Transmigrated as the Stepmother of the Male Protagonist in a Campus Story

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Jiang Jinjin transmigrated into a book, a campus story and became the stepmother of the second male protagonist, and throughout the text, the description of this stepmother is very little, with a rough estimate of no more than two hundred words.

The male protagonist was sixteen years old this year which was the most rebellious period in a person’s life.

The male lead’s father was thirty-nine years old this year, mature and refined, self-sufficient and unfathomable.

He was not someone she can handle, so she slipped away.

Jiang Jinjin, who was very self-aware, was obsessed with money under the identity of Madam Zhou, but she didn’t expect that along with money, she had to manage the father and son at the same time.

Jiang Jinjin was stunned. Does father and son have some kind of weird habits. Obviously she only treated them as her tools.

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穿成校园文男主的后妈
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Aster Anemone
New Aster Anemone
November 21, 2022
Status: Completed
Ramblings.

3.5 stars

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Transmigration, parallel world are basic tags for this one. This was a bit different as the original owner of the body used to dream of MC in another world, so when the MC transmigrated into the body of the owner, she got clues by original owner's left behind drawings and paintings and clue in her diary, that the owner seemed to know of her.

ML was near 40 with a 16 years old son, MC aged 27 so the age theme was played well here. There were lots of points to be fully explored or personality issues to be fully played and solved but it wasn't the case. Story felt uncompleted at the end. Underdeveloped story, insufficient buildup towards the climax and the end. Pacing was slow. Characters were well rounded of the three main leads MC, ML and the son.

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It was a light read till the end where it becomes open ended.
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Arrange
Arrange rated it
January 4, 2022
Status: Completed
Honestly? A gem, a wonderful story.

The novel where the fluff is not dog food but propper fluff fit for all.

The story of the novel was a rather comfort read for me. Or maybe it was just me being weak to handsome old gentlemen wearing gold-rimmed glasses.

... more>> The MC really changed the original plotline of the novel. The story of a son of two divorced parents, the basic high school love triangle between childhood friends, and the classic beautiful new transfer student that changes the school bully into a xueba, etc.

I really enjoyed the characters of the novel, it felt very lively to read and Zhou Yan (the stepson) is an absolute blast to be around lmao. He and MC are the perfect comedy duo in the story lololol.

The extras have brought the novel to another height in my opinion.

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TLDR; MC and Zhou Yan, somehow, end up in the past where they met the younger version of Zhou Ming Feng. We then get a somewhat slice of life where people misunderstands the relationship between MC and Zhou Yan because they are very close and Zhou Ming Feng, who started to catch the feels, gets jealous but his son was like "listen up even if she was the only woman alive and me the only man alive, it would still be impossible. *ffs you're my dad*" It was so funny watching them treat the young Zhou Ming Feng like the old father and him going with the flow even tho confused lol.

Then we get another section where it is Zhou Ming Feng who goes to MC's past self where she died in a plane crash while going to see her boyfriend. He basically hops into the bodies of her ex-es and tries to prevent the death of the OG body.

He does it and because MC and OG owner of MC's current body exchanged souls, they basically both get a nice ending.

The other characters also get a very nice glow-up in their character models. Some are finally willing to pick up studying for a better future, some got help from MC during the direst time of their life and we're able to continue their studies, others finally let go of their old personality and delusional self to focus on other aspirations in their life.

Damn that's an all-around happy ending for me.

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I believe that this needs a separate section of its own because this is damn beautiful. The last chapters of the extras are a amazing letter that Zhou Feng Ming leaves for his wife to read 20yrs from now. And... And... *cries*

"When I met you, I really began to crave time. I started to open this topic, watched it carefully, and even began to hope that people would really have reincarnation.

I hope to explore the romance of the universe with you and live many different lives.

[...] You may not see this letter until twenty years later, but that's okay. At that time, we might have more time to start an extended discussion because of this letter.

And this? In the past twenty years, I have also had a very heavy task.

For example, let you stay with me until you see this letter."

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7starkiller99
7starkiller99 rated it
November 9, 2021
Status: Completed
Novel not recommended to read.

MC is Jiang Jinjin, an openly s*upid, selfish, and naive woman who just wants to be richer than rich.

Oh and she really enjoys staring at handsome men. The author puts tons of the Mc's horny thoughts into the novel, the female equivalent of horny teenager.

