This was kind of a convoluted story with lots of plot twists, but basically:
A young high-school girl proposes to her first crush, and he brutally rejects her offer. This is their love story. Xiang Qin is a happy-go-lucky, eternally optimistic, often disastrous, and rather ditzy young girl who's only thoughts revolve around her love and her many attempts to become close to him. On the other hand, Zhi Shu is awesome at everything ~ sports, school (IQ 200), popularity, etc. He has never before even noticed poor Qin, and is more interested in the upcoming college applications. Over time, Xiang Qin has to learn that there is life outside of Zhi Shu, while Zhi Shu has to learn that Xiang Qin is the only person to force him to want to step out of his comfort zone. She has never succeeded, he has never failed. She never gives up, he never tries. Together they must find a balance and learn to build upon one another's strengths.
LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!!!
There are no ways to explain to you how much I adore this show. I've probably watched it half a dozen times, and I might go back and do it again. This drama has everything I look for in my entertainment ~ great comedy, beautiful romance, developing characters. There are so many layers to their growth and relationship, I could talk about it forever. A lot of people try to pass it off as another cliche story of a stupid girl falling in love with the perfect guy. But they are missing the whole point. Yes, she is stupid, but she learns. She actually gets into college and finds a career ~ something that was inconceivable at the beginning. And Zhi Shu isn't the perfect man ~ he has always been so good at everything that he is detached from the world. He has never had to work for anything, until he has to work for her. Encouraging and loving her brings out the life in him that would never have existed otherwise. He was skating before, now he is involved and actually doing something!.
This was definitely my favorite romantic comedy, despite the fact that it was the first Taiwanese show I watched. I had already seen Playful Kiss (which was very well-done), but this version was even more amazingly written. Between this show and the sequel (They Kiss Again), the plotline was far more developed than it was with Playful Kiss. The main characters had more depth and emotion in their roles, and while the quality was not always as good, the story itself was far better. Because it is so long, the writers were able to add more thought behind why certain characters act the way they do and to make the whole storyline a little less unbelievable. Plus the two leads always work excellently together. They make the romance seem beautiful and sweet all at the same time. I rewatch this show whenever I want to smile, laugh, or feel that glow inside that comes with knowing there are still sweet, naive, innocent, beautiful romantic stories in the world of film.