I received this book as an eGalley from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is entirely my own.
Release date: 7 Nov 2017
Goodreads: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
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.
Rating: 5 Stars
The drawing style is really cute, although the watercolour was sometimes too dark, other times too diluted in a spot, it sort of looked like the paper was drenched. It doesn’t stand out very often, the content makes up for it, and nearing the end of the book some panels were honestly admirable.
Content-wise; The author is SO relatable. As an introvert, I’ve done the exact same things as Debbie in many of the panels, and never seen them mentioned before! It had me laugh outloud multiple times. ( I mean, I am, like, incapable of decent social interaction. Of all calls I ever get from anyone else than my parents, I let it ring and freak out until it stops. 89% of the time. So I found a soulmate in this author 😂)
The title is well chosen; I’ve thought the same thing of myself so many times. Everyone I knew was an extrovert, and had absolutely no trouble making mistakes or worrying how they would look in front of strangers. This book captures what it’s like to be the hole in the noise, how society’s pressure to mold us into a certain shape gets too much, and the anxieties of realizing you’re an adult and trying to come to terms with what is expected of you. As I was reading what made the author feel most comfortable, it made me feel cozy. Tea ? Books ? Oversized clothes and a laptop ? Home ? That’s my dream week-end right there.
All in all, I loved this graphic novel for how relatable and close it felt to my life, how it made me feel cozy as I read it, and how it celebrates introversion. I would highly recommend this for fans of ‘Adulthood is A Myth’ by Sarah Anderson.
Are YOU an introvert ? Do you get, like, 2.5 tons of social anxiety ? Would you rather stay home and read than get out and face your worldly responsibilities ? Because I certainly do 😂 Let’s pretend at being social together in the comments !