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Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

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Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.

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.


My Review:

This is going to be one of those reviews where my review is so much shorter than the blurb of the book.

Oh, God! Where do I even start????

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story is a collection of short segments that follow a timeline that begins from being a college student, to falling in love, to getting married, to having a job. I feel like Debbie was able to capture snippets of her life as an introvert, and share it with us through this Graphic Novel.

It was 101% relatable. I was all over the moon when I saw how the character thought  and acted similarly to me. Usually, when I say something like ” I need to stay home today to recharge”, people are usually giving me the “WTF are you talking about” look.

Some people gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because there was a thing or 2 that they couldn’t relate with. This sounds a bit ridiculous to me cause not everyone will have exactly the same experience. We, more or less, share a similar experience.

I believe that this book could also be a great portal for extroverts to explore. Through reading this, they can learn a bit more about introverts and understand why we do the things we do.

I really liked the illustrations. They were very simple, and crafted in black, grey, and white. It is the “you get what you see” kind of Graphic Novels, and I highly respect that. I really hate when the art on the cover of the book is something ( usually better) different from the illustrations inside the book.

I really, really, really want to have my own hardcover/ paperback version of this  on my shelf, sitting so close and in my reach to grab whenever I need a little boost of self-esteem. That would never happen though because I am INTL reader, ugh.

I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review.


16557741-1.jpgAbout  the Author:

Deborah “Debbie” Tung is a cartoonist and illustrator from Birmingham, England. Her comics are based on simple (and sometimes awkward) everyday life moments and her love for books and tea. She runs a Tumblr blog, Where’s My Bubble?, where she first started sharing her introversion comics. She lives with her husband and works from home in her quiet little studio.

Her first book, QUIET GIRL IN A NOISY WORLD, will be published in November 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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