The Youthful You Who Was So Beautiful


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Is there a possibility, that love doesn’t exist in the world?

Adapted into a movie, Better Days with Jackson Yi and Zhou DongYu.

Associated Names
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Better Days
In His Youth, In Her Beauty
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Recommendation Lists
  1. 5/5 Star Novels
  2. Romance
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
04/21/20 Dramas, Books & Tea epilogue 2
04/14/20 Dramas, Books & Tea epilogue 1
04/08/20 Dramas, Books & Tea c29
03/31/20 Dramas, Books & Tea c28 part3
11/08/19 Dramas, Books & Tea c28 part2
10/31/19 Dramas, Books & Tea c28 part1
10/23/19 Dramas, Books & Tea c27
10/23/19 Asada Translations extra
10/23/19 Asada Translations c30
10/21/19 Asada Translations c29
10/20/19 Asada Translations c28 part3
10/19/19 Asada Translations c28 part2
10/17/19 Asada Translations c28 part1
10/15/19 Asada Translations c27
07/27/19 Dramas, Books & Tea c26
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New minako25 rated it
August 4, 2020
Status: --

My heart. This is so beautiful I can't. I'm not good with words so I'll try my best.

The translation/writing is so beautiful I can feel the emotions of every character and the hardships they faced together...

Okay nope, I rlly can't anymore. T^T I recommend it to anyone that would to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. It's similar to a joyride, you'll feel sad but still enjoy it.
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New Jaanu rated it
July 18, 2020
Status: Completed
Loved this book..a lot.. excellent translation..I didn't feel like reading translation.. it felt like reading a novel itself... it's stirs your heart strings.. this entire novel either it was happiness, sadness any feeling I was feeling high of it... it made me think a lot to.. it's a beautiful story.. very worth reading..I will come reading again when I feel down though it's sad at points.. this novel is full of hope
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makenai89 rated it
April 16, 2016
Status: --
Reviewed at 18, rated 5.

This novel told the story of a girl and a boy who coincidentally met at a crossing point of their life. Due to some circumstances, the girl was heavily bullied by her (ex) classmates. It was seriously bloody bullying, but nobody can help her; her mother was absent, her teacher could only offer words of comfort, even police’s protection was unable to sufficiently cover her. When everything seemed bleak, the boy who was a local gangster became the only one who could provide for her. However,... more>> the threat of bullying continued hanging over their heads. Additionally, the two of them since the beginning had aimed at different direction; how would it be possible for their story to end happily?

The Youthful You Who Was So Beautiful is another beautifully poignant novel that was maligned by unreasonable one-star rater here. So far, it’s actually a good one with solid plot and steady pace. The emotions invoked by the story are so real; the helplessness that the character faced, the dilemmas which the characters as children were unable to solve, the desperation and struggles... it’s all narrated very well by the author. The novel’s hooks are also carefully placed here and there... you won’t be able to resist not coming back once you started reading it. <<less
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jennamt4 rated it
October 2, 2019
Status: Completed
I read up to Ch 26 and then MTL the rest. Give this novel a try, I promise you won't regret it. I cried in many scenes and still cry when I re-read certain parts again. It's a gritty, angsty novel in a high school setting with dark subject matters like extreme bullying and rape. The love and devotion between the main leads is so deep and quite profound.

The ML, Bei Ye was such a well-written character and this story still resonates with me even after all this time.

... more>>

Our MC is a young girl who lives alone in the city for school since her mother lives in the country to make ends meet. She ends up witnessing the death of a classmate. The instigator bullies the MC to keep her mouth shut. One afternoon, on her way home, she encounters a gang beating up a boy. She normally minds her own business but as she walks pass them, she takes her phone out to call the police. When the gang sees this, they attack her too. They force the MC and the boy to kiss. Later they see each other. The boy is a member of another gang and on that particular day, he was sick so he let them beat him up. She asked the boy for protection from her bullies. He would walk behind her every day to and from school. She becomes deeply dependent on him and they start to fall in love. He will make sacrifices for her after a big incident that happens towards the end. The ending isn't conclusive.


