Book Review: Quiet Girl (Debbie Tung)

Book Details

Title:

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

Author: Debbie Tung

# of pages: 181

Link to Buy: Amazon.in

Author Profile

Deborah “Debbie” Tung is a cartoonist and illustrator from Birmingham, England. Her comics are based on simple (and sometimes awkward) everyday life moments and her love for books and tea. She runs a Tumblr blog, Where’s My Bubble?, where she first started sharing her comics. She lives with her husband and works from home in her quiet little studio.

Synopsis

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.

Non Review Rant

It is an illustrated book and has been sitting on my TBR for.

Excerpts / Quotes / Highlights

‘People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers for the lottery? You would run to the store. And you would win. Same for the stock market. You’re not talking about a trend or a percentage game or a whisper or a tip. You’re talking about knowledge. Real, hard knowledge. You would buy. Then later you’d sell, and you’d be rich. Any kind of sports at all, if you could predict the future, you’d be home and dry. Same for anything. Same for killing people.’

Every state puts a lot of effort into the first mile of its highways, to make you feel you’re entering a better place from a worse one.

Review

Oh, and thanks Mohiuddin for sharing the ebook 🙂
It was super-quick and fun read.

It was true, and relatable as well. I have been asked many such questions. It made me realize that I am not half bad, although I do relate with some of the things that Debbie says or feels or experiences.

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It made me wish again that I knew how to sketch. I have so many ideas that would kill as an illustrated book. It would be so much fun to read. I can imagine reading the same story in written form. It would have made sense, but would lack the charm. The same goes for this book. It wouldn’t have been such an experience if it wasn’t for the illustrations.

Jason is super-cool. A very subtle way to tell us that the loved-ones love us for who we are and help deal with it, too.

My favourite was the ‘Quiet Zone’ where a fellow in the ‘Quiet Zone’ is talking loudly on the phone.

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Why, you ask?

The same shit happens in my office, too. I thought it was only me. Although, it is not necessarily about being quiet or introvert. It is about being idealistic. When would people learn English? Would they every be considerate about others?

Well, I am agitated now, so stopping here. Need a cuppa tea.

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Verdict:

If you have ever been told you’re an introvert, or you’re weird, I would recommend you to read it.  READ.IT.NOW.

Shabana Mukhtar


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