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Tokyo Tarareba Girls Series

Akiko Higashimura
Tokyo Tarareba Girls 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Tokyo Tarareba Girls 8 by Akiko Higashimura
Tokyo Tarareba Girls 9 by Akiko Higashimura

Tokyo Tarareba Girls Series : Titles in Order

Book 9
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

COULD, SHOULD, DID

During her four-alarm search for Key, Rinko makes a decision she can’t take back, and is forced to finally reckon with the question she’s been pursuing all along: Can a tarareba girl ever truly find happiness? What even is “happiness,” anyway? In this final volume of Tokyo Tarareba Girls, the answer is anything but “what if.”
    
FINAL VOLUME
Book 8
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

THE WHAT-IF BOY

At last, Rinko’s found it–the happy, comfortable relationship she’s dreamt of. She and Hayasaka-san have moved into an apartment together, and her best friends have wished her well. Everything is going smoothly…until those same best friends show up breathless at her doorstep with the biggest four-alarmer yet: Key’s gone missing, and Rinko may be the only one who can find him and bring him back. But the rescue may come at the cost of everything she thought she wanted…
Book 7
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

DIRTY LAUNDRY

While just starting to rekindle an old flame with Hayasaka-san, Rinko is mortified to have their first date crashed by Key. Will what he has to say condemn Rinko to another angry, drunken night with her friends…or will it strengthen her resolve to make this new relationship work? There’s only one thing Rinko is sure of–she’s running out of time.
Book 6
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

DON’T LOOK BACK

Faced with the possibility that she might be pregnant, Kaori loses sight of what she wants from Ryo. With Koyuki sinking deeper into her affair and Rinko compromising on her dreams of a heart-pounding romance, it seems like the futures they envisioned in their twenties have never been more unattainable. Are they out of time after all?
Book 5
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

After yet another devastating encounter with Key, Rinko constantly questions what it means to be a “good woman.” The haunting thought drives her to consult a fortune teller, who seems to nail her problems right on the head. When Rinko brings Koyuki and Kaori along to experience the psychic for themselves, things devolve into an argument that drives the close friends to go their separate ways. But a friendship as strong as theirs is not so easily broken, and the trio will need all the support they can get as the third wedding rush begins…
Book 4
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

THE BOYFRIEND SHE DESERVES

A meet-cute in a movie rental store has led Rinko into a relationship with the perfect man: He’s tall, he cooks, and he owns a movie-themed café/bar. There’s just one little thing between her and wedded bliss: He wants her to perm her hair. And he won’t let her talk during movies. And he won’t shut up about movies. But to a What-If woman, isn’t a taste of happiness better than searching for the real thing? What if the real thing…doesn’t exist?
Book 3
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

SEX IN THE CITY

When it finally seems like Rinko has caught a break, it disappears almost as quickly–thanks, once again, to Key. Meanwhile, Kaori finds out that she’s not the only one her ex is cheating on his girlfriend with, and Koyuki learns her married boyfriend’s wife may not be as estranged as she seemed. And yet, faced with the relentless void of loneliness, the three continue to make choices even they know they’ll regret.
Book 2
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

ON THE ROPES

Turns out, sex isn’t everything. After a misspent night with a hot model (and a little too much booze), Rinko wakes up feeling more depressed than ever, unable to shake her growing suspicion that, at 33, she’s doomed to be forever alone. Her friends Kaori and Koyuki think they have found cosmopolitan bliss in an unavailable ex and a married man, but the daylight only brings increasingly devastating “what-ifs.” And with younger, fitter, hungrier women entering the ring, these three will have to brawl their way to the win…or risk throwing in the towel for good.
Book 1
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA

Rinko has done everything right. She hustled her way through her 20s to make it as a screenwriter, renting her own office in a trendy Tokyo neighborhood. Everything should have gone according to plan… So at 33, she can’t help but lament the fact that her career’s plateaued, she’s still painfully single, and she spends most of her nights drinking with her two best friends in their favorite pub. One night, drunk and delusional, Rinko swears to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in 2020. But finding a man–and love–may be a cutthroat, dirty job for a romantic at heart.

A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!

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