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In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers that rise from within them as well as from the world around them. Psychologically intricate and astute, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

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Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out in 1998, but one of its major literary awards--the Naoki Prize--for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. Several of her books have also been turned into feature movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Kirino is also the author of Grotesque.

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wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
By turns disturbing, demoralizing and demented , Kirino’s Real World focuses on a quintet of older teens who feel overworked and desensitized to their overly modern world. Rotating chapters among the key characters, this exploration of youthful alienation and nihilism that seems to permeate an overstimulated and overcrowded culture such as current-day Tokyo. While I occasionally wanted to smack some sense into a couple of the characters, the lack of true explanation for their actions creates an intrigue that is realistic and understandable (after all, how many teens can clearly state their motives in an adult-driven world?). Poignant, tragic and thought-provoking, a worthwhile and speedy read.
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Kirino, Natsuo
Vintage Books USA
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Kirino Natsuo
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