Now as for the early story:

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MC wakes up as another her in a novel as a pretty background character. She begins to outrageously act OOC, open a store for absolutely no reason, and mess around. She is misunderstood by ML and ML's son for being nice instead of just a selfish scum because of the author's plot armor, including tons of space wasted by the author emphasizing how pretty MC is. MC then begins a happy life except for when she complains like a spoiled rich woman about how hard it is to deal with her super handsome model like husband or how the poor rich handsome son gets no parental love. After making lots of s*upid decisions, the ML easily notices that MC is someone different and decides that it's fine to be married to her.

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All in all, just another one of the many s*upid Mary Sue-ish novels except with the twist that MC is a s*upid selfish money grubber (who by the way starts off with extreme wealth so is in no way poor).
She openly admits she's taking advantage of others and could care less what happens to the ML and his son despite all her conveniences.

-300tril/10 Low Value and little to no romance fluff until late. <<less
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Tachi Works
Tachi Works rated it
November 7, 2021
Status: --
Nice, transmigration has alternate explanations for those who don’t believe in transmigration which is nice touch.

Nice slice of life with realistic expectations of people, not over the top dramatic “I hate you dad, bc you work overtime for feeding me therefore you are a villain who values money over ‘true love family connection’”

Deals with bullying and harassment by kids and adults (by recognizing it as a crime, not an interpersonal affair)

romance is low energy old people things
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Eclat123
Eclat123 rated it
March 20, 2022
Status: Completed
A nice, light, no-nonsesnse romance.

I really love the character settings and developments in this novel, it's like the author is building a very uniquely tailored personality for each one of her characters, including the extras. She can portray the childishness and immaturity of her teen characters, including ML's son's rebelliousness, and we can really feel the tension. On the other hand, she can also portray the maturity of the older characters like ML and his ex wife.

The ML's character is very mature, consistent and stable, a very uncommon one in... more>> between all these domineering-tyrant MLs hype. Sigh, this guy reminds me so much of my ex and even made me a bit regretful. <<less
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silent hobby
silent hobby rated it
March 1, 2022
Status: Completed
In my opinion, MC character is realistic. Some of reviewer wrote that MC is egoistic and just want to be richer, seriously... hey who doesn’t like money? Who doesn’t wanna be billionaire? And all of human beings even animals have ego. The MC’s character is so realistic and normal.

MC is smart as a woman and she is only trusting her own self. As a modern woman, never ever give your soul and heart completely to others because the result is suffering.

I like her interaction with her step son, they are... more>> like best friend. Her husband is just like other male protagonist, smart, wise, rich and also powerful.

This is a light and fluffy novel, with friendship and sweet love. <<less
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stardoll
stardoll rated it
February 4, 2022
Status: Completed
enjoyable story! Honestly the romance is pretty slow but it's pretty sweet and you do get to see them develop a real genuine relationship.

talking more about the FL but hiding it in case it has spoilers:

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I really enjoyed the FL. She had a lot of positive traits- she's sociable, friendly, and hard-working. Yes, she really loves money but it's really clearly stated that she never touches the huge sums of money/bank cards her husband gives her. The first time she spent something on one of her husbands credit cards was to buy him a shirt. Money is important to her, but she still has a sense of measure and doesn't believe in spending what isn't really hers.

lol and she still has the perspective of a normal person. The charity auction where other people are blowing huge amounts of money was a huge culture shock. She actually insisted the ML not buy anything because it would have been a waste of money. Compared to other stories with billionaire CEO MLs, she keeps pretty humble compared to the other crazy rich asians she's neighbors with.

her relationship with the ML and her stepson was awkward at first but if you suddenly transmigrated into someone else's body and had a new family how freaking realisitic would it really be to become a loving family straight away?? She certainly wasn't prepared for an instant husband and teenage step-son. Who the hell would be ready for that, I sure wouldn't.

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it's a nice, short read and easy to MTL. Best thing about the story is that the ML and FL have a high EQ <<less
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Shortk
Shortk rated it
March 6, 2022
Status: Completed
(same thing I wrote in my list) The definition of "it's nice to work with smart people" novel.

