How is that every time I refuse to watch a drama at first, afterwards, when I give it a second chance, I end up crazily in love with its story. This drama hits home run so many times, with me at least. But I’m sure, that each female viewer finds herself within at least one of our ladies. For me, I find bits of myself in all 5 of them. To the point that I got teary a few times, along the way.
The ones I found myself the most similar with are Eun Jae and Ye Eun. But somehow these two are also similar with each other, although different.
During these 4 first episodes, I couldn’t judge any of the 5 ladies. Not like I was waiting for the story to unveil and then start complaining, no, that’s not it. The thing is, that with every new episode I could understand them more and more. Especially Yi Ha; us, as humans, tend to get judgmental over the life choices of others. We could easily say, Yi Ha choose the easiest way out. Maybe she did, but does it give us any right to judge her?
I’m normally not someone who could easily cry while watching dramas. I’ve seen too many to let myself cry over the smallest thing, but episode 4 of Age of Youth was the last drop and during Jin Myung’s scenes I found myself crying, because she was so pitiful. Not because she works tons of part time jobs but because she lets herself go in favor of others. She has things pent up in her heart, but there’s no time and place for her to let everything out. Most importantly, there’s no one to let her feelings out to. I like Jae Wan and I did think at some point that this guy is too good to be true.
If Jin Myung is to let herself free with him, she feels that it will be the end of her. Why? Because if Jin Myung accepts his feelings, then that’s the moment when she will do something for herself. I do get her worries, if Jae Wan won’t take responsibility the feelings he has for her, then the one who will suffer more will be Jin Myung. Can he do it? I can’t answer that question, what I know is that he doubted her during that night, when their boss took her. She even asks him “If I’m going to tell you (what happened with their boss), will you believe me?”. Even though he said yes, he was already doubting Jin Myung. Does this make sense for you guys as much as it does for me? By the way, this is the first time where I really like a character played by Yoon Bak.
Eun Jae is lovable and I liked her transition from being too shy to tell others whenever she is bother by something to slowly letting her feelings heard. Of course, luckily the writer didn’t make a sudden change in her and we saw an Eun Jae that was still stumbling whenever she wanted to say something, but she was trying to change herself and get out of her own comfort bubble of ‘do not disturb others, do not make other upset’.
Gradually, with the help of the other girls, Eun Jae started enjoying her spent days be it at school or at home. She did say at some point that she doesn’t even have a home to return to, but now she does. In the case of Jong Yeol, the man ‘assigned’ to Eun Jae, their interaction is cute as she remains clueless regarding interaction with other people and especially with men. I do find him a bit childish. On a second grade level, when the boy acts rude towards the girl he likes. Even so, he is gentle in his own way. I liked the scene from the club, when Eun Jae wanted to get in front of the crowd to get a better view of Ji Won’s wacky dance, when Jong Yeol made room for her. I found that scene to be really cute, in a subtle manner.
Ji Won is weird but so cool. In particular whenever the others are in trouble she jumps in to help them. We saw this happening when Eun Jae was reluctant with making complains at the beauty salon or at the restaurant when she found a hair in her food. Ji Won’s personality of helping others/ understanding others’ feelings, was also present when Jin Myung was crying in episode 4 after telling Jae Wan that he shouldn’t like her. Ji Won was also the only one who knew that Yi Na lied all along.
Ye Eun is the one who has the most insecurities, about herself. A few times her weight was revealed and she normally counts her calories, not like she was weighting a lot, but I feel that it was revealed to show Ye Eun’s insecurities about her own body. It may also be a reason on why she won’t dump her rat boyfriend. A guy who feels inferior to a woman and can’t respect her, he doesn’t deserve that woman (or any other woman) as his lover. For Ye Eun, it wasn’t a problem that, her boyfriend, Do Young, manhandled her but the fact that Yi Na saw the scene and felt embarrassed by that.
Regarding the writing of this drama, in the first 4 episodes, it was consistent and I wish it will stay like this. I like the flow and how the ladies are changing bit by bit. The OST helps the writing to make the story stream a delicate ambience. It’s really warm hearted, overall.
The acting is good. I was surprised the most with the former Kara member, Han Seung Yeon. She is quite okay as an actress. Apart from Yoon Bak, and Hwa Young, I don’t remember seeing the rest in other projects. They are all new discoveries to me, especially the girls which for sure I will follow in the future.
One thing I wish for, from the writer, to make a male version of this story. As a female, I tend to relate to the characters in Age of Youth, but I want to see how males will be rearranged in a story like this one.