I enjoyed You are Beautiful which was written by the Hong Sisters (Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran). The casting of the male lead is the key to success of many of the dramas (Coffee Prince, Flower Boy Ramen Shop, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Boys Before Flowers). When the male lead is charismatic, it can make up for less successful actors in other roles.
What I liked:
a) Pop band lead Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk) is smart, selfish, blunt, and precise. Great facial expressions!
Pig-Rabbit was darling. I loved watching this character grow into love and move away from me to we.
b) Female lead Go Mi Nam (Park Shin Hye) has her own forthright charm (pig nose when feeling love) but is manipulated due to her love for others and the need to protect.
c) Masquerade as a boy is known early to key characters, so the love interests are aware of the situation. This is not Coffee Prince.
d) Catchy pop tunes.
e) The other band members Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa) and Jeremy (Lee Hong Ki) were interesting contributing characters. Go Mi Nam had solid relationships with both of them.
f) When Go Mi Nam tasers herself and falls/sleeps on top of Tae Kyung, that was unique and fabulous.
g) Final declaration of love is satisfying
What I did not like:
a) Villians’ manipulations went on too long from the characters Yoo He Yi (Uee) and Tae Kyung’s mother (Kim Sung Ryung). I wish these characters had been defanged earlier in the series.
b) Go Mi Nam’s aunt (Choi Ran) did not appeal to me. I could delete this character.
c) Search for the mystery mother got bogged down mid-way, it does come to a conclusion.
d) Masquerade as a boy could have been resolved earlier, the rationale felt flimsy after mid-way in the series.
OST. Some catchy pop tunes on this OST. Our leads sing and play on several songs.
1. Still/As Before – Lee Hong Ki (aka Jeremy)
2. Falling From Before – Miss $ , Oh Won Bin
3. Nothing Said – 9th Street
4. Lovely Day – Park Shin Hye (aka Go Mi Nam)
5. Promise – A.N.JELL (aka Tae Kyung, Shin Woo and Jeremy)
6. Raging Heart – Kim Dong Wook
7. Nothing Said – Park Shin Hye (aka Go Mi Nam)
Favorite Songs from the OST in my YouTube Playlist (link or embedded below)