Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

Isn’t it terrific when you stumble across a book that seems to have been written for you personally? I found that book this morning in my library’s digital collection! Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story, by Debbie Tung, is a graphic novel about introverts and how difficult life can be for those of us who are “quiet people.”

from the publisher:

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.

I identified with so many different parts of this book. Here are a couple of my favorite panels:



This little book is important because in very positive ways it explains and validates the life experiences of an introvert. For many of us, it’s not easy being an introvert!

I’m going to buy my own copy of this book to share with my introverted daughter, my introverted son, and my introverted grandson, as well! Also, I have already preordered her new book, to be released on January 1, 2019. It’s called Book Love, and I already know I will love it.

10 thoughts on “Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

  1. Tara

    I love this! As a self-declared (and affirmed by others) extrovert, I like having a book by my side for the same reason – a little friend in my pocket. And since I like to re-read my favorites, the book never disappoints 🙂

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  2. iliana

    Those illustrations are delightful and so glad that it does send a positive message. I feel like society tells you have to be extroverted to get ahead but I think it’s more important to find ways to work together. Will have to look for this one!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Iliana, that’s exactly what happens in this book! She has to find a way to work together in the “noisy world.” It’s fun and definitely worth reading.


  3. Kristen M.

    I just put this on my library list. I think I’ll save it for January, when I’m exhausted from family and holidays and just need to feel understood. 🙂



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