It’s a truth universally acknowledged by those who regard themselves as introverts that a good book, a quiet place, and a cuppa warm-something is perhaps the best night out. It’ll be soon, then, another truth universally acknowledged that Quiet Girl In A Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung is our introvert book anthem.
Quiet Girl is a story about an extremely introverted girl who regards herself as socially awkward and shy of any people contact. The story takes us through Debbie’s introverted self as she talks about her life events and the many complicated situations that arise because of her need for quiet. Debbie’s life events are often clouded by her own thoughts about self-doubt, her constant worry about why she is different, and her extreme social anxiety.
What I liked most about Quiet Girl is its truthfulness and its unapologetic account of what it means to be introverted. Often, I found myself in agreement with Debbie’s reactions to life situations; her response echoed what I know to be a common theme for those who consider themselves introverted. Debbie shows us that her life, although ordinary in every other respect, is constantly in conflict with the noisy world she lives in — and that more often than not, our noisy world is socially equipped for extroverted personalities,
which makes those who are not as comfortable being in the spotlight feel as if they don’t belong.
Quiet Girl is a great book to read if you are an introvert — it’ll definitely affirm your struggles; yet, it’s also a book to read if you don’t consider yourself an introvert. If you know someone who has an introverted personality, or even one that has characteristics of an introvert, it’ll help you to empathize with how they feel and how they perceive the world if you were to read Quiet Girl.
Quiet Girl is written and illustrated by Debbie Tung and is largely reflected on her own life and experience as an introvert living in an extrovert world. The illustrations uniquely capture the emotions that an introvert often feels by having the ability to frame the worldview of an introvert. The video shows Tung’s illustration of one of my favorite scenes: the perfect date.
About Debbie Tung
Deborah “Debbie” Tung is a cartoonist and illustrator from Birmingham, England. Her comics are based on simple everyday life moments and her love for books and tea. She currently lives in Birmingham, UK, with her husband. » Visit Debbie’s Website