I'm kinda of flabbergasted by this one to be honest. Do you like family focused novels but then realize that the romance is always pretty weak in them? Sometimes, also the family is only the focus until we get the mediocre romance between the FL with the ehh ml. Truthfully, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how well the family interplay and the romance works out.

THe FL carries the family... more>> very well, but to be honest this book in its entirety is very "gentle". Ok, I almost dropped this at it's actual mtl ch 16 bc it felt emotionally disconnected from the father to the FL and slightly selfish to a point. However, I would definitely read to 25+ (or idk 35 if the trans breaks it up as it is already) to make your decision. I feel like if really hits a nice turning point.

It is kind of like my favorite author (if you read list 1 u know who it is) where no one of the main characters are s*upid and they all are reasonable people. Also the world itself is filled with more kind people realistically than not. There's definitely a gentle warmth to this story despite the initial coldness and disinvolvement you feel from the leads. All the characters feel quite real and everything is given it's proper pacing. There are A LOT OF positive female relationships btw. That itself should make you read this.

The only con is that the ml/father really wasn't a great dad in the beginning, but it's almost ok because he actually admits he doesn't know how to be a dad. I think with the FL 's socialization skills, they all really grew. There are a lot of sweet moments here that aren't "fluffy" but are just purely sweet. The difference being fluffy you feel like is unrealistic wooow cute, however sweet here is like oh I can see that happening, that's cute. And the sweet moments really can include everyone not just the leads.

I feel like I understand gentle stream romance with this. Although it's not all innovative, it's a solid nice read I recommend if you like family with romance <<less
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Xiu_er
Xiu_er rated it
December 7, 2021
Status: Completed
I started reading "I became the male lead's stepmother after transmigrating" on Webnovel and searched for the raws to mtl since the translation was not that far yet. After some research and with a bit of luck I chanced upon this novel which is basically the same story just with a different title and different character names. Except for that the plot is pretty much the same with only minor differences that could be attributed to things getting lost in translation. Or maybe it's a blatant case of plagiarism. Who... more>> knows... I did not check whether the author is the same.

Either way, I gave five stars because this novel is an enjoyable read for more mature readers who appreciate a stable relationship more than a turbulent and passionate one. All the characters were fleshed out and realistic with proper emotions and emotional development.

I also appreciated how the fanwai were a bit different from the usual getting married and popping out a new genius baby. The fanwai were actually a nice breath of fresh air which is quite nice since I tend to get bored with the lack of plot in most extra chapters in Chinese novels.

So yeah, highly recommend this novel. <<less
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Kalmaegi
Kalmaegi rated it
November 10, 2021
Status: Completed
Honestly, I love the family dynamic here since the relationship between step mom and step son are more of room mates at first. Not only is it refreshing to have a teenage son as the child in question, but I love how the step mom knows how teenagers can be affected by things adults would brush off as trivial. And that despite what his teenage rebel son thinks, his father does know him very well.

Not to mention the tacit understanding between husband and wife. I love a couple whose EQ... more>> level is very high that they make genre savvy moments even more hilarious with how outsiders are already speculating in the background but they already solved any possible misunderstanding with one conversation over the phone.

Really love how the family of three interact and grow closer.

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Also love how her alternative counterpart, the original owner's own regrets gets tied up. She's truly a pitiful girl.

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lacerem
lacerem rated it
November 14, 2021
Status: --
If you are bored and wants to read something that does not make you sad or happy and just make you giggle from time to time this is a great find. It is not a romance story, the connections build in the story feels lacking, but the relaxing read makeups for the lack of plot.
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daedaedae
daedaedae rated it
September 4, 2022
Status: --
what does this author have against female introverts? the amount of subtle jabs the author gave for the original owner for being a bit quiet just irritates me. calling her dull, the woman was just an introvert. does the author know a good chunk of novel readers are introverts? my eyes hurt from rolling my eyes.

anyway, the plot is simple. local chinese woman dies, wakes up in a character's body. now, she wants money not men.

easy enough to follow and not much can be said to be honest.

the author is... more>> good at making the readers at ease with how they write the fl's reactions and other character's reactions towards the fl. I found them a bit annoying at times but it still didn't dampen my enjoyment.

how can I not enjoy this novel when women support women in this novel. there were many powerful women in it that I felt like I was in heaven!

