Book Review: Marriage Concerto by Ban Li Zhi

Name: 结婚协奏曲 (恋爱这件小事) [Marriage Concerto {A Small Little Thing Called Love}]
Author: Ban Li Zhi/Chestnut
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Bottomline: Chestnut hits a home run yet again!!!

These days I don’t really have much of a reason to come out of hibernation (Well, my version of hibernation which includes endless hours of Calculus, Electromagnetism, Electricity, Quantitative Analysis of Organic Compounds… well, you know what I mean).

The few times I do venture out is when there are new updates of a Mo Bao Fei Bao novel, and of course, a Ban Li Zhi novel. I believe that this is a fairly exciting time to be a Chestnut Fan because we have a wider range of options to choose from now!

I finished reading the raws of MC a few days ago, and as I already proclaimed it above: I Loved It.

Okay, let’s get to the plot. Qiao Yichen and Ding Meng are childhood friends in the strictest sense, and you can go so far as to say that she was basically his teacher. Ding Meng was a nerd (Yippee!!!) and chubby as a kid (This is starting to sound more and more like Chestnut was inspired by me to create this character). Qiao Yichen, on the other hand, never really liked studying.

This pair separates when Ding Meng gets admitted to an elite High School. Several years pass, and when they meet again, Qiao Yichen has established himself in the music industry as a very formidable Music Producer (emphasis on ‘formidable’), whereas she’s, well, not so successful due to various heartbreaking reasons.

When Ding Meng’s gran falls ill, she feels the pressure to get married. After a chance meeting with Qiao Yichen, they both decide to get into a secret Contract Marriage, for the sake of Convenience (Sure, dream on!). And get married, they do. But things take a turn, for good or for worse, when they realize that Qiao Yichen is a judge in a Music Talent Search Contest in which Ding Meng is participating.

What follows is a totally cute story, as both these former friends realize that what they feel for each other isn’t so friendly anymore.

Gosh, I italicized so many words this time around that I’m pretty sure you folks can understand that I ain’t fawning on this Novel for nothing!

What I really liked about this book was the way in which there’s no serious turbulence anywhere in the plot. Sometimes, life can be simple, yunno. Without any makjang thrown in the between.

The characters are very well written, and the OTP moments are simply adorable. The humor is spot-on and is very situational, just like it is in every Chestnut book. And it’s one of the reasons why I love her books so much. You can feel the spontaneity in her characters.

There are even some moments where you can’t help but pause to introspect. Especially when it’s revealed why Ding Meng had cracked under pressure of studies. And there are several heartwarming moments too, when several people stand up for Ding Meng when she comes under attack by trolls, or when she and Qiao Yichen take a very significant step in their lives, together. We are all there, watching them, smiling and cheering for them.

Mind you, if you’re looking for some serious Romance read, this (and every other Chestnut book) is not for you. But if you’re in the mood for some fluff and cuteness, this is the one for you.

You can read the English Translations by Abcpwic, here.


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