Book Review - Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story

Book Summary:

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.

Debbie’s graphic book takes us through a journey of self-discovery, as she questions who she is and what her life’s purpose is. Her book illustrates our life-long need to identify ourselves so we can feel happier and less constrained by society’s expectations of what we should be and how we should act. In a predominantly extroverted world, it can be daunting and a little intimidating to be the exact opposite of an extrovert – quiet, intense, absorbed, anti-social (and I use the latter term loosely). You feel the need to ask ‘what is wrong with me, and why am I this way?' Well, after some research and getting answers to life-long questions, Debbie finally realizes the truth about her personality type. Her realization leads to self-discovery and acceptance, which eventually leads to self-love.

Needless to say, this graphic novel spoke my whole life story! Okay maybe not all, but at least a great deal of it. I could relate to so many aspects of Debbie’s life as an introvert, aspects like not knowing why you do and feel things a certain way; that feeling of awkwardness when meeting new people, or the overwhelming urge to hide when surrounded by unknown faces. As an extroverted introvert who's highly sensitive to others, I could totally relate to being able to feel exactly what others are feeling and experiencing as they verbalize their feelings to you. I could relate to the desperate need to have a few days to yourself to recharge after attending a social event or even a simple hangout with friends. And yes, I could totally relate to looking at your phone with horror when it rings! Or even worse, when you're expected to call back! It may all sound weird to some, but it’s completely real and true.
Quiet girl in a noisy world - pg 9
I love the part in the book where Debbie mentions self-love; the moment you begin to understand yourself on a deeper level, is the moment you begin to accept yourself as you are - hence the beginning of the journey towards self-love and utter liberation. I also love the part where she says there is a lot of beauty in quiet strength. I couldn't have worded that any better.

Very enlightening and amusing book, with beautiful and accurate illustrations – no prose could've adequately described the illustrations as they were presented. Highly recommended to anyone of any personality type. If an introvert, you'll relate and understand a lot more about yourself with this book, and if an extrovert, you'll understand a lot more about introverts. For all introverts out there, don't be apologetic for who you are - embrace it fully!

PS: one of my favorite parts - 
Excerpt: Quiet girl in a noisy world - pg 53

I received a copy of this novel from the Publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

GENRE: Graphic Litarature/Literary non-fiction
MATERIAL CONNECTION: Given to me by publisher in exchange for review