Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 30th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Life, Nonfiction, Social Anxiety
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.
A quiet book about a quiet girl who does not quite fit into this world.
Debbie thinks there is something wrong with her. She’d rather spend her weekends alone than party at a friend’s house. It’s not that she has trouble making friends. She is kind and lovely, who wouldn’t want to be in her company?
No, the problem is she always feels exhausted after spending time with even the best of friends. Even family. Even her boyfriend. It’s like there’s this imaginary battery hanging above her head every time she goes out, and by the time she gets home, it needs to recharge.
But is there really something wrong with Debbie? Is it so bad to be an introvert, even in this world led by a mainly extroverted population? Does being introverted make you weak, weird and unseemly?
Debbie tries to answer these questions about herself. We follow her as she experiences college, the joys of marriage and her first serious job. Debbie has a lot to learn about the world and herself – it’s a coming-of-age story!
There’s not one part of me that did not connect with Debbie. I kept nodding as she talked, for instance, about feeling uncomfortable in large groups, whether social or study groups, and as she discussed the need to be by herself in order to “recharge”. Girl, I feel you.
Very reminiscent of SARAH’S SCRIBBLES, so perhaps do not read these two back to back. It follows more of a linear pattern, though, thus making Debbie’s life and thoughts easy to follow. In other words, there is a storyline, whereas Sarah Andersen’s books are filled with “slice-of-life” moments.
Loved it. Granted the illustrations are not the best, but unless you need perfection, you shouldn’t have any problem with them. They are charming and atmospheric.
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