Real World, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


In a suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls drift through a hot smoggy August and tedious summer school classes.

There's dependable Toshi; brainy Terauchi; Yuzan, grief-stricken and confused; and Kirarin, whose late nights and reckless behaviour remain a secret from those around her.

Then Toshi's next-door neighbour is found brutally murdered and the girls suspect Worm, the neighbour's son and a high school misfit.

But when he disappears (taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him) the four girls become irresistibly drawn into a treacherous vortex of brutality and seduction which rises from within themselves as well as the world around them.




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This book is told from the point of view of the various main characters in a fairly random way. I found this worked well, and continually changed and developed my view of each of them. The plot focuses on a group of 4 friends, female japanese high school students. and the neighbour of one of them, a 17 year old boy, who claims to have killed his mother. All 4 of the girls become involved with him in one way or another, each telling the story from their own perspective. He too gets a chance to tell his own tale.One flaw for me was that I didn't much like or sympathise with any of the characters - though this could be due to the fact I'm not 17 any more and have little recall of the kinds of issues they were going through! And though parents are annoying to most teenagers, I'm thinking few kids would in reality want to kill a parent. However I have my suspicions that this was intentional and you weren't supposed to like them very much.I found the ending quite satisfactory, and I think loose ends were pretty well tied up.So all in all an entertaining though dark read, but I didn't really love it. Haven't read Out yet , and am expecting better things from that one.

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