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Flower Boy Next Door is like a breath of fresh air. In this milieu of clichéd rom-coms, it is a different take on the genre of romantic comedies with endearing characters and low-key atmosphere. At first when I watched the promos, i thought it’s gonna be a colorful, happy-go-lucky drama; but it proved to be quite different in the treatment.

Flower Boy Next Door is the third installment in the Oh Boy! series by tvN, the other two being Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and Shut Up, Flower Boy Band. I haven’t seen the earlier ones and so was not having any expectations related to the series. I liked the cast and premise and am happy that the show made me feel good.

The story is about a girl Dok Mi (Park Shin hye), who remains aloof from the outer world. She is an editor, but seldom comes out of her flat and doesn’t meet anyone unless necessary. She has Jin Rak (Kim Ji Hoon) as her neighbour, who knows about her habit and falls in love with her secretly. He cares for her via small gestures. Dok Mi’s world is turned upside down when Enrique (Yoon Shi Yoon) comes from Spain, who is an exact opposite of Dok Mi: an outgoing person who loves to make friends and see the world outside. The story then progresses with how these people learn and improve themselves.

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The biggest strength of the show is the character depth and development. Each one is clearly defined and is beautiful in its own right. Apart from the main leads and flower boys, we have people like the security guard and Kim Ji Hoon’s editor, who very well support the drama and give an adorable performance. The dialogues are also very fine and each episode has a central theme, which I really liked. The drama has a slice of life tone and has warmth, with heart-felt moments. The OST is very soothing and makes the scenes much more powerful and charming. The story simply flows.

I have to admit that the drama became lesser engaging in the later episodes, where I lost most of my interest when the story circled around some petty issues, and it took too long to reach its final conclusion. It lingers too long on certain issues and the fun is lost somewhere in that way.

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What makes Flower Boy Next Door much more enjoyable are the performances. Park Shin Hye gives a very graceful performance and although You’re Beautiful remains my most favorite of her dramas, this is her best role. She easily sinks into Dok Mi’s role, giving all the right expressions and keeping her act low-key. I liked that the heroine is intelligent and powerful, yet she speaks less. Yoon Shi Yoon spellbinds you with an endearing act. He is really cute 🙂 Their chemistry is also adorable.

It is the for the first time that I was having a second lead syndrome. I always root for the OTP, but this is one time that my heart really ached for the other guy. Kim Ji Hoon gives an amazing performance, which looks so natural and effortless.

Go Kyung Pyo has acted really well, and his comedy is perfect. And I really liked his and editor’s storyline. That was unexpected and fun. Kim Seul Gi is awesome in her role of the editor. Loved them!! Rest of the cast is also good and is fit in its role.

All in all, a refreshing romantic comedy with a dash of charming characters.

My Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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