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Real World (Vintage International) (edition 2009)

by Natsuo Kirino

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Title:Real World (Vintage International)
Authors:Natsuo Kirino
Info:Vintage (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:japan, japanese literature, young adult, mystery

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Real World by Natsuo Kirino

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Fantastic book. This is the third book I've read by Natsuo Kirino and it's another favorite. Although it was a bit short, I did enjoy the form this book was created in, getting to know the characters through their own eyes as well as others. The connection they all shared and the melancholy, twisted, somewhat different life-view they all had, intrigued me. ( )
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
Worm is the unprepossessing boy living next door to Toshi. When he kills his mother and steals her bike and cell phone, she and her friends become entangled in his flight from the police. All five are high school seniors, though Worm goes to a different, more elite, school. Narrated by all five of the teens, there's a bit too much "tell" and too little "show" in the story-tellng. While at times it seems the teens are too self-aware, their understanding of themselves is fraught with the too-harsh judgment of youth. The story moves quickly, urgently and fills you with anxiety as you know this will not end well. Still, I could not help feeling impatient with some of the inane choices that they make. ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Nov 22, 2015 |
Something must have been lost in the translation, because this is a horrible book. I can't find any reason why people would have raved about the prior novels by this author if they are similar in writing style or plot to this one. Forget the fact that none of the motivations for any of the characters makes sense in anything outside of a TV program. The fact that the majority have psychopathic behaviours but are presented as though they are the norm makes it even more torturous to read. Seriously - is it common place for one to want to murder their own mother and feel that it is justified because she expected you to do well in school and not be a Peeping Tom??
Thank goodness I only paid a dollar for it at Chapters. ( )
  CathyInCanada | Jun 25, 2015 |
Something must have been lost in the translation, because this is a horrible book. I can't find any reason why people would have raved about the prior novels by this author if they are similar in writing style or plot to this one. Forget the fact that none of the motivations for any of the characters makes sense in anything outside of a TV program. The fact that the majority have psychopathic behaviours but are presented as though they are the norm makes it even more torturous to read. Seriously - is it common place for one to want to murder their own mother and feel that it is justified because she expected you to do well in school and not be a Peeping Tom??
Thank goodness I only paid a dollar for it at Chapters. ( )
  CathyInCanada | Jun 25, 2015 |
Strange book! Tells the story of four messed up high school aged girls, and their involvement with helping the neighbor boy of one of the girls elude capture by the police for murdering his mother. The book does a good job of getting into the minds of all four girls as well as the killer, and while the story takes place in Tokyo, it could have taken place anywhere in this day and age. ( )
  zmagic69 | Apr 28, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307267571, Hardcover)

A stunning new work of the feminist noir that Natsuo Kirino defined and made her own in her novels Out and Grotesque.

In a crowded residential suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer and endless “cram school” sessions meant to ensure entry into good colleges. There’s Toshi, the dependable one; Terauchi, the great student; Yuzan, the sad one, grieving over the death of her mother—and trying to hide her sexual orientation from her friends; and Kirarin, the sweet one, whose late nights and reckless behavior remain a secret from those around her. When Toshi’s next-door neighbor is found brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor’s son, a high school boy they nickname Worm. But when he flees, taking Toshi’s bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers—dangers they never could have even imagined—that rises from within them as well as from the world around them.

Psychologically intricate and astute, dark and unflinching, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

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In a suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls become suspicious of a neighbor's teenage son when his father is found brutally murdered and the young man disappears, unaware that all four of them will become caught up in the crime.

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