Jae-kyung, who grew up under a perfectionist father, must keep the first place in the entire school.
Very realistic portrayal of anxiety and and abuse. A lot of people can, unfortunately, relate to being driven to the brink from academic pressure excused from society and Efforts Never Betray manages to showcase it masterfully. I don't usually get emotionally attached to characters/plots so I was very surprised to find myself heartbroken from the main character and crying almost all the way through and this is why the finale of the series hurts so much because it's isn't a happy one, if I'm being honest the finale was not a finale at all and rather a cliffhanger. Which is very frustrating when I spent the last two hours crying for this abused child. I suppose you could call it as the author saying that you can't "recover" from such serious mental health issues & abuse without intervention/ professional help, If you're being charitable, but to me it felt like the author giving up on the story itself but at the end of the day it's their story to tell. I definitely wouldn't recommend this manhwa if you're not in the best headspace because this manhwa might offer you recognition but it wouldn't offer you comfort.
The feeling that were conveyed made my heart race and the ending really killed me i just wanna give the mc a hug TT.
Guys this has been a crazy, emotional, full of anger, sickening and scary manhwa that I’ve ever read in a long while. It would definitely be relatable to some readers out there since the father is obsessed with the highest grades that our main MC Jae-kyung receives and beats the crap out of him for it if he even gets lower then 100%?!?!?! We see that he is full of self doubt and obsessed to impressed his father to receive 100% exam marks. Well newflash, not everyone can achieve 100% in exams (definitely not myself throughout education) and the father was extremely selfish for being a bad parent. I even liked the other characters Kwon and Hansol like they were unexpectedly likeable! It’s important to note that this manhwa shows a realistic portrayal of pressure anxiety and parental abuse so if either of those types of tags are too upsetting for you, then I would suggest reading something else. It’s a heavy manhwa to indulge lemme tell ya!