The book has been adapted into a movie called Better Days. <<less
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littleshisenki rated it
February 24, 2017
Status: --
Although the summary above is a little bit peculiar—does not contain a bit of background and curiously just a simple question in matters about love—it actually gives justice about this novel's substance as a story. It wasn't just about a silly encounter of a boy and a girl where eventually love would bloom between these young youths (or so how usual romance would go). The plot didn't stopped only to that setting field. It was even bigger than anyone would expect. It was not all about just loving someone but... more>> it was all about growing up into a capable adult or wishing to grow up becoming a better person. It's that development that attracted me the most about their connection with each other. Aside from that, kneelex on the side is highly recommendable while reading this story. <<less
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qnl.010997 rated it
November 27, 2019
Status: Completed
I actually came across this novel when I checked out the information about Better Days (2019). I thought of checking out what is the movie about before actually watching it and not just watch it because of the cast... (Btw, Bei Ye is played by Jackson Yee and Chen Nian is played by Zhou Dongyu) The movie is wonderful and touching so I thought of reading the novel. Since the movie is adapted from this novel, the novel can't be that bad right?

The novel impressed me even more and the... more>> story line is slightly different from the movie but still the main point is still there. I never regret giving this novel a try and I finished it in one day since I can't stop reading the chapters one after another. The story line is realistic and some scenes made me cried. Bei Ye is so sweet towards Chen Nian!

You should really read the novel even though the summary is a bit... and watch the movie too (if you want) because both novel and the movie's ending is different so it depends on your own's preference. Give both of it a try and I bet you never regret it~ <<less
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Novelmaster19 rated it
June 9, 2019
Status: c25
Looking at the summary, I was hesitant to start reading this, but I'm glad I did.

The characters are wonderfully depicted and their personality is not without flaws and that's what makes them even more realistic and loveable.

The storyline is very realistic and tackles issues that are not often talked about or just brushed over in other novels. This story had me crying several times and usually, I hate re-reading stories since I would already know how everything works out in the end, but the words and the atmosphere the author... more>> uses made me read some chapters over and over again countless times. <<less
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eatasalad rated it
November 3, 2019
Status: Completed
This story gave me the feels. The deep, deep feels. For anyone who's looking for quality writing/translated novels with a plot that pertains to the realities of life, then this is for you.
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Y.HL rated it
June 8, 2020
Status: epilogue 2
A raw, harsh and realistic portrayal of high school bullying in a society where friends, parents, teachers and the police have failed to care, nurture and protect.

Amidst the violence, a chance encounter forever changes the lives of two seemingly very different people: a studious stutterer with a bright future, and a delinquent without any future prospects. One trusts and the other protects as they struggle to live under harsh conditions, where sacrifice isn't noble idiocy, but a thoughtful and selfless gift of hope, kindness, goodness, acceptance, happiness, and a deep,... more>> enduring love.

It's nuanced, poignant, contemplative and beautiful, and asks difficult and thought-provoking questions about the paradoxes of life. <<less
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April 8, 2020
Status: c29
If you don't cry at least three times in this novel you are a monster. The bullying here is so heartwrenching and the uselessness of the school and the apatheticness of society is even more disgusting than the bullies themselves.

Their love reminds me of the manga Mars. A good child and a rebellious kid uniting together as one soul, its very moving and you will feel sad you will never have the same great love as them.

The mystery and the investigation is very interesting, actually you will never know in... more>> the end what is the real truth of the case.

The end is bittersweet, but I think its a happy ending as they will always have each other. <<less
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cutecatpawn rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: --
Beautiful love story.. You must read it..

Actually, I hope there is more chapter that can give them happy ending.. Maybe, in the movie I will get it? Let's try..
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amruta rated it
January 9, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a roller coaster ride of emotions.

All the characters are so human. Hated the bullying students. Despicable. I pray that these horrible students exist only on paper and not in real life. That would be tragic.

The FL and ML are so strong. Their love is pure and beautiful. The ending is bitter sweet. Zheng Yi is that one person we wish we had in our corner.

The translation is excellent and special thanks to Asada for finishing the last chapters. Thank you.

Don't miss this.
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OctoberGrey rated it
December 30, 2019
Status: c1
This is an absolute gem! Loved the story, characters, the prose - everything was so beautiful and heart wrenching. No wonder it was made into a movie!

And I'm so glad that the novel has a reasonably happy ending

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bigdipper rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is probably the most beautiful and poignant I've read in years. It made me cry at 3am, feeling hollow and yet full.
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SwetaMagar rated it
June 28, 2020
Status: --
"We share our joys, and we share our sorrows. We share the light, and we share the darkness."