(sofisticated and kind grannies are gem that should be treasured.)

i also like that the FL didn't receive any of the original owner's memories and the novel also never had her in the original plot. we are just as blindsided as she is about a chunk of things. this challenges the FL to think about how she'll navigate in her new surroundings. wish more novel would do this. especially in more dramatic novels that could really end up someone dead.

now let's talk about the characters...

FL is fun. I like her. though her actions are confusing at times. if we weren't reading from her perspective we'd really end up thinking she's a gold-digger since she's kind of money hungry. and with how shallow her reason is? yeah it'd be so easy to interpret her actions that way. I like that she also befriended a likeminded granny! very cute!

the ML fits well with the fl. moments with him, doesn't matter if it was romantic in nature of not, are always delightful. I found the family moments really wonderful to read. I like the progression if their relationship. and how his age really played a huge part of how he reacts in situations. I do feel like he needed a lot of work as dad. his tough love routine was on the verge of being toxic. while I do see his point of view, I still feel like it did a lot to drive away his son.

the stepson is an angsty teen. very adorable but very tsun-tsun. I like his slowly growing affection for the fl. his friends annoy me though.

as you can see I did enjoy reading this, however the ending felt rushed. like, that's it? there was barely a plot tbh. we never saw her achieve her goal bc the story just ended. maybe I came across an unfinished translation? idk but it just felt like a lot of plot point didn't amount to anything. <<less
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Aeryfairy
Aeryfairy
August 28, 2022
Status: c3
I am sure the story is great however the translator that took over this project is no better than a poor mtl.

Apparently (after reading the comments on one of the previous good translators websites), it seems like she was asked to stop translating because the new one has started.

I’ve said this time and time again, if English isn’t your first language, then ask someone to help. There are several readers who would love to assist. You’ve take a good story (potentially) and butchered it.

Couldn’t get into the story so had... more>> to drop it. <<less
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Nelle
Nelle rated it
August 11, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a gem. Everyone is given a rich character. I especially like MC's personality. The romance progression is so nice, slow but not suffocatingly slow, just slow enough so you can grasp the decision-making processes of the MC and ML. The whole reading experience is pleasant and there are no conflicts between the family (MC, ML, and son). The writing style of the author is stable imo.
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Yohannah16
Yohannah16
November 28, 2021
Status: Completed
Nice story. The stepson and MC have many funny interactions. I also like the extra stories. I just wish they had another kid.

You may like it if you are into a nice fluffy story and no drama.

The plot twist is also good.
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Eeria
Eeria
November 7, 2022
Status: Completed
It’s a great novel. Loved the FL mentality of relying on herself first. Loved the step-son. He was so warm, he is my favorite character of all the novel. Loved the relationship between FL and her step-son. The ML was a bit bland. Strangely enough it’s one of the rare novels where step-family member are not striving to compete for their own interest at the price of morality integrity and human conscience. It’s a light novel more focused on family relationship than romance.
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Saphie
Saphie rated it
August 5, 2022
Status: Completed
Holy shit. I did not expect that. This is an incredibly beautiful novel. Some may have a problem with the first half as I am seeing a lot of comments about MC's greed for money, and while it is true, it didn't bother me much, but once you get pass through that part, you'll find that this is a very beautiful, light-hearted, found family novel. The romance was slow moving at the first half but I absolutely loved when it developed. MC's relationship with the son is so cute, they're... more>> quite like siblings but I love how they warmed up to each other. ML was also quite fond and tolerant of MC's antics, I quite like their acquaintance to lovers trope.

Might I add, THE EXTRAS!!!! The extras are absolutely so so so so so SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! It;s so cute and so warm, it made me feel so fuzzy and made me sigh from emotion. SO good and so cute!

I also really like how there's a valid although kinda vague explanation about the transmigration. I read the translation at webnovel though, it was very clearly MTL'd hahaha. But it's fairly readable so you can go ahead and read it! <<less
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BelkisSama
BelkisSama rated it
July 24, 2022
Status: Completed
It is a good choice to read light hearted story without being tired from thinking too much. There is reasonably no stepmother-son relationship (his biological mother is still alive) they are rather really like close friends who always fight with each other but also protect from others

FL was my fav type of girl so I definietly wasnt repulsed by her
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Aixchan
Aixchan rated it
July 23, 2022
Status: Completed
I LOVE THIS NOVEL SO MUCH! Don't hesitate to jump into the pit, because this novel is highly recommended by me! (Who rarely writes a review unless the novel is THAT good). This is the kind of novel which makes you binge-reading & you immediately feel empty when the story ends.

