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Real World by Natsuo Kirino
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it

Unlike Out and Grotesque, Real World reads more like teenage fiction than an adult novel... But I didn't dislike it as most people here seemed to. When taken on its own it isn't anything other than good writing. I loved the different characters of the girls and their hidden sides. Comparatively it isn't as strong as Out or Grotesque (for the record, again unlike most people here, I preferred Grotesque by far - Out struck me as a tad contrived).
All in all, Real World is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in Japanese fiction. But don't read expecting more of the same. Kirino is brilliant at delving inside the female psyche, and this is the talent she shows in Real World. There is less violence than in her usual fare, but not lacking anything for that. It is a quick read, but doesn't need to be longer. The ending is suitably jarring, and I think Kirino achieves what she set out to do.

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