Quiet Girl In A Noisy World
Author: Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre/Themes/Demo: Graphic Novel
Release Date: November 30th 2017
Page Count: 184
Format: eARC via NetGalley
Initial Post Reading Thoughts
Well, if that wasn’t the most relatable thing I’ve ever read…
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.
What I Liked
The relatable-ness. Oh my god this graphic novel was way too relatable. I’ve known that I am an introvert for a very long time now, but it’s so great to see a story like this that is just so completely relatable. From thinking about embarrassing things you did years ago to carrying a book around with you everywhere you go, even if you know you won’t be able to read it. These are all things that I could EASILY relate to. Debbie later talks about taking the Myers-Briggs personality test and discovering that she is INFJ which just so happens to also be my personality type. There were just so many moments within this novel that made me think “YES. SAME. ME TOO GIRL.”
What I Didn’t Like
I loved this entire graphic novel. Seriously. It was like it was made for me.
Overall, I clearly LOVED this graphic novel. It is perfect for all introverts out there. Even if your personality type isn’t INFJ, but you consider yourself to be an introvert, I highly recommend this graphic novel.
About 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.
Thank you for reading!