Title: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Author: Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Graphic Novel
My Rating: 5/5
This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung’s experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie’s life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.
The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.
A quiet, humorous autobiographical graphic novel that looks at the life of an introvert. This book focuses on early adulthood: college, falling in love, marriage, finding a job, and fitting in during social situations and at work.
An easy to read comic strip style book with black and white artwork. This simple and cute book was very relatable. I kept nodding my head thinking: I’ve done that, said that, or thought that.
Guy at party: You’re kind of quiet, aren’t you?
Quiet girl thinking: Just smile. Don’t strangle him.
I can’t even count the number of times people have commented on how quiet I am. 100% relatable.
While most of this book depicts a humorous look at an introvert’s life, some things are a little more serious, like the anxiety and self-doubt that a lot of introverts deal with.
Quote from the book:
My outer self: Calm, cheerful, friendly, and easygoing.
My inner self: A mixture of frustration, insanity, and dying on the inside.
An insightful look into an introvert’s life that is a wonderful read for introverts, and the extroverts who love them.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.