justified to let go and its not the others fault. You can be tired and stuff but maybe things just needed lil more trust and a team effort and thats sumn you can choose too more so if its the right person. This novel will teach you to be a partner more than just a lover. If there is any break up novel that I will love to re read and read again, this boooright here is one of em.


I am a simple person, if a novel i've read satisfied me with its ending, good or outstanding so long as it compensate the value I paid for I give 5 star regardles. Now, after reading the novel, I felt I am so bias. I wish I could give 10 stars to this novel and so to my top 10 smut novel bcs there is no way I culd justify giving the same score for those that JUST satisfied me and this gold! <<less
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_EyeCandy_ rated it
September 1, 2021
Status: c25
I'm the type of person who only gives reviews to the stories that hit me soo hard that I can't help it.

Let me just say that as a person who is addicted with Romance Novels, Manga, Anime, Manhwa, (and I've been addicted to this genre for 10 years), let me just say that this piece of diamond right here can not compare to any of the stuff I've read and watched so far.

It was a realistic love with a really deep story. (I'm talking about their childhood here) Their... more>> meeting, their little memories, their growing love, their kindness, his confession, their story.. It felt like I wasn't reading a novel at All, it felt like it came straight out of my heart. I can't describe it.

It may be different for other people, but when she had flashbacks of when they met and when they were young and teenagers, it felt so real. Everything felt like it was truly happening and I was astonished by their development when they were young. Even just their quiet smiles gave a lot of meanings and words even though they don't say anything. This feelings for me is really peculiar since I've never felt this before. As I read the story, I felt like spring. I'm crying so hard right now.

I. Don't know how to describe this feeling, but you'll feel it once you read.

It's not overly romantic like Romeo and Juliet, not like other dramas where heroine gets bullied and boy heroically saves her, not bumping in the middle of the Hallway and books spilled all over, it was none, none of those cliches. <<less
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anonanemone rated it
September 7, 2022
Status: Completed
Summary: To Na HaYeon, Kang Taewan was everything. He was the one who gave her the push to pursue her modeling career. He was the one who broke through her walls and showed her what it was like to be loved. He was the one who brought warmth into her world. But after eleven years of dating, everything began to crumble.

As Taewan steadily became a household name, he grew more distant. Unable to endure the coldness any longer, HaYeon ends their relationship. Caught completely off guard, Taewan demands to know... more>> why. And HaYeon gives him her answer. 'The reason we broke up is..."

Warning: Angsty and emotional.

Review: I felt that this novel was incredibly poetic. A break-up is common and happens all the time. However, the author really delved into the gritty details that make a break-up such a tragedy. This dissection of HaYeon and Taewan's break-up really made me think about relationships in general, both romantic and platonic. There is one quote by HaYeon's friend regarding love that I think about often. She compares love to glass, and once the love is over, it shatters:


"You clean it up to the best of your ability, but the next day, you see that a shard of glass is sticking out somewhere. You see it with your eyes, you step on it with your foot, and your skin breaks... After repeating that a few times, just when you think it’s all over, you’ll find another one after a long time has passed. That damned shard of glass."


Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It is by no means an exciting read full of drama and intrigue. It's a soft, gentle story that gives us a snapshot into the lives of these two individuals. It shows us how they met, how they separated, and ultimately, how they grew. <<less
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May 13, 2022
Status: Completed
Definitely better than many knovels. It's good but quite bit underwhelming to my personal taste. Sure they love each other soooo much but I was not that emotionally invested to know more. There's fair amount of character development. Idk I find these two people kind of boring. That being said It's definitely not bad I can see why others give such a high rating. I maybe wrong but these two people has huge communication issues. I can't understand why in these 10 never once they showed their flaws. Don't people... more>> deeply in love bare their vulnerabilities to their SO. This maybe how real couples act in reality but novel is about extraordinary love not ordinary love. <<less
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Hell is boring rated it
June 5, 2022
Status: Completed
This isn't tagged as tragedy, but you'd do well to prepare a box of tissues. I mean I did wet my pillow with tears.