You know, how to say it, it's decent, I mean you get the humor taste in this novel but not to the point it cringes you (like the most of Chinese comedy novel). The story is logical, I think there... more>> is no brainless plot. You can see that the author is really good at writing & actually paid attention to the detail. The face-slapping scene is satisfying and not so exaggerating, so I really enjoyed it.

I especially love the interaction between FL & her stepson, Zhou Yan. They don't seem like a son & a stepmother, rather they seem like a pair of siblings who likes to bicker everytime & everywhere. I want to see more the quarrel between the dynamic duo!

FL is a woman who has a great combat skill (arguing) & makes the opponent left speechless. LOL. She has a strong principle & not the type of woman who likes to be led by men. However, she has a sweet, coquettish & funny side to act in front of ML, that makes me like her even more.

ML is a calm person. The author described him as someone who has a keen eye for something because of his age (the older you get, the calmer you are & the more you could discover people's intentions). Also, when I read this novel, I got different vibe between the teenage ML & grown-up ML. I think it's interesting to see it!

My favorite parts in the novel :

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Zhou Yan was also very tired. He had a habit of sleeping, that is, he liked to cover the whole person under the quilt.

Zhou Mingfeng stretched out his hand, as if he had done it countless times, and helped him open the quilt.

Jiang Jinjin glanced at him and understood in her heart that in the past ten years, Zhou Mingfeng had also woken up countless nights to help his son pull out the quilt.

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When Jiang Jinjin walked to the entrance of the supermarket, she suddenly remembered that this was the first time the three of them had come to the supermarket together. Isn't it worth remembering?

"Wait a minute."

As soon as she said these words, the two men surnamed Zhou on the left and the right stopped.

Jiang Jinjin took out her mobile phone with a smile on her face, and motioned for the two to enter the camera.

"Come here, take a photo for a memento, today is the first time we have come to the supermarket to shop together."

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But, there is still one unresolved thing.

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When Zhou Yan accidentaly found Xu Congjian's notebook & 'Jiang' is written on it, the author didn't explain furthermore about it until the end of the story. The author just vaguely said after that Zhou Yan invited Xu Congjian to come to the basketball court and played together in tacitly manner until both of them exhausted.

So, my question is, does Xu Congjian see FL as someone he likes (as opposite sex) or it's like a form of respect to FL because FL is kind of like his savior & he is grateful to have FL as his boss? Is it possible that Xu Congjian is the (passive) second ML all the way?

Still, I'm happy for Xu Congjian, in the end he successfuly enrolled to medical school as he wishes. He is one of my favorite character in this novel (Though almost every characters in this novel are likeable, even the villains aren't so annoying, except the [OG] FL's ex-boyfriend's mom). I don't know why, but actually Xu Congjian reminds me of Shen Kuo, the ML from Back to the Years When My Father Was in School. Maybe it's because he is also a poor high school student with hard-working bones and doesn't talk much in daily basis. Anyway, both of them are my favorite characters, I love calm and smart guys, haha.

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Asphyxia778
Asphyxia778 rated it
July 16, 2022
Status: Completed
I actually came here searching for the raws of the story "I became the male lead's stepmother after transmigrating" I read on Webnovel.

This is basically the same story with slight change in setting and character names. It's quite short and easy enough to finish so I treated it as my junk food entertainment. The story isn't anything new but the characters are not tacky and not annoying to read about.

Overall 2.6 stars rounded to 3
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LuoYi
LuoYi rated it
July 2, 2022
Status: Completed
Enjoyable read. I rarely finish CN romance novels that I read nowadays but I'm glad that I found this novel which is worth reading until the end in my opinion.

I did not find the MC to be s*upid and selfish, on the contrary I think she was street-smart and mindful of others. She's eager to make and accumulate money but I did not think that it was a negative trait of hers.

MC and ML are the kind that do not say I love you to each other but will show... more>> their love in other ways.

I also like the extra chapters which is quite different from the usual ones.

Other reviewers wrote it better but yeah, would recommend this one. <<less
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