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

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.

How did I get the book? I bought it

Genre: Graphic Novel

Review: I bought Quiet Girl in a Noisy World because of the title. It was a whim purchase but the title promised something, it’s hard to explain unless (I guess) you are that quiet in the noise person.

Debbie Tung’s graphic novel is wonderful. I loved this book so much. Basically, it’s a guide to me. Page after page was me seeing my feelings and experiences played out by another. The stress of people, the social face, the charging up for the outside world, overthinking everything, how books and tea help. The situations might have been different but the emotions are the same. It’s wonderful to find yourself in a book and not feel so alone and overwhelmed.

Also I love the art style.

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