I can't say anything this is just oh ever so beautiful & sweet & heartbreaking & heartwarming & innocent. You can FEEL their emotions & their struggles & their train of thoughts. The characters feel so real for me.

The people who loved each other with their whole beings yet messed up, because that's what humans do. We mess up & we regret it & we try to... more>> repair the broken things the best we can. I enjoyed this journey much.

However I'm slightly disappointed because


after they got together every thing became so sweet & cute. I mean it's not like I hate dog food, but I think the author was trying to apologize for making us cry for 3 whole chapter straigh (this novel is only 5 chapters, mind you)

I don't like that. An author should stand proud of their stories (specially when it's so beaut) but it felt rather forced for me. I think what the ending would be nice if they get back together & were trying to make things right after 2-3 years & know each other again... you know things like that :) tho I have always preferred tragedies so my opinion is untrustworthy lol


But anyway it doesn't change thefact that this novel is pure gold & one of the best romance novels on this site <<less
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aiya03 rated it
August 11, 2021
Status: c24
I just started reading this today. At first, I placed it on my 'Waiting' list but then I got curious so I said to myself, I'll just read the first 3 chapters. Low and behold, I got hooked and read all available chapters and moved it to my 'Reading' list.

It's really good, like a Korean drama plot. The story flow and details, it becomes vivid and I kept picturing the scenes in my head. I am a sucker for the emotional break up bits so that part in the summary... more>> really got to me. This one, I can tell so far, is realistic.


All of it, being in a long time relationship, wondering if it just all become a routine and she lost herself in the name of love (became a hidden lover), it all become so painful. Then at one point in time, she just started breaking inside. So, before coming to that end, she just had to let go


I really like this novel and hoping it will get more frequent update in the future. <<less
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estoejia rated it
August 16, 2022
Status: Completed
I fell head-over-heels in love with Na HaYeon. She is an absolute dream of a FL and I’m almost sad that there wasn’t more said about her. The world and Taewan’s perception of her as a mysterious figure is absolutely spot on. Even after reading about her younger self I felt as if I know everything and nothing at the same time.

Similarly with Taewan, even though majority of the story was told through HaYeon’s lens, it felt like I knew more about Taewan than HaYeon.

Their coupling is absolutely divine and... more>> even though they seemed perfect on paper I enjoyed reading about their imperfections and insecurities and how they found their way back to each other. I do wish that after everything was revealed, HaYeon could have properly explained to Taewan that her family never treated her like family and therefore he is her sole family. I feel like that would have completely dispelled the anxieties and insecurity Taewan had about not being enough for HaYeon.

While this story has plenty of great lines, I was a wreck for what HaYeon said in the Prologue right before she told him she wanted to break up:

“While I was just one part of your world, you were all of mine... ”

You could feel her despair in that one line. They say whoever loves more is loses and it was in that one line that I felt Na HaYeon’s utter defeat. It was the beginning of the end for her.

The Reason We Broke Up is such a beautifully written story of no matter how perfect two people may be together, they can lose each other in the midst of all the noise. Sometimes you have to let go in order to find each other again and I love how it was Na HaYeon who found that strength to break their relationship in order to make it stronger. No cheating or other party interference, just pure and enduring love between two soulmates. <<less
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YojaKyung27 rated it
January 13, 2022
Status: c1 part1
this is amazing work!! I really like korea, they really attach great importance to legality and copyright. So a reader like me, who often reads free novels on the web, bought his e-books on google play books for the first time and read it with google translate. Because I'm curious to death waiting for updates and can't find mtl.

I actually prefer novels with a bit of comedy and a happy ending. I don't read novels with sad endings and don't like reading sad novels. I'm someone who cries easily.

But this... more>> novel is amazing, the first chapter is hot, the breakup scene is hurt, when they first started dating is sweet and Tae wan's POV in the last chapter is the best.

it's hard to read while crying, I shed a lot of tears because of this novel, the happy ending made me not regret reading this book. Well worth the $3 money and time I spent.

RECOMENDED!!! <<less
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czeihne rated it
August 16, 2022
Status: Completed
THIS one is so nice.

