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So much more than a place of learning, high school is where lifelong friendships are made and tough life lessons are learned. Meeting in high school, Kang Jia Wei and Xu Jing Jing didn't see eye to eye originally, but upon striking a bargain to help each other with grades and losing weight, their bond changed. Over the years, their circle of friends has grown but their friendship has remained strong. Having learned, laughed, cried, and cheered each other on as they've each made their way through the various ups and downs of life, this tight-knit group of friends has only grown closer over the years. But some things are bound to change over time. As high school gets harder, Jia Wei and Jing Jing are beginning to see that some relationships are bound to grow even closer while others are destined to drift apart. With more lessons ahead of them to learn and more of life's challenges to navigate their way through, will this group of friends have what it takes to remain strong no matter what might lie ahead? (Source: Viki; Edited by MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Wo You Ge An Lian Xiang Gen Ni Tan Tan" (我有个暗恋想和你谈谈) by Hua Qing Chen (花清晨). Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 30
  • Aired: Sep 26, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: iQiyi Tencent Video
  • Duration: 46 min.
  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 2,277 users)
  • Ranked: #905
  • Popularity: #2213
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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14 people found this review helpful
Oct 15, 2022
30 of 30 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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Exceeded expectation

I started this drama with no expectations at all. It turned out to be one of the few dramas I didn’t drop and watched till the end.

The main leads have amazing chemistry!! First time watching ML and I was very impressed by his acting and micro expressions (plus point he is sooo good looking and a cutie :P). I hope he will get more main roles in the future.

The supporting roles (classmates, ML father, FL parents, teachers) are great too. I love that the story didn’t only focus on the main leads and touched on other character’s story (i.e. teachers and classmates). Overall, a drama worth watching and (somewhat) satisfying ending,

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7 people found this review helpful
Oct 17, 2022
30 of 30 episodes seen
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Overall 8.5
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Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Calories Not Required--Good Youth Drama

Wish this had a different title because that was only the starting portion of the series. This was a good youth drama; I've only seen the ML in one other drama as a supporting character but have never seen the rest of the cast, however I was interested in the plot and for the most part it didn't disappoint.

Pros: Great storyline overall with characters lives interweaving between school and home. Everything was believable and each character evolved properly. Not one was perfect, they were flawed human beings but it wouldn't have been believable otherwise. I really liked both ML and FL's bond as well as their unwavering belief in each other and their friends. How their little group formed, started with 2 girls liking the same completely oblivious to the female population guy and the way that turned around. Also really liked that the parents of the little group were just as flawed in their decisions if not psychotic (XJJ x2's mom with the knife incident; no idea why she wasn't shown seeking out mental treatment for that). Teachers were shown to be just as human with faults like their students. Everything from eating disorders, depression, one track minded parents, quitting school to help family, bullying, sabotage, cramming for exams, cheating; standing up for themselves, each other, and their teachers. It was basically normal high school with a few extra things.

Whether hard times or not, they banded together and helped one another even if it was in a backwards way. But that's what made it so believable and funny, because it was real teenage lives as they moved from 11th grade through 12th grade and into taking their college entrance exams to decide what they wanted to do with their lives. Parents and their relationships plus fights, parties, togetherness. This series had it all. It's an underrated little gem that should be watched. The OSTs fit exactly as they should.

Cons: Mainly, I had problems with the editing. Especially towards the end, it really wasn't believable to me that the trope they used to separate the leads would start with all parents of ML and FL making FL keep that secret about his dad being sick. Here they're preaching that kids need to relax before the college entrance exams and you saddle her with this? She's not an adult; I'm surprised she didn't have a breakdown. That was the most unrealistic.

Also, a bit too much propaganda was chucked in rather randomly and was very unnecessary. Like let's not shove the indoctrination of youth in this nice and easy series.

Lastly, the last episode was beyond bizarre. How does that time lapse happen without any warning? At least write it on the screen that XYZ years have passed; instead it went from her getting her score from the exam and yelling on a bridge to waking up in her own apartment with a job at a design firm; it was a total whiplash. No smooth transition whatsoever. And the reason they had to keep the leads arguing for more then half of the episode is over an internet misunderstanding that he thought she was dating someone else while in college and so he blocked her? What even? HE happened in the last 3 minutes but so much was missing; many scenes including both of them in college, the painting she made for him that she never gave him. In the beginning of the series she did a lot of shrieking instead of talking that it made me almost drop the series but I'm glad I didn't. They need to stop writing FL's as these shrill voiced kids. In any case, editing in the final 3 episodes seemed to be really poorly executed and that's what I had the largest problem with.

Would I recommend it? Yes, it's really a great youth drama. Take away from the editing at the end and I would definitely still watch this again.

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  • Drama: My Calorie Boy
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 30
  • Aired: Sep 26, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: iQiyi, Tencent Video
  • Duration: 46 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 2,277 users)
  • Ranked: #905
  • Popularity: #2213
  • Watchers: 6,674

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