" He asked me If I trust him? Of course I did.

Every single time he asked, my trust in him grew stronger, and stronger"

The world were the only person they can trust and love is only each other. Bei Ye and Chen Nian both teenager, who faced cruelty, darkness, hate since their childhood. The only light they saw is in each other. Our ML who thinks that the only pure and beautiful thing... more>> in his disgusted life is Chen Nian (FL) and do everything that needed to protect her, even his life! I am truly speechless with this novel. While reading this, I seldomly thought how cruel this world is and how our every actions, our behaivour might impact or effect others life. I only wanna say THIS NOVEL IS GEM! Its better sweet! If I could give 100 star, I would give it! <<less
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Nekoyama.Jin rated it
April 24, 2020
Status: --
This story is so effortless. So mind boggling; truly a tearjerker. The strength, love and trust between Bai Ye and Chen Nian is honestly such a beautiful thing to read about. The injustice in society and law is also an interesting read (as a law student myself), I found it frustrating to read about but it gives you a whole new perspective. Chen Nian and Bai Ye are so much more strong than any other characters mentally. I cried a lot :,)
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Izsua rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: c2019
Wauw, this was really emotional heavy, but beautifully written novel.

Even though the novel has a really dark theme, I really recommend to read it. The novel depicts the harsh reality of society. It is one of the few gem stories, which are really hard to find. Even if some parts are hard to read through, continue with the story.

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I really hate 'the r*pe element' (doesn't matter in which story). It was a relief that they only described a part (details) near the end. But I really despise that people, who are underage, are a gray area in the law. The fact that they are underage does not make the heaviness of bullying and r*pe any less. But I agree that they need psychological guidance, though that doesn't mean no/less punishment.

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KayTeca rated it
June 28, 2020
Status: --
This got me crying for hours, so heartwrenching and heartwarming. Prepare your tissues y'all. Would reread again for sure.
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Chizuru rated it
June 14, 2020
Status: epilogue 2
Where to begin. I will be writing this based on my perspective. This novel is extremely different than the past things I have read before.

What I got from it, it's about how the system sometimes fails to give justice for young victims. To the point that they would rather rely on one another than with adults. How adults easily turn a blind eye to what is happening for reputation/ not wanting to get involved/ being neglectful. It was about how bullying can cause serious mental and physical damage, and once... more>> again society does nothing to stop it. Not until there is at least one person who wants to make a change.

How in the end there is sometimes no justice for the victim because it was a thing between youths. That the offender shouldn't be severely punished because they don't know any better and they can redeem themselves before they are adults. But then we go to the question, "what about the victim?" Wouldn't it be fair for the offender to be punished for all they did to the victim? Where is the justice for the victim? But the words above hold truths, some youths do redeem themselves, but to redeem oneself comes within. No one but yourself can change. This, I saw, as hypocrisy and selfishness by part of the law and of humans. Because we want justice and fairness at the same time, something that cannot be possible together.

And then the beautiful relationship that comes out of all this. How there is still beauty, kindness, trust, and love in all this darkness. That a relationship with silence says more than enough. Trust was a big part of this novel, the level of trust they had for each other was astronomical. I won't lie, their relationship is something to be jealous about because of their immense trust and reliance in one another. Extremely moving.

It was 31 chapters long, with the last two being epilogues written in letter format. The end, although it wasn't explicit, gave closure

because you knew they ended up together and grew to be better people.

Through all the hardships they went through, their trust and will to protect one another was still there.

In the end, she writes to the police officer that she still believes in truth, in beauty, in kindness, in goodness, and in trust and belief itself. All thanks to her partner, because he showed all that to her.

At the end of the novel I too finally started to understand the quote, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."


I extremely recommend this novel, it pulls at your heartstrings, makes you cry but it is worthwhile. Like I said, I have never come across a novel like this before. Not only was it well written, it also pulls you in. I was able to read it all in a day, but I took my time to process and take in everything. I reread some chapters because they were either shocking or touching. The ending, chapter 29, was beautiful. Those last two sentences made me cry so hard. It hit my heart. The ending with the epilogues, everything was bittersweet. I had tears and a small smile in my face when I read the last words. Once again, I recommend this novel. It is now my top favorite and I don't think I will ever find anything like it. <<less
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