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review 2020-04-04 13:28
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

This was very relatable! Many comics described exactly how I have been feeling when for example, the phone or doorbell rings. These collections tend to get a bit too much of the same after I while but this did not bother me with Quiet Girl in a Noisy World.

The drawings were very cute and I liked them a lot. Keep up the good work!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-12-18 20:46
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

I Picked Up This Book Because: I enjoyed the author’s most recent release

The Story:

I love how Debbie talks about meeting her husband and how he knows what she needs to be happy. That’s the dream. Debbie talks a lot about how much people exhaust her and quite frankly this book exhausted me. The constant overthinking, analyzing and I’m not even sure I just know it’s killing my spirit. I’m sure this reflects more on my current mood than the authors work. I respect that she was able to share such delicate emotions so openly.

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The Score Card:


3 Stars

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review 2019-10-27 04:58
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Debbie Tung is an introvert, although she didn't always know that. At the beginning of this graphic novel, when she was still in grad school, she figured she was just weird. As she meets the person she'll eventually marry, finishes grad school, and deals with her first job and a work environment that seems to do nothing but drain her, she gradually figures herself out and becomes more comfortable with and less apologetic about her introversion.

This was a quick and largely relatable read. Her "what it's like to be an introvert" and "books make me happy" comics seemed really familiar, so I'm guessing I've probably seen Tung's comics shared on Booklikes and elsewhere.

I was a little surprised at how long it took Tung to figure out that she was an introvert. That said, I can't remember exactly when I found out about introverts and realized I was one - I feel like I've always known, or at least there was no "eureka" moment for me like there was for Tung. I could understand her relief at finally having a word for what she was, however. While not everyone is fond of labels, they can be a nice way for people who feel they're "weird" to learn that they're not alone.

There were a bunch of book- and introversion-related comics in this volume that I loved. I also thought it was sweet how well Tung and her extrovert husband seemed to mesh. The only parts that didn't work quite so well for me were the comics related to job hunting and job quitting.

I don't know if Tung streamlined her experiences in an effort to keep things simpler for her comics or if this was how things actually went for her, but it took me aback that, as far as I could tell, she only had to go to one job interview before she was offered a job (which involved an "introvert's hell" open-plan work environment she didn't know about until her first day on the job, so I guess the interview didn't involve a quick tour). And her only concern about quitting her job seemed to be that she'd be letting everyone down. Meanwhile, the first things that came to my mind were money and how long it might take to find another job (she opted to become self-employed).

For the most part, though, I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to other bookish introverts. As long as they're not currently involved in a long job hunt.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2017-11-25 13:18
Understanding An Introvert Story Through Illustration
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Here's some thing about me - I am an ISFP personality introvert after a personality test. I never thought myself to be an introvert before (for those who know me) but looking back, I was pretty much shut-in myself then before I met someone from a past that brings out the best in me. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story has been a book I look forward to read. I stumble upon Debbie Tung's work through Facebook and her work spoke true about introverts and this nicely drawn book says so much about introverts that I can connect with. Its a beautiful written work that I can read and read again. The humor, ups and downs of an introvert and the angst of being an introvert spoke true. This is an autobiography drawn book about her life, from the final days of college to adulthood, marriage and self-love captures every thing true for introverts today. I for one would recommend this as it can be a self-help guide for those who are going through some thing they do not understand about themselves. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a comic book for all personality types to enjoy.

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review 2017-11-06 01:03
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung
New people overwhelm her but her current friends and family give her comfort. She would prefer to be alone but she agrees to the plans that others have arranged as she doesn’t want to hurt their feelings by turning them down. She would prefer to have an empty calendar than a full one. As I read through this novel, I found myself agreeing with some of the feelings that she was acknowledging, could it be that I had some traits of an introvert?
As a young child, Debbie was quiet and preferred to be alone so this is not something that has just occurred. Debbie had been struggling with social anxiety for a few years now and she keeps her guard up. As she starts to becomes an adult, she begins to rethink how she handles her social situations.
One of the reasons that I enjoyed this graphic novel was because of the messages it was sending its readers. Debbie liked being by herself and what she was doing was fine but how she felt was causing her conflict. Debbie felt that she needed to conform, to please others but she doesn’t. Debbie needs to only please herself. Debbie also doesn’t need to be upset with herself for not fitting in with other individuals in her life, she needs to do what makes her happy. I liked the way this graphic novel presents this. I also liked the illustrations, I thought these helped fuel the energy towards the messages inside the novel. I think that many readers will be able to relate to Debbie as they read this graphic novel.
This was an arc and I hope that they keep this one page as it made me smile and it is one that I know many people will be able to relate to. This page had two sections, one section was labeled “How Other People Party” and it had individuals dancing with drinks in their hands and they were all laughing and smiling. There were streamers and a banner decorating the room. In the second section of the page, it said, “How I Party” and it had Debbie in her bed with a hot drink on her nightstand. She was sitting up with a book in her hands and she was getting excited as the plot in her book thickened. I loved this.
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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