I really love the part when the ML received his award, help his trophy and was supposed to give a speech but ended up not saying anything with only his tears falling.

as well as the part when he went to MC after the award ceremony and reconciled with her
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Blackpennn rated it
July 17, 2022
Status: Completed
GOLDDDD!! It's the only thing I can say, all of it!! And thanks to the translator, it was wonderful and easy to read, the translator knows how to translate the book in a way that makes us feel like we're with them, It was a wonderful experience! Thank you!!


it's not, oh nooo I can't save us my Atlantis we fall~ its I can/we can save us my Atlantis we go haha

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Tutubitter rated it
May 20, 2022
Status: Completed
It was just another day of me chasing smut novels but this covered me off guard. (It was on the next page right after the novel I was reading) I ended up crying instead but I have no regrets 🤧👌The emotions were *chef's kiss* really embellished the characters. Very well done
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chanyansi rated it
April 22, 2022
Status: Completed
The emotionsssssssss and the feels my gosh. This was so beautifully written and heart wrenching. I cried with both the FL and ML when they went through their heartbreak and my heart fluttered alongside them when they were falling in love.

Its a short read, but it does not lack any character development...I selfishly wish there were more extra parts in the end with some snippets of their day to day life. I love Na Hayeon and Kang Taewan so much.

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I can totally see this as a film (already have my dream casting in mind) <<less
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Bookworm_Sueweetie rated it
March 30, 2022
Status: Completed
For a "5-chapter" short novel, this is really good and tackled the depth of FL and ML relationship... There are roller coaster of emotions from angst, sweetness, sadness and realizations.

Can't fault decisions of the leads in their relationship, their reasons are understandable. You can't hate them bc they felt so realistic.
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November 2, 2022
Status: --
I cried here. Idk why I only cry when something or somehow related to my problems or have empathy towards the story or just plain torture. I can't even relate to their situation, well probably on the part of the ml's sense of duty but im on the other side. It scared the sht out of me to commit or had a sense of duty in my relationships. But this story makes me feel. Makes me feel the feelings of the characters even tho I dont experienced their situation. God... more>> be damned they love eo but somewhere along their journey they lost each other. I can't help but remember that sentence from a novel that ive read I forgot the title but it was cnovel that's popular.

We often do the best thing for our partner without knowing if its really for the best.

not exactly the words but that's basically the meaning.

Really recommended. Best thinv I ever found. Shorts stories are the best! <<less
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poirot11 rated it
October 24, 2022
Status: extra
This is one of the best short knovels out there. The plot brings us to the beginning (the summary), then to the flashback (which were heartwarming), and to the present. The author’s really good to convey their feelings, that I can feel the heartache and it still lingers until a few days I finished this novel. Really recommend everyone to read this. I suggest you could read this while listening to Yerin Baek “Limit”. Her song (especially the lyrics) is the best suited for this novel.
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chande rated it
October 7, 2022
Status: Completed
I really love this story. The author could really convey the feeling of heartbroken throughout the story until I felt that it was myself who was heartbroken and my heart ached because of it. But don't worry though, the separation was only temporary and you would get your happy ending but not before you went through the agony of losing your love.

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I think that no one was at fault in their brief separation. They just loved each other in a different way. FL felt that having ML was enough and didn't want much but ML wanted to give her the best. However, as his works consumed his times, he began neglected FL that led to their separation. But their separation also served as a wake up call for both of them and in the end, they finally managed to untie their heart knot and got back together again.

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zebruism rated it
August 25, 2022
Status: Completed
Highly recommended! This really touched a nerve on me especially I am going on a same situation like Hayeon. If you want a quick read and good plot, this one is definitely for you. It might be a simple storyline and all, but it will definitely pique your interests. Thanks to the translators and author-nims!
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stephhiny rated it
August 23, 2022
Status: Completed
Wow I feel like my heart was ripping apart as I read this, I'm trembling. /Cries/

Really, this one is a truly beautiful slice of love story. It was heartwarming. It was well written. Full of ups and downs with emotions. Love the story. Love the characters. Got me too much feelings :")

Totally recommended. 100/10. And yeah I didn't write it wrong lol.
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