This is the first novel I have read by Natsuo Kirino. I'd heard she's a prominent Japanese crime fiction writer, and although I'm not really into crime fiction, I decided to check her out. Real World takes place from the point of view of 5 different characters, each chapter a different character. Four high school girls, all friends: Toshi, Yuzan, Kirarin, and Terauchi; and a boy named Worm. Worm is Toshi's neighbor, though they've never spoken. One morning she hears huge crashes from next door and realizes something horrible is going on. Worm murdered his mother. Toshi and her three friends are too interested by Worm to not get caught up in helping him escape, and most of them want to figure him out. As reality swirls out of control, the girls lives are changed forever.
Normally, the changing point of view would bother me, but the story is pushed along very well; Kirino did a great job with keeping continuity. Also, the different POVs give you several different insights into the Japanese world that doesn't get a lot of light shed onto it. She adds in subtle social commentary, and each character really takes on their own personality, as well as being easy to identify with. The novel had no real slow spots, and it was a quick though fun read. I really enjoyed Real World, and have went ahead and checked out two of her other novels, Out and Grotesque.
I give it 7/10!
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