The night before we obtained our marriage certificate, I asked him, “When did you start to develop feelings for me?”
He answered, “I don’t remember.”
“But, why me?”
“Why not you?”
“I’m very petty, and I get jealous very easily.”
“So am I.”
“I’m afraid I’m not worthy of you.”
“So am I.”
“I haven’t really dated, so I don’t know what is love.”
“I don’t know either.”
He held my hand gently, “But I know this. When I think about spending the rest of my life with you, I feel that my future is filled with hope.”
At 16 we used the same class desk, with less than 10cm between our arms. My peripheral vision was full of him.
At 26, I woke up in the morning, and saw the sunlight softly shining on his face. I thought, this is how I want to grow old – gradually, together, with him.
I guess this must be love.
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This is a story that details how two very normal people, Mr. F and Joey, meet and fall in love. The story is a re-telling of the author’s very own life, with the main focus being placed on her love life and is written in a rather interesting format – in short, small, non-chronological anecdotes relating specific incidents that she found interesting.
The story documents how the male and female leads first met as students, how they subsequently separated, how they eventually reunited, and finally got married. Along the way, we’re also introduced to interesting characters such as the female lead’s best friend, brother, and mother-in-law, who have their interesting side stories as well.
The male lead is portrayed as a man with a somewhat poisonous tongue and cold exterior, but with a very warm heart while the female lead is a rather bubbly and optimistic person. Her happy-go-lucky attitude is the main reason why the male lead appears to be so lovable and “flawless”, because the female lead is recounting the story and she has a tendency to see the best in everyone. The male lead acknowledges this in a short interview at the end of the book, and it’s nice to see his point of view after listening to the female lead recount the story for a large part of the book.
Their relationship is rather sweet, with very little upsets and quarrels being recounted; so the entire book is a rather simple and easy read, and is especially suitable for readers who are in the mood for a simple book to recuperate from heavier readings. Although simple, this story still manages to leave readers with a deep impression and feelings of happiness. The rare few poignant moments also allows one to reflect on deeper issues, but this is not developed further in the book.
Despite the language being really simple, Joey (the author) manages to convey touching and light hearted scenes very well. The two more memorable scenes that left an impression on me (amongst many others, of course) are the following.
The following scene occurs when Mr F. and Joey were separated during their university years and were in the midst of a cold war.
Conversely, this scene occurred in their high school days, when Mr. F and Joey were deskmates.
So sweetttttt, it’s just what I need, short and fluffy, no tradgedy and angst. After all the drama in long novels this is awesome! Thanks for intriducing it! <3
Thanks for sharing this! I read it on my commute home yesterday and it was perfect after an exhausting work day. How I wish I had someone like her husband!
@ Sparklingdawnlights @tammy
I agree, I tend to pick these kind of short sweet novels after reading long heavy novels because I need time to recuperate from the excessive emotional drama sometimes. Glad you guys enjoyed it 😀 I guess I find it all the more sweeter since it’s a real life reflection of what happened to Joey and Mr. F, and not just fictional characters (:
It is so sweet in the most down to earth yet heartwarming kind of way=)
Awww … so sweet!! Thanks for the recommend and for translating two scenes from the book. Will probably check this out.
Anyone knows the Viet title? Thanks!
The story is so sweet! >_<
ah…if only there's a full translation of this story…. hiks
This is one of the sweetest book that can really brighten your day. It has many well written thoughts and dialogues that totally had my heart beating and awwing and feeling all happy for this sweet couple. Love Mr. F! This story totally hits the spot that life can be super sweet. I’m sure I will be rereading this in the future!
@starrynightlov3 I’m glad you liked the book and think it worthy of a second / third read (I myself have read it several more times, when I was craving for something light-hearted and fluffy amidst all the “heavier” books that I read from time to time). Do let me know if you have any other recommendations for similar books, I’m always on the lookout for sweet stories like this 🙂
The drama gave a good visual portrayal of how Mr. F and Qiao Yi were but the book definitely gave more. First time reading it, I thought it was very sweet how their story came to be but as I reread it, I realised Mr F isn’t perfect and to many his attitude was hard to tolerate but Qiao Yi was the only person he was willing to compromise for and also her attitude allowed her to open up Mr F to her. That made me felt like their stories were so much sweeter, because despite their imperfections, they were perfect for each other. Definitely worth the read, I know it was for me. I reread it a few times since there wasn’t a linear plot so I could pick and choose some chapters that I felt like reading. The translation was a lifesaver honestly so thank you!
@lissalai I agree – I think it’s extremely easy for people to mistake I Don’t Like This World, I Only Like You as a sweet, feel-good novel due to the light, upbeat tone of the novel, and overlook the fact that Joey and Mr. F actually experienced their fair share of ups and downs in their relationship (after all, both Mr. F and Joey started off as young, immature, high schoolers). I do think though, however, Mr. F does help Joey alot in her personal growth as a person – he gave her sufficient space to mature and grow without him, so that she can ultimately return to him as a better version of herself. I agree – they are absolutely, absolutely, perfect for each other (or even if they weren’t at the start, their continuous efforts at the relationship made them perfect for each other).